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Posted by Mary (Usa) on 10/13/2020

Art: arthritis how to use borax for knee pain

thank you


Replied by Art
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Hi Mary,

As I mentioned to Gracie, I have not tried it topically for anything except the hands and it was effective for that, but the hands are relatively thin and apparently enough borax is able to penetrate the the hands to be effective. For arthritis of the the hips and knees, the oral route is already proven effective for many people. Borax is very poor at penetrating the skin and dermal layers and this is why I have never mentioned it for anything other than the hands. I have only used it orally for other areas of the body.

Orally, I use Ted's method of 1/8th level teaspoon per day for women measured with a measuring spoon set using the 1/8th teaspoon at level full and adding that to a quart or liter of water, stirring or shaking until dissolved and drinking it throughout the day. For men it is 1/4th teaspoon per day in a quart or liter of water. I drink the whole quart during the day and make a new bottle each day. I drink one bottle each day of the week and take Friday, Saturday and Sunday off now.

If you want to try making the borax lotion, I have written about that already on Earth Clinic here :


Posted by Jim H. (Keyport, NJ) on 11/30/2019

I've been taken about 1/4 teaspoon borax in water 2/3 week (for past 3 years) 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 Ben John (Australia) on 10/22/2019

I had bad strain on my knee. Specialy when suddenly stretch I felt minor sometime seviour sharp stabing pain posterior knees. After using borax as Ted recommended for couples of months. pain witheraway permanently. I drive manual so till no problems for almost 3 years.

Posted by Scott (Tampa) on 05/05/2016

Been using Borax (mule 20 team) for about 2 weeks. I had pretty bad knee pain. Almost all my knee pain is gone. I have Osteoarthritis in the knees (both) and now the left knee feels like the right knee. I am 50 yo. I take the normal recommended dosage of 1 teaspoon of concentrate. Concentrate is made from 1 tsp Borax with 1 litre of distilled water. I do this for my whole family including my children. Borax is a salt and is no more toxic than table salt. Both will kill you if you take enough of them. Good luck to all and get rid of Fluoride!!!

Posted by Julia (Brooksville, FL) on 04/27/2008

Most of my adult life I've suffered from stomach problems. And in research of natural cures and flouride poisoning I came across this wonderful website. Anyway, I started the BORAX treatment for flouride because I've been having problems with my knees. I tell ya, I don't know if it's the power of the mind or what, but 2 days of the BORAX treatment and my knees that have been bothering me for the past two months stopped hurting and I can walk again without pain. Haven't tried anything for the stomach yet. But I will now. Expecially after coming across this website and PH levels in the stomach and flouride absorbtion. WOW! Check it out for yourself!

Replied by Marisela
(Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico)

How do you take the borax? Is it the same borax that is sold as a laundry aid?

Borax and Magnesium

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Posted by Dave (Lancashire) on 09/04/2018

Hi, a few years ago I was told borax and magnesium sulphate. both food grade, if you mix a level teaspoon of each into litre of water good shake. Use 1x teaspoon in third of (3, finger) water take every other day. I believe it has taken the edge away in my knees.

I've surfed on line for this combination. Any advice, please?

Replied by Art
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I would try mag oil directly on the knee in addition to the oral magnesium and borax.


Breathing Exercises

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Posted by Robert (Ct) on 07/15/2020

I have had swelling in my knees for awhile now and have tried many things with limited success. What worked best was basically staying off my feet but at the end of the day my knees would still be swollen. I came across a you tube video by Wim Hof and his breathing method to make a long story short it has had a immediate effect on the inflammation in my knees it cost me nothing but doing the method two to three times a day, no pills, nothing required but his breathing method . He is also known as the ice man and has done some amazing things if this helps you as much as it's helping me that will be great give it a try. You might be amazed how your ability to hold your breath increases also.

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Hi, could you please explain me how you do it step by step?


