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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.

35 User Reviews

Posted by Oomybeauty (Earth Clinic's Youtube Channel) on 08/29/2020
5 out of 5 stars

1 month taking a tiny little pinch of borax in my drink like water or coffee ☕ 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.

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."

Posted by Rod (Canada) on 08/23/2019
5 out of 5 stars

Hey all, I stumbled upon borax/boron about 5 or 6 years ago after I was diagnosed with arthritis....and told "there is nothing I can do for you". I have been taking it every day for 5 or 6 years. I feel better than I did in high school. I'm 50 and a pretty good athlete, still. Before borax I had to tape my ankles and wrists, and was always in a great deal of pain after sport. Now, I have zero inflammation, and play sports all the time.

Borax GREATLY increased the quality of my life. Sports/fitness has saved me all my one constant throughout my journey. I don't know what I would do without sport and fitness. In essence, borax has saved my life. I call borax the fountain of youth. Rex Neuman and Walter Last are 2 doctors that should be googled. They spearheaded the research on boron a long time ago. Borax also increases sexual function, and a host of other things.

Here is a must read (pretty technical):

Lot's of love and good health. Without health, life is not life.

Posted by Marth (Brooklyn, NY) on 06/24/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I am a long distance runner since my mid-teens, now in my late 40s. I was feeling horrendous aches and pains in all joints, esp feet and knees the past few months. Arthritis was setting in! Upon extensive research, I found the borax remedy and started it up immediately last week after locating the borax in a grocery store in my town. It's early days on the protocol but I just wanted to report that within 2 days on 1/8 teaspoon in 1 liter of filtered water (Brita filtered), aches and pains in all joints completely disappeared!! I am stunned that the borax worked so fast. Guessing I became severely deficient deficient in boron recently and my body desperately needed it. I plan to continue the borax indefinitely. Let's spread the word, guys!!

Posted by Sam (Nyc ) on 03/04/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have two bad knees, arthritis for sure, getting worse year by year. I started the borax remedy two months ago. I use 1/8 teaspoon in a liter of water per the instructions. It took about 2 days to feel relief. After 2 days, no more knee pain. My knees feel about 20 years younger, sounds weird but I am not kidding you. I walk everywhere and I have no more pain or fatigue in my legs and knees at night.

I stopped taking the borax to see how long it would take before the pain returned and it was 10 days. So I don't think you need to take it everyday after a while. I'll keep experimenting and report back! Yay!!

Posted by John (Michigan) on 11/14/2017
5 out of 5 stars

In Response to:

Posted by Brian S. (Coombabah Qld) on 08/04/2017

I have arthritis in my fingers and knees. Last December I was told about Borax. I mix 1 1/2 teaspoons in 600 mils of water, then take 1/3 of a small glass each morning; now virtually no pain. Last Easter I was away for 5 days, but did not take my Borax. After 2 days the pain started to return.

That is rather strange. The original researcher that discovered Borax as a treatment for Arthritis and many other researchers have said the opposite. After patient had been on Borax for a few months to a year that if they suddenly stopped the pain relief lasted many months to a year after treatment stopped. If you stop and think about it that makes sense because borax is absorbed mostly by bones in the body and they have not found any plateau effect in bone like they see in soft tissues. So you should not see results of supplementation disappear in 2 days or even a few weeks time. Think about it you stop taking calcium and magnesium you bones do not turn to dust in days! If our bodies where that bad with regard to mineral maintenance we as a species would have died off many thousands of years ago. In fact even when you water fast your body does a good job holding onto sodium, magnesium and calcium with phosphorous being the problem child we just can not hold onto well when water fasting. If you are having this much problem when you stop for a 2 days or more you might need to up your does of not only Boron but also magnesium, K2 and vitamin D3. Borax/Boron works synergistic with these. You might also want to look at your faty acid profiles because lesions on articular cartilage are directly related to some fatty acid's but not other's. Remember once your bones are loaded with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, boron it is like money in bank or a swimming pool full of water a little daily leak is no big deal even if it goes on for weeks if the bank/pool is full. If it the bank account or pool is almost empty though even a tiny leak will have you in trouble fast.

As near as I can tell if you have osteoporosis it takes 75mg-150mg of Boron a day combined with 400mg-600mg of magnesium a day to reverse it. So you might consider these things and a bone mineral density test to see where your at. You do not need DEXA X-Ray study anymore a lot of doctors have in office bone mineral density testing that just has you insert your lower leg into a small device and it reads bone density! Bottom line is that after weeks or months of Boron supplementing you should be able to easily go 2 days with out it and not be in pain. The studies using low doses like 3mg-10mg a day are all over the place with either no statistically significant results or hit and miss results.

The people that have been preaching about Borax for 20+ years usually talk about 50mg-150mg daily doses. Some even advocate 5 days on 2 days off to guarantee that you never over do it since Boron is water soluble and is flushed regularly from your body. Also keep in mind placebo effect works both ways if you think something is a cure or will help with pain often id does even if it is just a sugar pill or salt pill but if you think you can not go with out something guess what placebo works that way too and any interruption of the "cure" and you spiral out of control. Most nutrients are not a daily thing unlike rodents humans do not balance the metabolic books every day.

