The term arthritis comes from the derivative 'ortho' meaning joint, and 'itis', meaning inflammation. So of course in arthritis, there is a lot of joint inflammation.

But there are different types of arthritis, as you likely know; there is a type of arthritis called osteoarthritis, which is sort of age related. It's also known as degenerative arthritis. As we get older almost everyone develops some osteoarthritis.

Then there is of course the auto-immune types of arthritic conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Lupus also has joint involvement and so does psoratic arthritis and Reiter's syndrome; there are a number of auto-immune diseases that affect the joints; most people know that, as well. The question is, what makes these diseases different?

We used to think osteoarthritis was due to a wear and tear problem, where you wore the joints out, but over the years we've realized that's not really true. A lot of people who use their joints the most actually have the healthiest looking joints, even on an X-ray.

In the 1980s, we started to understand the hallmark feature that goes wrong that develops into osteoarthritis, which is, after the age of 40 the body stops making optimal amounts of glucosamine. You probably have heard of glucosamine because when we think if it, we think of the supplement, but the body makes its own glucosamine; up to the age of 40, your body makes all the glucosamine it needs, pretty much. Glucosamine is needed to help build the joint cartilage and maintain it, and there is always a turnover of joint cartilage, so if you break some down, the body is making new cartilage material.

After the age 40 as the body begins to stop making optimal amounts of glucosamine, the rate at which the cartilage breaks down is now faster than the rate at which it can be synthesize. So you get joint cartilage erosion; the bones get closer together. When you look at an X-ray the doctor will say that there is narrowing of the joint space and that's a classic sign of osteoarthritis.

That's not the only thing that goes sideways in osteoarthritis. As we get older around our joints there is like a saran wrap called the synovial lining. Some of the immune cells called monocytes that are on the lining of the synovial tissues secrete more inflammatory chemicals, or cytokines, as we get older and it produces. So we're not only getting joint cartilage erosion, but there is a greater tendency for inflammation to occur as a result of that inflammatory cytokine production.

The key aspect to managing this, particularly from a life style standpoint is we've learned if you give people glucosamine supplements that can give the body the glucosamine it isn't making on its own to help maintain the cartilage. There are no drugs that can do this. This is why glucosamine supplementation is so important, not just in the managements of arthritis, but in the prevention of it after the age of 40.

Then there are natural anti-inflammatories that don't have any side effects, like MSM, quercetin and bromelain enzymes. I like to combine glucosamine with those natural anti-inflammatories to suppress the inflammatory state and maintain the joint cartilage.

And of course you need an anti-inflammatory diet; less high animal fat products and fewer of the types of vegetable oils that promote inflammation.

So that's the osteoarthritis story. Now in rheumatoid arthritis, the key lifestyle strategies are that you have to tone down the release of these inflammatory cytokines. Your system is producing these major inflammatory chemicals when you have rheumatoid arthritis. If you can regulate the immune system and bring it back to a more normalized function, that's a key thing to do in terms of lifestyle management, but how do you do that? Well, you need an anti-inflammatory diet and there are natural anti-inflammatory herbal agents like curcumin, boswellia, ginger, white willow bark extract, and quercetin a flavionoid that has been shown to do that. Certain medicinal mushrooms and astragalus also help to regulate the immune system in a way that's quite important, and higher doses of Vitamin D can have anti-inflammatory effects and immune modulation effects and even probiotics can be helpful.

I'm bringing this to your attention because many family doctors, rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons who see these types of patients fail to explain to them the importance of diet and supplementation, and even exercise in the ongoing management of these types of arthritic conditions – whether it's osteoarthritis or an auto-immune rheumatoid arthritis. To me this is very disappointing, it's extremely unfortunate for the patient because these natural interventions can help to reduce your reliance on some of the synthetic drugs that are being prescribed. And why is that important? Because all those drugs over the long term can have some really devastating side effects. So if you can reduce the amount you have to take over your lifetime, then it's very worthwhile.

