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How to Use Borax as a Natural Remedy for Arthritis

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Borax for Arthritis

Borax is an effective natural remedy for arthritis. Borax is an easy and inexpensive remedy to use for arthritis and it is effective for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and many other types of arthritis and joint problems.

How Does Borax Help Arthritis?

There are many theories as to why borax helps with arthritis. Borax contains boron, a necessary nutrient for the skeletal system. Studies have found that strong bones contain more boron than weak bones. Borax helps to alkalize the body, which reduces pain and helps maximize the body's health. Borax kills fungus and can therefore fight any fungal root to arthritis. Some believe that borax helps with lubricating the joints. Borax also neutralizes the fluoride added to tap water. Fluoride has a negative effect on the immune system. Reversing fluoride poisoning can only be a positive step towards better overall health and the decrease of arthritis symptoms.

Watch Earth Clinic's new video on borax for arthritis here. Learn specific dosages, best practices and borax alternatives.

How Much Borax Should I Take for Arthritis?

Earth Clinic's Ted recommends the following doses of borax:

  • For Men: 1/4 teaspoon of borax dissolved in 1 liter of water, sipped throughout the day. This is taken 5 days on and 2 days off.
  • For Women: 1/8 teaspoon of borax dissolved in 1 liter of water, sipped throughout the day. This is taken 5 days on and 2 days off.

This is a general guideline. Larger women may benefit from a larger dose. Smaller men may benefit from a smaller dose. The elderly may do best with half of the recommended dose.

To avoid the risk of side effects, start with less at first to make sure the remedy suits you. Because borax can kill off parasites and infection, it is possible it could make you feel ill. It can also cause digestive distress to some people. Cut back on your dose or discontinue using the remedy for a time. You will find more about the possible side effects of borax on this page.

How Long Will it Take for Borax to Bring Relief to My Arthritis?

Some find relief with this remedy in a short time, even in a day or two. For others, the borax takes time to bring the desired results. Degenerative diseases like arthritis have taken years to develop. Healing can take time, too.

To maximize the benefit of borax for your arthritis, do drink plenty of water with it. Do get light exercise as you are able. Do take care of yourself and eat well.

Is there an Alternative to Borax for Arthritis?

Not everyone is comfortable using borax internally to treat health problems. The boron in borax is critical to bone and joint health and can be obtained from sources other than borax. Boron supplements are available. Calcium Fructoborate is another supplement option. Foods like nuts and legumes do contain boron, but boron deficiency is still not uncommon.

Have you tried borax for arthritis? Please share you experience with us!

Continue reading for interesting and informative reviews from our readers about how they used borax for arthritis.

52 User Reviews

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Posted by Renee (Boston) on 05/14/2022
4 out of 5 stars

I was concerned about using a full 1/8th of Borax so used a pinch in my coffee once a day for about 3 days now. I had some reduction in finger and elbow swelling but the bottom of my feet are still swollen. I was thinking of upping the dose until I noticed the solution I prepared in a glass bottle with Borax and water to apply topically has now crystalized! I had it practically dissolved and woke up this morning to find crystalized Borax in the bottom of the bottle. Is it crystalizing in our bodies when we take it internally???!!!!

Posted by Deirdre (CT) on 03/28/2022
5 out of 5 stars

Thought I would share my new borax method with the EC community as it's working so phenomenally well, and fast, I am quite stunned actually. I have been applying to my lower spine where I was having severe tailbone and sciatica the past few months as well as on my hand and knees. No more pain, no stiffness. I actually forgot I had a bad back yesterday! I am only on day 4 of this and started seeing results after the 2nd day. This works much faster than the internal borax method, in my opinion. Plus absolutely no side effects.


  • Bottle (I use a 4 oz amber bottle)
  • Borax
  • DMSO (buy on Amazon - 99.99% purity)


  • Fill the bottle with 4 oz hot distilled water.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of borax (20 Mule Team is what I use)
  • Shake vigorously until the borax is dissolved. Make sure to shake vigorously every day before use.

Application Method

  • Shake, and then pour some of your borax solution into the palm of your hand and then apply to any problem areas you want to treat. Make sure to apply to clean skin before you do this because DMSO is a solvent. Right after a shower is a good time.
  • Massage into the skin until most of it has been absorbed.
  • Add a few drops of DMSO to the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and then apply the DMSO on top of the borax. Massage into the area and then allow the area to dry before you put on any clothes.


