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Rheumatism and rheumatic disease are terms which can be used interchangeably. Rheumatism is recognized as an older term though. Some people use the word arthritis to refer to all rheumatic diseases. The various types of arthritis, however, are just part of the rheumatic diseases. Rheumatism is a medical term once frequently used to describe disorders associated with many different parts of the body. Most often, people associate rheumatism with arthritis, or with rheumatic fever, a complication of strap throat that can result in damage to the heart. However, the term rheumatism might apply to the symptoms of numerous conditions that can cause pain and/or weakness.

Rheumatism symptoms

Fever, pain, intense soreness and stiffness
The most known symptoms of rheumatism are fever, intense soreness, stiffness and pain. The infected area becomes so sensitive that even the weight of bed clothing intensifies the pain. When poorly treated, it may settle into a chronic state. The symptoms of chronic muscular rheumatism are pain and stiffness of the affected muscles. In the case of chronic articular rheumatism, pain and stiffness are felt in one or more joints of the body, with swelling in most cases.

Rheumatism causes

1. Toxic waste products in the blood
The main cause of rheumatism is the presence of toxic waste products in the blood. The liberal consumption and unhealthy diet, leaves a large deposit of toxic wastes in the system. The toxic wastes are concentrated around the joints and bony structure and form the basis of rheumatism

2. Infection of teeth, tonsils and gall-bladder
In certain cases, infection from the teeth, tonsils, and gall-bladder may produce rheumatism. The disease is aggravated by exposure to cold water

Home Remedies for Rheumatism

1. Treatment using Potato Juice - The juice of raw potato is known as an excellent remedy for rheumatism. One or two teaspoons of the juice, taken out by pressing mashed raw potatoes, will help to eliminate the toxic condition and relieve rheumatism. The skin of the potato is also an excellent remedy fur rheumatism.

2. Treatment using Bitter Gourd - A cup of bitter gourd juice, extracted from the vegetable, should be mixed with a teaspoon of honey, and taken daily for treating this condition. This treatment should be continued for at least three months to provide relief

3. Treatment using Celery -  A fluid extract of the seeds is more powerful than the raw vegetable. This also has a tonic action on the stomach and kidneys. Five to ten drops of this fluid should be taken in hot water before meals. Powdered seeds can be used as a condiment

4. Treatment using Lemon - The patient should take the juice of two or three lemons each day. This will bring good results.

5. Treatment using Walnuts - Walnuts are valuable in rheumatism. To achieve beneficial results walnuts should be thoroughly crunched. Half a dozen can be taken daily in the treatment of this condition

6. Treatment using Rhubarb - The rhubarb has been found valuable in rheumatism. The green stalks of this herb should be pounded with an equal quantity of sugar. A teaspoon of this extract should be taken three or four times a day.

Orange juice and water

In the case of severe rheumatism, the patient should be put on a short fast of orange juice and water for three or four days. After the juice fast, the patient should be placed on a restricted diet for fourteen days. In this regimen, orange or grapefruit may be taken for breakfast; lunch may consist of raw salad of seasonal vegetables with raisins, prunes, figs, or dates; and dinner may comprise of one or two steamed vegetables

Well-balanced diet

 A well-balanced diet consisting of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables, and fruits. In case of chronic rheumatism, the patient may be placed on an all-fruit diet for four or five days. It is recommended to take ripe fruits, fresh vegetables, and buttermilk.
Avoid meat, white bread, sugar, and refined cereals; rich, indigestible and highly-seasoned foods; tea and coffee; alcohol; sauces, pickles, and condiments.

Other Rheumatism treatment

- Warm-water enema

- Application of  heat and hot packs to the affected parts or a hot tub bath, a cabinet steam bath, dry friction, and a sponge bath

- Hot Epsom salts bath - should be taken twice a week for three months in case of chronic rheumatism and once weekly thereafter. The affected parts should also be bathed twice daily in hot water containing Epsom salts, after which some olive oil should be applied

- Fresh air, deep breathing, and light outdoor exercises are also beneficial

- Avoid dampness and cold
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