Osteoarthritis Remedies

Apple Pectin
Posted by Lad (Bel Air, MD) on 10/13/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Pectin cured Osteo-Arthritis and ganglion cycsts in the small knuckles. The hot-water/ACV soak recommended on Earthclinic was the most helpful topical treatment I ever tried for my painful knuckles. But when I started taking liquid citrus pectin, I noticed more lasting improvement during the day. When I later added apple pectin pills, the pain relief neared 100%. I read where pectin revives stiff, damaged synovial tissue - which is the culprit in ganglions. Doctor's only recommended Glucsoame/chondroiton./MSM, gloves, or surgery! I've tried just about EVERY arthritis supplement out there over the years, (including some fairly exotic and costly ones). But these very cheap, simple and widely available food-based home remedies did the trick for me. It's a shame they aren't more widely known.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger
Posted by Chrisf (Surrey Uk) on 06/11/2016 4 posts
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Update to my ongoing experiments.

I have read about the use of ginger to ease Osteoarthritis. I have also used Apple Cider Vinegar as an additive with honey to relieve sore throat, sinus symptoms etc.

I must report though that you need to be really careful with the amount of ACV you use. One of the ingredients is Potassium Metabisulphate. Too much of this can have bad effects on different parts of the body. I started to get quite serious difficulty in passing urine. My thought process went into rewind to find a reason why I suddenly found it so difficult to pass urine and using a catheter was very painful during insertion when the tip of the tube got to the point where the prostate is.

I did some research about Potassium Metabisulphate and discovered that one of the side effects over too much in the body can cause swelling of certain parts of the body.....fingers, toes, extremities, but also the prostate. What was happening is that my prostate was swelling up and pinching the urethra and stopping urine flow. I stopped using ACV and within 3 to 4 days the symptoms disappeared.

I then read about ginger and results to ease Osteoarthritis. So I followed quantity recommendations and used fresh ginger root every other day. However the symptoms experienced with too much ACV returned. I checked the suggested quantity amount, but I also checked what components make up ginger. I was surprised to see that ginger is very high in Potassium. So I stopped this too and my symptoms disappeared.

Another vegetable that does similar things is Asparagus, be careful with this one too.

The moral here is to be very careful with things that are high in Potassium. Too much of it can actually be very dangerous.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger
Posted by Mally (Australia) on 12/06/2017

I want to thank you for your timely warning that ginger has a high Potassium content. I've just been diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in my wrists and my doctor put me on Prednisolone (a steroid) which makes me feel terrible. But there is a warning on the tablet container not to take Potassium while taking the meds; maybe drinking ginger tea wouldn't do much harm, but one never knows so I'll be cautious. I'm searching the net for more natural cures and land often on the earth clinic website. I'm also doing the Borax cure following Dr Newnham's recipe. it's early days yet but I'm hopeful. thank you again Chris in Surrey. :)

Honey and Royal Jelly
Posted by Pc93 (Orlando, FL) on 04/07/2014

A friend of my mom got her fingers back to normal from being all crooked from having arthritis. What did she learn of to take care of this. You get royal jelly, the best is from the local beekeeper. It will be frozen in a jar. It is whitish. You take the portion that you bought and mix it with 3x honey. So a 1 to 3 ratio of royal jelly with honey. You then take one teaspoon a day.

Honey and Royal Jelly
Posted by Tina (Ohio) on 12/12/2015

How long did it take? I have such pain and my fingers are crippling.

Honey and Royal Jelly
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 12/12/2015

Hello Tina,

On the Osteo issue, please google, youtube DMSO Dr. Jacobs 60 minutes....and you'll find a three part series on DMSO re arthritic issues.

Gluten-Free Diet, DMSO
Posted by Carolinaheart (Hartsville, Sc) on 09/27/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I found that eating gluten free stops osteoarthritis pain. The shooting, pin-like pains stop in the knuckles of my hands, shoulder and knees. It has been wonderful. In addition, when I walk too much, I use DMSO to stop the pain. Ice on my hips also stops the hip pain. It took about 3 weeks before the pain was gone. I am so thankful!! the gluten free diet also got rid of my 'wheat belly'!!

