Arthritis

What is Arthritis?

The word arthritis means ‘inflammation of the joints’ - a condition involving pain, swelling, heat, stiffness and sometimes redness of a joint. Arthritis is so widespread that an entire chapter in Professor Yoland Lim's book 'Your Body is Your Doctor' is dedicated to this non-discriminatory and ancient chronic crippling disease. The Egyptian pharaohs had it – so did the poorest of their subjects.


Professor Yoland Lim states that whilst climatic conditions of dampness and changing weather in the Western world could be blamed for the high incidence of arthritis, in his opinion diet is a greater cause. The optimal diet for arthritis should be curated to avoid obesity whilst maintaining good nutrition. The following program has proven successful with Professor Yoland Lim Health Care's arthritic patients over the last nearly 50 years. This program consists of three steps: 

  • Elimination and cleansing process
  • Building up process
  • Exercise 

The elimination and cleansing process is the most important. The body becomes a storehouse of junk, which has been deposited in the cells. It is vital that your body has a 'clean' foundation to build on its 'healing powers', just like a building, the foundation must be strong. The cleansing process initially involves a calm mental approach that is then followed by a program of 'diet fasting'. 


Exercises, both physical and breathing are essential as they improve circulation, increase oxygen intake thereby bringing more nutrients to the cells for repair, and dissipate waste materials. The building up process involves a positive physical and mental approach to health. A fresh food diet is prescribed along with the use of phytomolecular (herbal medicines) drops.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is considered the most serious form because of its long, chronic course and the severe disability it can cause. It affects three times as many women as men, usually worse in the morning, and has stiffness lasting up to several hours, but gets slightly improved with movement.


Typically, RA progresses slowly affecting similar joints on both sides of the body simultaneously namely Metacarpophalangeal (knuckles) and Distal Interphalangeal (outer) finger joints, and wrists and elbows. In the early stages, the joints grow puffy, painful and stiff. The inflammation soon begins to damage cartilage in the joints. At first, flare-ups of joint pain may quieten down for weeks at a time, but the inflammation usually always returns and finally becomes chronic.


After several months to years - it moves into a second stage. Hard nodules form under the skin near the affected joints.


The acute inflammation may quieten down, but joint damage may become progressively more sinister. Continuing muscle spasm may dislocate and twist the finger joints. Typical signs include ulnar deviation (outward) displacement of fingers, ‘Z deformity’ of the thumb and boutonniere and swan neck deformity of the fingers. Knees or hips (delayed in 50%) can become so crippled that they can’t bear weight or even be moved without extreme pain.


The disease may start immediately after some severe physical or emotional shock, such as an internal infection, or a significant emotional event.


RA is an auto-immune reaction where the patient’s own natural immune defences attack the linings of the joints as if they were a threatening foreign body. Professor Yoland Lim Health Care may order pathology tests looking for ‘rheumatoid factor’, which is positive in 70-80% of patients, and ‘anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) which is very specific (positive in 96% of patients). Although there is no cure for RA, a great deal can be done to help control the disease and prevent its crippling effects.

Osteoarthritis (OA)

By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the commonest arthritis and is a degenerative joint disease occurring in 10% of the adult population, with 50% of over 60 year olds having it. Sooner or later, if you live long enough, you are likely to encounter this, the most common form of arthritis. It affects both men and women equally.

 

For many it is only a minor, occasionally disabling irritation but for many it may be a continual source of distress.


Unlike the RA, OA joint involvement is not necessarily symmetrical. Pain and stiffness gets worse by the end of the day and worse with activity. It feels better after resting, and worse in cold and damp conditions.


Professor Yoland Lim Health Care may advise on daily range-of-motion exercise, such as its Fong Yang Therapy Exercises, but vigorous exercise is cautioned against as this may do more harm to already damaged joints.


Since many people with OA simply can’t engage in regular exercise, weight control becomes even more important. But a crash diet that may harm the rest of the body is not advisable. What is needed is a balanced nutritional diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat or other protein, and some cereal foods and dairy products in small enough quantities to achieve a gradual consistent weight loss.

Gouty Arthritis

By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

Gouty Arthritis is an abnormality of monosodium urate (Uric Acid) crystals which abnormally deposit in joints. With proper treatment, good symptomatic control of the disease can occur although the underlying condition is incurable. 


