Natural Osteoarthritis Relief: Holistic Remedies Guide

Cinnamon and Honey
Posted by Dave (Gantt, Al.) on 05/05/2011

I too have osteoarthritus Since I have been taking the honey and cinnamon I have had wonderful results that I never had with ANYTHING else I've tried I had a limp for 4 months was taking 10-12 Ibeprophen a day just to walk without so much pain! Since I've been taking it for two weeks my limp has dissapeared and no longer take any nsaids at all- honey and cinnamon has been a GODSEND to me.

I'm not saying everyone will have the same results but if it can just help one more person as much as it has me, I recommend TRY IT OUT

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 Marjorie (Morris, Il) on 03/27/2011

I agree the only medicine I have tried that even comes close is diet and exercise. I eat a large amount of vegetables, expecially broccoli and stay as active as possible. Activity is what keeps us going.

Manipulative Therapy
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 01/02/2011

Hi again Mesem, I never tried the sand but the doctor told me that I would have to warm it up in a pan and then put it in a cotton bag (he was going to bring me some from the beach but he never did because then he decided on the other treatment). I have no idea what electrodes he used but I know that he repeated the first ones on the second session and then used others, more painful ones. Here is the name and address of the shop: Alegria & Chaveiro Lda Avenida 25 de Abril 208c - Pontinha. Phone number: 00351 21 478 53 42. It is located near Lisbon, easy access by underground and the doctor did his studies in Cuba where he still goes from time to time.

Manipulative Therapy
Posted by Mesem (Touloon, France) on 01/02/2011

This is really interesting but could you please give more detail about what you did with the sand (sat on beach or heated it in oven, iron sand or silicious?). Also more about electrode treatment? I think other readers would appreciate more detail, even name of health store in Portugal.

Manipulative Therapy
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, France) on 01/01/2011

I suffered from osteoarthritis years ago. First only in Spring and Autumn and only on my right knee. The pain would go away with some supplements like shark's cartilage or berry supplements. After a few years nothing was helping and I had difficulty going down stairs, also up but less. Other than that I could walk normally and even run. The doctors all told me that there was nothing to be done, I would have to be on medication for a number of years and then have an operation.

I am 53 years old now and have been pain free for 5 1/2 years. How? Someone told me about a health store in Portugal which had a doctor. I went there and he advised me to use hot sand on my knee which was quite troublesome because I never went to the beach. Then he tried some electrodes and told me to go back a week later. Again he tried the same electrodes and after that another kind which hurt quite a bit. The next day I was almost pain free, left for France, spent quite a bit of time in the sun and the pain disappeared. Till today I have never had any knee complaints again! Maybe it comes back but well, I have gained quite a few years! By the way, I was never overweight and am an energetic person but never did too much exercise.

Manipulative Therapy
Posted by Dr Bharti (Lucknow, Up, India) on 12/22/2010

Dear readers,
No other site can be better than earthclinic. Osteo-Arthritis is a disease where apart from pain relief a lot many factors should be considered. First of all it is a degenerative disorder where cartilage is damaged, spurs may be formed, space between the bones forming knee joints may be reduced. Patient suffers excruciating pain, stiffness and disability. As the diseases advances locking, unlocking and rotational movements are also lost. Structures which hold the knee joints also lose their competence. Tendons become less flexible, muscles harden. There are so many options which may temporarily reduce the knee pain. Until structural correction is achieved one cannot get permanent relief in knee joint Osteo-Arthritis.

Manipulative therapy aims at-
Release of chronic tension of muscles, ligaments and tendons forming knees, ankle joints and hip joints. Recalibration of muscles with their relationship, and
Realignment of bones. The following goals are achieved-
Relief in pain
Disability and
Stiffness. Patient may lead healthy life. After the structural correction patient is advised for exercises which may strengthen the muscles. During treatment patient may take pain relief support. In correction very simple tools like straps and ropes are used.

