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Rheumatoid arthritis is in the category of conditions known as auto-immune diseases, whereby the body’s immune system starts attacking its own tissues and in this particular case, the joints will be the target.

The synovial fluid found inside the joints attacks and causes the destruction of bone and cartilage. This causes inflammation, pain, stiffness and in severe cases swollenness as well as deformities. The latter usually affect small joints but larger ones may also be affected if the inflammation is not tackled in time.

Feverishness of the whole body or of affected joints sometimes occurs in acute phases. This will usually subside with either herbal remedies or medications.

Contrary to Rheumatoid arthritis, OsteoArthritis patients do not experience feverishness and deformities. Pain in the latter is also usually less acute and lasts for a shorter period.

Rheumatoid arthritis may vary greatly in severity, ranging from mild, to moderate and sometimes to severe and even crippling.

In Arthritis as well as Rheumatoid arthritis, the patient generally experience more pain after resting (like for example upon awakening in the morning) and/or after being tired; quite often also during the night depending on the acuteness of the symptoms and the effectiveness of the medications being used. This is only a general rule but many patients may experience symptoms contrary to the above.

In Rheumatoid arthritis, a high proportion of patients will suffer from anaemia which will result in an increase in pain, fever and burning sensation.

Iron supplements should be taken by patients until this condition improves. Alternately, we can also provide patients with a herbal combination to improve the iron level (ask for our product when ordering).

Avascular Necrosis
Avascular means disrupted circulation due to damaged veins while necrosis means tissue deaths.

It usually occurs on the femoral head (which is the top of the femur which connects to the hip bone) provoking a progressive weakening of the bone structure. If not treated in time, this may result in an eventual collapse of the femur head.

The main culprits are the abuse of corticosteroid drugs and/or alcohol. It may also be due to Lupus. Pain and restriction of hip movements are the main symptoms. One hip is affected first and may be followed by the other later.

Only a small percentage of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are affected by this condition.

Chikungunya infection
This is a mainly tropical infection which usually causes high fever accompanied by joint pains and sometimes rashes. It is a viral infection transmitted through mosquito bites. Symptoms may last from a few days to a week.

Some 10% patients continue to experience joint pains, during many months (and even after a year) after the fever phase (which usually lasts around 5 days). A few even get deformities in their joints.

Application of ice-packs on skin rashes and painful joints will help relieve symptoms when used with the herbal treatment and/or allopathic ones. The treatment for these patients will be the same as that of “rheumatoid arthritis”. Those I have treated were free from their symptoms after 1 to 3 months, depending upon the acuteness of their symptoms and/or if they have been treated with steroid drugs (then they may take some more time to feel improvement but there will definitely improve). Steroid drugs are strongly to be avoided as it causes the viruses to stay in the body for longer and relapses will then be more certain.

If deformities are recent (3 to 4 months), these should gradually disappear in around 3 to 5 months in most cases, depending on its severity. We cannot guarantee the same success if the deformities are present longer than mentioned above but one should persevere with the herbs and do so some massage with them at least twice daily with our “Aesculus cream”.

“Locked” joints as well as joints that do not perform all their full movements will respond to the treatment quicker and more easily compared to deformed ones.

This is an inflammation of the iris which may have different causes, one of which is associated with arthritic changes in the body, especially Rheumatoid Arthritis.
With the use of our herbal remedies, the iritis will gradually recede.

Some female patients in their forties going through Menopause, may suffer from Hot flushes.
The intensity as well as the frequency of the latter varies from patient to patient. A few of these patients may well start developing chronic diseases (e.g. Arthritis, Diabetes, Hypertension, etc.) during this phase of life. Our herbal formula is designed in such a way that the hot flushes accompanying the pain will gradually decrease until it ceases completely. It might take 1 to 2 weeks to experience some improvement in the symptoms and 1 to 3 months for the symptoms to disappear, depending on the acuteness of the hot flushes or if the patient has been on “Contraceptive pills” or “Hormone replacement therapy”.

Pain may increase in some specific joints such as the spine, hips or knees, due to excess weight. It would also be important for overweight patients to avoid drugs containing “steroids”, as one of the side-effects of the latter is water-retention, which will increase one’s weight even further.

Skin Allergy
Another form of “Arthritis” whereby patients complain of reddish patches, bumps and sometimes of swollenness of lips and/or eyelids and/or ears, accompanied by intense itchiness. Initially, patients tend to react with some specific foods, list of which will gradually increase with time, until some patients react with most or all foods.

Patients get relief with antihistamines, which need to be taken on a daily basis, in most cases. Some are even prescribed corticosteroids, either in tablet form or as injections in acute phases.