No pain in the hands.. increased flexibility in the joints.. no clicking when I open and close my fingers. (Note: my hands are achy from years of karate as an adult and intense gymnastics as a child.)

Back pain - gone.


  • One need apply the borax and DMSO solution only once a day to see results. Perhaps twice is better but one time works for me.
  • The targeted application seems to work much faster than drinking an entire liter of borax 5 days a week.
  • I tried Art's borax arthritis topical cream method last year but had a hard time dissolving the borax, so this distilled water method works perfectly for me. Thanks for the original suggestion, Art!

Try this, please. Would love to hear results from other people.

Replied by Claudi0
(Spring Hill, Florida)
5 out of 5 stars

Have you tried adding the 2 drops DMSO to your 4 oz. of dist. water and 1 t. of borax solution? This would eliminate the extra streps and handling pure DMSO. I think I would try this myself.

Posted by Cheryl (Ontario) on 11/03/2021
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Hello, I have started using Borax to help with an arthritic knee with much relief after only a few days. I have shared this with a friend who has concerns about taking it while on prednisone to treat an autoimmune form of arthritis..

Does anyone have experience or know if it's ok to use if you are on prednisone?

Replied by Art
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Hi Cheryl,

I used oral prednisone while using borax very long term and did not have a problem, but we are all different and react differently.



I am quite confused with the dosage- I am taking 1 tbsp a day from mix of 1/8 tsp if borax in 1 l of distilled water - some sites suggest to drink that 1 litre if the mix of borax a day - please advise πŸ™πŸ‘

Replied by CJG

I had very bad bursitis in my shoulder. I used a solution of borax and water (1 tsp / 1 liter) and soaked a cotton cloth and applied it to my shoulder several times a day.

I was hesitant to drink the solution, so decided applying it topically would be OK (not sure why I thought that, the skin is a huge organ which absorbs all kinds of things, including Epsom salts and baking soda in a bath) The application at room temperature felt so good and relieving. After about a week, the swelling in my shoulder had diminished and pain was greatly relieved. I kept it up for weeks, and the bursitis went away. My orthopedist wanted to inject cortisone. I said I would consider it if taking glucosamine and condroitin didn't help and that I would let him know. He actually told me that some of his patients had good results from quitting dairy consumption since dairy is an I did that, also.

Replied by Susi
(Madison Alabama)

Taking prednisone, in general, is bad news period. DR'S prescribe it so much that people ate constantly getting sicker. It takes 18 months for it to detox out of our bodies. And people with Parkinson's can go wacko. Hallucinations and not sleeping which is a scary bad situation to watch your dad go through. Or anyone for that matter. But within 18 months most Dr's a reason to prescribe it again and therefor add on to what's still left in our bodies the last time. Unintentional I'm sure. That's why it's said you need to take responsibility f or your own health.research it to be convinced which I encourage that anyway. As I do the same when I hear something new. Just passing g along what I heard and experience as well as further research.

Susi from Alabama

Posted by DDDDDuane (NYC) on 10/08/2021
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I know borax therapy mostly as an arthritis cure...(straight out of the laundry box)... After 6 months of approximately a quarter teaspoon every day cured the arthritis in my ankle...

Posted by RonEBorden (Florida, USA) on 10/02/2021
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I started using Borax for arthritis three weeks ago. It is very effective. Arthritis might be a combination of boron deficiency and parasite and fungal infection.

Replied by Valerie
(New Zealand)

I'm not great with maths so need some help. I'd like to make my own boron drops to place in tea as I prefer to drink different fluids during the day. If I have a 100 ml dropper bottle, and wish each drop to represent 6mg boron, exactly what quantity of borax would I had to the 100 mls to make such?

hands and wrists
(Joshua Tree, CA)

1 ml = 20 drops, so 100 ml = 2000 drops For 1 drop to equal 6 mg of Boron, 2000 drops must have 12000 mg of Boron or 1.2g. But Borax is not pure Boron. 25 to 30 mg of Borax contains 3 mg of Boron.

