I have already discussed the importance of acidic and alkaline ions in food. Acidic elements are
ingested over years, by way of food that we eat, liquids that we drink and the air that we breathe.
Excess acidic chemicals, either left overs or formed in the body, have to be thrown out by the body,
but often, this does not properly happen. It may eventually deposit itself in various places, between
the joints, on the bones or in the muscles. One of the worst effects of the accumulation of acidic
chemicals are arthritis and rheumatism. Both are extremely painful conditions. When the deposit is
in the muscles, the effect is muscular rheumatism. This is due to the tension in the muscles attached to
the damaged joints.
The spine is also very often affected, resulting in spondylitis
causing misalignment of the vertebrae. Vertebrae fused by deposits
of acid will invariably affect the part of the body controlled by nerves
lying in the affected area.
Arthritis means painful inflammation and accompanying stiffness of
joints. When acidic chemicals increase, they lead to symptoms, such
as swelling and pain, which are the hallmarks of joint disorders, such
as osteoarthritis (degenerative disease, characterised by morning
stiffness that comes with age), rheumatoid arthritis (auto-immune
and chronic multi system disease), gouty arthritis and fibromyalgia
(when there is pain, but no apparent cause).
Arthritis is common among people more than 40 years of age, but
it can occur earlier as well. It is three times more common in females
than males. It may be hereditary in some families, and sometimes,
even children may suffer.
Every joint in the body is covered Femur by a synovial membrane, which Synovial secretes synovial fluid.
It is a thick, fluid oily fluid found in the cavities of Patella synovial joints that enables the joints
to move freely, one on the other.
With its egg white like consistency (synovial comes from Latin for Tibia Cartilage 'egg'), synovial
fluid reduces friction between the articular cartilage and other tissues in joints to cushion
them during movement. It is also the shock absorber of the joints. When toxins collect in the synovial
fluid between the joints, the synovial membrane is worn out by continuous movement on the
hard surfaces. This compromises the normal function of the fluid, leading to pain during limb movement.
The underlying cause in all types of arthritis and primarily in gout is the presence of excess
uric acid (C 5H4N4O 3 ) in the body. It is often caused by a build up of acids, due to years of faulty diet.
These deposits have an affinity with organic lime, a prominent constituent Chemical formula of uric acid
of the bony material. Hence, it gets deposited there. Lime is an alkaline substance. Due to
attraction of the opposites, the acids in the body are inevitably drawn to this alkaline substance for mutual
neutralisation. The result of this process is inflammation, a condition that causes the joints to
swell and become extremely tender and painful.
Invariably, an affected joint feels stiff and locked. As a result, deformity occurs, due to the
erosive condition of the bones, caused by the acid. The joint is then rendered incapable of performing its
natural action. The lower parts of the body almost always seem to be worst affected by chronic
arthritis as they bear the weight of the body and blood circulation is not as active in the lower
limbs. Depression, which frequently afflicts sufferers of this disease, aggravates the
pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is systemic. Once it appears in any one
joint, it gradually spreads to other joints as well.
A few common symptoms of arthritis are:
- Joint pain
- Decreased range of motion
- Morning stiffness
Dealing with arthritis
Adopt a method of treatment and a way of life that will eliminate
toxic acids from the body. Do a Joint Cleanse and remove uric
acid, acidic chemicals and all signs of arthritis. Develop a positive
attitude. Be cheerful and optimistic.
Try to include nutrients necessary to neutralise acids in the
body in your diet and further reduce the intake of acidic food.
Arthritis, as explained earlier, begins from wrong eating habits and as
corollary, can be handled and cured upto a certain limit by a proper
diet. Proper management of eating habits will help in dissolving the
acid deposits and alleviate pain.
Fresh vegetables and fruits are still relatively cheap and easy
to obtain, as are milk, chicken and fish, which provide sufficient
protein for a healthy diet. Along with these dietary changes, do the
Joint Cleanse once in two years and you will find at least 50%
improvement in your condition.