Posted by Lisa (Lafayette, La) on 09/21/2010

To Jasonmchicago: Ted had previously recommended msm for osteoarthritis, and hyaluronic acid for joint pain/degenerative disc disease. My husband has been on Ted's HA remedy for approx 2 1/2 weeks now, and is amazed at how differently he feels. The pain in his body is disappearing from top to bottom. Ted's remedy really works! Order the HA powder from Purebulk (Ted's recommendation, which is why I used it) or just go to the health food store and get the Now brand that is in capsule form, and includes msm in it. Just open the capsules and follow Ted's recipe for mixing it. Look at Purebulk's instruction page on HA, though, to give you specifics Ted does not mention, such as cold water ONLY, mix every few hours to blend the powder with the water, etc. Just follow Ted's actual recipe of ha powder and sea salt (NOT regular salt! BIG difference! ) Anyway, the reason I wanted to write you, though, is to tell you that hubby is going to now start on the msm for a tiny glitch in his back that he wants gone (although he is now saying that it's feeling so much better with just the HA. ) Read Ted's rather long post on HA. Very enlightening.

Posted by Jasonmchicago (Chicago, Il) on 09/20/2010

I'm looking to treat my arthritis with Boron... Any thoughts on how much I should take and also if I should by the magnesium/calcium/boron mix or just plain boron. Any info would be great. Thanks!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Peggy (West Covina, Ca) on 05/21/2010

Hi, Alittlebitsassy, that happened to me to for the first two weeks,your body is detoxifying. I started with ACV for melasma and spider veins. Melasma improved just a little bit, spider veins got better 50% in only one month. I was not feeling anymore pain on the bones and loved the way my skin start looking, but almost quit because of the bad stomaches and feeling bloated. My mom convinced me to wait a little bit and explained what was going on. I don't regret it, I also lost some weight without even dieting and start feeling more energetic. I stopped drinking it just because of being lazy, but I already started again this week.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Salty Waters (Vancouver, Bc, Canada) on 03/25/2010

I'm very glad I've found this site (Earth Clinic) and I want to thank Ted and everybody who have posted their experiences here for others to read.

Now it's my turn to report mine. I've got good news!

Last year (2009) in July I've built a fence around my yard all by my self. It was quite a hard job for one man show with all the digging, lifting, sawing, and hammering but the job was done in a week or so. That was the beginning of my osteoarthritis pain in my hands - I'm not gonna get into detail how the pain was because the ones who have it know how horrible it is.

Of course I had to wait almost 10 months for a booked appointment with a specialist (rheumathologist) to tell me what I've suspected from the beginning, and what was that for if he didn't have any solution for it.

Here is what I've been doing so far - I've started right after some search and research - and it seems to keep the pain away:

I've stopped consuming dairy products. No milk or cheese, thanks! Got soy! :-)

I've stopped consuming meat and fish. I'll pass thanks! Eat Tofu! It tastes like chicken. :-)

The reason I've stopped consuming the above is because these days these products are no longer safe due to man's mass production GMO everything. I guess I've become a vegetarian but you know what: I guess I like it and it's helping me.

Another thing is: everything I eat now is organic. No more GMO products. And according to my books I'm not spending more money because of that.

I've been using Wild Oregano Oil (10 -12 droplets) mixed with Olive Oil (1 Tablespoon) to rub and massage my hands. Wow what a great way to get rid of the pain. It works so well and almost instantly.

I've been taking the Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda on a glass of water 3 times a day like Ted says for the last 3 months.

I didn't notice much it's effects until a couple weeks ago I added a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to the mix and started warming up the water - I've got the idea from the water cure website and I decided to add it to the mix.

Boy, oh, boy... what a difference that made. I could feel in a few minutes it's power in action. It seems like magic. It works great for me!

I've been doing Oil Pulling too. I'm not so sure about this one but I still do it every morning - Where there's a will there's a way!

I'm not saying I'm cured. But for sure it's keeping the pain away! And maybe with the time. Who knows!

