- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Rheumatoid Arthritis Home Remedies
In the quest for relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis, home remedies are being discovered every day, but some of these cures are very very old.
They have been passed down from generation to generation, and the fact that they're still being used today, is proof enough of their benefits.
Licorice is one of the most established natural remedies for arthritis, as it has similar effects to cortisone, but without harmful side effects. Licorice works as an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic.
Licorice has been used in the treatment of inflammation, asthma, allergies, and raising blood pressure. Licorice in its purest form is most helpful, and can be found in most health food stores, or capsules are also available and should be taken twice daily.
Oregano is an effective antioxidant, with anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. The antioxidants help against cell damage, fighting inflammation, and the aging process generally. Antioxidants are especially helpful in relieving osteoarthritis.
Pineapple is an excellent anti-inflammatory. It contains the chemical bromelain, especially beneficial in cases of arthritis. Athletes are often recommended to eat and drink pineapple to help prevent, and also treat, injuries from sports.
Cayenne pepper or red pepper, is an endorphin trigger. These peppers contain salicylates, a compound similar to aspirin. Cayenne pepper can also be applied topically to help arthritic pain. Capsaicin cream contains cayenne pepper, and is a very good soother on joints suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Capsaicin cream will also help osteoarthritis, but to a lesser degree.
As well as this cream, you can make your own solution;
mix 1 ounce of cayenne pepper with 1 quart of rubbing alcohol (take care! it should not be ingested, as taken internally, is poisonous) close container tightly, and shake well. This mixture should be left to stand for three weeks, but shaken vigorously at least once every day. When prepared, can be applied to sore joints especially when the pain is at its worst. Leave the treatment in place between 10 and 20 minutes then clean thoroughly.
Mustard seeds, crushed or ground, mixed with vinegar, and a little flour, makes a good poultice. Spread the poultice on a cloth, and press on to the skin around the affected joint. Again left for 10 to 20 minutes, no more, then remove and wash joint area thoroughly but gently.
Rosemary taken as an infusion, is a very old folk remedy. Rosemary leaves have carnosol, ursolic acid, rosmarinic acid, & oleanolic acid, which are all anti-inflammatories. Carnosol works in a similar manner to steroids or aspirin. Oleanolic acid is also an antioxidant. Brew the infusion in a jar with an airtight lid, using half an ounce of rosemary leaves to 1 quart of boiling water. Cover tightly and leave to brew for half an hour. A hot cup of this infusion before bed, and first thing in the morning, should be taken for 2 to 3 weeks. Take a break of a week or so before starting again.
are a very old, well established remedy for arthritis, originating in Chinese folk medicine. They suggest to eat raw seeds, half an ounce of the seeds as they are, or sprinkled on food, will give you 175 mg of calcium, 64 mg of magnesium, .73 mg of copper, and 4 g of essential fatty acids.
Grind the seeds, so you can add them to any food almost without noticing. The benefits are immeasurable, and there is no limit to how long you can continue to use these seeds. Make them a permanent part of your diet, as they are beneficial not only during attacks of inflammation, but also in the prevention of attacks.
are very helpful in the treatment of early onset arthritis. The juice of the nettle contains an anti-inflammatory component, with similar benefits to steroids. Nettles also contain boron, a mineral very useful in the treatment of arthritis. The treatment of osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, require 3 mg of boron daily.
Extract the juice from the nettles, and take one tablespoon three times daily. The extracted juice can be frozen.
Any of these natural remedies for arthritis can be extremely beneficial, and much kinder to the body than drugs and medication. Drugs prescribed by the doctor are usually taken at a certain time each day, with a limit to how much can be ingested. The advantages of natural remedies, are that you can take them, or apply them, whenever you need extra relief.
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Home cures and natural remedies are available for all ailments, so much kinder to our bodies than medication.