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Posted by Treef (Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England) on 05/08/2009

Hi. About forty years ago I badly sprained my left knee when the heel of my shoe broke. Since that time it occasionally becomes extremely painful, with a large swelling on the inside of the knee (I mean the side towards the other leg). A few years ago, however, I read about using cabbage leaves to treat joint pain and so thought I would give it a go. Hey presto! It worked. This is the treatment: Take some large dark green cabbage leaves and cut out the hard stalks. Next, in their raw state, crush them using a rolling pin until the juice starts to run a little. Then wrap them around the knee--right around and overlapping--and then apply a crepe support bandage to hold them firmly in place. This is best done just before bedtime. Go to bed, get a good night's sleep with your cosy knee held firmly in place, and wake up smelling like a compost heap. Unwrap the bandage, discarding the leaves, and test the leg gently. It works for me and also for a student I once had on a dance/drama course. He was about 16 and practically crippled with the pain from a knee that the doctors could do nothing about. He tried this remedy--and yes, it worked for him too! Excellent website--thank you.

Cabbage Poultice

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Posted by Helen G (Los Angeles, Ca) on 08/28/2018

Oh My Goodness! Cabbage is fabulous in keeping arthritis out of your knee!! Just pile the leaves on your knee - front and back - after you have taken the spines out of the cabbage and used a rolling pin to release some of the juices. Then wrap it up with saran wrap - you might need two sheets of about 15" long. After you do that, wrap the whole knee up in a scarf and go about your business or go to bed. In the morning you take it all off - your cabbage will be wet which is a good sign - and your knee will not be swollen nor will it hurt and you can walk without any pain!!! Try it for about 10 days straight and you will be saying "Oh My Goodness!"

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What a wonder you are. I read what you said and thought it was the craziest thing. I tried it and my knee, which had been horribly swollen for months, had immediate pain relief and within a week, all of the swelling went down. I forgot to write a thank you (this was about a year ago).

Well, this week, I hurt my ankle. I did the usual (ice, elevation, immobilization, etc.) then I remembered Cabbage leaves. Put one on there, wrapped it up, and Bingo! The pain subsided in 20 minutes and I was pain-free all night. I don't know why it works, but it does!

Thank you for sharing. I DID say, "Oh my Goodness!!! "

Calcium, Magnesium, D3

Posted by Victoria (Toronto, ON, Canada) on 04/29/2009

About a month ago, I started feeling pain in my knees... it started when I was sitting down. As time went on, it got worse and I went to see the doctor, who said that I had patellofemoral pain syndrome. Well, a friend of mine suggested that I take calcium, and I feel incredibly better. I take it twice a day- its in one supplement- calcium,magnesium, and vitamin D3 ... Calcium 333mg, Magnesium 167mg, D3133IU Please try it, it works !

Castor Oil

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Posted by Presouzz (Sunny CA) on 12/23/2022

Castor Oil pads for knee swelling / arthritis

I was a retail meat cutter for over 30 years. Standing on cold concrete, and lifting for a living, I suffered at an older age, now retired. I did hit my right knee on my banister corner in 2006 and caused a BAD KNEE for ever. I favored my left knee only to have that knee to get bad after a few years too. So, I have one or both bad knees since 2006 by 2009 I was on heavy drugs and I was taking cortisone shots in my knees. I hated it.

SO I stopped living an active life and stayed home most times and babied both knees. Lots of Magnesium did help too. I can deal with the pain most days but if I have a busy day I cant avoid, I do take OTC meds or tramadol at bed time with aspirin. I HATE taking Excedrin, Motrin or Tylenol. They seem to work ok, but I have been taking those so much after I stopped Vicodin. I fear damage to my organs.

Recently I read here on earth clinic about a gentleman who used castor oil for his knee swelling. NOW I have heard of this over the years. I did in fact save my gallbladder in 2005 by doing heated castor oil packs over my gallbladder for an hour nightly for 2 weeks and maintain weekly for months. Happy to say 2022 I still have my gallbladder!! I did start eating more FAT in my diet to keep my gallbladder working pushing out the sludge. CUTTING OUT all sugars and bad carbs including gluten.

