This condition as far as conventional medicine goes,  is caused by a

degeneration of cartilage. (See later on Metaphysical causes.)

Cartilage is an important component in the structure of the body; it is a

firm tissue but is softer and much more flexible than bone.

Cartilage is a connective tissue found in many areas of the body including:

•Between the vertebrae in the spine

•Bronchial tubes and airways

•Ears and nose

•Ends of the ribs

•Joints between bones e.g. the elbows, knees and ankles


Due to the lack of blood vessels, cartilage grows and repairs more slowly than other tissues.

Most people know cartilage as that which separates bone from bone and that prevents bone from rubbing on itself.

And most know too that when cartilage degenerates, it causes a lot of pain because you don’t have that shock absorber between bones.

Conventional treatment

Conventional medicine takes a drug approach to treatment – basically to mask the pain by the prescribing of Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Celebrex.

But that’s all they are designed to do – mask the pain, supress the symptoms BUT they actually promote the progression of the disease process.

The drugs block enzymes that create pain producing compounds or inflammatory compounds. But crucially, they also block enzymes that build cartilage.

So why prescribe them when they do not treat the cause and indeed exacerbate the condition by making more cartilage destruction? I am told,  "It's all there is."

Given that there is no curing or building of the cartilage may account for the fact that doctors may have to resort to “bit” surgery in this case, replacing joints.


Natural approach


A more radical and rational approach to osteoarthritis would be to give the body the tools it needs to heal. There are safe and effective natural approaches to building cartilage which have been proven to work in double blind placebo controlled studies… studies that have been done on a variety of natural compounds such as glucosamine sulfate, MSM, and special forms of curcumin from turmeric.

These are just a few of the important natural products that can be used to stimulate cartilage repair.

Metaphysical approach

Metaphysically – where we look for reasons and causes beyond the physical, Arthritis, Rheumatism and Osteoarthritis are rooted in self-criticism, self-rejection, and a build-up over time of resentment. These conditions can also be caused by inflexible thinking, having difficulty asking others for help, deep resistance and an inability to forgive someone.

The spiritual meaning of this disease, particularly Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, is associated with lack of support by parents and a fear of being alone. Think of children packed off to boarding school, where parents are absent in their lives for most of the year and when the child goes through some deep emotional crisis, mummy and daddy are just not there.

In short, Arthritis develops in those with a constant pattern of criticism of themselves and others. Their nature is not to express their feelings or to attempt to creatively change the situation that disturbs them; they are more likely to accept things and have an internal resistance to or fear of change. So the child puts up with boarding school although they really hate or dislike it. But that does not stop their internal feelings influencing them at an other than conscious level.

An Ohio State University research study showed sufferers are likely to be

1) excessively conscientious,

2) fearful of criticism yet critical of themselves and others,

3) frequently depressed and have a poor self-image,

4) overly nice to others at the expense of their own well-being,

5) stoic and

6) conceal their emotions, especially anger.


Metaphysical Emotional State Summary for Osteoarthritis


A person with osteoarthritis may display the following: -


Self-punishment behaviours

Be controlling, harsh, bitter, and judgemental

Believe they are a victim and act like one

They can be angry as they feel no one listens to them

They stress at work to work flawlessly

Keep people at a distance - besot by boundaries

Their flawless mask is a façade - behind the mask they have feelings of low self worth etc

Their energy is scattered – they are all over the place, despite attempts to be in control

Living in there head ie busy head syndrome, always thinking, analysing, their masculine in overdrive

Their feminine intuitive, creative side is wounded / underused

Likely to suffer from fatigue and burnout


Metaphysical Beliefs Predominant in Someone with Osteoarthritis


All this emotional work is painful and exhausting

Feeling feelings is painful

I am a victim, life does it to me, it's all their fault

I am afraid of my emotions

I am angry at ….

I am bitter toward /angry at / hate / resent / am jealous of ….

I have to give in to others’ wills

I am fragile and insecure

I can never do enough to make others happy

I don’t know how to be happy

I have to sacrifice myself for others

No one – believes me, listens to me

Others blame me for their problems




You don’t get osteoarthritis because you are deficient in a drug.

But you may get osteoarthritis if you aren’t giving your cartilage cells and your joints the proper nutritional and herbal support or not working to clear emotional baggage and trauma from the past or not working towards a gentler, self-respecting, self-loving way of living.

Use the emotional summary above to help you identify which characteristics you engage in and how you can resolve them.

Can you identify with any of the beliefs? Decide to let them go, to give them no energy and instead replace them with positive beliefs you can begin to inhabit eg

           From                                                                                To

Feeling feelings is painful                                            I allow myself to feel and express my feelings

I am a victim                                                                  I am a victor, I now believe in succeeding

I am afraid of my emotions                                        My emotions are my friends and here to help me

I am angry at ….                                                            I am responsible for my feelings, I now choose to …

I have to sacrifice myself for others                             It’s time I gave to me, I love and approve of myself

No one – believes me, listens to me                             I am heard, I am listened to, I value myself

Others blame me for their problems                         As I take responsibility for my problems, others take responsibility for theirs


Perhaps the greatest healing gift you can give yourself is to:-

  • Be authentic ...no more masks

  • Cease all criticism - all means all

  • Honour and appropriately express your feelings

  • Consider using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to clear your emotional baggage

  • Learn new beliefs, repeat them till they feel true, let them become true – it’s a process

  • Learn to truly love and accept yourself


Treat yourself ...

...... with Love but avoid sugar!