My ancestors spoke of diseases as being HOT or COLD. For a cold disease they used a combination of HOT plants and for a HOT disease they used a combination of COLD plants. One such HOT disease was PODAGRA, which we know today as.... Rheumatism, Arthritis, Bursitis, Spondylitis, Neuritis, Neuralgia, Sciatica, Gout etc. PODAGRA was not considered to be a disease in itself, but the manifestation of a condition resulting from disease somewhere else in the body and it was, therefore, most essential to find the underlying cause in order to "put out the fire," Arthritis is a condition caused by the accumulation in the body of excess metabolic waste and other irritating toxins. Harmful waste products, if not properly excreted linger in the bloodstream and can settle in a weak spot causing pain. Toxins can also come from a diseased organ, from bacteria and even chemical agents not intended for biological use. Regardless of their origin, they must be removed in order to maintain good health.