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Dried Dates   1  0   

Posted by Edward (Norwich, United Kingdom) on 02/14/2009

[YEA]  I have suffered from arthritis for years and have tried several types of medications.Most give pain-killing results but with side effects. Feeling hungry one evening, I ate a large handful of dried dates, and next morning I felt like a different person. All pain had gone! Why is this? Have I discovered a miracle cure? Could others try this, to confirm or refute. I double checked the food I had eaten the previous couple of days, but the only item that was unusual was the dates. Your's Edward.

EC: Perhaps it is the region where the dates are grown?

We also found this: "Dates are great for post-viral chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers as well as excellent for those who suffer with anaemia. Most varieties of dried dates are very high in iron. All dates have a reasonable amount of fibre and are a rich source of potassium."

Emu Oil   0  0   

Posted by Suzy (Eugene, Or) on 08/29/2012

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I ordered Emu oil and Emu Oil cream for my 92 year old grandmother from Amazon and had it shipped directly to her. The oil arrived yesterday and she applied it to her knees and feet using a kleenex. She reported to me that the pain from the arthritis in the knees vastly improved within 15 minutes. She said she did not notice improvement in her feet (neuropathy) but she is going to continue to use it on both areas. The cream was shipped separately and she has not recieved it yet. I have asked her to keep me updated on her symptoms and perception of the pain decrease.

Epsom Salts   1  0   

Posted by susan (brisbane, australia) on 01/19/2008

[YEA]  I have been taking epsom salts all year every morning a few spinkles in my 500m water bottle (room temp water) and my aches and pains have all but disappeared. I remember my grandmother always put epsom salts in her tea each morning just a few sprinkles and she said so she did not get arthritus. Well I have to say I think it works but what I want to know is too much bad for you internally anyone know thanks.

Fire Ant Bites   1  0   

Posted by Teresa (Nacogdoches, Texas) on 09/13/2009

[YEA]  Fire Ant Remedy for Arthritis

Back in the day when doctors weren't readily available people who worked in the fields had to find ways of healing themselves. If someone has a really bad case of arthritis the best thing to alleviate the swelling and pain are bites from fire ants.This has been done in my family for four generations and has always worked.

Gelatin   2  0   

Posted by Ken (Now Colorado, US) on 07/20/2014

[YEA]  For arthritis, research knox gelatin. 35 yrs ago I had no knee cartilidge. Went on knox, in two months pain was subsiding. In 6 months almost grown back. In a year I was fine. I couldn't walk up or down stairs, run or anything. I am now 72 and knee cartilige is fine. Still take one packet every week or two as joint insurance. It has worked for many, many people!!!!? Ken

Replied by Rosemary
Az, US
Ken from Now Colorado, US

Thanks for the info on Knox Gelatin. I bought a box a while back and was unsure how I should take it. Just make jello? Drink it? 1 packet? Mine is a box - same difference? Thanks in advance for the clarity.

Posted by Nicholas (Edison, Nj) on 12/08/2013

[YEA]  A couple of days ago I awoke to find pain in the area of my left hip, in the front. I'd not felt any arthritis pain in my hips since I gave up eating grains about six years ago to heal adrenal fatigue caused by stress.

Anyway, I came straight to EC's arthritis page and decided on gelatine as the remedy, especially since I had gelatin packets hanging around for 10-12 years. I emptied one packet into my morning smoothie...what amounted to a level tablespoon...drank it all down and was relieved of the pain right away.

That afternoon I felt a hint of pain and drank another packet of gelatin in half a glass of water. It was kind of uckie, but it went down and I got relief.

Next morning (yesterday) I felt a hint of the pain again and had another gelatin packet in my smoothie. Got relief right away. In the afternoon, to play it safe, I had half a teaspoon of turmeric in a little apple juice. (Also from EC.) The taste was very palatable.

This morning, to play it safe, I had another packet in my smoothie. I am fine, no pain since yesterday morning.

I am 76 y.o. and I'll be putting gelatine in my smoothie from now on. I'll have the turmeric when there is no smoothie. B.T.W. on the box it says "The Original Unflavored Gelatine" ... spelled with an e at the end.

Now I can keep on bragging that at my age I have no arthritis, no prostate problems, and I can still make babies.

Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
Dear Nicholas,

Well, after reading you whole post about using gelatin for arthritis...and especially reading the last sentence of your post...what I want to know is...

