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Rheumatism does not refer to a single disease or condition. There are over 100 conditions commonly referred to as rheumatism.  There are many different conditions that can be classified under the category of rheumatism. Some of these include gout, osteo-arthritis, fibromyalgia, fibrositis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, rotator cuff syndrome, disc trouble and many more. The word rheumatism is derived from the Greek word 'rheuma', which means a swelling. It refers to an acute or chronic illness which is characterized by immense pain and stiffness in bones, joints, tendons or ligaments.

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Symptoms of Rheumatism

The acute variety of rheumatism is characterized by severe pain, swelling, stiffness and intense soreness. Other symptoms may include low grade fever, loss of sleep, weakness and other related mild symptoms. In the acute muscular type, the area becomes so sensitive that even the weight of bed clothing aggravates the pain. It may settle into a chronic state under a wrong mode of treatment. If the disease is not treated properly in the acute stage, it may become chronic. The symptoms of chronic muscular rheumatism are pain and stiffness of the affected muscles and causes flare ups.

Causes of Rheumatism

The chief cause of rheumatism is the presence of toxic waste products in the blood, infection from the teeth, tonsils, and gall-bladder. The liberal consumption of meats, acid forming foods and artificial food items containing refined sugar, white flour, and fats, leave a residue of toxic wastes in the system. These toxic wastes can concentrated around the joints and bony structure, where they form the basis of rheumatism.  The disease is aggravated by exposure to cold water

Treatment Of Rheumatism

Rheumatism treatment using Potato Juice:
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The juice of raw potato is regarded as an excellent remedy fur rheumatism. One or two teaspoons of the juice, taken out by pressing mashed raw potatoes, should be taken before meals. This will help to eliminate the toxic condition and relieve rheumatism. The skin of the potato is also an excellent remedy fur rheumatism. The skin is exceptionally rich in vital mineral salts, and the water in which the peelings are boiled is one of the best medicines for ailments caused by excess toxic matter in the system. Approximately thirty grams of the potato peelings should be thoroughly washed and boiled in half a litre of water till it is reduced to half. The decoction should then be strained and a glass of the same should be taken three or four times daily

Rheumatism treatment using Bitter Gourd:
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Bitter gourd is considered beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism. A cup of juice, extracted from the vegetable, should be mixed with a teaspoon of honey, and taken daily for treating this condition. This treatment should be continued for at least three months to provide relief

Rheumatism treatment using Celery:
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Celery is another effective remedy for rheumatism. A fluid extract of the seeds is more powerful than the raw vegetable. This also has a tonic action on the stomach and kidneys. Five to ten drops of this fluid should be taken in hot water before meals. Powdered seeds can be used as a condiment

Rheumatism treatment using Lemon:
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Lemons are beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism. The patient should take the juice of two or three lemons each day. This will bring good results

Rheumatism treatment using Walnuts:
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Walnuts are valuable in rheumatism. They should, however, be thoroughly masticated to achieve beneficial results. Half a dozen can be taken daily in the treatment of this condition

Rheumatism treatment using Rhubarb:
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The herb rhubarb has been found valuable in rheumatism. The green stalks of this herb should be pounded with an equal quantity of sugar. A teaspoonful should be taken three or four times a day. This remedy seldom fails

Rheumatism diet

1. An overall healthy diet – Use fresh foods as close to the natural state as possible, avoiding prepackaged and processed foods. Eat daily servings of leafy green vegetables, moderate amounts of whole grains (such as brown rice and rolled oats), fresh fruit, and proteins with a minimum of animal fat. Avoid sugars (such as pastries and candy) and refined carbohydrates (such as white bread and white rice). Drink at least 8 cups of fluids daily. For more information, refer to the article on healthy diet.

2. Eliminate foods that cause allergies, sometimes implicated in arthritis. Common foods that aggravate arthritis are citrus, milk products, wheat, meat, alcohol, and foods from the nightshade family (which are tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tobacco).

After eliminating all of those foods from the diet, and the symptoms have gone away, one food at a time can be reintroduced to see if the symptoms reoccur. A new food can be intro-duced each week. If you need more information, you may want to refer to the article on Food sensitivities.

3. Increase the consumption of cold-water fish such as mackerel, herring, sardines, and salmon to at least twice a week.

4. Eat a half a pound or more per day of cherries, blueberries, and other dark red or blue berries. This can aid in the repair and upkeep of bone cartilage.

5. Avoid caffeine found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and sodas.

6. Therapeutic fasting may prove beneficial but should be done under the supervision of a healthcare practitioner.

Other effective Remedies for Rheumatism

Warm-water enema

In the case of acute rheumatism, the bowels should be cleansed daily with a warm-water enema during the first three or four days of the juice fast
Appply heat and hot packs to the affected parts

Other helpful methods in the treatment of rheumatism are application of heat and hot packs to the affected parts, a hot tub bath, a cabinet steam bath, dry friction, and a sponge bath
Hot Epsom salts bath

Hot Epsom salts baths are also beneficial and should be taken twice a week for three months in case of chronic rheumatism and once weekly thereafter. The affected parts should also be bathed twice daily in hot water containing Epsom salts, after which some olive oil should be applied
Fresh air exposure and light outdoor exercises

Fresh air, deep breathing, and light outdoor exercises are also beneficial
Avoid dampness and cold

Dampness and cold should be avoided

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