To make the calculation simpler I will choose 30 mg. That means 1 mg of Boron is contained in 10 mg of Borax. We need 1.2 g of Boron, which is in 12 g of Borax. You need 12g of Borax per 100 ml of water. I'm not sure that much Borax will dissolve in that much water. If not, add another 100 ml of water. Then you will have to use 2 drops to get your 6 mg of Boron.

Posted by Mike (Des Moines, IA) on 06/30/2021
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I am taking borax 5 days a week for joint pain in the last 8 months. My pain has been reduced 80%, but in the last 2 months, I have not seen any improvement. Any suggestions?

Replied by Michellle

How much do you take? I made my mixture not sure how much to take?

Posted by Glenn (New Braunfels, TX) on 05/28/2021
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Borax worked for me! Shortly after starting a Borax regimen, I noticed that I stopped popping ibuprofen and acetaminophen all day like candy.

In context: I am days from 70, and previously made lifestyle changes to overcome prostate issues: high PSA and BPH. Three years ago, my right shoulder started to hurt a little, maybe from mousing all day at work.

I started some shoulder exercises with Dick's #10 bands, and have worked up to about 3 hour workouts twice a week with #40-70 bands, and mow with a push mower. Still, there was continual right shoulder pain. If I do a 40# bench press, it will creak and squeak a dozen times per down and up.

So I had a heating pad, and a car heating pad, applied Icy Hot and Capzasin-HP and other salves, took the allowed daily limit of Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen, and all these supplements: Turmeric-Curcumin, Glucosamine-Chondroitin, a Multivitamin, C, Omega-3, Ashwagandha, and Alpha Lipoic Acid, plus three for prostate/testosterone/libido. Still, chronic pain.

About 2-3 months ago, I learned of Steve Mabey's Borax video, goggled hard all the facts, did the math, and added this daily:

When I wake up, I drink two 12-oz mugs of water with 1/2 tsp baking soda in each cup, first thing, to hydrate and alkalize my body. Then, spread out over the day, in about three of my many frequent mugs of Green tea + Instant coffee + Cacao, I drop in about 1/16 tsp of Epsom Salt (for Magnesium) and 1/16 tsp of laundry Borax (for Boron). That's small enough to barely taste. In perhaps a couple of weeks, real relief has come upon me. Nice!

Posted by You are what you eat (Dallas, Texas ) on 04/14/2021
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Borax for arthritis

I use I every day. Last year, I was a month out from getting a knee replacement and my nurse sister told me about borax. Well 1 week of using it, I didn't get a total knee replacement and am 90% pain free.

1 tablespoon in a 1 liter bottle mix. Take a tablespoon-sized drink of this concentrate. Mix with water or coffee whatever you like to drink.

Replied by Gracie

Surely, it should be 1/8 teaspoonful for a female, and 1/4 teaspoonful for a male, added to one litre of water.



If you are drinking the entire liter then yes, it is 1/8 tsp for women and 1/4 tsp for men. The other option for dosing is the above...1 TBSP to one liter but only take one tablespoon of the liquid, not the entire liter.

Replied by Annette

Do you only take one tablespoon daily? Sorry I'm confused. Can you elaborate?

5 out of 5 stars

I got liquid boron and take 12 mg or two droppers under my tongue each morning. It completely took stiffness and discomfort of hurting finger joints away.

Replied by Rosie
(Mays Landing, NJ)

Hi, my dad needs a knee replacement and he is in slot of pain. Was your dosage, 1 tablespoon per day from the liter mixed concentrate or did take the tablespoon more than once? Did you always mix it with coffee or juice?


ROSIE, ORH here, and have told this story a jillion times about an ozone shot 14 years ago avoided having to replace my right knee. I do have to go get a shot every 3 or 4 years and it is now time again. I have known folks that had knee replacements and still had the pain and got the ozone shot and were pain free. You need to go into the archives of EC because too much borax can be toxic and you way off base. ===ORH===


Definitely 1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp of Borax in 1 litre water bottle. Spread it out during the day. OR... One and a half Tsp of Borax in one litre of water in which you take 1-2 tbsp per day of the stronger solution.

