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Green tea for joint pain...
« on: February 18, 2006, 12:04:49 PM »
Iíve never been what youíd call limber, even as a child.  When I was a young adult I had limited motion and starting to feel a lot of pain in my joints.  Arthritis?  I donít know.

Now thatís Iím older,  itís sure not got any better.  Itís not only uncomfortable but itís even hard to sleep at night for the aches and pains. 

With advice from my doctor,  Iíve started taking Ibuprofen Ė sometimes as many as 8 500mg tables a day.   

But lately Iíve been drinking some hot green tea.  I think itís been working as good or better than the Ibuprofen. 

Mary had someone tell her that this works for joint pain. Has anyone else tried it?
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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2006, 12:12:46 PM »
It works pretty good if you put some corn likker in it.
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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2006, 12:20:46 PM »
It works pretty good if you put some corn likker in it.

I put some honney in it. 

It works but I don't really like drinking tea - especally in the winter.
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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2006, 12:23:20 PM »
 :D :D :D :D At least until the hangover sets in. The hot tea is a great relaxant.
I would be concerned about that much ibuprofen. I have 400mg tablets and never take more than three per day. Don't want to get hooked on it.
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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2006, 12:46:34 PM »
Bibby!    Honey and Corn Likker ain't the same thing.  A sugar high isn't near as anesthesizing as being passed out on the floor.  :D :D
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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2006, 12:58:24 PM »
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I've found great relief from taking over the counter glucosamine sulfate (1000 mg), but am not prescribing medicine for anyone else.  :)

I take very little of it, and not near the dose (two a day) that is suggested for an adult. But it sure seems to 'grease up' the joints for me.  I started it when my son said his dogs' vet suggested it for his laborador when it showed signs of hip joint stiffness. I also had heard others talk of taking glucose for arthritic joints. So I gave it a try and was impressed with the results.

I'm not into tea - yet.  :)
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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2006, 01:26:59 PM »
> Mary had someone tell her that this works for joint pain.

I drink green tea sometimes, it does nothing for the joints as far as I can tell.

What is good for joints is fish (cod liver) oil, doctors recommend it. We use to get it in jell capsule form, it goes down easier.


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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2006, 01:50:12 PM »
we used to get a couple of tablespoons of cod liver oil when Grandmomma figgured we needed cleaning out.  :-\

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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2006, 02:08:12 PM »
:D :D :D :D At least until the hangover sets in. The hot tea is a great relaxant.
I would be concerned about that much ibuprofen. I have 400mg tablets and never take more than three per day. Don't want to get hooked on it.

I was a bit shocked too as it's more than the lable says - I think.. I questioned the doctor on this point and he still insisted that 8/day was ok - if that's what it took to releave the pain.  I try not to take any if I can stand not to.
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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2006, 02:33:44 PM »
Tom, my mom got on that kick for a while too. We kept wondering what we were being punished for. :(
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« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2006, 02:42:09 PM »
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Mom's didn't need to 'know' as usually they could just 'assume' and banked on the odds of being right.  I thought she just had a sixth sense or ESP at the time, and somehow, she just knew.

The fish oil is recommended now to bring down the 'bad' cholesterol or tryglicerides or something like that. Niacin is another 'remedy' which gives me the hives real bad.
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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2006, 04:17:11 PM »
I have heard about green tea. I have always heard that pineapple is very good for joint pain. Warm weather helps a lot too.

I have circulation problems when it is cold. My solution was take two aspirins and move to the tropics.

Good pineapple here too - and I am pretty much pain free.

So, how did I end up here anyway?

