Arthritis assumes various forms, the most frequent being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation is the main feature of arthritis, which is a reaction of the joint tissues to some form of damage or injury.
The chief symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain and stiffness in the joints. The pain usually increases after exercise. Other symptoms include watery eyes, dry neck, leg cramps, allergies, arteriosclerosis, impairment in the functioning of the gal-bladder and liver disturbances. The possible causes include malnutrition, continuous physical stress, obesity, glandular insufficiency, calcium deficiency and a shortage of hydrochloric acid.
Rheumatoid arthritis is often called the "cooked food disease." It usually develops gradually over several months with persistent pain and stiffness in one or more joints leading to the whole body being affected.
Symptoms include anemia, colitis, constipation, gal-bladder disturbances, low blood pressure, deformed hands and feet. The condition may be caused by hormonal imbalance, physical and emotional stress, infection, severe fright, shock and injury.
Hereditary factors may also be responsible for the onset of this disease.