This is where I come in. The best thing you can do right now is to download my eBook on Proven Natural Remedies for Joint Pain Arthritis and Inflammation. The booklet shows the exact lifestyle plan to help you better manage any arthritic condition and it can be used alongside any drugs or medical management that you might be currently receiving. It's vitally important that you pay attention to these lifestyle issues because they can make a huge difference in the long run. Every arthritis patient should have a copy of this eBook, Proven Natural Remedies for Joint Pain Arthritis Inflammation.

At http://www.meschinohealth.com you'll see all of published review papers, my videos, live footage from my professional seminars and other downloads and resources that I provide there for free that will help you lead a long, healthy and highly functional life. That's what we all want in the end. Also, my review articles and teaching materials come complete with all the scientific references to make sure you're getting only evidence-based information on any health topic that you may be seeking out.

Make sure that you use http://www.meschinohealth.com as your ongoing, reliable resource for both you and your family when it comes to any types of health information that you may be looking for and you'll know that you're getting the best evidence based information on my website. Thanks so much for your time.

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what is rheumatoid arthritis in chinese

33 thoughts on “What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis In Chinese

    1. Summer

      Green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years. In 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

      To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
      * cancer
      * rheumatoid arthritis
      * high cholesterol levels
      * cardiovascular disease
      * infection
      * impaired immune function

      The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

      New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.

      Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea – from deodorants to creams – are starting to appear on the market.

      Herbs for Health magazine cites a Japanese report stating that men who drank ten cups of green tea per day stayed cancer-free for three years longer than men who drank less than three cups a day (there are approximately 240 – 320 mg of polyphenols in three cups of green tea). Meanwhile, a study by Cleveland’s Western Reserve University concluded that drinking four or more cups of green tea per day could help prevent rheumatoid arthritis, or reduce symptoms in individuals already suffering from the disease. And Japanese scientists at the Saitama Cancer Research Institute discovered that there were fewer recurrences of breast cancer, and the disease spread less quickly, in women with a history of drinking five cups or more of green tea daily.

      To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six – eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.

    1. JW420

      Not sure where you live – but this has always worked for my grandparents/uncles/dad/myself … Medical Marijuana

      Recent research is accumulating evidence that cannabis therapies are effective for arthritis and the other rheumatic and degenerative hip, joint and connective tissue disorders. Since these are frequently extremely painful conditions, the ability of cannabis to combat chronic pain makes it useful for that aspect, both on its own and as an adjunct therapy that enhances the efficacy of opiod painkillers. The use of cannabis as a treatment for musclo-skeletal pain in western medicine dates to the 1700s.12-13

      But cannabis has also been shown to have powerful immune-modulation and anti-inflammatory properties,14-17 indicating it may treat chronic inflammatory diseases directly. In fact, one of the earliest records of medical use of cannabis, a Chinese text dating from ca. 2000 BC, notes that cannabis “undoes rheumatism,” suggesting its anti-inflammatory effects were known even then. 18

      Modern research on cannabidiol (CBD), one of the non-psychoactive components of cannabis, has found that it suppresses the immune response in mice and rats that is responsible for a disease resembling arthritis, protecting them from severe damage to their joints and markedly improving their condition.19-20

      Human studies have shown cannabis to be an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, one of the enumerated conditions for which many states allow legal medical use. Cannabis has a demonstrated ability to improve mobility and reduce morning stiffness and inflammation. Research has also shown that patients are able to reduce their usage of potentially harmful Non-Steroidal Anti- Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) when using cannabis as an adjunct therapy.

    1. Alex F

      Holistic medicine is another advertising slogan/catch all phrase for alternative therapies. In theory holistic medicine is meant to address the entire person and the underlying causes behind diseases (whereas conventional medicine just gives drugs to cancel out symptoms), but in practice it tends to be another term for any form of alternative medicine (about half of which does the mission statement of “curing whole person).
      I’m a huge fan of alternative therapies, so that is not meant to slander the entire discipline of HH, but it’s about the most truthful answer I can give.