Apple cider vinegar
- In the morning, dissolve a teaspoon (five ml) of honey in 100
ml of lukewarm water. Add three teaspoons (15 ml) of apple
cider vinegar to it. This mixture should be taken thrice daily.
For an average built person of 70 kgs, a daily intake of 45 ml of
apple cider vinegar (15 ml x 3 times = 45 ml) is recommended.
Do not take a lower dose. But, if your weight is lower than
70 kgs, reduce it proportionately. The quantity of apple cider
vinegar in the blood should be sufficient to dissolve uric acid
from joints in a six week long treatment. Do not worry about
nausea or vomiting, if it occurs.
- Have one teaspoon of black molasses, three times a day.
- Take three epsom salt baths every week.
- Have a full range of alkaline food rich in vitamins, minerals and
protein to help burn acids already accumulated in the body.
- Try to work the joints gently by walking in fresh air. If that is not
possible, even slow movement on crutches in a well ventilated
room will help. Begin with efforts to move fingers and ultimately,
move the limbs.
- Drink 200 ml of green vegetable juices three times a day (or as
per your convenience) made from a large handful of spinach,
a large handful of parsley, five carrots with tops intact and
three radishes. There is no need to wait to get all vegetables
before starting the cleanse. Start the treatment with whatever
vegetables you get from this list. Avoid any vegetable that does
not suit your metabolism.
- Do the complete treatment for six weeks.
- When acidic chemicals present in the joints leave the body
through vinegar => blood => urine, pain will also leave the body.
The process - Apple cider vinegar
It is a vinegar made from cider or apple must, i.e., juice
of the skins of apples. It is sour in taste and has a pale
to medium amber colour. Vinegars have long been
proposed as agents enabling weight loss. However,
one of its important properties is removing acidic toxins
from the joints. The hard acid deposits causing arthritis
are very similar in substance to the shell of an egg.
Apple cider vinegar has the ability to dissolve these
acid deposits, so they pass out naturally via urine.
When apple cider vinegar is taken orally, it is
absorbed through the gastrointestinal system and
achieves adequate concentration in the blood. This blood carries
the vinegar to the affected joints for a ‘local targeted’ action. Under
the influence of apple cider vinegar, the acids or toxins dissolve.
Sometimes, after the second week of treatment the pain
increases. The pain may be slightly more than before and may spread all over the body. The
reason is easy to understand. The blood becomes saturated with apple cider vinegar, which
starts to work on acid deposits, churning and dissolving them. Rest assured that it goes away
in a week’s time.
Try this yourself
Place an egg, complete with shell, in a jar or glass. Cover the egg with pure
apple cider vinegar and in two days, the shell will completely dissolve, leaving
just the contents in a thin, rubbery membrane.
For some people, this process may cause extra pain.
The pain might get worse before they start to feel better.
The patient may think that the treatment is doing more harm
than good. Unfortunately, many patients give up the treatment
too soon, when the actual healing process starts. When the
sufferer experiences this reaction, they should think, “The
treatment is working for me; in a week or two, the pain will go
away and I shall get better and be free of this pain”, and should
not, instead, give up the treatment. For counselling during this
stage, you can always contact us and we will guide you throughout
Arthritic people are often overweight, due to inactivity. Their joint
movements are so painful, that the natural reaction is to minimise the
pain by avoiding movement. This leads to a further increase in weight.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural diuretic and acts, to some extent,
as a slimming agent. Many arthritics also suffer from high blood
pressure, angina or some form of circulatory disease. Apple cider
vinegar also acts as a blood normaliser to attain homoeostasis,
i.e., if the blood pressure is high, it will bring it down slightly and
if the blood pressure is low, it will raise it slightly.
Sometimes, ridges appear on nails due to lack of calcium salts
in the tissues. This deficiency can also affect bones, teeth and hair.
Apple cider vinegar encourages the body to make more effective use
of calcium derived from food. For normal people, two teaspoons of
apple cider vinegar taken three times a day for a month may even act
as a preventive measure for arthritis, in addition to other disorders
likely to affect the body due to lack of calcium assimilation.