Sincerely, John

Posted by Nick (South Africa) on 10/26/2017
4 out of 5 stars

I have suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for twelve years and found this wonderful site a few weeks ago. I started taking a quarter teaspoon of borax in a liter of water sipped throughout the day and within a week my arthritis pain was gone. It was miraculous. I felt great. Then I got flu like symptoms and then I got really sick with flu. I stopped the borax and went to the doc who gave me a antibiotic. Once I was over the flu the arthritis returned so I stared taking the borax again at the same dose.

This time however it seemed to have no effect on the arthritis. It has been six weeks and I still have a lot of pain especially in my hands. I do feel some benefits like the fatigue is not so bad. Can someone help as to why borax would work so well the first time and then have very little effect. Feeling hopeful.

Replied by Janet

Nick Antibiotic use can throw off your whole system. Digestion can experience problems. You then do not absorb nutrients from your food, boom you're unwell.

Here is Ted's chapter regarding RA:

Tony Pantellarescos RA formula, it is simple and amazing for pain.

Borax is always first in our house. There are further remedies to add to be even more effective.


Replied by Pam

Could be there is still some antibiotic in your bloodstream, blocking the boron? This is only a guess.

Replied by Charity
Faithville, Us

When I first started my borax foot soaks I had amazing results with lots of discomfort and my friend tried it and got flu like symptoms from detox. She did too much too soon. I told her use oscillococcinum for flu symptoms and she got relief.

Replied by Ailora

You were experiencing the Herxheimer response. It sounds exactly like the 'flu like symptoms' you had. Herxheimer is when your body is healing and sloughing off toxins that have built up in your system over a long period of time. You must power through this and healing is on the other side. By stopping the borax and intervening with allopathic medicine, you most likely hindered your ability to recover. I wonder if it'll still happen for you but only take a lot longer now...

Replied by Kenneth

This is exactly what I thought when I read the initial post.

Replied by Barbara

It could very well be your microbiome that has been damaged by the antibiotics. The most assured and quickest way to restore your microbiome is through FMT from a thoroughly tested donor. However, a great diversity of food, yogurts, fermented foods, etc can restore your microbiome over time.

Posted by Barrie (ex-zim) (Brisbane, Australia) on 08/04/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using Borax (from Turkey) as a supplement for a few years as there are numerous reports and personal feed backs of the benifits of Borax/boron in Nexus Magazine (a New Zealand publication), particularly in the treatment of arthritis. I have seen amazing results from those I have suggested try Borax rather than surgery or chemical drugs - fingers regain unpainful complete movement, fingers actually straightened up. We need 5mg a day but because of fertilisers in food production our soils are de-mineralised and we are now only getting about 1mg a day, hence all the arthritis surferers today. I have absolutely no pain at 68 years old. Borax is good in many areas of health. Turkey and California produce the highest grade (as I have read) and have be consistently voted the highest environmentally safe mines in the world.

EC: The Nexus article can be read here.

Replied by Ben

Am experiencing extreme fatigue, wondering if using borax for arthritis pain would aid fatigue or cause more??

Replied by Ellie

Hard to know if borax would make your fatigue worse or better. Some find it helps with fatigue. Others find that, at first, it can make one feel worse. A normal dose of borax for women (1/8 t.) makes me feel awful for 24 hours. I think I am just detoxing.

You could try starting with small amounts if you want. Like just a pinch in your coffee in the morning. And increase slowly if you like.

Replied by Dr Mike
San Diego

I am loving everything I read here. Thank you very much for this great site. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Brian S. (Coombabah Qld) on 08/04/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have arthritis in my fingers and knees. Last December I was told about Borax.

I mix 1 1/2 teaspoons in 600 mils of water, then take 1/3 of a small glass each morning; now virtually no pain.

Last Easter I was away for 5 days, but did not take my Borax.

After 2 days the pain started to return.

Posted by Rima (Sd) on 06/27/2017
0 out of 5 stars

The solution is causing me dizziness few minutes after I take it. I end up napping a bit, and then I am fine. So far this is all I noticed. I am waiting it would help me with arthritic joints (cracking mostly). Anyone experience dizziness, too?

Replied by Nepp

Yes, but went away after a few days.

Posted by Jua (Madrid) on 02/02/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Hello Ted,

I want to thank greatly you share all their knowledge and good work with us. This page has been and is of great help for me.

I have approximately 3 months taking borax, solution 1/8 teaspoon in water (a little less volume) mixed with the juice of half a lemon and sea salt (1/8 also). I have several issues that I wanted to try: rosacea and rheumatoid arthritis, all a result of perimenopause, with hormonal imbalances also.

I take this solution 5 days a week. I want to keep taking it because it helps me a lot (already do not hurt me the bones of the hand and is being corrected me enough inflammation of the index finger), but the problem is that it makes me very sleepy. What should I do? Am I doing something wrong? Sorry for my English and many thanks again.

Greetings and best wishes.

P.S. I take tablets of vitamin E, D3+K2, magnesium, and vitamin B2. I guess it is important

Thanks a lots

Replied by Hisjewel
America, New York

Hi Jua,

Please let me butt in. I'm always watchful of things that make me sleepy, because my assignment calls for me to be alert. if you take a look in the EC insomnia section, which makes suggestions of what you can take to help you to sleep, you will find Borax, Sea Salt and Lemon listed there. And yes I find that Borax gives me a good nights sleep, but Sea Salt even more so. So if I have in All Night Prayer or Shut in coming up, these are listed with the early supplements I stop taking.