ARTHRITIS in Traditional Chinese Medicine
From The Desk of: Dr. Sandra Testaguzza
- Part 2
- Use Rhus Toxicodendron in 30 C. Take 3 pellets 3 times
- Lycopodium in 6X to activate digestion. Take 3 pellets
3 times a day.
- China in 6X for spleen problems and diarrhea and cold
symptoms. Take 3 pellets 3 times a day.
- Let dissolve under the tongue and take 15 minutes to half-hour
- Arnica & Bryonia in 30ch as well.
- Cleanse the liver: A drink made of raw ginger along with
a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice and
a teaspoon of virgin olive oil (optional)
- Black cherry juice: two glasses twice a day seems to benefit
VITAMIN AND MINERAL THERAPY:
- 500 mg of glucosomine sulfate three times a day.
- 400 units of VitaminE twice a day.
- 200 micrograms of selenium twice a day.
- 1000 milligrams of Vitamin C twice a day.
- 50 mg of zinc twice a day.
- Two to three capsules of Bromelain (a digestive enzyme)
three times a day between meals.
ASIAN HERBAL MEDICINE:
Rheumatic and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Aggravated by
cold weather and humidity; cold foods, fatigue or depression,
avoid creamy, rich, sweet, fat, or sour foods such as dairy
products, cheese, red meats, sauerkraut, grapefruit, sprouts,
white potatoes, pork, caffeine, alcohol, or pastry.
- Ginger powder is very healing. Add to cup of green tea.
Evening; add five heaping tablespoons of dried ginger
to a bath to sweat out the cold. Cinnamon and tumeric make
a spicy tea for stiff shoulders. Add to hot water and drink
- Prickly ash bark is used for arthritis, lumbago and rheumatism.
- Alfalfa pills for those who suffer from deformity and
- Triphala churna, a balancing laxative and warming herb
is wonderful for arthritic pain caused by cold & dampness.
- Xiao Luo Tong Pian: Recommended for wind and dampness
arthritis. Take 8 pills 3 times daily
- For hot-numbness pain, avoid hot spices, anger, honey,
fried foods and excess nuts, sesame oil, pepper, garlic,
onions, pork, red meats, sesame oil, pepper, garlic, diary
products, alcohol, tomatoes, green pepper, eggplant.
Cooling Herbs & Antibiotic Remedy:
- For rheumatism with inflammatory symptoms that include
fever, swollen joints, red, hot limbs, red tongue with yellow
coating. Simmer these herbs for 45 minutes and drink several
cups a day:
- 30 grams honeysuckle.
- 30 grams dandelion.
- 30 grams viola ( Chinese violet).
- 15 grams wild chrysanthemum flower.
- 9 grams root (Radix semiaquilegiae).
- 12 grams achyranthes root.
- 24 grams plantain herb.
- 24 grams fu ling.
Will normalize body temperature, replace fluids reestablish
electrolyte balance. Will clear toxins from the blood, promote
circulation and stop the spread of bacteria.
CARE TO USE IT??
One popular remedy in China
is deer antler!!
It is quite effective in rebuilding bone marrow, contains
calcium phosphate, protein and collagen. If you go through
the trouble of simmering sliced deer horn for hours in a
double boiler, you will find the benefits immediately. Ask
for Cervus sika stag horn or Antelope horn. Fortunately,
a less expensive substitute is available:
- Simmer one handful each of epimedium leaves and lycium
fruit in a quart of water for 20 minutes, strain, and drink
two cups a day.
Here’s your test. Do you have Rheumatoid
Do your joints hurt worse in cold damp weather?
Do joints feel better with warmth and movement?
Do you have a pale tongue with a white coating?
Do you have slow digestion, indigestion, or fatigue after
Do you feel bloated in the middle?
Do you have joint pain that moves around or that comes and
Do joints feel heavy, limbs dragging?
If you answer “yes”
to these questions you have the beginning of wind damp joint
pain. Whether it actually turns into rheumatoid arthritis
depends on your habits as much as other factors such as
your hormones or genes. The most severe joint aches, stemming
from an accumulation of dietary toxins and emotional bad
habits, are known as inflammatory arthritis.
Inflammatory Arthritis? Do you have red, hot swollen
Are your knuckles getting wrinkled and larger, your palms
Are your joints extremely sensitive to the touch?
Do your joints feel worse with heat and movement?
Do you have a reddish tongue with a yellow coating?
Are you often angry, anxious, nervous, feverish, or thirsty?
Is your energy fast or insomniac?
Did you answer “yes”
to these symptoms? Inflammatory joint pain feels better
with the application of ice.
SEE YOU MEDICAL DOCTOR WHEN:
- Your joint is hot, red, swollen and very painful.
- You experience stiffness after an injury to the joints
- You have chills or fever as well as swollen joints. You
have already been diagnosed with arthritis but notice a
new or different type of swelling in your joints.
more sulfur-containing foods, such as asparagus, eggs, garlic,
and onions. Sulfur is needed for the repair and rebuilding
of bone, cartilage and connective tissue, and aids in absorption
of calcium. Consume foods containing the amino acid histidine,
including rice, wheat and rye. Histidine is good for removing
excess metals from the body. Eat fresh pineapple, frequently.
Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, is also excellent
for weight reduction. Eat some form of fibre, such as ground
flaxseeds, oat bran or rice bran, daily. Reduce the amount
of fat. Do not consume milk, dairy products or red meat.
Avoid caffeine, citrus fruits, paprika, salt, tobacco, and
everything that contains sugar. Avoid the nightshade vegetables:
peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, white potatoes. These foods
contain solanine, to which people suffering from arthritis
are extremely sensitive to. Avoid sodium if you are using
anti-inflammatory drugs, they cause water retention. Do
not consume iron supplements. Instead, use good sources
of iron in foods, such as; blachstrap molasses, broccoli,
brussels sprouts, cauliflower, fish, lima beans, and peas.
Stop eating acidic foods!
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Testaguzza is the new Women's Health Consultant Wellness
Coordinator at York University's Wellness Center working
in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Levy Ph.D. Sandra is dedicated
to teaching health and wellness in a multi-faceted way integrating
both the conventional and traditional fields.
Sandra is a practitioner of Chinese Medicine for 17 years,
a published writer, teacher, herbalist and researcher and
above all a "fully licensed" acupuncturist who
obtained her private practice license from the Quebec Medical
Association. (Government recognition from L'Ordre Professionel
des Acupuncteurs). She is known for her hospital work in
the area of childbirth by acupuncture.
In Ontario, Sandra is a member of The Acupuncture Foundation
of Canada Institute. Featured in 1999 Edition of Chatelaine
Who's Who Publication, Sandra was recently honored &
awarded recognition for her notable work. Her articles have
been published in - Etobicoke Living Magazine - The Toronto
Star - Women's News Magazine - Confident - The Villager
- and Medical Journals.
For more information: (416) 236-3488, Etobicoke, Ontario