Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
From: (Beo)
Date: 17 Dec 1995 20:14:02 -06
Subject: Re: Arthritis

This is the first time that I've purused through this particular newsgroup, it having been recommended by a friend some weeks back. This particular thread immediately caught my attention.

I've suffered from arthritis for pretty close to 17 years now, fortunately it isn't the crippling kind, just the chronic pain day in and day out. Something that worked for me was recommended by a healer friend of mine... 2 tablespoons of cider vinager each morning. I originally poo-pooed the idea and stuck to my perscription painkillers but after loosing my job and having no health insurance I decided to give it a try.

It took about 3 weeks of taking it every morning for it to begin working, and now I can function again. No pain when I get up in the morning, my fingers are flexible enough to type and grip with no pain. After I aquired insurance again I ran this by my doctor during my yearly physical. She hadn't heard of this particular alleviant before, but was all for it. She did caution however against taking more than 2 tablespoons a day since it is extremely acidic, and be sure to take a full glass of water afterwards to dilute it down.

I'm still trying to figure out what is in it that enables it to work, and am not sure if it will work for everyone, but it has helped me out alot.

From: (WonInnaMil)

>My father has severe arthritis and I was wondering if there are any herb remedies that might ease his pain. He's only 65 and right now he can't sit for long periods of time. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

My mother is 87 and when her arthritis acted up 20 years ago we had her eliminate all nightshade group foods (eggplant, green peppers, potatoes and tomatoes) she also limits her red meat and stays away from processed luncheon meats. She'll notice a reoccurance when she has eaten meals that contain tomatoes / pastes the most, and red meats. And believe it or not - try a copper bracelet if any of the arthritis is in the wrist/hand/fingers. I wear one when my arthritis flares up and in just a few days I find relief.

From: (John & Suzanne Finnegan)

I know this is not herbal, but I am wondering about it. Some people are mixing 64 ounces of orange juice and one box of Certo (stuff used in making jellies and jams) and drinking two eight-ounce glasses of it every day to treat arthritis. They say that after a couple of weeks of this, your arthritis swelling and pain will significantly decrease. Is this just a placebo effect? If not, why does it work?