Most of these patients will have higher “ESR” and “C-Reactive protein” level than normal. The positive results of the two mentioned tests indicate that patients are suffering from “OsteoArthritis”. In rare cases, “Rheumatoid factor” can be positive; then treat as Rheumatoid arthritis and use both “Harpago Elixir” and “Hemidesmus Elixir”.

Treatment should hence be directed against inflammation, not against allergy, by using our “Harpago Elixir”. Symptoms will gradually recede until it ceases completely. The duration of the treatment is between 1 to 3 months, depending on the severity of the symptoms.

Some patients may need to avoid eggs also as part of the diet (see below).

Initially, you will need to continue with your drugs while taking our herbs along. As the symptoms improve, you can start decreasing the drugs gradually until you can stop their use. Continue with the herbs until complete cure.

Symptoms might recur after a few years, although not as severe as before but can aggravate if not treated. You just need to take a 1 month course of the herbs again and you should be o.k.

In short, this is an inflammation of the veins characterized by swollenness of the latter, accompanied by pain and a change of colour of the veins to “blueish”. A few patients will have “ulcers” (which will disappear with the herbal treatment) situated around the ankles mostly.

Vasculitis must be treated as rheumatoid arthritis, as it is a quite rare form of the latter, and given the same herbal combinations. The symptoms will gradually go away. These may return after some time (after a few months or years).

Some patients may not get the symptoms of “vasculitis” the next time inflammation flare up; then only symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis which will occur.

Allopathic treatment
The conventional treatment is the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory tablets (NSAIDs) or suppository, Chloroquine and/or steroids and/or methotrexate.

At the initial phase of the disease, the patient will be able to stop the treatment after a few months and will be free of the symptoms for sometime. But relapses are very frequent and the patient will need to start the treatment again until he will be permanently using the drugs.

In the moderate phase of the disease, a daily use of a minimal dose of the drugs is the usual rule. An acute phase may develop from time to time. For some patients this phase may last many months or even years. Nodules will usually appear in one or more joints and deformity of fingers and/or toes may then appear. Sometimes bigger joints are also affected by the deformity.

Dosage of the drugs needs to be increased with time, as the body gets used to them but also because steroids tend to decrease the strength of the bones, making them more painful.

Difference between Allopathic and Herbal medicine
While allopathic/chemical drugs tend to bring quick relief, it unfortunately does not cure the disease, meaning that the patient will have to use the medications daily for life.

Herbal medicine, on the other hand, may take some 3 to 7 days to start decreasing the symptoms until there are no symptoms (this may take a few months depending on the acuteness of the condition) until the patient can stop all medications. (see below for more details).

No interactions have been noted between the allopathic and herbal medicine. However, we would recommend to take them separately leaving some 30 to 60 minutes between them, just as a precaution.

How to use our treatment
(i) If you are already using one or more of the above drugs and that you still suffer from symptoms, you should initially continue using them for sometime, until the herbs start to show a decrease in your symptoms. You can start decreasing your allopathic drugs only when you see that your symptoms are better by around 75%.

(ii) If you are already using one or more of the above drugs and that you are not experiencing any symptoms, then you can start decreasing the drugs within a week or so, after starting the herbs. You may then start feeling some pain which should be bearable. However, you should not decrease the drugs any more until the herbs have brought the symptoms under control.

(iii) If you are at present not using any of the above drugs, it should be easier for you to experience the benefits of the herbs within a week or so.

(Act in a responsible way).
Decreasing the above drugs should be done in a gradual manner. Example: if you are taking let’s say 2 steroid tablets and 2 NSAIDs tablets or suppositories daily, you can use 1½ steroid tablets and 2 NSAIDs as soon as symptoms start subsiding (after having started using the herbs). You may then experience some pain for a few days which will then go away. Continue to decrease the steroid gradually until you have been able to stop them completely; this may take a few weeks or months, depending upon your condition. You will also be able to stop the NSAIDs with time; you may need to use it again from time to time if you get some temporary acute pain.

After a few months
After having been able to stop all the allopathic drugs and that you do not feel any symptoms, then you can start decreasing the herbs gradually until you can stop them. For example, if you are using the herbs 2 times daily, you can use them once daily for a week or so, then every 2 days until you can stop them completely.

As Rheumatoid arthritis is a very complex disease, it may not disappear completely but you will be able to live with it by using the herbs on & off, and without serious side-effects.

Example: - Let’s say that after 4 months treatment, you have been able to stop the allopathic drugs as well as the herbs and that you are free from all symptoms; this may well last for some 5 months (in some cases, it may reappear after a year or so). Then the symptoms, in most cases, will return, although not as acute as before.

