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Home Remedies For Arthritis Pain
Arthritis can be a painful condition to many people. While there are some people who can deal with the pain, to others the pain can be so bad that it is debilitating.
There are several different types of arthritis with osteoarthritis being the most common form of arthritis in where the joints, bones and cartilage become inflamed and degenerate. Because these wear out slowly over time, older people are mostly affected by this. However, younger people can suffer from arthritis as well. Some may get it earlier in life if they had a sports injury, or are involved in activities where they are constantly using their joints, such as typing at a computer keyboard for hours.
Some of the symptoms an individual may notice around the affected joints may include pain, swelling, stiffness, redness and warmth. Arthritis can be a painful burden for many. While doctors may prescribe medications or perform surgery to help with the pain of arthritis, there are several home remedies that are just as effective as, and safer than, prescriptions.
Herbs That Offer Arthritis Relief
Long before modern medicine, people relied on herbs and plants to relieve symptoms of various health ailments and conditions. Many of these contain anti-inflammatory properties which are excellent in relieving pain, stiffness and soreness that is brought around by arthritis.
“Alfalfa has been used by the Chinese since the sixth century to treat several health conditions. It is considered the richest land source of trace minerals” (homeremediesweb). These trace minerals are excellent in treating arthritis pain when it is brewed as a tea. You can either steep alfalfa leaves in a cup of hot water or purchase alfalfa tea at your local health food store. To relieve arthritis pain, drink a daily cup of this tea. However,, after two weeks of drinking this, wait at least a week before drinking anymore. “As with all herbal products, moderation is the key to avoiding adverse reactions. For example, excessive consumption of alfalfa may cause the breakdown of red blood cells, which is extremely serious” (homeremedieswed).
Black cohosh is a very popular herb when it comes to treating symptoms of postmenstrual syndrome, painful menstrual cycles and menopause. However, since it contains anti-inflammatory properties, it is also excellent in treating the pain, swelling and stiffness of arthritis. Brewing the root of this plant in a cup of hot water makes an excellent arthritis tonic. Drink this tea daily for up to three weeks. Allow a break for a week before drinking this tea again.
Celery contains anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic properties. You can keep a stalk in your refrigerator or have a jar of celery seeds in your pantry. One of the causes of arthritic pain and inflammation in the joint is an excess of salt. Celery contains apiol which plays a key role in eliminating salt from the body. Therefore, by including celery in your daily diet, you not only are not only providing your body relief from arthritis pain, you are also lowering your blood pressure and helping your kidneys to get rid of toxins. In addition to celery stalks and seeds, you can also purchase as:
- Dried Flakes
- Liquid Extracts
The next time you have an arthritis attack, try this tonic. Fill a cup with boiling water and steep celery seeds in it for fifteen to twenty minutes. Not only does celery have many anti-inflammatory compounds in it, the seeds are a major source of potassium. Potassium deficiency has a direct link to arthritis. Drinking this tonic may even prevent you from getting arthritis in the first place.
Chamomile tea contains many healing properties and is effective with treating symptoms of heartburn, upset stomach, anxiety, IBS and even-when used externally-rashes and pink eye. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties and is excellent in treating arthritis symptoms by reducing swelling and pain and sooths the joints.
Devil's claw is scientifically known as harpagophytum. " It owes to common name devil's claw to the peculiar appearance of its hooked fruit" (Wikipedia). This plant contains anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic properties. You can find this as a powder root, tablet and liquid extract in most health food stores. However, if you are pregnant or nursing, avoid using devil's claw.
Epsom salts, or magnesium sulfate, is easily absorbed through the skin. This is a mineral that your body needs for it to function well. This mineral contains both anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory properties. The next time you feel that your joints are stiff, fill a bathtub full of hot water and add Epsom salts to the water. The warmth of the water plus the salts helps east joint pain and reduce inflammation.
"Licorice root has an impressive list of well documented uses and is probably one of the most over-looked of all herbal remedies" (herbwisdom). With its extensive list of health benefits, licorice contains anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory properties. However, do not run to the candy store and purchase your favorite flavor of licorice. While it is pleasing to your taste buds, the candy contains no healing properties. You have to go to your local health food stores and purchase pure licorice. You can purchase it as:
- Liquid Extracts
Nettle contains anti-inflammatory properties. While some people collect nettle from the wild, it is risky because nettles do actually sting and caution must be used while picking them. You will have to wear long sleeved shirts, long pants and gloves. I recommend going to a health food store to purchase nettle. You can purchase nettle in the following forms:
- Liquid Extracts
Many types of seaweed are excellent in treating arthritis pain because they contain anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic properties. Two popular types are bladder wrack and kelp. While you can purchase seaweed at most health food stores in its natural form, you can also purchase it as:
- Liquid Extracts
Other herbs you can use to treat arthritis pain include:
- Sesame Seeds
- White Willow
- Wild Cucumber Bark
- Wild Yam
Before you use any herbal treatment to treat your arthritis pain, talk to your doctor. Some herbs may interact with any medications and supplements that you may be already taking.
Using Flax Seed as a Home Remedy for Arthritis Pain
According to the Arthritis Foundation, flaxseed has been used as part of the diet and for medicinal purposes since 500 B.C. Even today it is recognized for its healing properties. Flaxseed contains four components that make it a must to include in your daily diet. These are:
- Fiber-excellent for lowering cholesterol and an essential aid for the digestive system
- Flavonoids-excellent for lowering cholesterol
- Fatty Acids-contains anti-inflammatory properties which are excellent with arthritis pain
- Lignans-helps prevent heart disease and relieve the symptoms of menopause
Even if you are not suffering from arthritis pain, using flax seed in your daily diet is a heart friendly addition. You are helping your body reduce high levels of the bad cholesterol. This in turn will help reduce your blood pressure and reduce the risks of having a heart attack or stroke. Since flax seed contains anti-inflammatory properties, including this in your daily diet reduces the chances of suffering from arthritis pain.