Uric Acid is a natural chemical waste product in our body. It may be caused by too much alcohol, starvation and certain prescription medications (such as diuretics). When predisposed patients consume too much seafood, cheese, beer and wine, the precursor for uric acid, purines are in excess. When uric acid can’t be metabolised sufficiently in our body nor excreted in our urine (some people have ‘inborn metabolic errors’ preventing this) it results in excruciatingly painful joints, predominantly, but not limited to the big toe of our feet. 


Up to 8% of men get this, and are usually in their 40s-50s.


Treatment of gout requires medicines to fight inflammation and get rid of the excess uric acid

Other Arthritis

By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

Although the ‘big three’ – rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gouty arthritis account for the vast preponderance of arthritis, there are also other forms. 


An example is that there are several forms of juvenile (child) arthritis, different from the adult form, which can commence from infancy through to late adolescence.

Other conditions that mimic Arthritis

  • Bursitis: inflammation of bursa, a protective fluid-filled pouch overlaying the shoulder, elbow, knee or other joint or bony prominence. Includes housemaid knee, bunion.
  • Tennis Elbow: strain of forearm muscles on the outer side of the elbow. From overuse: hammering, tennis, driving, etc. 
  • Tendonitis and tenosynovitis: inflammation of tendons and/or tendon sheaths of the shoulder, wrist, hip or heel. 
  • Torticolus (Stiff Neck): spasm of the neck muscles causing turning and tilting of the head. 
  • Fibromyositis: inflammation of muscle and connective tissue due to acute strain, includes lumbago. 
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: wrist pain; pain, tingling, weakness of palm and thumb due to tightening of wrist ligaments and consequent pressure on median nerve in hand.

Diet & Exercise

Diet and Arthritis:

There are no ‘miracle diets’ for arthritis. A balanced, nourishing diet is advised and designed to keep the body strong and at its proper weight. Certain kinds of arthritis may involve special dietary considerations. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis feel ill, stop eating and lose weight. They may need extra nourishment and vitamin supplements.


People with osteoarthritis tend to become inactive because of joint pain and thus gain weight. A sensible reducing diet (not a crash program) may be required. Patients with gout may have to cut back their intake of certain meats, shellfish or alcohol.

Does Exercise Help?

It depends on the kind of exercise, and the kind of arthritis. 


In active rheumatoid arthritis, the painful stiff joints tend to freeze up. They must not be allowed to do so. Each affected joint should be mobilised and if possible through its complete range of motion, at least twice a day – with the aid of another person if necessary. Professor Yoland Lim Health Care has developed gentle exercises which will be tailored for your treatment. Walking and swimming also may form an important part of the treatment.

  • Application of mild warmth may make movement easier for osteoarthritis to combat the cold and damp which exacerbates symptoms.
  • Isometric exercises won’t overload stiff joints and will keep the adjacent muscles strong and in tone. Swimming is excellent as it usually does not cause undue stress on the joints.
  • Heavy, vigorous exercise, such as jogging or hiking up hills, can increase pain, joint damage, excessive exercise may do further damage.

Relieving the joints of unnecessary work is an important part of treatment, but these joints must not be allowed to be totally immobile.

Treatment Program

Integrative medicine and Acupuncture Treatment

Arthritis may be treated with:

AMX808 - Arthrimax

By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

AMX808-Arthrimax is a herbal formula developed by Professor Yoland Lim Health Care, to be used in conjunction with AOIL99-Arthritis Oil in the treatment of arthritis, joint aches and pains, bone degeneration, and rheumatic pain.


The original formula was developed many thousands of years ago and has been further improved by Professor Yoland Lim, where using Western technology he produced a stable integrated medicine combining medical and herbal lore of the East with the modern technology of the West, which made Professor Yoland Lim famous for his catchphrase #EasternWisdomWesternScience.


AMX808-Arthrimax does not suppress the symptoms of disease but acts to balance the ‘Chi’ of the body to fight the disease. Immediate benefits can be experienced in many cases, however depending on the general state of health, it may take up to six months for the condition to be brought under more control.


