What is the safest, low cost, and
most effective therapy to relieve arthritis pain?
Here is a hint: very few people who suffer from
arthritis pain benefit from it. They do not benefit
from them because they have not tried them. The
answer: Topical oil rubs over and around the
involved joints. The benefits of topical oil
applications are markedly enhanced when their use is
combined with anti-inflammatory spices and herbs, as
well as gentle, low intensity, high-frequency
stretching of the muscles that protect the joints.
In this tutorial, I describe Dr. Ali’s topical oil
therapies for arthritis.
First a few comments about inflammation and
Inflammation is the process by
which the body protects itself against microbes,
poisons, and other injurious substances. I emphasize
that no healing is possible without inflammation and
there is no chronic disease in which excessive
inflammation does not play a crucial role in its
cause and advancement. I have posted several
articles on the nature and clinical significance of
inflammation. For additional reading, I suggest:
. My tutorial entitled
"What is Inflammation?’ (For beginners)
. My tutorial entitled
"Oxygen Governs the Inflammatory Response and
Adjudicates Man-microbe Conflicts (for advanced and
Arthritis is inflammation of
joints—of the inner lining of joints called synovium,
to be precise. The loss of cartilage and damage to
bones occur as the consequence of inflammation.
There are three main types of arthritis: (1)
wear-and-tear (osteoarthritis); (2) Infectious
arthritis (Lyme arthritis, for example); and (3)
immune arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis,
psoriatic arthritis, colitis-associated arthritis).
Here are two important points:
. If you wait for X-rays to
show arthritis, it is quite late.
. If you see an orthopedic
surgeon, it is probably too late.
I formulated my three oil
therapies for gentle topical application over the
skin of inflamed tissues based on thirty-five years
of research and clinical experience. In the 1980s, I
prescribed castor oil packs with heating pads, as
was the prevailing practice in China. My patients
found them cumbersome (as I did myself with personal
trials) and the compliance was poor. And so were the
clinical results. I experimented with various
versions of castor oil packs, for various time
schedules, and with different types of heating pads.
I tested the procedures myself, as well as with some
well-informed patients. There were some improved
results but I found the packages and the warming
With passing years, I conducted
numerous tests with gently warmed oils (castor oil,
sesame oil, and others used in rotations), without
warm packs and combining this with gentle exercise
(which produces its own gentle, pleasant, and
energizing warmth). Eventually, I experimented with
oil blends to enhance the value of individual oils.
The protocol described below was the culminations of
all those clinical trials.
My first oil preference
is castor oil. The second preference is sesame oil.
The third preference is mustard oil. I have not encountered any
adverse effects of these oil rubs when used in
rotation. Still, I recommend that individuals using
them should discuss the use of these protocols with
their health practitioners until such time that they
become their own competent primary physicians in the
use of oil protocols.
I point out that my protocol for
arthritis is also effective for relieving painful
inflammation of tissues around joints that are
referred to as tendonitis, bursitis, trigger points,
Author's Guidelines For Topical Oil Therapies
. Gently apply one
tablespoon of lightly warmed castor oil on the
skin overlying inflamed tissues or body organ
(bowel, liver, knee joint, etc.) for two days.
. Gently apply one
tablespoon of lightly warmed sesame oil on the
skin on the same areas as Protocol A for one day.
. Do whatever you would do
if you did not apply the Protocols, for two hours or
. After the first three
days, increase the oil amount to two tablespoons or
. After initial evaluation,
do the oil rubs for three or more days
each week, depending upon the results.
I wear a seasonably desired "oil shirt" when
going out after the oil application, for walking, a
meal, to movies, or visiting family and friends. At
home, of course, I do my work or common household
chores with the oils on. Freedom from using cloth
packs and warm pads is liberating.