The word arthritis means inflammation of the joints. it is derived from the Greek words athron, meaning joints and it is meaning inflammation.It is, generally, a chronic disease process.
Arthritis occurs in various forms, the most frequent being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease which usually occurs in the older age-group. Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious disease which affects not only the joints of the fingers, wrist, hips, knees, and feet, but also the muscles, tendons and other tissues of the body.
The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain and stiffness of the joints. The pain usually increases after exercise. Rheumatoid arthritis is often called the cooked footed disease. It usually develops gradually over several months, with persistent pain and stiffness in one or more joints. symptoms include anemia, colitis, constipation, deformed hands and feet.
Osteoarthritis results from structural changes in the articular cartilage in the joints, usually those which are weight bearing, such as the spine and knee. Rheumatoid arthritis is due to an inflammation of the synovium or lining of the joints.This is accompanied by swelling and eventually leads to deformity. The condition may be caused by hormonal imbalance, physical and emotional stress, infection, severe fright, shock, and injury. Hereditary factors may also be responsible for the onset of this disease.

POTATO JUICE: The raw potato juice therapy is considered one of the most successful biological treatments for rheumatic and arthritis conditions. It has been used in folk medicine for centuries. The traditional method of preparing potato juice is to cut a medium sized potato into thin slices, without peeling the skin and place the slices overnight in a large glass filled with cold water. The water should drunk in the morning on an empty stomach. Fresh juice can also be extracted from potatoes and diluted and drunk in the empty stomach in morning.
Studies have shown that calcium can help arthritis. Several patients have discovered that joint pains have either been relieved or have disappeared entirely after taking calcium. This mineral should be taken in the form of calcium lactate. Two teaspoons of calcium lactate,each teaspoon providing 400mg of absorb-able calcium may be taken three times daily in water before meals for at least four months.
Garlic is another effective remedy for arthritis. It contains an anti-inflammatory property which accounts for its effectiveness in the treatment of this disease. Garlic may be taken raw or cooked according to individual preference.
LIME: Lime has also been found beneficial as a home remedy for arthritis. The citric acid found in lime is a solvent of uric acid which is the primary cause of some types of arthritis. The juice of lime. diluted with water cay be taken once a day preferably first thing in the morning.
Warm coconut oil or mustard oil, mixed with two or three pieces of camphor should be massaged on stiff and aching joints. It will increase blood supply, and reduces inflammation and stiffness with the gentle warmth produces while massaging. Camphorated oil is an ancient rubefacient used for the purpose.