March 10, 2014 | Posted in Aging, Men's Health, Muscles / Bones, Nutrition, Women's Health

Garden variety wear-and-tear arthritis that is expected with Aging is called osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. Arthritis has been called ‘a heart attack of the joint.’ Some people are more prone than others, and poor diet and overuse can aggravate pre-existing tendencies to arthritis.


Aging involves hardening or sclerosis, and the proper metabolism of minerals keeps bones strong and joints flexible.

By contrast, rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune inflammatory condition which has a hereditary component, is symmetric, and has less relationship to aging, and wear-and-tear.

This article describes the anthroposophic understanding of the garden variety osteoarthritis (or degenerative joint disease) that is most common.

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Warmth of the affected joint is basic to its health. Wrist warmers, fingerless gloves, leg warmers, layers of clothing attentively used both during the daytime and at nighttime help the circulation take away toxins and supply healing substances to the inflamed joint tissues.

Ginger compress applied to the kidney area benefits osteoarthritis. The printable instructions are at:

Ginger compress for arthritis, and the video is at

Nightshades as foods (eggplant, tomato, bell pepper, potato) can aggravate arthritis for some people. A 6-week trial of avoiding them with careful re-feeding can give an answer to this possible cause. Other food allergies are possible, and can be addressed with an elimination diet and/or lab testing.

The birch tree has the capacity to place its excess minerals in the bark it peels off, keeping its inner circulation (phloem) flowing, unblocked.  Birch products are are anti-aging specifically by handling minerals in a way that avoids deposits. This is valuable for anyone age 40 years and older.

Uriel or Weleda Birch leaf tea, for adults 2 cups per day to be drunk 4-5 days per week, and

Uriel Birch juniper syrup is a sweetened version of the birch preparation which is helpful for kidneys, circulation, and gout as well as osteoarthritis; for adults one teaspoon twice daily orally.

Ginger is warming by nature.  A recent study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing showed the value of ginger patches applied to the flanks (kidney area) for treating osteoarthritis. Topical Ginger Treatment With a Compress or Patch for Osteoarthritis Symptoms, Therkleson, T., abstract at
The use of a ginger pack on the kidney area (waistline level of the back) for adults daily for seven days brings warming to the entire organism, and flexibility to joints. The pack is then used twice or more per week to maintain flexibility. How- to video:!instruction-video-arthritis/c138n. Ginger patches are available from Rato Health in NZ or some practitioners’ offices.

Rudolf Steiner pointed to frankincense as a support for the warmth organism, and said it attracts the highest spiritual beings. Boswellia (frankincense) is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory.

True Botanica AKBA Plus contains high quality active ingredients, helping inflammation of all kinds. AKBA Plus for adults one capsule 1-3 times per day orally.

True Botanica Cartilage Complex  combines boswellia with other joint-supporting compounds; for adults, use one capsule twice daily orally, and for best results, use also True Botanica Joint Relief Plus for adults two capsules twice daily orally.

Digestive enzymes are known to help joint inflammation in certain cases.

True Botanica Enzymes Plus, or Serrazimes Plus, may benefit arthritis. Enzymes Plus also provides support for digestive issues, for adults one capsule with each meal orally. Serrazimes Plus for adults one capsule 1-2 times daily on an empty stomach, providing support also for tendencies to inflammation.

Topical arnica is a major component of topical gels and ointments specific for different kinds of joint problems.

Uriel Bambusa Argentum gel for adults applied to achey back area two or three times dailyin acute or early stages.

Uriel Bambusa Aesculus gel for adults applied to the back for spine problems of chronic nature.

Chronic joint symptoms — swelling, stiffness, aching — may respond to topical Arnica ointment or cream, and high quality products are available from True Botanica, Uriel Pharmacy, or Weleda Pharmacy.   Any topical preparation penetrates better when covered with a cloth or even a piece of plastic wrap.

Potentized arthritis remedies taken orally are valuable as follows:
Uriel Betula Argentum for acute joint pain,for adults ten pellets four times per day orally;

Uriel Cartilago Betula for chronic joint pain for adults 10 pellets four times per day orally;

Uriel Cartilago Quartz specifically addresses pain of finger joints, for adults 10 pellets four times per day orally.

Gemstones relate to specific parts of human body, as do parts of the zodiac.

True Botanica Chalcedony Pentas specifically addressess knee and elbow problems, for adults 20 drops 2-3 times daily orally.

True Botanica Jasper Pentas addresses spine, hands, feet (as well as skin), for adults 20 drops 2-3 times daily orally.

Vitamin D and omega 3s  are both widely deficient in our population today, and both promote joint health when present in sufficient quantities.

Apitherapy is a potent healer for arthritis of different kinds, and must be treated with the greatest respect and caution.

Castor oil packs applied to the affected joint, or ginger compress applied to a chronically inflamed, cold, arthritis joint, have also been effective.

Ask your doctor: Birch 5% oil or Mandragora oil 10% (Weleda or Uriel) may be used as oil dispersion baths in a rhythm over time to adjust the constitution prone to gout. Therapeutic eurythmy similarly addresses constitutional tendencies. Practitioners may prescribe injections of Uriel Betula Spiraea or Betula arnica to help with acute symptoms while waiting for oral natural anti- inflammatories to take hold.

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Don’t overlook an arthritis with potential to severely damage the joints, or even damage the spinal cord if the back pain is involved.

Please get an accurate diagnosis from a capable physician, and see a specialist if needed.

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Rato Health, information and purchase of ginger patches, and video on use of ginger patches +64 4 5662743

Topical Ginger Treatment With a Compress or Patch for Osteoarthritis Symptoms, Therkleson, T., abstract at

True Botanica +1 800 315 TRUE (8783) (in USA)  +1 262 912 0970 (outside USA)

Uriel Pharmacy +1 866 642 2858 (in USA)  +1 262 642 2858 (outside USA)

Weleda  +1 800 241  1030 (in USA and to obtain contact info outside USA)



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