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Date: 30.08.2009
From: connor

Subject: Carob Syrup & Arthritis.

Hello All

I live in Cyprus and an old local Cypriot remedy for arthritis is two teaspoons of carob syrup a day.

An acquaintance of mine, an English gent well into his 80's, suffered badly from arthritis. I told him about the old Cypriot remedy and he tried it.

Apparently he gave up all other medications he was on since they were not helping him. I saw him about two months later and he was over the moon with the results. He said the pain, swelling and stiffness in his joints were greatly reduced.

Since I've recently been told that I have psoriatic arthritis I'm going to try it myself.

Carobs apparently were used in ancient times as a sweetener until sugar cane became popular.

Its difficult to describe the carob to you, however, if you punch in carob on Google there are several features covering it.

I think its classed as a fruit which can been eaten raw or its processed into a syrup and sold in bottles here in Cyprus. Not sure about availability in the UK...perhaps a health food store ?

Older local Cypriots seem to swear by it so I thought it worth a mention here on the forum.

Regards to all...Connor.
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Date: 30.08.2009
From: val h :-)

Subject: Re: Carob Syrup & Arthritis.

give it a try and let us know when in pain u try most things good luck with it do not stop meds though till u see how u go
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Date: 30.08.2009
From: connor

Subject: Re: Carob Syrup & Arthritis.

An addition to my above post.

We have 3 Cyprus donkeys. The older one, Madam, we rescued. We think she's about 20 to 30 years old, but opinions from vets vary on that. She was in a pretty poor state and had been ill treated by previous owners. She had great difficulty walking and suffered from swollen joints in her legs. Our vet and the donkey sanctuary diagnosed arthritis.

We heard about the old Cypriot remedy, carobs, and started to feed them to her on a regular daily basis. She ate the carobs raw in their natural state.

3 months later we saw an improvement in her ability to walk. 6 months later she improved even more. About 12 months later she was trotting around like a two year old. Now, if she chooses to, she can even run.

So thats two cases where an old remedy has worked well.

I'm definitely going to give it a try myself.
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Date: 30.08.2009
From: val h :-)

Subject: Re: Carob Syrup & Arthritis.

hi hope u do not put your self in the catagory with the donkey lol. hope it works we will all be getting u to send it to us will cost u a fortune in postage lol. will be n health food shops here will look next time feel up to looking around lol
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Date: 30.08.2009
From: Lynne

Subject: Re: Carob Syrup & Arthritis.

Hi conner.. Never heard of carob. whats it look like and what does it taste like. will google it to have a little loooky brill about your little donkeys. its really nice that you rescued them and are taking good care of them. Take care.xxx
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Date: 30.08.2009
From: val h :-)

Subject: Re: Carob Syrup & Arthritis.

thats what they make chocolate from for people who can not eat normal stuff i think ????
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Date: 30.08.2009
From: jill

Subject: Re: Carob Syrup & Arthritis.

diabetics...ooh u r so cleffa Val innit x
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Date: 30.08.2009
From: val h :-)

Subject: Re: Carob Syrup & Arthritis.

could not think who it was for should have known my clever pal would know that gives u bad stomache if u eat to much wonder if fresh did same to donkey
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Date: 30.08.2009
From: Lynne

Subject: Re: Carob Syrup & Arthritis.

Believe it is from the pea family. Used to be used like sugar before they had sugar. ??
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Date: 12.12.2009
From: rocky

Subject: Re: Carob Syrup & Arthritis.

Hi,
just saw all the posts about Carob Syrup and from Cyprus. I was there from 2003-07 and we used Carob Syrup instead of the plum sauce normally seen with Crispy duck and pancakes - the late George Lanitis had mentioned it in his article in the Cyprus Weekly. It was a bit too rich for our liking but my wife then put it as a mix for a coating over chinese style ribs (using 5 spice etc..) and they turned out great.

Carob tree is like a bush but is pruned into a tree type shape and is grown all over the island. The original source for sugar until sugar cane became popular in the mediterranean and the west.

I can only see it as powder in the UK at the moment but just do a 'google' with +UK in your query for either powder or syrup and you should get to similar sites like :

http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/365638_Cotswold_Carob_Powder__250g.html

I know this is a bit of a late response to some of the posts but if you do see this - go for it.

regards

Rocky
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Date: 12.12.2009
From: Verity

Subject: Re: Carob Syrup & Arthritis.

ooo this is intriguing. Always willing to try something new!
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