Honey is packed with natural vitamins,
minerals and traces of many elements.
Honey varies in its composition based
on the source of flowers and the bees
that collect it. Darker coloured honey
contains more iron and is more beneficial
for arthritics, as they generally suffer
from iron deficiency.
The trace elements listed above are essential for the activation of
enzymes. They mediate the action of different cells in the body, aid in
digestion and nerve and muscle functions, amongst other activities.
Most arthritics feel acute pain, have sleepless nights and become
very depressed. Most of the B-complex vitamins can be found in
honey and they act on the nerves. Honey is highly beneficial for the
tired, nervous and highly strung arthritis sufferer. The drawback is
that honey is also rich in glucose and fructose, which (although in
pre-digested form) is still a red alert for diabetics. Overweight and
diabetic patients should consume honey with care.
Molasses are made from raw unsulphured cane sugar.
It is a black substance, packed with nutrients and
may be taken at any time, as per convenience. For
therapeutic use, I usually recommend one teaspoon,
three times a day. I have found one teaspoon of
molasses dissolved in 100 ml of warm water to be
appropriate for most patients. This is easily assimilated
and digested. Molasses may be taken undiluted, but
should be immediately followed by rinsing your mouth
with warm water, as it has a tendency to discolour the teeth. Those
with delicate stomachs may take it in smaller, more frequent doses.
Molasses is a wonderful blood cleanser for arthritics. Arthritics
are prone to stomach ulcers, diverticulitis and similar conditions,
caused by acids eating away the stomach and colon linings. Black
molasses offers relief. Very often, patients face a loss of muscle tone
due to lack of essential mineral salts in the body. Molasses proves
most valuable in these cases, as its salt content helps re-establish
muscle tone. For external growths, boils, sore and cuts, molasses
applied with a little water and as a poultice, is a wonderful natural
ointment. It helps in treating skin diseases, e.g., dermatitis, eczema
Molasses is a rich source of iron and can alleviate tiredness. It is a
rich source of vitamin B complex, which acts on the nerves, relieving
spells of deep depression, bouts of painful neuralgia and debilitating
attacks of cold and influenza. Molasses also contains copper and
magnesium, phosphoric acid and potassium.
Note: It is available near sugar cane factories, during the crushing
season. It is a waste product of jaggery (iegÌ[) production. This can be
used for our cleanse, but it cannot be stored for long. Black molasses
is now commercially available in India. Preserved black molasses can
usually be obtained from stores that sell foreign food products. For
availability of preserved black molasses, visit our websites: www.
drpiyushsaxena.com or www.thetempleofhealing.org.
Our skin is, broadly speaking, a permeable membrane. It provides
an excellent medium for elimination of acids.
Joint Cleanse uses epsom salt as a drawing
agent of toxins accumulated between
joints. Epsom salt can be obtained from any
An epsom salt bath is very relaxing and
pain relieving. You will sleep well after the
bath. Epsom salt should be dissolved in a
bath tub with warm water, at a tolerable temperature. The temperature
of water may be maintained at a more or less constant level by adding
fresh hot water and mixing more epsom salt.
Beginning with the toes, move every joint until you reach the
neck. Exercise the joints within the limits of tolerance. The movement
makes the deposits, stuck in the joints, loose and the epsom salt
draws out these toxins. The warm water will also open pores of the
skin, enhancing the removal of toxins.
After a bath of 5-10 minutes, dry yourself with a towel and if the
weather permits, try to sleep in blankets, so as to keep yourself warm
and sweating. This helps in keeping pores of the skin open all night,
and encourages elimination of acids through sweating. After a salt
bath, the body must not be exposed to cold or cool breeze. Keeping
the body warm is very important as it will prolong the period of
elimination. Sometimes, you may feel some weakness and lethargy,
which usually goes away in one or two hours.
In case a bath tub is not available, heat water in an ordinary kitchen
bowl large enough to put your feet, at a comfortable temperature.