Heberden's Node Remedies
Posted by Stephanie (Vancouver, Wa) on 08/08/2013

I have Osteoarthritis in my hands with Heberden's nodes on five of my fingers. I have read the older posts on this site, but was wondering if anyone out there is currently experiencing the same issue? It seems like they are getting bigger, or maybe it's just that I am so aware of them and look at them all the time! I am 41years old, and have days when the pain and swelling that is present in a few of my fingers is so bad that I have a hard time putting on my kids clothes and carrying them. I want to naturally get rid of these nodules!! Can anyone out there share their experience with me and if they have had any success in getting rid of them?

I just started taking the ACV, baking soda and honey concoction tonight. Thank you so much!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Popeye (Birmingham, United Kingdom) on 06/13/2014
1 out of 5 stars

I also have Herbedens nodes on 4 of my fingers, have been taking ACV but not really noticed any difference. In fact, I have aquired another node over last few months. Have just ordered some Cherry juice as I have read it is excellent for gout and GP seems to think I could have gout in one very painful finger.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Connie (Or) on 04/08/2017

I use hyaluronic acid (it has 2 items in with the hyaluronic acid) 100mg 2x day. I do not have the bottle handy to tell you those 2 other items that are in the capsule. It has helped me a whole lot. I also heat a cup of water and put 1/2 tsp Tumeric in it and let it sit 15 seconds stir and put 1 tsp honey in it stir and drink. I do this a couple of times a day and it really helps also.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ila (Hamilton, On) on 03/21/2018

If ACV isn't helping, try magnesium oil. While I haven't used it, I've read that you can apply it topically to the affected area for relief. May you be well soon!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Iowama (Usa) on 03/23/2018


Wow! I'm learning a lot here. Next time I start hurting, I will step up my game!

Thanks for your response,


Cervical Spondylosis
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 04/26/2013

Just reading... that DMSO is sure interesting stuff and there is a roll on some people with arthritis love for pain relief.

Personally I love the watercure site and adding salt to the diet. Lately I have found more things that help are Full spectrum minerals with 1 to 1 ratio of magnesium to calcium. I also use multi vitamins and omegas. My skin looks wonderful and I also use the coconut oil topically and internal and it kills pain.

I don't have any arthritis but plenty of things to aim at. Most of the spices that are used in these sites are full of certain minerals and vitamins and anti inflammatories... Some have warnings about overuse. Partly because the minerals in them are high for one mineral and low for another throwing the body out of balance over time.

Cervical Spondylosis
Posted by Sharon (IL) on 01/15/2021

Atlas orthogonal or upper cervical dc. get an MRI. See a a neurosurgeon. positional weakness so ask friends to adjjust you by smashing the spibe with hand over the other. then lumbar rolls. shoudlder ont he side in towards you then the person pushes the hip away form the body in one swipe.

There is too much info on what to take for and do to feel better: no meat or dairy. less oils. orgnaic fresh fruits and veg. get a rice cooker. organic black, wild brown rice. turmeric, magnesium. pain and muscle homeopathic remedies. I get them form a dc inthe mail from Dalls, Texas 972-792-7500 Dr.Kam Yuen is a great dc. also a teacher.

Dr. Kevin James Regan, dc in Chicago, Il says the phase go prephase 1 is 10 years. phase 1 is 10 years. the Nuerosurgeon will not let a disk get boen to bone so get those MRIs to a surgeon/disks that are smashed need fused. buldges go back into place with 2 months of dc care 6 x a week. No gluten. jovial pasta or zen pasta. organic everything, also cleary fitered water. Get a soft pillow. Only sleep on the left side. heart on the right if you can not sleep on the back.

Doug Kaufmann phase 1 diet may help, Nystatin also. start keeping a list of natural supplements people list online for pain.