The next time you go to the store, plan on buying a box of ground flax seed. This makes a delicious addition to many meals. You can add two tablespoons of it to:
- Baked Goods
You can also purchase flax seed oil from your local pharmacy and take it as a daily supplement.
If you are already are on blood thinners or are taking medication to lower cholesterol, talk to your doctor before using flax seed in your diet.
Relief for Your Painful Joints
When you experience joint pain, it is uncomfortable. Sometimes it is a minor discomfort such as having a temporary sprain. Other times the pain is so severe that it disrupts your daily life. Sometimes overexertion such as a vigorous workout causes joint pain. Other times it is a medical condition, such as arthritic causes this. While you can take prescription medication to relieve your joint pain, you may have experience side effects such as headaches, upset stomach and constipation when you take them. What can we do to keep the pain at bay? There are several things you can do.
When you are experiencing joint pain, the natural instinct is to sit and rest the injured area, applying ice and heat as needed. However, it is actually better to keep the joints moving. Exercise is the best remedy for easing pain in the joints. I am not talking about working out so you can run in a marathon. All you need is light exercise to reduce joint pain as well as gaining bone density, maintaining body weight and strengthening muscles. Exercise will allow you to improving the range of motion around the painful joints.
Swimming, walking and yoga are three effective types of exercises when it comes to relieving joint pain. You do not have to put an extreme effort into this exercise and your joints will become stronger. If you are not good at swimming, many gyms provide swimming aids such as a kick board and floating belts. While you can swim wherever it is allowed, it is better to swim in warmer water such as a heated swimming pool. When the water is warmer, it will improve the circulation of your blood.
Walking is a low impact activity that will relieve you of your joint pain and build your muscles at the same time. Make sure you have comfortable walking shows. Do not buy a pair of shoes because it looks cool and trendy. Try them on before you purchase them and walk around the store. You are going for comfort and not style.
Yoga has been used for thousands of years. This exercise is excellent in relaxing your muscles and relieving joint pain. While you can do this exercise by watching a video or using a book for guidance, it is join a gym that offers yoga classes.
Your diet has a diet impact on your joints. By eating the right foods, you are helping your painful joints.
Look for food that contains collagen. This "is found in fibrous tissues such as skin, ligaments and tendons, as well as in the bones, blood vessels, the cornea of the eye, and in the gut" (medicalnewstoday). Apples are excellent for joints because they are high in this.
Look for food that contains vitamin E, which protect the cartilage. Nuts such as sunflower seeds, almonds and peanuts are high in vitamin E.
Make sure you have enough vitamin C in your diet. These are necessary for healthy joints. Citrus fruits all contain vitamin C.
Vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower all have nutrients that are necessary for the joints. These nutrients include:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin A
Look for food and spices that contain anti-inflammatory properties. These properties are excellent in reducing joint pain. These best ones to include in your diet are::
- Omega-3 fatty acids-most fish contain this or you can purchase fish oil capsules as a supplement
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Green Tea
- Sweet Potatoes
By doing light exercises such as swimming, walking and yoga, as well as changing your diet, you will notice that your joint pain will disappear over time. However, if the pain does not go away or gets worse, make an appointment with your doctor.
Natural Herbs, Spices, Foods and Therapies to Reduce Pain
We all experience some type of pain or another. It can be the pain from a headache, toothache or backache. It can be sore muscles after working out. It can come from an injury such as a pulled muscle, sprain or broken bone. It can be arthritic pain when the joints, bones and cartilage degenerate. Sometimes the pain is just a minor tenderness, where it does not bother us too much. On the other hand, the pain can be so bad that it more or less takes over our lives. There are many things we can do at home to help us handle our pain.
A lot of the pain we experience is caused by inflammation. Therefore, look for herbs that contain anti-inflammatory properties. The best ones to use are:
- Ginger Root
- Devil's Claw
- Willow Bark
- Valerian Root
Hot peppers contain capsaicin which is an excellent natural pain reliever. This is the ingredient that makes peppers hot. Rubbing the juice of a chili pepper on the painful area works wonders on such conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, arthritis and back pain.
Adding omega-3 oil into your daily diet is an excellent way in treating pain. Fish oil is rich in this and can be found in capsule forms in many pharmacies.
If you do not have enough magnesium in your daily diet, you can become a victim of migraines. Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium.
Aloe vera contains salicylates which is an excellent anti-inflammatory property. If you ever have a burn-whether it is a sunburn or a scalding burn-putting aloe on it helps speed up the healing and takes away the pain because of its pain killing properties.
While most of the above can be found in the kitchen or around your house, you may be interested in looking for other therapies to help relieve pain. One such therapy is acupuncture. Depending on the type of pain, needles are inserted into the skin at different parts of the body. This technique has been used for years and has a high success rate.
Massage therapy is another successful technique. By getting a massage once in a while not only relaxes you, it relaxes your muscles at the same time. You will find that the amount of pain will decrease after a massage session
Sometimes you are in pain, but you are not sure why. For example, you might have a pinched nerve in your body. You can have a professional chiropractor do a chiropractic manipulation to help find the root cause of your pain.
All the above will help you with reducing your pain. However, if the pain does not go away talk to your doctor for further advice.
© 2017 Lois Ryan