A year from now I'll be back here for an update! I hope with better news or if not these ones are still good for me.

Anyhow I hope this can help others too and if so I would be glad to see their experiences posted in this wonderful site.

Black Cherry Juice, ACV, Turmeric
Posted by Tahiti (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 03/25/2010

Hi Goosebeans.Thanks so much for the information. I am suffering with arthritic pain in my knees to the point of not being able to walk much at all anymore. All activities are limited and dependent on how much walking I would have to do. Because of this, I rarely go anywhere anymore. I am do to have arthroscopic surgery in about two weeks. I don't like going to the doctors, taking pills or getting injections. So having surgery would be absolute torture for me. I am going to try your remedy and hope that it will work for me too! Thanks, again!

Black Cherry Juice, ACV, Turmeric
Posted by Goosebeans (Tulsa, Ok) on 03/23/2010

I have been suffering with osteoarthritis in my knees for years. After much research, I purchased Black Cherry juice concentrate and started taking 1 tbs 2x a day along with 1 tbs apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water. I also take turmeric capsules 400 mg 3x a day. I am on day 10 and the pain that usually wakes me up at night has disappeared. I still have some stiffness but the pains are gone....nothing short of a miracle for me. I love this website, you guys & gals rock!

Organic Broccoli
Posted by Trish (Dusseldorf, Nrw, Germany) on 02/16/2010

I tried organic brocolli and it cured my shoulder-arm pain, severe lower back pain and knee pain in 3 days. Every winter I have been suffering from these pains for years. I read the cure posted by G. Michael and since I had some organic brocilli at home I decided to give it a try. I had it raw, one small brocolli head per day and after 3 days the pain is gone!!!! And i have had these pains for years! They come every winter and get better in the summer... I am frankly quite shocked because I was pretty skeptical.

Thanks G. Michael ...may God bless you!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Alittlebitsassy (Langley Bc, Canada) on 01/14/2010


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!

Organic Broccoli
Posted by Janice (Coloma, Mi) on 11/16/2009

I'm going to give it a try. My husband has very sore knees. Do you eat it raw? How much?

Organic Broccoli
Posted by Qwer (Delhi, India) on 11/16/2009

osteoarthiritis complete cure & where to find pure black strap molasses, organic broccoli, honey etc., can you send me.

Juicing, Supplements
Posted by Alice (Shingle Springs, Ca, U.S.A.) on 11/07/2009

Dear Sirs, I have Osteoarthritis, according to my doctor, thought it started in one hand, then wrist, then elbow, shoulder, pelvis and neck one week and moved to the same spots on my left side a week later, I am negative for the RH factor. Anyway, my skin over my knuckles used to be tight like stretched saran, and my fingers were swollen and couldn't make more than a slight "C" shape with them. I started taking juiced greens with red/black grapes with stems, celery, red apples, sometimes ginger root, carrots and red peppers, kale, spinach, cucumbers, cabbage and giving the pulp to my dog for her arthritis. She got well in about 2-3 weeks. I added turmeric with black pepper, boswella serrata pills, maca pills (a peruvian turnip) kelp pills (maca& cruciferous isothiocyanate (sulphoraphane)(active principle) interfere with iodine absorbtion in the thyroid), fish oil (3/da) vit.E(to stabilize),cat's claw pills, Chondroitin sulphate/Glucosamine sulfate pills.safflower blossom tea for IL-1(inflammatory cytokine that interfers with growth factor that maintains joint cartilage, and most recently horsetail tea (silicon) for stiffness which is since starting reduced by half and sage tea for TNF-alpha (promotes inflammation). Swelling and almost all pain and most stiffness and skin is normal, almost make a fist, still researching remaining factors to be addressed. Dog also gets boiled pigs feet for chondroitin sugars while I am seeking fresh turmeric to use because it has higher levels of volatile oils which block COX2 (inflammatory mediator)- also blocked by ginger root. I occassionaly take 1 tsp baking soda in 2 cups water. May start eating boiled beef feet broth for my chondroitins etc. I also had plantar fasciitis but it went away. I originally got the safflower tea for sore mouth from the IL-1 in my periodontal condition, then I found out it was involved in arthritis also.