AMX808-Arthrimax formulation contains ‘Peh Makize’ and ‘Chu-Hua’ in an herbal base. Peh Makize is the spore of a white ocean fungus found in the South China Seas. Chua-Hua is the name of the flower of the Chu-Tree.


These raw materials are harvested at the time of the year when full potency can be obtained and then immediately processed. After extraction and processing, the formulation acts over time to balance the body to overcome arthritis and rheumatics.


AMX808-Arthrimax is to be used in conjunction with AOIL99-Arthritis Oil, and Muscle formulation MUS123-Muscle Tonic, which acts to reduce the soft tissue swelling around the joints.

Directions

AMX808-Arthrimax and MUS123-Muscle Tonic - 15 drops 3 times a day ideally 30 minutes before meals with Herbal Tea (Hmix Tea) or water.


Professor Yoland Lim Health Care also recommends:

i) Balanced fresh food diet.

ii) Eliminating sugar, flour, chicken and tinned and pre-packaged food from the diet while

iii) Increasing daily consumption of fresh vegetables.


A positive calm mental approach, exercises, both physical and breathing exercises are essential as they improve circulation, increase oxygen intake and thus brings more nutrients to the involved meridians and dissipation of waste materials from meridians.

AOIL99 Arthritis Oil

By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

AOIL99-Arthritis Oil is based on an ancient formula used by Professor Yoland Lim’s family in China and Singapore for countless years. In his laboratories in Melbourne, he has combined the modern technology of the west with the medical and herbal lore of the East to produce a topical oil rub which is used for arthritis, sporting injuries, rheumatism, lumbago (lower back pain), headaches, repetitive strain injuries, asthma, hay fever and UTRI’s (Upper Respiratory Tract Infections) and LRTI’s (Lower Respiratory Tract Infections). 


For the treatment of aches and pains gently rub AOIL99-Arthritis Oil on the painful area at least 3 times a day, or as often as required. For muscular and bony conditions rub on the affected area; for headaches on both temples; and for hay fever and colds - on the nose and chest. It is also used on the chest for to assist in the treatment of asthma. 

How to Use

  • Rub a couple of drops onto affected area.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after use.

Caution: Do not use on eyes You may feel a tingling sensation which is quite normal indicating that it is working.

How long it takes to work?

Depends on how significant your pain is. For chronic pain, even after all the pain is gone, we advise ongoing maintenance use of AOIL99-Arthritis Oil to reduce the risk of the pain returning.


AOIL99-Arthritis Oil can be used with the Professor Yoland Lim Health Care's Acuball, a self-use physical massager increasing blood flow to the problem area, hence improving the nutrients getting there while increasing the unwanted metabolites leaving that area. AOIL99-Arthritis Oil not only relieves the symptoms of aches and pain, but helps to heal by promoting the proper flow and balance of ‘Chi’.


During Professor Yoland Lim’s childhood the general way of life for most people was simple but the physical work was very hard. The workers’ bodies were subjected to a lot of strain – particularly their hands and feet, however the Chinese workers did not suffer from this complaint. 


Before, during and after their work they used to rub their hands, arms, legs and knees with a preparation of special herbs collected from the jungle which prevented such injuries from occurring. About 100 herbs are used in the preparation of AOIL99-Arthritis Oil. One of the main ingredients is a herb known as Kau Tsao (Glycyrrhiza) which is greatly prized in Eastern medicine for its healing properties and forms the basis of many Asian formulations. Found in Northern China and Mongolia, it has a long wrinkled root which is red on the surface with a yellow fibrous interior, with a sticky consistency and a sweet taste.


Alisma Plantaga (Yu Sun), which the Japanese call Shui Tse Hsieh, is the other main ingredient in this phytomolecular (herbal) preparation. It is a water plant and is found in Northern China. All parts are used and it must be harvested at a certain time of the year. A careful and exact preparation is necessary to ensure that full potency is retained. 


Fast forward to our busy and demanding jobs, especially any with repetitive movements, it makes our society highly susceptible to Repetitive Strain Injuries.


East meets West in AOIL99-Arthritis Oil – a superb topical analgesic offering relief from pain due to arthritis and numerous other musculoskeletal conditions. 


FOR EXTERNAL TOPICAL APPLICATION ONLY