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« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2006, 05:06:54 PM »
I injured my knee on a mountain in BC. I twisted it behind me in such a manner that it would dislocate something and my knee swelled. After that I did it several times simply by bending it while climbing over a log or even stubbing my toe. I took some glucosamine and condroitin tablets for several months and kept active and the problem went away after a few months. I too this day don't know if it was the actual joint or ligament or whatever. The doctors said there was nothing wrong and wouldn't even scope it. So I was on my own. Here is a website about the supplement. Beware that it's been reported that some of these labeled suppliments don't even contain what's labeled.  ::)

http://www.consumerlab.com/results/gluco.asp

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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2006, 01:49:39 PM »
I've been drinking a cup of green tea the last few days and my pain has been quite a bit less.

I didn't read the box until yesterday but it says green tea contains antioxidants and is naturally low in caffein - containing ony 4% of what a cup of regular coffee does.
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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2006, 01:57:41 PM »
Two days to a cup, won't be much of an addict at that rate.  :)  Hope it keeps working for you.
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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2006, 03:04:08 PM »
Bibbyman,

I was all for the green tea until you said it had less caffiene. Almost had me there.

And I probably can't find it here anyway.

So, how did I end up here anyway?

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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2006, 03:15:07 PM »
Ok, I'll send ya some King Kole, has more caffeine than coffee.  :D My mother got a brain fart and sent some to friends in the west, and the postage was more than the tea was worth. She said their tea wasn't any good, too weak. :D

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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2006, 07:37:06 PM »
Lots of ideas for relief. Seems the "cures" work for some but not others - cause we're all a little different I suppose. I 've heard good stuff about green tea but more about the antioxidants than pain relief.

I have heard good stuff about cod liver oil - one younger friend of a friend came down with premature arthritis and her doc suggested cod liver oil . DanG if she doesn't swear by it nowadays. I hear it works because its one of those omega 3 fats ( liquid at room temperature ) that comes from cold water fish. Some others are salmon, mackerel and sardines. I've read about people that find relief with salmon but not so much the others.

Also heard good things about glucosamine/chondroitin. An older friend ( about 80 at the time ) was told by his doc to try it. It cut his painful morning crawl out of bed from 30 min down to about 5. Helped but not a cure. He ended up getting two new knees. That was a cure - now he ( 84 ) plays pickleball as well as the 70 year olds - maybe even the 65's. Not being one to look a gift horse in the mouth when I blew out a knee ( overexertion - I 'm going for the over 55 bicycling thing ) I tried the stuff. Took eight weeks - like the bottle said and besides SwampDonkey I too heard some mfg's don't put in what they say so I stick to a known brand . I've been using it on and off for four years now as needed and I think it works for me. I blow out ( overdo it on one or the other knee, elbow, whatever ) and it seems that the glucosamine/chondroitin brings it back.

Now I'm not a doctor and I couldn't even swear its not a placebo effect or just my body recovering but it sure seems like the stuff works for me.  Just another $.02

Good Luck

Note - I'm not sure whether I can say this but I like the Jean Carper books - she's not trying to sell you something so she just tells you what works for some people - helps me think she's just calling it like it is.

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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2006, 02:41:57 AM »
Has anyone tried the green tea thing?

Since itís warmed up some,  weíve been drinking cold green tea while working at the sawmill. 

We have made it from tea bags and added some honey while it was still warm. But we more often make it from cans of Arizona brand green tea with ginseng sweetened with honey that comes in a 20 oz can.  We find it too sweet as it comes from the can but we mix it 1/2 can to a 64 oz fruit juice container Ė filling the remainder with tap water.  It gives a little refreshing taste to the water.  On a hot long day weíll go through two of these 64 oz containers but on a normal day only about one.

Iíve started mixing up a pitcher of green tea to keep in the fridge in the house as well.  I donít know when Iíve drank a carbonated soft drink last.
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Re: Green tea for joint pain...
« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2006, 02:42:14 PM »
Yeah, I tried the green tea.  Gael is drinking it.  I saw some in the refrigerator and  figured it was just some weak tea.   I was thirsty, so I poured a glass. 

YECHH_H_H!!

I'de rather drink the water off of a scalded chicken.

I've been told "if it's good to eat, it's bad for you".  This stuff must be akin to the Fountain of Youth.

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