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

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!


"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..."

Cod Liver Oil and Super Greens
Posted by Rena (Mineral Bluff, Georgia) on 05/11/2009

Hi Kay, I emailed you, let me know if you did not get it.

After reading my old post, I realize that I left out some very important facts, and I think it is what many people have discovered on their own.

You have to cut out the junk food, mostly sugar, flour, artificial sweeteners, msg. ect..

It's the food people, it's slowly killing us, and causing us pain. Get some wholesome healing foods in us, and many diseases will be eliminated. I am also greatful that I have a spring fed well, and do not have treated water anymore.

Peace, Rena.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kay (Norwich, NY) on 05/09/2009

my name is kay and i have same thing you fibermylga.been in pain for 30 yrs.24/7.dr gave me mobic which causes heart other meds.i cant take any as i get sick from them,i read about the honey and vingar i started on it today,i keep praying to god as pain is so bad,my husband does my dishes as i cant stand over few mins,i am 60 and dont ejoy life at all,i am over weight 180 and 5 ft,i have sugar to so cant exersise at all,i just want to know if the honey and vinagar really helped you.
thank you kay

Cod Liver Oil and Super Greens
Posted by Kay (Norwich, NY) on 05/09/2009

i have fibermyliga,osterodritus sorry cant spell.i have just started taking 2 tsp of honey with appple cider with mother in it.i cant stand over 5 min.i am over weight 180 and 5ft,dr gave me meds but they cause so many side effects.i dont enjoy life at all.i am 60 and been in pain for over 30 yrs,what are the greens that you talk about,i hope you can help me, thank you kay

Posted by Karen (Greenbank, Qld Australia) on 10/13/2008


Pat Coleby is Australian Animal natural care expert. Many books. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Cures based on mineral deficiencies in our soil caused by super phosphate/modern farming. Promotes use of Dollomite, Yellow Sulphur, Copper, Seaweed meal, Cod liver oil, rock salt & borax.

Been feeding my horses her diet for 4 years - NEVER GOING BACK to modern feeds. ALL problems gone with my horses.
Qld Itch is a copper defficiency,
worms are a copper deficiency,
lice/mites are a sulphur deficiency,
laminitus/founder is a magnesium &/or a calcium deficiency.
arthritus is a boron deficeincy.(Pat takes this herself & still runs a goat farm alone at age of 80+++- despite being diagnosed with osteo arthritus 30 years ago & told to buy wheelchair.

Can't recommend her enough - everything she says proves to be true - amazing woman - highly respected by CSIRO.

Water + Salt
Posted by Teresa (Kenedy, Texas) on 08/24/2008

The Water Cure

The Water Cure Recipe:
Drink 1/2 your body weight of water in ounces, daily. Example 180 lb = 90 oz. of water daily. Divide that into 8 or 10 oz. glasses and that's how many glasses you will need to drink, daily. Use 1/4 tsp. of salt for every quart of water you drink. Use salt liberally with food. As long as you drink the water, you can use the salt. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic drinks. These are diuretics and will dehydrate you. Every 6 oz. of caffeine or alcohol requires an additional 10 to 12 oz. of water to re-hydrate you.

Water + Salt
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

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!

Water + Salt
Posted by CB (California) on 08/23/2008

Hi, Cindy. Thank you very much for this information.Can you please tell me how much sea salt you add to your water and how many times you would drink this each day? Also, how would you factor in the sodium that a typical person eats on a day to day basis? Granted that the source is probably mostly iodized salt... but how often would you drink the water/sea salt? Thank you in advance.