One should then wait not more than a week or so, to start the herbal treatment again and usually you need to take the herbs for one month. We recommend that you use the herbs for this period even if the symptoms may have disappeared after a few days.

Then you may be free of the symptoms for around 6 months this time instead of 5 months. When the pain returns use the herbs for 1 month again and you should then be free of the symptoms for another 7 months. You must have understood by now that the duration of the remission gradually increases until you may be having some pain only once yearly or even after more than one year.

Each time that the pain returns, take a complete course of treatment (1 month).

It usually takes a week or so to feel some improvement. For some patients it may take more time especially if patient's bones have become "porous" with the use of steroid drugs, but they will definitely improve.

The Treatment

First thing first-----DIET: -

Most of the products listed below have not been evaluated scientifically, except a few.
For instance, red flesh has recently been proven to increase inflammation if you already have the latter. Normal individuals can continue to eat red flesh (we recommend the one from animals reared without hormones or other chemical drugs) in moderation.
Chemical hair dyes have also been proven to increase the risks of bladder cancer as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
A few patients who were sceptical about the rest of the products listed below, have tried to use these products again one by one, after feeling better with the herbs; the result is an increase of the symptoms after using the product(s). Symptoms decreased again 1 or 2 days after stopping the products(s).
We cannot wait for science to confirm our findings and let the patients suffer in the meantime.

- Chilli
- French beans
- Aubergine
- Watercress
- Bananas
- Yoghurt
- Canned foods
- Red flesh & Fish of red flesh
- Frozen fish & flesh
- Crabs, Octopus, Prawns, Shrimps & Squids
- Monosodium glutamate
- Margarine
- Soft drinks
- Alcohol
- Fast foods & Snacks
- Hair dye (made from chemicals)

- Raw Garlic: - ½ to 1 clove 2 to 3 times daily.
- Fresh Fish: - 2 to 3 times/week.
- Olive oil: - 1 teaspoon daily.
- Drum stick: - 2 to 3 times/week.
{Drum stick/pods (scientific name-moringa oleifera or pterygosperma) made into soup are prescribed in sub-acute cases of enlarged liver & spleen, articular pain, tetanus, debility of nerves, paralysis, pustules, etc. and as a preventive against intestinal worms. (Ref. Indian Materia medica Vol. I, Page 815). Drum stick/pods are known in Mauritius as “Batons Mouroum”.}

HERBAL REMEDIES: - Patients suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis will need to use both of the 2 products mentioned below (i.e. HARPAGO Elixir & HEMIDESMUS Elixir). Using either product alone will not result in any improvement.

- HARPAGO Elixir: - A unique blend of high potency anti-inflammatory herbal extracts for the joints. It cleanses and cools down the system, thus decreasing the inflammatory process in the joints. It helps reinforcement of the sinews and creates the conditions for cartilage regrowth. Flexibility of joints will thus be gradually restored.
As the above formulae do not contain the herb "White willow", these should be safe for patients who are allergic to either Aspirin and/or Penicillin. Up to now, no patients with such allergies have reported any reaction while on treatment with our herbal formulae.

- Ingredients: -
- Harpagophytum procumbens is grown in the deserts of Africa, and possesses antirheumatic and analgesic properties. It is also used as a detoxicant and is mildly diuretic. Its action replicates that of steroid drugs but without its side-effects.
-Tanacetum parthenium is a popular remedy used in Britain, which has the ability to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis in migraine and rheumatism. By controlling the production of the chemical histamine, the herb decreases inflammation that constricts the blood vessels. The plant is rich in parthenolide, a sesquiterpene lactone, which is the principal active compound.
- Zanthoxylum clavaherculis has long been used by the Red Indians in America in rheumatism. It has antispasmodic properties and is a diffusive stimulant to arterial and capillary circulation, thus helping the re-establishment of “nourishment” of joints’ tissues. Its actions extend to the lymphatic system and mucous membranes, making it a versatile herb which can be used in different health conditions.

- Dosage: -
(Adult) ¾ teaspoon (or 2ml) 2 times daily (3 times daily temporarily, in acute situations); (Children) ½ teaspoon (or 1.5ml) 2 times daily (3 times daily in acute situations). Pour in 50ml of hot water, wait until it is cold & drink after the main meals. Advised to take around 1 hour away if you are taking milk.

- HEMIDESMUS Elixir: -
- Dosage: -
(Adult) ¾ teaspoon (or 2ml) 2 times daily (3 times daily temporarily, in acute situations); (Children) ½ teaspoon (or 1.5ml) 2 times daily (3 times daily in acute situations). Pour in 50ml of hot water, wait until it is cold & drink after the main meals. Advised to take around 1 hour away if you are taking milk.

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