7 Natural Remedies for Arthritis
Natural Remedies for Arthritis
Anyone who has ever had arthritis knows this joint ailment can be painful. The pain that comes from arthritis, which actually means inflammation ( or swelling) of the joints, can originate from several different problems. Some people get arthritis from previous joint injuries. I tend to get arthritis pain in my left wrist from a car accident about ten years ago. Others have arthritis from the wear and tear of their joints over time. Others can get arthritis from lack of use of joints, or the "lose it if you don't use it" principle.
While there are several prescription and over the counter medications you can use to help you get rid of arthritis pain, I personally prefer to find natural remedies for arthritis pain. There are several that are very helpful and I will focus on seven of these remedies. These treatments can be used for other forms of arthritis, too, such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
1. Celery Seeds
Celery seed is a very good natural remedy for arthritis. One of the reasons for this is because of celery seed's ability to reduce swelling. It is the swelling that causes the majority of the pain. While the swelling is a symptom of the problem and not the source, it will help you during a flareup. You can then use other remedies which will be discussed later in this hub for trying to fix the source of the problem.
One note about celery seed. You can drink it as a tea or take it as a supplement. You can try and eat it, or just put it in water, but I advise against that. Some people get celery seed as a seasoning in their cooking repertoire. If you put this simply in water and try to drink it, it is very hard to swallow and is bitter. Steeped as a tea is much better, with my choice being using a supplement which can be purchased at a health food store. I have used this and it does help with the pain and swelling. I also have gout and have used celery seed extract with positive results. It did not take the pain totally away, but it did relieve some of the pain's sharpness.
One note of warning: there is a small percentage of the population that is highly allergic to celery seed. If you have an allergy to this or are pregnant, do NOT take celery seed. It is like eating peanuts for someone with a peanut allergy. It can be fatal. If you are not allergic, it is safe and I believe you will find some relief for your pain.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is another natural treatment you can use to help you get rid of arthritis pain. Studies show that vitamin C is also effective at reducing inflammation. The biggest benefit however is this potent vitamin's ability to fight free radicals that can cause damage to your joints. This is especially true if you suffer from a gouty arthritis. Vitamin C has shown in clinical trials to reduce the levels of uric acid causing the gouty arthritis.
One thing you will notice when using these remedies is that healthy foods can be very beneficial in fighting and treating this ailment. Any fruit with vitamin C will be helpful for a cumulative effect, so make sure you get your daily recommended allowance for fruits.
Alfalfa is a great natural wonder drug. I have used it with great results. In fact, it is my favorite supplement to use for joint pain relief. Alfalfa is very good at preventing inflammation.
There are some things you should be aware of though. If you are on blood thinners, alfalfa may interfere with your blood clotting factors.
"Alfalfa seeds may be harmful to people with medical conditions that are frequently treated with steroids, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Immune response may be heightened and cause adverse reactions in people with these conditions. People with peanut allergies shouldn’t take alfalfa since it derives from the same family as peanuts and soybeans and suggests the possibility of allergic reactions". courtesy of wisegeek.com .
Turmeric has been used for many years, especially in Southern Asia for many medicinal purposes. One of them includes arthritic pain. Turmeric is a spice related to ginger and is often used in Asian dishes due for the medical benefits it provides.
Turmeric is considered beneficial due to it's perceived anti-inflammatory properties. It also has been claimed that this spice has anti-cancer properties. It's ability to reduce swelling is believed to be from the curcumin in the spice. Several tests are currently being conducted on the effectiveness of this spice by the U.S. National Institute of Health.
If you are not into Asian cooking, you can still take turmeric. You can purchase supplements at most natural health food stores. Some people consider turmeric to be slightly bitter so you may want to take that into account on whether to use it in cooking or in supplement form.
Cayenne is another remedy you can use to get rid of arthritis pain. This is not one I've personally used as I do not like hot spicy foods, but it has been shown to work. For those who like hot peppers this is a great way to help you. Research studies have shown that cayenne whether through eating peppers or using the powder in cooking can provide pain relief. This pain relief comes through capsaicin. Capsaicin is what makes cayenne hot. It works by helping the chemical neurotransmitters reduce the signals of pain that are transmitted to your brain.
I have used pineapples to help with gout, but can they help with regular arthritis. Apparently so. Pineapples are able to help with painful arthritis symptoms because of a property they contain called bromelain. Bromelain works much like capsaicin in cayenne. It helps block the signals of pain to the brain.
Pineapple is also noted for aiding in the rebuilding of healthy bones and connective tissue. They do this through the use of manganese. This rebuilding of bones and connective tissue helps to repair some of the damage caused by arthritis.
7.Glucosamine and Chondroitin
This is definitely a natural remedy I use. I take a supplement of glucosamine and chondroitin twice a day every day and it works wonders. It takes about a month before the benefits start to really show up, but I believe they will if you are consistent. Make sure you buy a good brand and not a cheap version. I use the brand Biotec. I get it from my chiropractor although you can purchase it online.
As with manganese in the pineapple, glucosamine and chondroitin help repair and build bones and cartilage thus reducing the wear and tear of arthritis on the body. I won't say I don't ever have problems, but I have less of them. I also have a greater range of motion than I used to since I started taking these supplements.
Studies show that glucosamine and chondroitin made a difference in around 79% of the patients in reducing arthritic pain levels. These two naturally occuring sugars are also considered to have anti-inflammatory effects, thus producing a double edged sword for arthritis.