Seven out of ten Australians suffer from arthritis sometime in their life. This number is also reflected in other Western world countries. Are you one of these statistics or likely to be in the future? Did either or both of your parents suffer any type of arthritis?
Arthritis is a painful and crippling disease. Can you recover from Arthritis? Yes you can.
Arthritis can show itself after many decades of living or it can strike children and young adults. It can come to someone after years of what appears to be a healthy lifestyle.
Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) see and treat arthritis in different ways so there is a wide difference in treatments and preventatives available.
In TCM Arthritis is seen as a problem that can be treated and solved. From this point of view the physical body can recover from arthritis and this problem may never return.
Arthritis has many forms and symptoms as seen at the top of the page.
Other related diseases as diagnosed by Western Medicine include
- Fibromyalgia or Fibrositis
- Polymalgia Rheumatica
- Lyme Disease
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Reiter´s Syndrome
I have seen a colleague, in her 40’s, be struck down rapidly. Within a few months of being fit and healthy she required two crutches to walk around, was bent over, and in great pain to move. Two years later by chance I met her again. She was as fit and healthy as before the arthritis struck. And she looked ten years younger. Her response to my query of how she cleared the arthritis was: “ I did two things. I did not take any modern medical medication I took two other products, the herb Devil’s Claw and the blue-green algae Spirulina.” Both these natural medications and her strong belief that she could be free of pain, cured her of arthritis. NB. Do not take Devil’s Claw for more than four months without a break from it.
In another case, when I was 28 years old I had great difficulty bending my very swollen knees. When I bent down to pick something up it took me at least a dozen steps before my legs would straighten for me to walk normally. I was told I would be in a wheel chair by the time I was forty. I am now seventy-two and do not have arthritis apart from an occasional niggle from a hip and knee injury from a car accident, and when the barometric pressure drops quickly.
I attribute my pain-free physical flexibility to the good fortune I had in my forties to learn first Tai Chi and then Qigong. Ancient Qigong is the origin of TCM methods to prevent and remove arthritis along with many other life difficulties.
Qigong (pronounced Chee Kung) has been practised for between 4000 and 5000 years. It has many different practices and movements. It is the longest continually used (without a break) health practice on the planet. It is often described as the highest form of organic natural medicine.
Qigongis based in the rhythm and flow of energy and relationship with the energy of Earth and the Cosmos. Qi means life force, and Gong means work or discipline. The life force is activated by the use of active and passive movement of the breath, colour, and sound through the mind’s intention and intuition. It encourages people to exchange energy with the life force around them in order to keep their inner and outer energy healthy and in balance.
How can you remove or prevent Arthritis? Some of the medical exercises recommended to ease arthritis by allopathic doctors have the same movements as the ones from the Qigong doctors. There is a huge difference in outcomes between the two methods. This is because Qigong practitioners/clients learn to use their strong intention to move the energy in their body. The focus is less on the actual movement and more on the intention, the direction of internal energy and the type of breathing.
It is important also to give attention to food qi and environmental qi as part of the overall prevention and healing of any problem
Two of the most useful exercises to open the body and allow the energy and fluids to flow are:-
- Swing arms. Stand with the feet apart and arms t sides. Use arms slightly bent at the elbows. Do this at your own level of ability. Do not strain or stretch strongly. Swing arms upward and forward as you inhale and expand the abdomen outwards. Exhale as arms swing loosely back to sides and you pull in slightly the abdomen muscles. Start with 10-20 breaths and build up gradually to 50 then 100, even 2-300 a day.
- Reach for the Sky. This exercise opens up the chest and body allowing more oxygen into the body and release of tension. Stand legs apart. Start with arms in front of the body, finger tips of each hand touching with palms facing down. Inhale and raise abdomen as you lift you arms out and up above your head. Exhale as hands part and arms fall lightly outward and down to the sides of the body as you pull you abdomen in. Begin with 3, 6, or 9 repetitions. This works well to wake up your body and if done before sleep it helps you have a better rest.
If you can, go to Tai Chi or a Healing Qigong class. At class and at home do your practice at your own level of physical ability and do not do anything that causes you more pain. And yes, I do take Spirulina regularly.