What is in that smoothie???? Gonna run out and get me a big box of it!!!!

Replied by Nicholas
Edison, Nj
Had a feeling I'd be asked for smoothie ingredients. Got most of it from Dr. Mercola's site.

  • 1 large ripe banana (overly ripe, if possible)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 t-spoon powdered clove
  • 1/4 t-spoon powdered oriental five spices
  • 1/2 t-spoon powdered cinnamon
  • 1 t-spoon bee pollen
  • 1 t-spoon honey
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup water

I watch my diet, do daily exercise and take a ton of supplements based on what I learned on EC. I also eat chyawanprash daily - Indian jam made of healthy herbs and spices.

Replied by Nicholas
Edison, Nj
I should have mentioned that the exercise I do is a form of yoga that energizes the chakras, the spiritual energy centers. That includes the sexual chakra in the pubic area. When that gets energized you will never need anything like Viagra.
Replied by Serach
Hi, am interested in the smoothie but reluctant to take any thing sweet, as am deeply addicted to sugar and anything sweet, also my body just does not seem to want sweet stuff, even pinapple is just too sweet can I leave out the mol and honey?

thanks serach

Gelatin, Fish Oil   1  0   

Posted by Dalene (Johannesburg, South Africa) on 09/04/2011

[YEA]  This remedy helped my old arthritic dog recover, nothing short of a miracle, he's like a young dog after the Prednisone the vet prescribed nearly killed him! I suspect this might help for human arthritis? I give him a teaspoon of unflavoured gelatine every day, dissolved in some warm (not boiling) water, add to his food and let cool. It's tasteless so no prob there, and he also gets a fish oil capsule twice a week. He weighs about 10kg so the dose must be adjusted for bigger dogs. God bless al you dog lovers

General Feedback   0  0   

Posted by Troy (Shenandoah Valley Of Virginia, US) on 01/30/2015

I would like to thank everyone for their trial and error to make, at first blush, a very individualistic and exhaustive treatment plan for gouty arthritis.

It is as I suspected, a situation where "The Results May Vary". It does seem that there is a veritable cornucopia of things to try. As my pharmacist brother says, "Poison Ivy is all natural but it doesn't cure a thing" (He is a hater)

I guess the most sound strategy is to try them all until I find one that works moderatly well for me (an individual). The one-size-fits-all, silver bullet doesn't exist here.

Replied by Anonymous
Poison Ivy around the house/lawn/land/deck will cure unwanted guests from returning. It has worked for us for years.

Posted by (New York City, Ny/USA) on 08/05/2012

About arthritis treatments. I have tried the usual mentioned here (on an alkaline diet, tried apple cider vinegar for a month) and nothing seems to make a difference - Well, I haven't tried stopping the chondroitin and glucosamine supplements, curcumin etc. , so maybe it could be worse without them.

Doing more research though, I found out that there are two other avenues to search: (1) possible food allergies, for which one approach is to start a water fast and slowly figure out which foods one has become allergic to, and which triggers the arthritis, and (2) possible microbial infection, for which the standard treatment is taking a daily dose of 2x100mg of the antibiotic minocycline, accompanied with the proper probiotic to keep the intestinal flora active - see for example or

I generally prefer natural treatments, but since I've been following a pretty heathy diet, these are the next avenues to explore for me. It would be interesting to hear about others who have already tried either of these two types of cures.

Replied by Robyn
Melbourne, Australia
Ken, I dont get as much nerve pain since being tested for food allergies and not eating those foods. If I take a supplement my body doesnt like my knees can swell up to 10 x their normal size. since looking into chlymadia pneumonia, know I have had it, I trialled 3 antibiotics at the one time, minomycin included & I did have lesser pain. It returned when I ran out of B3 and one of the antibiotics. Im still trying to work out which one helped the most or if it was both.

Posted by Roselene (Adelaide, South Australia) on 12/18/2011

I heard someone on talkback radio saying that she puts champagne corks in her bed, and since doing this, she has gone from having severe arthritis with the need for walking sticks, to becoming arthritis free.

Has anyone ever heard of this? Or is it just a myth?

