Dr. Maoshing discusses which foods can help ease the pain of Arthritis.
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Which Healing Foods Ease Arthritis? Dr. Maoshing Ni: Now ladies, if you have arthritis, I got some remedies for you. There are several types of arthritis. Mostly we know arthritis is either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis but if you look in the medical literature there’s many different types of arthritis but let’s not get too complicated here. In other words, if your joint hurts and you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis of any kind, what my recommendations are today will apply to you. So let’s start with couple common things that you can get from your fridge. Scallions—this is otherwise known as green onions. It has a pungent, warming property. It disperses, opens up the joints; opens up circulation, fabulous. This is something that will help as it’s also a diaphoretic which means it will gently help you sweat and that’s good because you want that opening. When circulation goes and improves, you will find relief of pain. The next thing is ginger. Well, ginger is a very potent anti-inflammatory. Many studies have shown ginger to be wonderful also for pain. So as a natural analgesic, it works almost as good as your painkiller and it doesn’t upset your stomach because ginger actually settles your stomach as one of its property. So this is something that I would suggest. Now you might ask, “What do I use these? How do I use these?” Well, hold your horse; I am going to get to that in a minute, all right. Let’s look at garlic. I just love this garlic, I love garlic and it’s me and the rest of the Italians but the reason why garlic is so wonderful is that it has a potent volatile compound called allicin and which is in these scallions as well and all the onion families are—they contain allicin. Allicin is a compound that is a natural anti-inflammatory analgesic. It helps to improve blood circulation and wonderful for arthritis and pain. Now what you can do is make these into your diet so as you cook, you can add cloves of garlic and sauté your vegetables or other things in it, slice the ginger and make it in soups, put the scallions in there, fabulous. Easy to do or you can just make a tea out of it. I kind of like the tea concept because it’s put a clove of garlic, you mash it up, you put three slices of ginger and maybe a couple stalks of scallions and you chop it all up. Put in a cup of water, you boil it for five minutes. Make sure the lid's covered; you don’t want all that volatile oil to escape and then you just sip that while it’s hot. Wow, it instantly loosens up your joints and you feel so much better because the blood is flowing. Now what else do I have here? This is mustard greens. Now if you’ve never had mustard greens, you should try. It makes a fabulous sautéed vegetables. It cooks down like spinach, right and you can throw all those other things that I talked about, the garlic, ginger, and scallions in there. But mustard greens, in Chinese medicine is really considered to be an herb and it’s a little bit bitter but it’s tasty and it helps reduce swelling which is very important. So it clears the swelling and as well as it helps increase circulation, so mustard greens. What else do I have here? This is black beans.