One in five Americans suffer from some form of arthritis, the percentage increasing after the age of fifty. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, generally affecting the joints that are the more “worn” with time. I often hear people saying that their hands and fingers have grown weary through the years, aching, becoming weaker, swelling, and thus limiting activities.
Interestingly, many people who addressed the issue of arthritis with Edgar Cayce complained of aching hands. Looking specifically at those readings, a very helpful therapeutic regimen unfolds.
First and foremost, a basic philosophy in the Cayce readings is that arthritis is a result, not a cause. One might think that this would mean that arthritis results from injury or overuse, but this is not the case from the Cayce perspective. Rather, Cayce indicated that poor eliminations and a disturbance of the lymph system were prime precursors to arthritis.
A thirty-seven-year-old woman came to Cayce in 1935 complaining of swelling in knees, ankles, and left hand. Cayce’s insights and suggestions included the following: “This again is the effect of the arthritic activity in the system, or too great a quantity of the salts of the system that produce stiffening or crystallizing, as it were, of the tendon and muscular forces. Or the lack of sufficient quantity of lymph circulation. For arthritis is, in its incipiency or in its greater activity, an attack upon the lymph circulation; either by the lack of activities in the secreting glands of the system to supply sufficient oils and nutriment for the muscular and tendon forces, that is experienced first in extremities as in hands, knees, feet or elbows or the like, or all combined.” (Edgar Cayce) Cayce went on to recommend a classic alkalizing diet to this individual, with an emphasis on dark green leafy vegetables (a suggestion that occurs in other readings to those complaining of arthritis). He also suggests oil rubs each day as well as Epsom salts packs on the affected areas – both of which could be helpful to anyone with arthritic conditions. Additionally, to this particular woman he suggested high enemas as a therapy to cleanse the system. Even more frequently, he suggested an interesting approach to use of laxatives to improve eliminations in arthritic individuals.
Alternate Vegetables and Mineral Laxatives
The following suggestion was given to more than one individual with arthritic hands:
“(Q) Is the condition in joints of fingers arthritis, and what can be done to prevent it spreading?
“(A) It is a tendency towards same. But, as indicated, the type of eliminant being administered for the other condition is the same type that will reduce this – if advantage is taken of it by setting up better eliminations.” Cayce recommended that this person “Vary as to the type of eliminant for flushing the system. One time use a mineral, the next time a vegetable eliminant, and so on. This will tend to keep a better balance in the general condition of the body.” (Edgar Cayce)
Mentioned briefly above, massage of the affected areas is almost always suggested in the readings . . . here’s a routine given to an individual with arthritic hands:
“(Q) How can arthritis of left hip, lower vertebra and hands be lessened?
“(A) By the applications of healing oils; as the Camphorated Oil, and a combination of Olive Oil and Tincture of Myrrh – equal proportions; gently massaged in the areas being disturbed. These should be alternated . . . each day . . . using the Camphorated Oil one time, the combination of Olive Oil and Tincture of Myrrh the next time, see?” (Edgar Cayce)
In addition to the above oil combinations, don’t forget the famous peanut oil promise to be used after every steam bath: “Then have the rubdown with Peanut Oil, [and] the body would never have arthritis or neuritic reactions.” (Edgar Cayce) Here’s to your health, the Cayce way!
February/March 2008 © True Health Newsletter