Add a cup of epsom salt and soak your feet in this solution for 10-15
minutes, rubbing them gently. The cool water may be removed and
replaced with hot water, and epsom salt may be added from time to
time to maintain the temperature at the desired level. For example,
if you are removing half the water from the bowl to add fresh hot
water, then also add half a cup of epsom salt.
Afterward, remove your feet from the solution,
dry them and keep them covered. Then,
soak your hands in the same way. The whole
process may be repeated twice daily - with
some variation in the frequency and soaking
time - according to individual requirement and
A similar option, also effective, is to wrap hot wet towels, soaked in epsom salt added
Soaking the feet in warm water, for 5-10 minutes around each joint,
either one at a time or simultaneously, using many towels as a
poultice. The objective is to open the pores.
Arthritis is a difficult ailment to cure, but at least one major cause of
pain is accumulation of acids in the joints. I aim for nearly 50%
reduction in pain levels on a permanent basis in all arthritic patients
who complete this course. There are several instances where
patients, who have suffered from severe arthritis for many years,
have not only regained free movement of their joints, but are also
living a medicine-free life after doing the treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should we stop treatment after six weeks? Can we continue it?
First, after six weeks, the incremental benefits of continued
treatment are likely to be marginal. Second, I want you to lead a
medicine free life. However, if you feel better by continuing the
treatment, you may do so. It does not cause any harm.
- Why do you suggest Kidney Cleanse, Acidity Cleanse, Parasite
Cleanse and Liver Cleanse for arthritic patients?
The toxins in all parts of the body should be removed to have well
functioning organs. Only cleansing a particular organ will not have
the same effect as the combined removal of toxins from all organs.
Hence, I recommend you to benefit from other cleanses as well.
- Are there any restrictions on food during the treatment?
Eating less acidic food and more alkaline food, such as green
vegetables and their juices, helps in elimination of toxins.
- Is there any benefit in case of spondylitis, gout or any other joint pain?
Yes, it benefits as much as in case of arthritis.
- I am sure I do not have arthritis. Can I still take this treatment?
You can. After doing it, you will definitely notice a difference and
your joints will move more freely.
- Which are the different brands of apple cider vinegar?
There are several brands of apple cider vinegar, but two are
commonly available in India - American garden vinegar of USA
(Rs 450/- for one litre bottle, Rs 250/- for 500 ml) and Heinz vinegar
of USA or UK (costs the same). A patient needs nearly two bottles
of one litre each.
- Should we take apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach or after food?
For best results, have it on an empty stomach. Initially, you can
also take it after food and observe the effects.
- Can I use any type of honey?
Honey has a limited role in the treatment of arthritis. You can use
- Where can we get apple cider vinegar and black molasses?
Nowadays, we get apple cider vinegar and black molasses in
the food section of supermarkets in any big city. However, in case
of non-availability, you may contact some of the vendors listed on
the ingredients page of our websites www.drpiyushsaxena.com or
- I had apple cider vinegar for a week. However, it has increased my pain. Should I stop it?
Do not stop the treatment unless the pain becomes unbearable.
Your blood has become saturated with apple cider vinegar, which
has started working on all acid deposits, churning and dissolving
them, resulting in increased pain. Rest assured that the treatment
is working for you. If the pain is unbearable, you may stop the
treatment for a week and restart subsequently.
- We, patients of arthritis, have been taught the familiar
phrase - 'You have arthritis and you must learn to live with it.'
How can you talk about cure in such an impossible scenario?
You do not have to mutely bear everything. Even if you have a
difficult ailment, such as arthritis, gear yourself up to fight it and win.
Remember, the war is not lost until you stop trying. More so, ‘You
have arthritis and you must learn to live with it’ is the final opinion
of your doctor and his therapy. You have a right to differ with his
opinion and try this Joint Cleanse or any other therapy for your
- I did your treatment and my bone condition has improved
(osteoarthritis has alleviated). My joint pain has reduced by
almost half. My calcium levels have improved, my hair has
gained lustre and my skin has better tone. Is this due to the
apple cider vinegar?
Yes, it is the effect of apple cider vinegar and black molasses
consumed during the Joint Cleanse.