Quackery of arthritis are controversial treatment methods used to treat arthritis.

Of all groups with chronic illnesses, people with arthritis, who are in pursuit of a solution to stop the crippling pain, are among the most vulnerable to deception.

Quackery is a practice of the unsubstantiated method or methods that are neither validated nor invalidated by science. Quacks are unqualified healers who sometimes make fortunes out of over-advertising controversial products and procedures.

Arthritis is an inflammation that can occur in either one or more joints. The body’s immune system attacks body tissues. It typically generates swelling, pain, and stiffness of the joints and may cause disability for many people. It may either be acute or chronic. Acute arthritis is a classification in which the joint becomes hot and swollen, frequently with severe pain. Chronic arthritis, on the other hand, may also induce pain, but there may be accompanying stiffness and changes in the appearance of the joint.


Some arthritis tends to be progressive with aggravation of symptoms over time and often starts for many people in the early or middle years of life. Many health complications may arise from arthritis. Medical care can help in alleviating the pain caused by arthritis; however, there is no quick, accessible cure available. The program, including the use of medications and physical therapy, are required for effective arthritis treatment. However, the program demands full cooperation, involvement, and enthusiasm from the patients. This makes the disease pricey from a cost standpoint and can have a noticeable negative effect on the quality of life. Thus, patients are prone to feelings of frustration in finding a cure and would be willing clients for quack doctors. Quack doctors are unqualified healers who sell medicines and promote procedures that are not scientifically proven to be effective.


Remedies administered by quackery of arthritis are usually herbal preparations or folk medicines and procedures that are being advertised with bizarre declarations of benefits. Others endorse liniments in which their effects are associated with placebo effects. Dietary pills are also sometimes embellished as having a significant effect on Arthritis.

Some remedies and procedures related to arthritis, endorsed by quack doctors that are yet to be proven by science are:

  • Alfalfa
  • Lapachol
  • Aloe vera
  • Macrobiotic diet
  • Amino Acids
  • Ma-huang
  • Ant venom
  • Mandell arthritis diet
  • Arnica
  • Megavitamin therapy
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Natural and organic foods
  • Bark teas
  • Nightshade vegetables
  • Bee pollen
  • Ozone
  • Biotin
  • P vitamins
  • Bowel cleansing
  • PABA
  • Chinese herbs (e.g., Chuifong toukuwan)
  • Panax
  • Cinnamon
  • Pau d’arco
  • Clay enemas
  • Powdered ant
  • Clemantis
  • Propolis, royal jelly
  • Cloves Raw milk
  • Cod Liver oil
  • Rhus Toxicodendron
  • Coenzyme Q-10
  • Rosehips
  • Coffee enemas
  • Rutin
  • Coicis semen
  • Sassafras
  • Colonics
  • Selenium
  • Copper bracelets
  • Shark cartilage
  • Cytotoxic testing
  • Snake venom
  • Devil’s Claw
  • Soapweed
  • Dismutase (superoxide dismutase)
  • Spanish bayonet
  • Dong diet
  • Spanish fly
  • Elimination diets
  • Stephania
  • Feverfew
  • Tang-Kuei
  • Fit for Life diet
  • Teas (alfalfa, feverfew, ginseng, sassafras)
  • Fo-ti
  • Thiamine
  • Garlic
  • Vegetarian diets
  • Germanium
  • Volcanic ash fast
  • Ginseng Water enema
  • Green-lipped mussel
  • Wood spider
  • Hair analysis
  • Yucca
  • Homeopathy
  • Zen macrobiotics
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Zinc
  • Kelp

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