Melatonin for sleep or 5 htp b complex and vit d at night if Dr says ok.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Alittlebitsassy (Langley Bc, Canada) on 01/14/2010
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I have been taking 1 TB ACV in either 8 oz juice or water 2x daily for the past month now. I have osteoarthritis in both my knees and they ACV has helped immensley with the pain and inflammation. The only problem I have noticed is that I am getting some bad stomach pains and also racing of the heart this past week or so. Has anyone else encountered this problem while taking ACV? Thank you!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Judith (Lakes Entrance Vic , Australia) on 10/11/2011

I was diagnosed withosteoarthriris and have been using 6000 gr. of fish oil a day, this has loosened up my body but not got rid of pain. I am trying Iodine now as my daughter has been cured of a lump in her breast which was fibrocistic, but could have turned to cancer. She feels much better in herself. So do look up Iodine on internet this is a very forgotten mineral which I think most people are lacking. I will try the apple cider too. Judith

Cetyl Myristoleate Supplement
Posted by James (Tucson, Arizona) on 11/07/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Osteoarthritis - I have had Arthritis for many years beginning as a teen doing sports. I always pretended it was just sore muscles in my back, but at age 66yrs old my Doc said my entire spine-top to bottom- was diseased.

Initially I went with cold gel pack followed by heating pad and 7 exercises given by a physical therapist. When that was not getting it done I got on the web and a naturopathic Doc, that I like, was recommending an essential fatty acid called cetyl myristoleate. Albino rats don't get arthritis and it's because they have this EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) in their systems. This was discovered by a Dr. Diehl in the 1960's. He worked for the NIH so he had the resources to find a way to produce this rare supplement and it has been offered on the market since 1991.

When I started it, I was in a bad way and feeling some hopelessness. It took approximately one month for me to get pain free. This is a typical time period. I use the product produced by a company owned by Dr Diehl's current family and this formulation is more expensive, but I believe it is the one that gives results. I'm currently doing a second month for good measure. They claim relief can last 2-3 years at which time you repeat. There are zero side effects but you must follow directions to use on an empty stomach and not close to caffeine. This was my salvation from disability!

EC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetyl_myristoleate

"Cetyl myristoleate is the cetyl ester of myristoleic acid. It has multiple biological properties, including as an anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever, as well as being an immune system modulator..."

Chronic Dehydration Theory
Posted by Bessie (Calgary, AB, Canada) on 08/24/2008

I'm sure Cindy will respond, but in the meantime you may want to check out the water cure at http://www.watercure.com/

It gives you the ratio of sea salt (MUST be pure sea salt) and water, along with testimonials from people who have found relief from all sorts of disorders. Very interesting Web site and one of the ingredients is free (water) - the other isn't very expensive (pure sea salt - you only use a bit). Good luck!

Chronic Dehydration Theory
Posted by Chloe (Boston, MA) on 08/26/2008

Here's a great explanation of the Salt Water Cleanse:
Very simple and inexpensive!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Taqi (Hamilton, NZ) on 07/19/2008
5 out of 5 stars

OSTEOARTHRITIS: I'm male 62 and have suffered osteoarthritus at lower back areas. Have just started with 4 tsp ACV + 1 tsp manuka honey dissolved in a glass of luke warm water taken twice a day. In only couple of days I experienced better morning wake up as well as had better sleep during night. I couldn't yet be clear on the dosage of baking soda. If you can give me feedback it will be good. Thanks.
Another question: Pl suggest dosage for my grandson aged 6 who has sensitive allergy to nuts and some dairy products. Also suffers off and on chest congestion. Like to keep in touch with you. Thanks for your time.

Cod Liver Oil and Super Greens
Posted by Rena (Mineral Bluff, Georgia, USA) on 09/18/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Cod Liver Oil and Super greens cured me of my Osteoarthritis in my right knee and my right shoulder in less than 9 months. The pain subsided within a couple of weeks, that is when I knew I was on to something. I took 1 tablespoon of the Cod liver oil, and 1 Heaping tablespoon of the greens daily. I will not list what brands I used, but please make sure they are of the highest quality you can find. I now live pain free, and keep up the practice several times a week for maintenance.

Diet and Exercise
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 03/27/2011

Hi Marra, I also had ostheoartritis around your age, mine in the right knee. First I was ok with supplements like shark's fin or wild berry extract, back when I only had problems in Spring and Autumn, no idea why. Then the pain became permanent, especially going up and down stairs and the supplements didn't work anymore. A few doctors told me that I would have to be on strong medication which seems to be quite bad for the stomach for a few years till I was old enough to have a new knee.