Replied by Mel
Sydney, Australia
I remember my nana doing that for her arthritis when I was a child. I don't know whether it made a difference or not as it was so long ago and she has since passed away. Worth a try though. Maybe it's the drinking of the champagne before bed that helps :)

Posted by Bmw, Atlanta, Ga (Atlanta, Us) on 10/02/2011

For the past 6 months I've had throbbing knee pain, especially when I lay down to sleep at night. I had heard about C_____, or fruit pectin (used to make jellies and jams) can be purchased in any supermarket, stopped one individual from having a knee operation. I've been taking one tablespoon mixed with any fruit drink (you can mix it with anything really) at night and it seems to be working!! Certainly worth a try, especially since I know I don't have much fruit in my diet. Will keep you posted.

Posted by Sara (Sacramento, Ca, Sacramento) on 09/02/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Yesterday, I bought a "Heat Wrap" for my mom who is 76 years old. This Heat Wraps is for powerful pain relief and deep muscle relaxation. She is pretty much healthy, but she suffers from Arthritis on her back and both knees. As soon as she put the wrap on her back the heat wrap started getting warm, and she could not stand it for more than 45 minutes. She had to remove the wrap, and she felt a burning sensation on her the bases of her both feet. Now, she suffers from a great amount of pain and she does not have any energy at all. I called to take her to her doctor, but he is on leave till next week. What do you think is the problem and what natural remedy will be helpful in her case?

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
Sara has your mom tired apple cider vinegar for her arthritis. If you look at the arthritis remedies page on this website many people have cured their arthritis by drinking ACV with honey and bicarb of soda.

Also for the deep muscle pain, magnesium oil rubbed in the area should help with that or magnesium chloride in bath water or even epson salts would help, although magnesium chloride is better and longer lasting.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
388 Posts
A short term remedy to help the pain is castor oil with DMSO. That means one part castor oil and one part DMSO, for simplicity. Applied to her leg it will relieve pain in minutes, if not then she needs allopurinol 100 mg x 3 times a day. A long term treatment is needed, but we'll discuss later. The energy is required CoQ10 300 mg to have any effect.


Posted by Chris (London) on 02/14/2011

Hi thanks so much for all the info you've researched and shared its making what I think is a big difference as a someone only recently diagnosed with RA.

My query is I am taking along with probiotics vit k2 vit d3 and borax with magnesium tablets as well. The magnesium supplement is a mag calcium complex with the ingredients as mag. As oxide citrate. Is this right as I am worried that taking calcium as bottle label suggests is interfering with the healing process.

Many thanks Chris

Posted by EJ (Middleboro, MA, USA) on 12/30/2008

Arthritis in cats: My 12 year old Domestic short hair cat has been developing arthritis in her front elbows for the past few years. I don't want to give her any prescription or aspirin for pain, knowing what the side effects are. I'm looking for a natural alternative. I'm giving her some Glucosomine and Chondroitin treats daily. Some days she is better than others. I was reading on the internet about a product called synflex for pets and wonder if anyone has used this and what the results were. She eats Wellness brand canned food and has for years. She's not overweight (10 lbs), is indoor all day and has no stairs to contend with. She's still jumping up and down from the bed and playing periodically. I'm trying to keep her healthy and pain free. Any suggestions would be great. thanks!

Replied by Alice
Shingle Springs, Ca, U.S.A.
If you have a juicer, juice cruciferous family veggies like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and mix that with canned cat food. You can add fish oil and nettle powder and even safflower blossoms (health food store) turmeric and garlic oil as these all inhibit the inflammation. Pigs feet broth is also helpful for it's chondroitins which nourish joint cartiledge. Fixed my dog's arthritis in 2-3 weeks.
Replied by Pahlee
Phila, Pa
In response 2 Alice frm shingle springs, I take it that the remedy that u posted is 4 animals, am i not right, the cat food threw me off.

EC: Oops! Yes, they should have been posted in the Pets section, sorry!

Ginger   4  0   

Posted by Mel (Calgary, Ab, Canada) on 03/17/2012

I have only checked out a few things in the last few days but so far I love it. I am a 50 yr old male and have really bad knees and arthritis all over the place. I have tried a few different things but the one that has worked the best is the candied ginger. I went and bought some and had a few pcs while I did stuff in the kitchen and had forgotten about it and noticed about 2 hrs later my knees did not hurt at all. I am also using the ACV and honey and will try oil pulling in the morning. So far very happy with everything. Thanks to everyone that has given these home remedies. Mel

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