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How to Treat Your Arthritis Naturally
Arthritis and Natural Treatment
Natural treatment for arthritis is based on the use of herbs which have been shown to have sustained anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties in the management of patients with arthritis. Both men and women report that the arthritis herbal remedies give relief from arthritis, aching joints and sore muscles.
People who have suffered the most common forms of arthritis - rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis - know what it means to live with the harsh pain, inflammation, swelling, restricted movement and chronic degeneration in everyday life.
Some Herbal Remedies for Arthritis
There are natural arthritis remedies formulated so far and are worth talking about. They are such that, the effect help tackle the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis without the known side effects of prescription drugs. By reducing and eliminating these worrisome symptoms, mobility and immune system responses are restored to normal. Some remedies could be more suitable that others, so depending on the individual differences and severity of the condition, many herbal remedies are have been formulated for patients. Here we will take a look at some very effective natural formulation which have been found to work in treating Arthritis naturally.
Boswellia has unique anti-inflammatory action, which are as powerful as the conventional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used by many for inflammatory conditions. Unlike NSAIDs, however, long-term use of boswellia does not lead to irritation or Peptic ulceration in the gastrointestinal tract.
Cayenne(Capsaicin) Capsaicin is the active ingredient in cayenne creams and has been used to rob on the joints to relieve pain from osteoarthritis. The benefit from cayenne creams has been confirmed in researches. Cayenne cream usually contains 0.025-0.075% of the active ingredient capsaicin.
Ginger (zingiber officinale)-acts as an anti-inflammatory. Ginger has several uses if added regular in foods. However, one of its uses apart from the well know cholesterol reduction, is it anti-inflammatory effects hence, useful in treatment of arthritis. Suggested Dosage: 0.5mg to 1 mg of powdered ginger daily. Ginger Tea- Add one powdered (grated) teaspoon of fresh ginger to a cup of hot water. Take twice daily.
Horsetail: The silicon content of horsetail is believed to exert a connective tissue strengthening and anti-arthritic action in traditional medicine. Research suggests that silicone helps prevent osteoporosis and horsetail is among the richest plant sources of this mineral, in the form of the compound monosilicic acid, which the body can readily use. This makes horsetail one of nature's best arthritis remedies.
Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)- an anti-inflammatory herb. Very effective in reducing the inflammation of arthritis but should not be used for too as long-term use can elevate blood pressure and increase potassium loss. So should be avoided by people with high blood pressure and cardiac problems. Dosage: one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon of a 5: 1 solid extract up to three times daily.
Turmeric (Curcumin (Curcuma longa))- an effective anti-inflammatory herb that performs well when used in treating arthritis. Suggested Dosage: 400 mg three times daily; Unlike NSAIDs, can be taken on an empty stomach and combine with 1,000 mg of bromelain.
Yucca- Not been proven to reduce the inflammation of arthritis but is known to bring great relief to arthritic pain.
Cherries, hawthorn berries and blueberries: Cherries, hawthorn berries, blueberries and other dark red-blue berries are rich sources of anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins. They are anti-oxidants and so have the ability to protect collagen.
Celery seed extract-acts as an anti-inflammatory which helps reduce the swelling and subsequently pain.
Devils claw (Harpagphytum procumbens)-an analgesic and anti-inflammatory Dosage: one to two grams, three times daily
Adequate Nutrition: Proper diet and nutritional supplements are the foundation. Regular intake of balanced diets, containing fruits will keep the joins healthy.
More Arthritic Remedies
Circulation around the joints can be improved through tissue-cleansing properties of essential oils, of Juniper, Cypress and Lemon. Oils of Lavender, Rosemary and Chamomile have mild analgesic and high anti-inflammatory properties.
Comfrey - Comfrey is one of nature's greatest arthritis remedies. Comfrey heals inflamed tissues, reduce swelling and pain tremendously. Comfrey root is a tincture and it is to be used only topically.
Dandelion leaf has diuretic quality that increases output from the kidneys, while its root is a mild laxative and liver tonic that enhances bowel movement and helps in arthritis treatment.
Black sesame seeds, soaked in a quarter cup of water and kept overnight, has been found to be effective in preventing frequent joint pains. It is served as tea. The water in which the seeds are soaked should also be taken along with the seeds first thing in the morning.
Glucosamine sulphate has been one of the major new forms of natural solutions to arthritis pre-ceded by a compound called 'MSM' or methylsulphonylmethathane. It is found to be very effective.
Stinging Nettle - Stinging nettle is rich in the mineral baron. It is said to be good in treatment of arthritis. Baron helps the body retain calcium, and has a beneficial influence on the body's hormonal system which plays a role in helping the body maintain healthy bones and joints. Seems to have an effect on parathion hormone but this is not very certain.
Burdock Root - Burdock Root is a time proven remedy for arthritis pain that helps to reduce joint swelling and calcification.
White willow has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Although the analgesic actions of willow are typically slow-acting, they tend to last longer than aspirin. It has Long onset of action, with long duration of action. White willow products providing approximately 100 mg salicin per day are generally recommended by doctors of natural medicine.