      One of the best examples would be acupuncture. The chinese (and other cultures) hold the viewpoint that problems in the physical body tend to be manifestations of problems within the body’s chi (energy). So accordingly, to fix most health problems they put a lot of the medical focus into improving the chi. I’m sold on this theory since I work with it everyday, but beyond some evidence that many of the most toxic chemicals are energetically rather than chemically active, there’s very little to support this in conventional medicine.

      There are lots and lots of ways to manipulate the Chi within someone. Accupuncture was designed to give people who have an innability to feel chi themselves or manipulate it properly with their hands/mind a way to via needles. A huge gradient exists with accupuncture. In China (where people are more skilled) it can be used for a wide variety of health issues, whereas in the US (where people are less skilled) it tends to mostly be used for treating pain. There are also less known forms of accupuncture (which are much harder to do) that can accomplish much more incredible results, but this “better” form of accupuncture has mostly been eliminated from China due to some things the communist party did.
      I hold the opinion that accupuncture is better to have than reiki or accupressure since both of those are fairly poor energetic practices, and require a person to be skilled, something quite rare over here (whereas accupuncture allows someone with no real ability to still act upon the person).

      So to answer your question once again, it depends on the skill of the doctor.
      Almost every single one can address pain.
      With the better people in china it can be used for things such as treating damage from strokes or obesity, and the best people can treat nearly anything.
      If you want the scientifically accepted middle ground though, based off of somewhat proficient accupuncturists, but not highly skilled ones;
      In 2002, the WHO authored a report known as Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials. Counting only the things which were seen to definitely work and choosing to ignore those which were labeled as speculative, the report found that TCM acupuncture could cure the following:

      Pain of the following regions: Lower back, Neck, Knee, Facial, Dental, Headaches.
      Other Conditions: Sciatica, Tennis elbow, Periarthritus of the Shoulder, Sprains, TMJ, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Induction of Labor, Correction of Malposition of the Fetus, Morning Sickness, Nausea and Vomiting, Postoperative Pain, Stroke, Essential Hypertension, Primary Hypertension, Renal Colic, Leucopenia, Adverse Reactions to Radiation or Chemotherapy (I personally know many people who have successfully used TCM for this), Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), Bilary Colic, Depression (such as depressive neurosis and depression following a stroke), Acute Bacillary Dysentery, Primary Dysmenorrheal, Acute Epigastra, Peptic Ulcer, Acute and Chronic Gastritis.

      Hope that helps!

  1. nadzimanga93

    Why is green tea good for you?
    my mother whose age is 45 wants to know why is green tea that good. she also wishes to know how many times she should take each day. i’ll vote for the best answer if someone explains in an easy way to understand.

    1. Fitness Instructor ( Ex-Boxer )

      The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. In her book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, Nadine Taylor states that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years.

      Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

      To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:

      •cancer
      •rheumatoid arthritis
      •high cholesterol levels
      •cariovascular disease
      •infection
      •impaired immune function

      Green tea does appear to increase the level of fat oxidation in the human body more than can be explained by the caffeine content alone. In fact the caffeine content of green tea is quite low and yet its fat oxidation properties are higher than those of black tea which contains more caffeine. This property of green tea to burn fat in people is called thermogenesis and it means your body is expending more energy. More energy expenditure means weight loss.

      Due to the complex mix of compounds in green tea its been very difficult to determine exactly what particular one is responsible for the fat burning effects. Its been narrowed down to a group of compounds known as phytochemicals. These are a type of plant-based chemical that provide many positive benefits to the human body. The studies into their cancer fighting properties are almost as numerous as those for weight loss.

      Now although caffeine was ruled out as the cause of any weight loss in test subjects it has been found to boost the already potent thermogenic ability of green tea.

