Arthritis is a medical condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joint; and it is the major cause of disability in the world. It affects people of all ages including children and they are many types of arthritis with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the most common.
Some common symptoms of arthritis are joint pain, tenderness and stiffness, inflammation in and around the joint, weakness and muscle wasting, warmth and redness of the skin over the affected joint and restricted movement of the joint.
There is no single cause for arthritis; some of the risk factors are abnormal metabolism, injury, genetics/inheritance, immune system dysfunction, infections, age, obesity and occupations that involve repetitive squatting and knee bending.
13 Natural Solutions for Treating Arthritis
Medically, there is no cure for arthritis yet, it can only be handled medically by reducing the pain and symptoms. However, there are natural methods used in handling arthritis and in this article we will be looking at natural ways to treat arthritis.
#1 – Lose weight: Extra weight puts more pressure on your knees, hips, feet and other joints of your body; so reducing weight can help control arthritis impact on you.
#2 – Hot and cold therapy: Warm baths and showers ease stiffness of the joint, cold water treatment relieves pain, swelling and inflammation. You can use warm water treatment in the morning and later in the day you do the alternating hot and cold water bath. At night use an electric blanket or heating pad to keep your joints loose. To get quick relief from painful joints, apply a cloth dipped in cold water to the affected area.
#3 – Eat lots of turmeric: The chemical compound curcumin present in turmeric helps in reducing arthritis pain due to its anti-inflammatory action. It reduces inflammations in joints and other body parts. Add it generously to your meal, apart from the anti-inflammatory effects on your joints; it also adds taste, aroma and colour to your food. You can also take it as tea by pounding the fresh one and boiling in water. Let it cool, you can add lemon and honey for taste, and then you drink it.
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#4 – Eat lot of ginger: Ginger contains many chemicals with analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect on the body which helps to lessen arthritic pain. Include it in your meals, or chew it raw or make tea with it. To make tea with it, pound fresh ginger, boil it and let it cool. Add honey and lemon, and then you drink it for several days till the symptoms alleviate.
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#5 – Massage with oils: Massaging arthritic joints regularly will reduce pain and stiffness; it will also improve your range of motion. Meeting a massage therapist regularly will help or you can learn to do it yourself. The oil will act as a natural ointment and will increase blood flow. You can either use coconut, olive, mustard, eucalyptus or wintergreen oil.
#6 – Herbs: There are some herbs that are good at reducing arthritic pain, you can either use them fresh, or in powdered or supplement form; but you need to consult first with your doctor before using any herb especially if you are on medication to prevent complications and drug-herb interactions. Examples of herb good at fighting arthritis are ginkgo, stinging nettle. The Arthritis Care Pack contains some of the best herbs used in treating arthritis naturally.
#7 – Epsom salt: Arthritis can also be caused by much acidity in the body; so taking Epsom salt will provide the body with magnesium that will regulate the acid concentration of the body, thereby easing arthritis pain.
#8 – Cinnamon: Its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants properties can help to relieve arthritis pain. Mix 1 ½ tea spoon of cinnamon powder and one table spoon of honey in a cup of warm water and drink every morning before breakfast. Repeat for several days till you notice relieve from the pain.
#9 – Fish oil: The omega-3-fatty acids in this oil have an anti-inflammatory effect that can ease arthritic pain. Take one or two tea spoons of this oil daily before breakfast to reduce the morning stiffness.
#10 – Alfalfa seeds: These seeds are rich in minerals that can regulate pH levels thereby helping treat arthritis. You can either take the capsules or drink the tea. To drink the tea; add half or one tea spoon of the seed to a cup of boiling water, let it cool, sieve it and drink it daily till you see a reduction in the inflammation.
#11 – Eat well: Eating healthy and balanced food helps with arthritis and at the same time avoiding foods that fuels inflammation like dairy and dairy products. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and foods high in sulfur, fiber, anti-oxidants and omega-3-fatty acids. Avoid sugars, hydrogenated oils, refined conventional grains and wheat products.
#12 – Exercise: Living an active life and exercising mildly can benefit joint health and treat arthritis. It also strengthens the muscles around the joint that is affected, thereby improving the support and reducing the strain. Most experts believe that movement is the most effective non-drug treatment for improving movement and reducing pain for those with arthritis. Regular activity lowers and regulates hormones and lowers inflammation.
#13 – Proteolytic enzymes: These enzymes have anti-inflammatory effect and they are good at strengthening the immune system. They decrease pain, swelling and increase movement in people with arthritis. Take according to the dose written on the label or as prescribed by a doctor.
This one is not a home remedy but it helps in alleviating arthritis symptoms;
- Acupuncture: This ancient Chinese therapy involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to ease pain, restore normal functioning or cure diseases. It can reduce arthritis pain; to use this therapy, consult a well-trained and licensed acupuncturist. However, there is a newly discovered alternative method to acupuncture and it’s called Acupressure. There are various acupressure devices available around the world today, but one of the best acupressure therapy is the Greenlife’s Healthy Life Mat. Click here to read more about it and where to get it.
Osteoarthritis, which is a common type of arthritis, is also curable using this Chinese herbal formula found in the Arthritis Care Pack.
If you find stress, pain, and the worry about life and your arthritis are beginning to interfere with your quality of life, talk to your doctor about it.