Water + Salt
Posted by Cindy (Wichita, Kansas) on 08/18/2008


Water cannot do its thing without salt. Salt is number 3 on the list of things you can't live without. 1 and 2 are air and water. I suspect that if you do not take salt (preferably unprocessed sea salt) the body will break down the calcium in the bones to get at the salts they contain. I've done a lot of research on dehydration but have not seen this correlation anywhere. It is merely my suspicion due to the relationship between chronic dehydration combined with low salt intake teachings and the epidemic of osteoporosis. It is suspected that over 75% of people in the US are chronically dehydrated which means that 75% of the human bodies in the US are operating in emergency, water rationing mode. Sipping doesn't count and neither do other liquids. The body does not process other liquids the same way it processes plain water on an empty stomach. Water is used by every system in the body. Including the process it must go through to steal water from the colon. My personal rule of thumb is that any liquid that is not plain water belongs to the colon.

Cinnamon and Honey
Posted by Estel (Wheelersburg, OH) on 08/15/2008

I went to the doctor and they xray my knee and told me i had to have surgery because of osteoarthris. I heard about the honey and cinnamon for arthritis and thought i would try it. I drank it morning and night for 3 weeks and my pain was gone and i have more energy also. I have told many people about it and they are trying it too.

EC: Read more about cinnamon and honey here.

Posted by Penny (Fresno, CA) on 08/06/2008

Thanks so much! I appreciate the osteoporosis info, esp today! [Edit note: Penny is referring to blurb in our latest newsletter.]

By the way, you HAVE heard about boron for preventing and even reversing osteo-arthritis, haven't you?

Probiotics also rid me of sinus infections, but one needs to gradually work up to take them plentifully & regularly to be effective. A good idea, in my opinion, if one has allergies, IBS, sinus infections or otherwise compromised immunity. I read a scientific detailed report online stating that probiotics bond with carcenogens and "dance" them out of the body.

EC: We wrote Penny for more information:

8/6/2008: Penny replies, "

I think this might be a good link. I think there are others too.

Re; the probiotics, my nutrition guy said take 9mg preventatively. Said it is not fussy how it mixes with other stuff nor has to be TOP grade like MSM, but just not the Now brand, he said.

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

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.

Ginger Root
Posted by Richard (USA) on 12/21/2006

Dear Suzanne: Can't thank you enough for the ginger recommendation!! I've only been taking the stuff for a few days....but the results are remarkable. I'm moving around just about pain-free. We leave tomorrow for Viet Nam and I hope to enjoy the walking.......which I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to do.

Ginger Root
Posted by Richard (USA) on 12/15/2006

Dear Suzanne: Thanks for tip. I'm going to the shopping centre where the health food store is this afternoon....and I'll get some ginger root. My ankle is in bad shape. If it were a knee or a hip....I'd have a replacement.....but they can't do that very well at this point with ankles. When we return from Viet Nam I'm looking at ankle-fusion surgery. It's not quite as bad as it sounds. One still has some movement where the leg meets the foot......and the pain stops!

Ginger Root
Posted by Suzanne (London) on 01/18/2006

I recently sent you feedback about ginger. I have been taking it in capsule form daily now for approximately 2 months. It seems to act as a pain-killer. The relief I get is tremendous and most of the time i am completely pain-free from Arthritis and Osteoporosis of the spine. I recommended it to a friend in the US. Here are his replies in two e-mails.

Diet and Exercise
Posted by Marra (olympia, wa) on 03/15/2007

Two 1/2 years ago, i was diagnosed with two forms of arthritis, osteo-which is throughout my entire spinal column and every joint throughout my body--I also have RA. I am 43 years old. I've successfully held much of the pain at bay with diet & exercise. I am trying ACV for the first time--wish me the best! I will let you know how its going. Thank you for your feedback everyone!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cathy (North Carolina)

I have been suffering for 2 years with bursitis and osteoarthritis in my hip. I have been on all kinds of medications for this, and it feels better as long as I don't stop my meds. I have been in so much pain that I could not hardly walk. I started taking ACV for 2 days now and my legs are not even hurting. I have so much more energy than I had before. This is so much better than medications.

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