      Here’s where a secret of weight control using tea reveals itself. Green tea actually contains very low doses of caffeine so to get an extra boost of caffeine you should drink both green and black tea throughout the day. That way you’re getting the higher levels of caffeine from the black tea but the high levels of green tea’s phytochemicals boosting your metabolism too. You don’t need to go to the extent of ruining your tea by mixing the two but drinking a black tea and green tea within 2 – 3 hours of each other will have a synergistic effect and increase the fat burning potential.

      If you still have doubts about green teas weight loss potential then let me give you one final example. If you visit the Google Scholar search engine and do a search for green tea and weight loss then look at the results. You’ll see over 60,000 results with the top 10 results all being scientific papers in respected journals that all conclude green teas fat burning properties. Can’t get much more proof than that!

  2. Haha

    Does drinking Ice water/ cold drinks daily cause rheumatic in old days?
    Asian people especially Chinese believes that drinking ice water/ cold drinks can cause rheumatic in old days. And it is worst if you drink it in the morning.
    What is your opion? And does anybody have any scientific fact to back this theory?

    1. Kimberly H

      Well first of all, there’s no condition called rheumatic. 🙂

      I’m not sure if you’re thinking of rheumatic fever, or rheumatoid arthritis, but it doesn’t really matter because drinking ice water or cold drinks neither contributes to or caused either condition.

      Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that can develop as a complication of untreated or poorly treated strep throat. Strep throat is caused by infection with group A streptococcus bacteria.

      Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory form of arthritis that causes joint pain and damage. Rheumatoid arthritis attacks the lining of your joints (synovium) causing swelling that can result in aching and throbbing and eventually deformity.

      What you’re talking about is a superstition or old wives’ tale, nothing more.

  3. Angeleyes

    What would cause a taste in the mouth off and on like you have pepper on your tongue?
    Taste is so bad as times that it makes you sick to your stomach at times. Taste comes and goes and usually last for about 2 weeks. Taste like pepper and this is odd but the tip of the tongue is basically where the taste is and it has a odd sensation. It is very hard to describe but very frustrating to deal with, and can’t find anyone that can help with the problem not dentist or family doctor, but this can not be right it has to be something. Please if anyone can help please advise.

    1. amandasmama

      Is there something that you are eating consistently that correlates to this?

      I sometimes have a metallic taste in my mouth.

      Dr. Weil says:

      I have a weird metallic taste in my mouth that won’t go away. Should I be worried?

      Probably not. Some antibiotics and drugs, such as those for high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney stones, or depression, can cause odd tastes. If you’re not taking medications for conditions like these and if you haven’t had a thorough general checkup recently, see your doctor to rule out any undiagnosed health problems. Sometimes the flu, heartburn, or very rarely, lead poisoning, can cause the odd taste.

      If your doc finds nothing amiss, try your dentist. She’ll look for gum disease and will probably check out any existing dental work; as fillings age, they can sometimes break down and alter taste. If those causes aren’t to blame, pay extra attention to your oral hygiene. Be sure to brush your teeth carefully at least twice a day and use a tongue scraper to remove the bacteria and debris that can collect on your tongue, which could create off tastes in your mouth.

      In addition, not drinking enough water can contribute to problems with taste. Up your intake and see if that helps. You don’t have to drink the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day; my rule of thumb is to drink as much of that amount as you comfortably can–and more than you think you need.

      If you rule out all of these possible causes and still have the taste, it might be worth consulting a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. He would view the metallic taste as a sign of an imbalance in your system, such as too much stress, too little sleep or exercise, or a bad diet, which he might treat with a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary changes, and other traditional therapies. Find a qualified practitioner through the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

  4. CGM

    Is there any herbal medicine to stop Arthritis pain in the joints?
    I have pain in most joints and somtimes accompanied with swelling and stifness. Prescription medicines are OK but very expensive here. Is there a Chinese herb or combimation of herbs that could help?