Luckily someone advised me to go to a health shop and the doctor tried electrodes. I felt better right away, a week later he did the same again and after that he tried another type, a lot more painful, I must say. But that was almost 6 years ago and so far I have never had pain again! He didn't even charge me anything. Last year we went to Portugal and I went to the shop again to let him know that I am still ok. Will I ever have problems again? I don't know.... But so far so good! So don't lose hope, the answer can be just around the corner!

Diet and Exercise
Posted by Bess (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 09/22/2011

Hi Sasha - I'm not Francisca but you might want to look into a TENS machine.

From Wikipedia: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (acronym TENS) is the use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes.

Physical therapists use them on patients with sports injuries, etc. Try an Internet search for TENS machines in your city. Good luck! Bess

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cyndi (Oregon) on 08/20/2020

Many of the Rife machines are not like the original. I have info that tells why this is the case. Look up Dr. Beck BioElectric's Electromedicine is better.

Boswellia Serata
Posted by Mary M. (Arcadia, CA) on 08/03/2021
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I have osteoarthritis and started to take Boswellia Serata. It really helped me take most of the pain away. It helps me to walk a lot better. I am not cured but a lot better now. Hope this helps you. You can buy it from amazon or vitacost vitamins. I am sure from Swansons vitamins which are a not as expensive. Hope this helps you.


Mary M.

Urine Therapy
Posted by Mohan Rama (India) on 06/06/2019
5 out of 5 stars

The doctors after x-raying my knees told me that I have oestoarthirits and said that the bones in my knees are rubbing each other recommended a knee replacement. I did not want that. I started my own treatment of massaging my own urine on both my knees. I would daily massage about 200 ml of my urine when I go to bed and wash away the next morning. After about 40 days i went to another orthopedic doctor and he x-rayed me and he said that I don't have oestoarthirits and my knees are 10 years younger than my real age of 70. I would not have to do a knee surgery for the next five years. The x-ray showed about half inches gap between the bones in both knees. I told him i still have knee pain. He said that it was due to arthritis. I am posting this for people who are suffering from OA.

Urine Therapy
Posted by Maimi (Hawaii) on 11/13/2019

I'm a little confused after reading your post 2-3 times. So the urine helped but you still have pain and arthritis?

Devil's Claw
Posted by T (Albert Lea, Mn) on 08/24/2016
0 out of 5 stars

I had to stop taking Devil's Claw for arthritis after 10 days. It made me light-headed...very dizzy. After reading about possible side effects I realized I was most likely experiencing low blood sugar (I am susceptible to this). I was taking 1800 mg a day. The dizziness went away the day after I stopped taking Devil's Claw. I am now using 500 mg of Egg Shell Membrane to manage arthritis pain in my hand.

Pau D' Arco, Boron
Posted by Jill (Ar) on 08/07/2016
1 out of 5 stars

Osteoarthritis: I hate the taste of borax and started substituting with Pau d'arco (Taheebo) tea. This also kills microbes, parasites. It is also good for inflammation and pain. I am on my 2nd week but have not gotten a cure. I take 2 boron supplements a day.

I would give the borax another try if it is going to cure my osteoarthritis. I have it bad in the back of my knees. The arthritis is in about every joint, my feet, ankles, knees, hands, fingers and wrists. Ouch!! My question is, can I expect to have a cure using this tea, since in the original article by Rex Newnham (?) is that correct spelling? any way he said if you do not want to use borax that you could use something else that kills the microbes etc. Someone please advise.

Organic Broccoli
Posted by Charlotte (Texas) on 04/26/2017

Can you please share the amount of organic broccoli you ate daily for the arthritis pain relief, and other foods like meat, fish, fowl and veggies and friuts? My right knee pain is chronic now, and I loose sleep a lot. Thank you.

Turmeric, Ginger and Cinnamon
Posted by Genny (Inglewood, California) on 11/24/2014

I take (1) tablespoon of turmeric, (1) teaspoon of ginger and (1) teaspoon of cinnamon with a pinch of black pepper daily for joint pain. I also take 1 tablespoon of cod liver oil daily. It takes about 6 weeks but your pain will go away. its excellent and really works!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kathy (The Usa) on 06/28/2013

Hello Michael, It's difficult to know how to advise not knowing how you eat. Over the last twenty years I learned the flowing (anti-caking) agent in commercial table salt is the culprit and is in practically everything. I use a sea salt that is considered "real" and is available at health food stores. Keep in mind that the majority of what is sold in health food stores contain other ingredients that contribute to inflammatory conditions. Turmeric and ginger reduce inflammation. You could also try BSM (blackstrap molasses) in warm water.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bess (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 06/28/2013