(New Zealand)
5 out of 5 stars

If you mix a quarter of a teaspoon of borax with one litre of water. Ten mls of this liquid equals one mg of boron. The maximum daily dose of boron is 20 mg. It is best to stay under 10 mg per day. I take 20 ml of the liquid every 12 hours . That is 8 mg of boron per day. Borax powder is around 10% boron. I have severe osteo-arthtitis iin the spine and the borax really works.


Where do you find a practitioner who gives ozone shots? Can you describe how/why it works? My hip is in desperate shape. Thanks!

(Perth Australia)

Hi Mike, how long have you been taking the Borax and how soon did you notice an improvement? I have osteoarthritis in my hips along with tears in my tendons and ligaments. Anything you have noticed I would appreciate hearing about.🌸😬

Replied by Michael
(New Zealand)

I know Boron is strongly recommended for Arthritis but even so, that seems like a remarkably quick cure!

Normally, arthritics spend years searching for just a little relief, never mind such a rapid recovery.

Are you sure it was Arthritis you experienced?

I like the idea of a few drops placed under the tongue: that is the way in which Homeopathic remedies are supposed to be rapidly absorbed, so good for you for going down that track.

I would love to know for how long you took the treatment before you experienced relief in your fingers?

Also, how many seconds did you keep the drops there before swallowing: that might be significant.

That would be useful information to learn from you.

Cheers from Down Under

Replied by BevilNC
5 out of 5 stars

For all of the nay-sayers I can attest to this rapid healing being true. I had several calcified discs in my back from an injury when I was young. My spine was not able to move along those discs and I had a bony projection in my back from the calcification. I could not even be leaned back in a dental chair without turning to the side a bit because of the projection. I could not roll over in bed without groaning in pain and my lower spine had begun to curve.

I started the borax protocol and rid my home of fluoride and within a couple of days my knees and finger stiffness were gone...before the end of the second week the calcified discs broke free and I had normal range of motion in my spine.

It REALLY does work this fast! Borax is less toxic than table salt. When I first was brave enough to decide to try it I got the Material Data Safety sheets for both to see for myself. You can search for them and get them online if you are concerned and see for yourself.

So do not be frightened off by those saying it is dangerouse...IT IS NOT! That was the drivel that the pharma industry used to try to discredit Dr. Rex Newnham when he presented this cure. Natural substances can not be patented so the pharma industry can't profit from it and they will suppress this information at all costs.

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I can't speak for Mike but when I discovered the borax cure years ago it only took a day or two until I noticed significant improvement, fingers and knees no longer stiff and with in a couple weeks back issues were gone! It works really fast...just be sure to stop your fluoride intake...use distilled water and get the fluoride free tooth paste

Posted by Sara B. (USA) on 02/09/2021 1 posts
5 out of 5 stars

I had read the Borax, Arthritis connection here on Earth Clinic but didn't try it at first. I have began running again and my knees were clicking and sore as heck even after a long rest period. Then my fingers and shoulders started hurting, I not sure the connection with this and running but maybe my body was out of whack.

I began taking a pinch of Mule Team Borax in my coffee for about a week and had no relief. I then increased my dose to 1/4 teaspoon every morning in my coffee. After five days I started feeling relief in my knees and fingers. I did a seven mile run and my knees felt lubricated and hardly any pain the next day. I am amazed this has worked and will continue.

Replied by Bill B.
(Vancouver, BC Canada)

Why the coral calcium, magnesium and iodine drops? I take magnesium citrate, which remains completely successful in preventing night leg cramps after strenuous daily sport. I am a believer in the benefits of iodine after spending the healthiest of my 79yrs when in and around the sea.

Posted by Oomybeauty (Earth Clinic's Youtube Channel) on 08/29/2020
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1 month taking a tiny little pinch of borax in my drink like water or coffee β˜• a day. Have noticed a very significant decrease in my arthritic pain in my hip which was at a range of 4 to 8 now it is at a 2 to 5 . I could hardly do anything, including walking, going up and down stairs, shoes, even stretching was excruciating! Now I can do treadmill for 15 minutes to half an hour, not be in wincing pain stretching, no pain sleeping, and the hip has not been giving out like it did. Finding these vids was really a great gift 🎁 from God !! Thank you so very much for sharing this vital lifesaver info 😊 ❀!