    1. Soul Doctor

      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR ARTHRITIS without any side effects or complications of any sort, (Arthritis including Gout, Arthritis Deformans/Osteo-Athritis and Rheumatism) :-

      Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30X, 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Nap 200, 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30X, 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal; worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M. fortnightly (3 Doses)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum k, 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly

      When Rhus Tox cease to work; pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, 6 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints. At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim Crud 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gout.Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain :- violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana 200, 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal 200, 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly

      Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid, particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness, feels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferiority complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav 200, 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off 6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 – 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body; worse by movement Stellaria Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling; pain joints; worse at night Iodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain, swelling, stiffness and tenderness of joints; worse by motion (cracking joints) and cold ; better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck. Intense pain along with sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy; rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching; cannot walk erect Sulphur 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of knee joint; with round worms Natrum Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth; better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea Flour 12X or 30, 4 hourly

      *****************************
      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      Take Care and God Bless you.

  5. lorlipop

    Does menstrual induction agent stop early pregnancy?
    As far as i know, there are a few herbs, either chinese or western one, can have menstrual induction properties for women. There are even some traditional medicine called “menstrual induction pills” are sold in my country as well. However, may I know whether these medicines or herbs can stop the early pregnancy (before 5~6weeks), if they really do induce menses?

    Any professional or experienced solver here? my location is Malaysia.

  6. how long does it take for green tea to make differences on my skin?
    also, what does it do to it? (as in the benefits) and how long does it take to cure acne? what other things can i use it for on my face? how am i supposed to use it? do i take the tea out of the bag on rub it on my face? do i wash it off? does it dry out my face?

    1. Naughty_Roxy

      How long does green tea take to works?
      Well that depends on the amount of intake and how frequently is is taken.

      What Makes Green Tea So Special?

      The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea for thousands of years. It has been used to treat everything from depression to headaches, to stop bleeding and much more. There are few other foods or drinks are reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? There is a great product Green Tea Cleansing Skin Care that has become a huge success. Recent scientific research in both Asia and the now the West is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. I recently read that in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the cholesterol ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol. Here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease, infections and impaired immune function.
      The Secret Of Green Tea?
      The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, chiefly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant which besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming other healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis the formation of abnormal blood clots is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke in the U.S. Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the what‘s called “The French Paradox.” For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was finally found in the red wine they consume, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. Researchers from the University of Kansas In a 1997 study determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers. Why don’t other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What makes green tea special, is in the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steam processed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, ordinary black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as useful in inhibiting and fighting diseases.
      Other Benefits Of Green Tea
      There is some evidence that green tea can even help dieters. See the article Green Tea Low Carb Diet In 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study done at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. The conclusion was that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo. Green tea may even help prevent tooth decay. It’s been found that not only can it’s bacteria killing abilities help prevent food poisoning, it can also has substances that can kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, there are many new products that contain green tea that are coming into the market place.
      No Known Harmful Side Effects?
      At this time the only known negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia which is due to the fact that Green Tea contains caffeine. However, green tea contains considerably less caffeine than coffee. There are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six to eight ounces of green tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in 6 to eight ounces of coffee. Decaf green tea extract capsules are a great decaf alternative to drinking green tea.
      Hope this helps, all the best

    1. Cia

      You might also want to visit your dentist, because the taste might be a symptom of gum disease. Even if you don’t have gum problems, poor oral hygiene can affect taste. Be sure to brush your teeth carefully at least twice a day and use a tongue scraper to remove the bacteria and debris that can collect on your tongue. Dental work done in the past can break down and alter taste, so your dentist will probably look at that as well.

      In addition, not drinking enough water can contribute to problems with taste. Increase your intake and see if it helps. While you don’t have to drink the standard recommendation of eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, my rule of thumb is to drink as much of that amount as you comfortably can and more than you think you need.

      Among the drugs that can cause a metallic taste in your mouth are antibiotics like Biaxin (clarithromycin) and Flagyl (metronidazole), used to treat a wide variety of infections; drugs used to treat an overactive thyroid; captopril, used to treat high blood pressure; griseofulvin, used to treat skin infections; lithium, used in bipolar disorder; penicillamine, used for rheumatoid arthritis, kidney stones, and too much copper in the body; plus some drugs used in cancer treatment.

