Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that can be particularly painful and crippling. Not only can it cause severe inflammation and pain, it can cause deformity and fusion of the vertebrae in the spine. Natural remedies for ankylosing spondylitis include natural anti-inflammatories and dietary changes.
Hydration and Alkalization
The first place to begin healing of ankylosing spondylitis is to improve hydration and alkalize the body. Even mild dehydration makes pain worse and tissue renewal and repair more difficult. However, you cannot be well hydrated with coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks. Ideally you will be will hydrated with herbal teas and alkalizing drinks.
Into 12 ounces of water, add 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar, or 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice. You can add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to make the drink taste less acidic. This drink can be taken 2-4 times a day. But start off with just once a day as this is a healing drink and has the potential to cause a healing reaction.
Maximizing your nutrition will give your body nutrients to heal and repair. Avoiding foods that aggravate your condition or cause inflammation is important. Each person is unique. There is no one size fits all diet. You will need to experiment with your diet to see what helps you to feel the best.
Where to begin?
Begin with eating higher quality foods. Use sugar, white flour, processed foods and fast foods very sparingly, if at all.
You may benefit from a diet like the low starch diet, a gluten-free diet, or an anti-candida diet.
Use quality fats in your diet. Olive oil and virgin coconut oil are both nutritious.
Bacteria Connection to Ankylosing Spondylitis
There is evidence to suggest that ankylosing spondylitis has a bacterial cause.
The klebsiella pnuemonae is the particular bacteria that is suspect. The same bacteria is associated with Crohn’s disease, which is often a companion disease to ankylosing spondylitis. Because of this connection, it may be wise to consider some natural antibiotics. Sometimes your body will feel worse when you begin to kill off bacteria. For this reason, it is best to begin slowly with antibacterial herbs and supplements and increase your doses slowly.
Turmeric root is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibiotic herb. It is helpful for a variety of types of arthritis. Turmeric is also helpful for pain and blood purification. 1/4 – 1 teaspoon is a typical dose and it is usually taken 1-3 times a day.
Oregano oil is a strong antibacterial as well. You can buy oregano oil capsules, or just rub a couple of drops of oregano oil into the bottom of your feet a couple of times a day.
Garlic is a powerful herb with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial herb. Adding fresh garlic to your food each day will give you another weapon against bacteria in your system.
Kefir, or a quality probiotic is important when you are dealing with any type of bacteria. It will also help your gut to work better.
Home Remedies and Supplements for Ankylosing Spondylitis
Vitamin C is important for immune support and tissue repair.
Magnesium is another critical nutrient, especially when it comes to arthritis. Magnesium oil may be the best way to get magnesium into your system. It can be sprayed onto the skin (especially where you have pain.) It may sting at first. If it bothers you, rinse it off after 20 minutes. Over time it probably won’t bother you.
Vitamin D can be obtained by taking a a quality cod liver oil supplement.
Castor Oil is a healing oil that can be used topically for pain. Massage this oil into painful areas as needed. It does stain clothes and bedding, so be warned.
Mullein root tincture is helpful for joint pain. It helps to increase the lubrication in the joints. It can be taken internally or applied topically.
Borax is used for arthritis, including ankylosing spondylitis. This natural compound helps to alkalize the body and naturally balance minerals and hormones in the body. For men, 1/4 teaspoon is taken in a liter of water, sipped through the day, 4 days a week. For women the dose is 1/8 teaspoon in a liter of water, sipped throughout the day.
Have you tried natural remedies for Ankylosing Spondylitis? We would love to hear your experience!