EC: Comment on our Borax for Arthritis video here:

Replied by oomybeauty
(EC's YouTube page)
5 out of 5 stars

3 months, taking one pinch of mule team borax in my Starbucks coffee. My super painful hip pain, from arthritis, is almost gone. I am still limping but pain is so I can put shoes on, jeans, leggings, = no pain, also pain from sleeping and sitting is almost gone. Added coral calcium/ magnesium and iodine drops. My teeth, nails, whites of eyes, mental sharpness= all improved. Highly recommend a pinch a day of borax!

Also, I did feel the detox effect, I just took aspirin or migraine meds and took a day off from borax. Will continue to update.

(Pittsburgh, Pa)

May I please ask, when you say a little pinch in your Coffee are you using the 1/4 teaspoon like it says for a whole liter of water? Have you had any side effects at all?

Replied by SusanK
(Spfld MO)

Wondering if your results are still successful with daily Borax? Any issues? My natural health person didn't know anything about it.

Replied by Rebecca
(Ypsilanti, Michigan)

I'm bone on bone in my right hip. Will borax help?

Posted by Jack (Durham) on 06/02/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Borax is very good for arthritis and general health.

Posted by Susan (Toronto) on 05/13/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I was taking a borax solution - pinch of borax in a tall glass of water - off and on for a couple of months. Then stopped during covid-19 a couple of months ago. In the past two weeks, I have become increasingly sore and feeling arthritic in all joints, esp fingers, hips and knees.

I saw ORH's post on Earth Clinic and remembered that I too had stopped taking borax. Well guess what, in only a day back on a pinch of borax, all aches and pains are gone. This tells me that 1. you don't have to do the borax remedy constantly and 2. The effects last 2-3 months. Very happy the turn-around was that quick.

Replied by N N Epp

Do you need to use distilled or purified water? Can I use Pur filtered water and get the same results? My arthritis is bad in fingers, wrists, knees. ankles and neck. Just started taking borax in water and will do every 3 days to start. Unless someone tells me otherwise. Thanks for your help.

(Faithville, Us)

Remember while you are using borax or boron that it is ONE of your minerals and you need to keep them in balance or your body will produce histamine and you will have histamine symptoms until you get those minerals back into balance with water. Borax removes calcium out of soft tissue and let loose stones into organs . Chanca Piedra is nicknamed stonebreaker.

Posted by Lilikoi (Pahoa, Hawaii) on 12/28/2019
5 out of 5 stars

Borax works for me too for arthritis in a few of my fingers that were injured a few years ago. I just use a good pinch in my drinking water for the day. If I forget and skip for a few days they hurt again. When I take it the pain stops. Perhaps I should take more to keep my fingers in better shape!

Posted by Jim H. (Keyport NJ) on 11/30/2019
4 out of 5 stars

Borax: I've been taking about 1/4 teaspoon 2/3 week (3years) and it helped my clicking knees.. i found it best in a cup of tea with spoon full honey, you cannot taste it at all..

Posted by Jerry J. (Seattle) on 09/13/2019
5 out of 5 stars

Borax works for arthritis, it's natural, from the earth like a clay and received well. My question is that as long as you don't drink baking soda with meals, which of course can lesson your natural digestive acidic juices, you can add it to the water you drink to alkalize it. I've been doing this to my spring water for years, so I'm wondering if baking soda (sodium bicarb) can be mixed with boron, as again my drinking water all has baking soda in it. Thanks.

Replied by Deborah
5 out of 5 stars

I have read recently that borax mixed with baking soda is a great combination. I am starting that as of yesterday. I use energy testing and those together test very strong for me.


what amounts of Baking Soda and of Borax are you using, in how much water and how often if you don't mind? I'd really like to be pain free again.

Replied by Roy

What is the required dose for a 65 yr old adult?

(Not Canada)

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"Earth Clinic's Ted recommends the following doses of borax: For Men: 1/4 teaspoon of borax dissolved in 1 liter of water, sipped throughout the day. This is taken 5 days on and 2 days off. For Women: 1/8 teaspoon of borax dissolved in 1 liter of water, sipped throughout the day. This is taken 5 days on and 2 days off. This is a general guideline. Larger women may benefit from a larger dose. Smaller men may benefit from a smaller dose. The elderly may do best with half of the recommended dose."

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