      If you rule out all of these possible causes and still have the taste, it might be worthwhile to consult with a practitioner of Chinese medicine. That system might have an answer for you.

    1. CtetMoi

      Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

      To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:

      cancer
      rheumatoid arthritis
      high cholesterol levels
      cariovascular disease
      infection
      impaired immune function

  7. Tassie F

    Should someone with RA ,32, take a vitamin meant for a senior?
    I have had rheumatoid arthritis for 16 years. I am now 32 and I am thinking about switching to a vitamin meant for a senior 50 and older. Basically my body or bones are similar to someone in their 50’s. Would it help or be bad for me?

    1. onlyme

      Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. In her book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, Nadine Taylor states that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years.

      Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

      To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:

      cancer
      rheumatoid arthritis
      high cholesterol levels
      cariovascular disease
      infection
      impaired immune function

      What makes green tea so special?

      The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

      Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the “French Paradox.” For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.

      Why don’t other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.

      Other Benefits

      New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.

      Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea – from deodorants to creams – are starting to appear on the market.

      Harmful Effects?

      To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six – eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.

    1. Natalie's Mommy♥

      ACAI BERRY—>
      Acai Berry has been a popular topic on news stations like CNN, CBS News, NBC, and many health and fitness talk shows. But beware when shopping for Acai Berry products because not all of them are made quite the same. Most of the Acai Berry products out there are very cheap and low quality. We’ve decided to investigate this matter and discovered that most of them had almost no desired effect on us while others seemed to have a tremendous positive effect, such as energy increase, weight loss, toxin cleansing, and no side effects.
      GREEN TEA—->
      Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. In her book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, Nadine Taylor states that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years.

      Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

      To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
      •cancer
      •rheumatoid arthritis
      •high cholesterol levels
      •cariovascular disease
      •infection
      •impaired immune function

  8. SuzieQ1976

    Does adding artificial sweetener to green tea ruin it’s benefits?
    I am trying to get into the habit of drinking green tea. I was wondering if adding sweetener would destroy or diminish the anti-oxidants?

  9. why hello there!

    What is the best Body building Supplement?
    im 17 about 5’11 and weight 70kg was just wondering what is the best supplement to build good muscle, i have tried protein shakes and creatine, are there any others i should try such as amino acids, nitric acid?

    Much apprecited

  10. mown

    what are some good ways to use turmeric root?
    i want to use it in a sauce or anything. i just fried it.. forced myself to eat half of it and threw the rest out… im determined to make something that wont make me gag lol so think u can help? im a vegetarian also. so its like i got this hard roots that are not mashable and idk what to do with it! THANKS X)
    im a guy.. i have to eat it for health reasons

    1. GHL

      20 Health Benefits of Turmeric

      Turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful healers. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye.

      The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.

      Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

      1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

      2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

      3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

      4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

      5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

      6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

      7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

      8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

      9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

      10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

      11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

      12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

      13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

      14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

      15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

      16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

      17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

      18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

      19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

      20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

      Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

      Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it’s fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.

      Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.
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      Lentils with Zucchini Recipe
      This Indian dish combines lentils and zucchini with turmeric, garam masala, ginger, and chile for a tasty side dish with a bit of a bite.
      Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

      Ingredients:

      * 1/2 cup lentils, rinsed
      * 2-1/2 cups water
      * 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
      * 3 Tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
      * 2 garlic cloves, chopped
      * 1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger
      * 1 green chile, chopped
      * 1 small zucchini, chopped
      * Salt
      * 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
      * 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

      Preparation:
      Place lentils, water, and turmeric in a pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Continue cooking, removing the froth from the top from time to time.

      In a separate pot, heat half the ghee. Saute onion and garlic till golden. Stir in ginger, chile, and zucchini. Mix thoroughly and continue to cook for 5 minutes.

