Natural and herbal remedy recipes for treating arthritis


Arthritis is painful joints caused by infection or inflammation. The most common is rheumatoid arthritis. It can also be a form of degenerative disease known as osteoarthritis, which usually affects people 50 years and older. Symptoms include fever, pain, swelling, fatigue and stiffness. According to western medicine there is no cure for arthritis. Stress, vitamin deficiencies, a mineral imbalance and bacteria infection, are all possible culprits. Traumatic arthritis mainly plagues athletes, who cause extreme wear and tear on their cartilage, the tissue that covers the ends of the bones.

Manganese and Zinc

It has been discovered that arthritis are low in such minerals as manganese and zinc and high in copper and iron. Western dietary advice is to increase the intake of manganese through foods such as whole grains, seeds, legumes, alfalfa and zinc by eating oysters, liver, beef, wheat bran, wheat germ, nuts and poultry, and omega-3 fatty acids found in cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna. The latest studies have confirmed the effectiveness of fish oil and vitamin E in controlling the inflammation.


According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition May 2011: "Women in the highest tertiles of total [omega-3] intake, compared with those in the lowest tertile of intake at baseline, had a 44 percent reduced risk of inflammatory disease mortality ... In both men and women, each ... increase in energy-adjusted intake of alpha-linolenic acid was [also] inversely associated with inflammatory mortality."

Milk, dairy products, sugar, wheat, caffeine and alcohol are highly acidic and should be avoided.

Pine nut & Oil

Pine nut is recommended for people with arthritis and pine oil is used for external massage to relieve pain.

Cinnamon & Honey

Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly, even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon of honey and half teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast. They found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain. And within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain. 

TCM Treatment

Chinese medicine relates the problem to excessive wind, cold or dampness. If wind dominates, the problem will move around. If cold dominates, pain is induced. If dampness dominates, fixed pain and swelling occurs. If the problem remains for an extended period of time, other issues such as qi, blood, liver or kidney deficiency will develop.

Chive, parsley, green onion, eel, beef and mutton

Foods that can expel wind and dampness, warming and promoting circulation of blood.

Job's tears

Pearl barley (job's tears) can cure inflammation


Ginger tea can ease painful joints, reduce numbness in limbs, warm up the body and diuretic to clear excessive water.

Sea cucumber

Sea cucumber has been commonly used by the Chinese to treat arthritis for thousands of years. Modern research has confirmed its anti-inflammatory properties and high content of vitamins A, B1, B3, and C and magnesium and zinc.


Mistletoe (sang ji sheng) tea is commonly used to expel wind-dampness, rheumatism, weakness of back and knees and rigidity of extremities.


All Arthritis Recipes:

Sugar Coated Pinenuts (4001)

Eliminate cold and wetness causing arthritis pain

Stuffed Tofu (4002)

Treat leukopenia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic tracheitis

Mulberry Twig and Sugar Cane Congee (4003)

Treat painful joints and inflexibility of the limbs

Pepper Root and Cow Tendon Soup (4004)

Treat painful limbs, inflexible joints, numbness and difficulty in walking

Job's Tears and Papaya Soup (4005)

Cure rheumatoid arthritis

Ginger & 3 Roots Soup (4006)

Promote blood circulation and expel wetness, cure arthritis

Vinegar Eel Soup (4007)

Promote blood and qi circulation, reduce inflammation

Garlic Pepper and Pork Ribs Soup (4008)

Expel wetness and relieve pain, promote energy

Herbal Wine and Ribs Soup (4009)

Expel wetness and relieve pain, promote energy.

Mistletoe and Mulberry Twig Soup (4010)

Treat arthritis joint pain during humid seasons

Aconite and Pig Bone Soup (4011)

Alleviate pain by warming the meridian, expel wind and dampness

Glehnia and Pork Soup (4012)

Treat painful muscle and joints with the change of weather