Hi Michael from Va Beach - Have you tried pure MSM for your osteoarthritis? Many capsules have additives so your best bet would be to use the pure flakes (available through health food stores or online). One "formula" found online to help rebuild joint cartilage uses glucosamine sulfate (750 mg x twice a day); MSM (2500 mg per day in divided doses) and, if you have severe arthritis, then add chondroitin sulfate (1200 mg per day). It takes about 6 weeks to work but should decrease your pain substantially before then. The late actor James Coburn used MSM (in very large doses) for his arthritis - it didn't cure him but it stopped the crippling pain. If you do an Internet search for MSM and arthritis, you will find some interesting material. Best of luck - take care, Bess

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anon (USA) on 06/28/2013

Hi, for the pain try Epsom salt baths or foot baths- try black strap molasses for arthritis and also boron supplements are said to help with complete recovery.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Om (Hope, B.c., Canada) on 06/28/2013

Hi Michael, I have had that problem for most of my life, my hands becoming extremely painful as it progressed. Guess what! It is gone. For many years I have treasured the booklets on Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) by Bragg, and on Blackstrap Molasses (BSM) by Dr. Lust with all that wonderful info.

Osteoartrithis is, in the books of alternative meds. Due to lack of minerals. Anyway, I love BSM and for almost three months took a large tbsp. Diluted in hot water twice a day, drinking with a straw. After almost twelve weeks my pain was gone for over four years. ACV is essential to remove calcium deposits from the joints according to Dr. Lust and these two remedies should be taken together. BSM has lots of minerals and natural iron. Prescribed iron will bring problems such viral invasions according to my experience, but not natural iron content.

According to Bragg, ACV should be taken with a tsp. of honey (or BSM) for the valuable minerals which have not been assessed so far. Honey is not straight sugar. It has been used to cure diabetes if used over time in daily doses.

So, this is my experience. Even though I have diabetes, I am using BSM daily for its invaluable benefits. Anyway, this is another subject. It comes to mind that, a couple of years ago, Opra told everyone to take BSM. So there you are.

I wish you a speedy recovery and keep in touch on EC. Om

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 06/28/2013

Just do the Ginger tea thing for a few weeks. The science is there, it's better than ibuprofen and Cortisol. The ginger oils stop the inflammation, instead of just masking it.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Eddy (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on 03/31/2017

I just want to let you know that you should google coconut oil and read everything it does for you. It's a super food. It will cure your arthritis and 20 other amazing things.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 04/08/2017

Thank you Connie for that information.

Could you kindly tell me how long your Hyaluronic acid and Turmeric treatments took to show results? Also, the other ingredients listed on the bottle would be good to know?

Hoping for a reply.

Thanks, Michael

Cervical Spondylosis
Posted by Lak (Nb, NJ, USA) on 04/26/2013

Where can I find posts/remedies for cervical spondylosis? Please guide me

EC: Lak, We don't have a page on Cervical Spondylosis just now, so the best we can provide are the remedies here on our osteoarthritis page. Does anyone have natural cures for degeneration of the cervical spine?

Cervical Spondylosis
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 04/26/2013

Hi, I would like to offer you some help but I'd like to know whether you've had any neck injuries. I'm not sure what I was diagnosed with after my neck injuries but I do recall the term degenerative. I'm going to look for my radiology reports before I tell you what happened to me. I WILL tell you that I have learned the medical profession is not keeping up with what is happening to our food supply and I feel that is what is affecting us more than age and injuriies. I had MRI's and was sent to "specialists" that caused more pain and wanted me to do some crazy exercises that hurt and made me dizzy. It was questionable whether I needed surgery. It was then time to NOT do what the docs recommended and to start looking things up for myself and apply what I learned. It will take me awhile because I've also had traumatic brain injuries. I can only tell you what happened to me and how I learned what helped me become pain free.

Cervical Spondylosis
Posted by Steve (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 04/27/2013

Magnesium citrate powder and MSM would be helpful. I have also gotten neck pain relief using a laser therapy pen.