      Transfer the lentils to the zucchini mixture. Stir in salt and garam masala. Half cover the pot, lower the heat and cook for 15 minutes.

      In the remaining ghee, toss in the cumin seeds and heat till they sizzle and change color.

      Serve lentils hot with the ghee cumin seeds.Yield: 4 servings
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      SAAG PANEER
      Tart cheese and spicy spinach combine in this classic recipe. If you can’t find paneer, use farmer cheese from the supermarket. Serves 6.

      1 10-oz bag spinach, washed and trimmed
      1 tsp salt
      1/2 tsp turmeric
      1/2 tsp paprika
      1 tsp garam masala
      Dried red chiles, to taste (1 for a mild dish)
      1/4 cup water
      3 Tbsp ghee or clarified butter
      8 oz paneer or farmer cheese, cut into chunks

      In a large pot, add first 7 ingredients; cover and cook over medium heat for 6-8 minutes, until spinach is completed wilted. Add contents of the pot, including all liquid, to the workbowl of a blender, and process to a smooth puree. Place in a serving bowl. In a frying pan, heat the ghee until it is very hot, and add the cheese. Cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese is lightly browned, 2-3 minutes. Add to the spinach, and serve hot.
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      Sunchoke Daylily Casserole Recipe
      Sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) are seasoned with garlic, turmeric, tarragon, and chili paste, then baked with tofu and walnuts.Prep Time: 15 minutes
      Cook Time: 40 minutes
      Total Time: 55 minutes
      Ingredients:

      * 1 cup vegetable stock
      * 2 Tablespoons kudzu or arrowroot
      * 1-1/2 teaspoons miso
      * 2 cloves garlic, chopped
      * 1 teaspoon turmeric
      * 1 teaspoon dried mint, finely crumbled
      * 1 teaspoon dried tarragon, finely crumbled
      * 1/2 teaspoon chili paste or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
      * 2 cups sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes), sliced
      * 1-1/2 cups daylily shoots or chopped scallions
      * 1 cup drained and diced firm tofu
      * 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

      Preparation:
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

      In a blender, combine the stock, kudzu, miso, garlic, [b”>turmeric]turmeric, mint, tarragon, and ground chiles. Process until smooth.

      Combine the stock mixture with the sunchokes, daylily shoots or scallions, tofu, and walnuts in a 1-1/2 quart oiled casserole dish. Bake, covered, until bubbly, about 40 minutes. Serve hot.

      Yield: 4 servings
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  11. Josh

    To patients with rheumatoid arthritis, does taking glucosamine help much?
    The disease is been treated by chinese herbal is having really good result.

  12. gentle understanding

    Can you really get results from Curves?
    I’ve worked out my entire adult life but since being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about six months ago, I have done nothing. From what I understand, Curves is a pretty easy-moderate 30-minute work out, which would probably agree with my body. Can you really tone and firm there?

    1. threenorns

      the short answer is: yes and no.

      yes, many many women get great results from curves. they enjoy the group atmosphere and the mutual support and you’re not doing any one exercise long enough to get bored – it’s a circuit set done for half an hour. my friend, who needed to lose the 200-odd lb she’d been carrying her whole life and whose athletic endeavours were along the lines of balancing three pizza boxes, got incredible results. well, okay, she did need surgery to deal with all that excess skin but there’s no question that curves was exactly what she needed.

      and no: if you are athletic, this is not for you. i was a powerlifter up to getting pregnant in ’06 and the couple sessions i attended with my friend weren’t even worth taking a shower after. however in your case, the RA really throws a curveball.

      best i can say try the free trial membership or if they’ve not got one going, ask them for a few day passes so you can test it out for a week or two. or, too, you can arrange that if you find in the next 30 days that you simply can’t manage (or it’s doing nothing for you but of course you don’t TELL them that!), you can get your money back.

      ETA: and why IS it that every curves i’ve ever seen is in direct line-of-sight to a chinese buffet!?

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