I wish I could find the post the man did on earth clinic to tell him THANK YOU!! For pushing me to try castor oil. I did as he did, I used panty liners and poured organic castor oil on the absorbent side, put them on my knees. I made some knee covers by cutting an old pair of Capri leggings to fit over my knees only. works great!!

I was amazed at how much it helped the swelling. I have not seen my knees so low in swelling in YEARS! I recommend trying this. I use organic by NOW since I am MTHFR challenged and cant detox well. I try to use organic on anything I can.

I usually have to use my cane to get up from my morning computer hour, the 2 day I tried the castor oil knee packs I got up with out knees locking due to swelling. That night I did not wear them to bed. When I did get up to use the bathroom or do an early feed up for my 2 kitties, I forgot I even had painful knees. IM AMAZED!! I do use a saturation in my pad. Enough to make it a wet application. It does seem to absorb into the skin… hence why I use organic.

Years ago, I even changed up my diet to Gluten Free, sugar free, even low oxalate and recently low histamine foods. All did help but no where near enough. I do not want surgery, I have Fibro and my Dr and I both worry about healing bone and flesh.

I hope this castor oil on my knees continues!! I just orders more bottles of organic castor oil. BEST external medicine money can buy! BETTER than any voltaren gel, or salon pas!!

TRY IT!! You will not be sorry. HELPED me pretty fast, but only got better as the day went on. I did pour a little more on late afternoon to the already liners on my knees.


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Posted by Helen (Houston, Texas) on 03/07/2018

Aleve, like advil, is a non-sterile anti-inflammatory drug. (NSAID). All NSAIDs will destroy your joints. Slowly, but they are destructive. They are fine to take occasionally, as long as you know they block healing.

Cartilage, bone broth, rebuild whatever is messed up in your joint.

My massage gal wrapped my knees in a "bandage" of castor oil, me thinking "Edgar Cayce?" but to my surprise when the massage was ending and she took of the bandages, the knees didn't hurt as much! (Knees were in a car crash). Used castor oil at home sometimes.

It's messy, castor oil stains, but amazing pain reduction, possibly permanent? I wont guarantee but then have never hurt as much and the pain has gone down a bit with every or almost every use

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 04/19/2017

I had a knee injury at 16. Every once in a while my knees give me trouble, maybe or maybe not related to the injury. Anyway, last week my knee was really bothering me. I had pain under the kneecap and it was making me limp somewhat. I had not even done anything that I knew of to bother my knee.

I soaked a cloth (not dripping) with castor oil oil and wrapped my knee with it. I covered that with plastic wrap and covered that with an ace bandage. I slept with it that way with a heating pad. It was somewhat improved the next day and now my other knee was a little "twingy" too.

So for the next couple of nights I just massaged castor oil into each knee and loosely put a thin flannel baby blanket on my knees to protect bedclothes. I used a heating pad one night. But in a couple of days, all knee pain was gone in both knees. I have continued to do this each night anyway, just in case. The skin on my knees is very soft now, too!

~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Malu (Texas) on 02/12/2017

I am a 58 year old woman, and some weeks ago my left knee was painful, mostly on the inside, I think it was the tendons. I put warm castor oil, in a cotton piece of cloth, applied it and put a simple bandage over it. When it cooled I repeated it, five times in one day.

The next day the knee was fine, and until today it remains so. I hope it helps.

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Posted by Hisjewel (America, New York) on 08/07/2016

I Woke Up This Morning, In pain, but... I woke up this morning.

Thank you Jesus, I woke up this morning. I was very aware of my aching right knee. A pained knee is one of the after effects of a years of kneeology (praying while on your knees). But I was happy for another day to encourage some one to choose life, and choose to be happy come what may.

There was a small bottle of Castor oil near me. So I poured some on my hand and gave my knee a good massage all around. And within minutes the pain was gone.

So those with knee pain might want to try Castor Oil. Leave it right there on the night stand, in case the knees start talking, before you start walking.

TimH, me too, is with the Amen Crew, the thousands praying for you and your nephew.


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