What Are The Best Natural Remedies for Arthritis?
Edited and Published by Wellness Dina
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is an umbrella term used for conditions that cause joint inflammation, stiffness, and pain. Arthritis is caused by wear and tear of a joint. Arthritic pain is the result of the friction of bone against bone that occurs as a result. Possible causes of arthritis are genetic factors, personal injuries, weak or over-used joints, being overweight, and lack of exercise. Certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies also contribute toward arthritis.
There are over 100 types of arthritis and associated conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, and fibromyalgia, which present symptoms of arthritis in very different ways. Osteoarthritis, the focus of this article, is the most common type of arthritis with symptoms including morning joint stiffness lasting up to 30 minutes, joint weakness, the inability to move a joint properly, and joint pain that comes and goes throughout the day, and a host of other symptoms. Because it is believed cartilage cannot be regrown, prevention is by far the best remedy for arthritis. However, as previously stated, there are certain steps you can take to protect joints from further degradation and to reduce inflammation and pain.
Natural Remedies for the Treatment of Arthritis
A holistic (mind and body) approach to treating arthritis is crucial to relieving symptoms of arthritis. Meaning, exercise, diet, and lifestyle must be addressed and certain natural remedies that can help to reduce symptoms and prevent worsening symptoms from occurring.
Exercise helps to build healthy muscle tissue, which serves to support joints and help to increase joint flexibility. Exercises that work particularly well for arthritis are those that are not bone-jarring, such as stretching, range-of-motion exercises, using light weights, swimming, isometrics, and yoga.
Being overweight can contribute toward making symptoms of arthritis much worse, especially in the back, hip, and knee joints. Aerobic exercises, such as water aerobics, stationary bicycling, elliptical machines, and walking can help to burn off excess body weight. Starting with 5-10 minutes of aerobic activity each day and working up to 20-30 minutes over time will help to reduce pain and avoid incurring any further damage to joints.
3-5 minutes of warm up and cool down exercises should be performed before and after exercising to prevent any possible injury.
Diets containing daily vitamins and mineral requirements, including helpful omega-3 fatty acids (minerals), are extremely beneficial.
Foods to avoid are processed foods, fried foods, refined sugars, and high glycemic carbohydrates, an abundance of red meat, ordinary table salt, preservatives, additives, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and “bad” oils.
Pure water should be included in the diet every day to avoid dehydration. Not enough water in bodily tissues can cause pain and stiffness in joints, as well as a headache and roving body pain.
Foods to include in the diet are raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, apples, blueberries, pumpkin and ground flax seeds, leafy and cruciferous greens, onions, garlic, white meat, seaweed, and fish or fish oil supplements. Hemp oil, ginger, turmeric, and parsley are also helpful. Pecans, blueberries, cherries, spinach and other greens, such as kale, walnuts, and plain, organic yogurt help to neutralize the acid-like activity that causes inflammation.
Getting in enough quality hours of sleep is an important factor in reducing arthritic pain since it is when the body is asleep that it regenerates tissues.
Reducing stress not only helps to reduce symptoms of arthritis but symptoms of any overlapping conditions as well.
Vitamins & Supplements for Relieving Symptoms of Arthritis
Bromelain, Calcium, Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine Sulfate, Omega-3s, Quercetin, Magnesium, Methionine, MSM, SAMe, Vitamin E, and Vitamin D3.
Herbs for Relieving Symptoms of Arthritis
Herbs that may be beneficial for relieving arthritic symptoms, especially pain are Boswellia Extract, Devil’s Claw, Ginger, Green Tea, Stinging Nettle, Willow Bark, and Turmeric. However, it’s important to keep in mind herbs, although natural, can cause side-effects and interfere with certain medications.
Natural Topical Remedies for Relieving Arthritis Pain
Capsaicin cream, lotion, ointment or gel can work to relieve arthritic pain. However, it should not be used by those allergic to chili peppers. Another option is to use over-the-counter or homemade topical creams or ointments containing Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric.
Other natural therapies for arthritis include the application of heat and cold, such as water therapies or the use of heating pads and ice packs, acupuncture, massage, and meditation.
Final Advice Regarding Natural Remedies for Fatigue
All people are made differently and therefore all people experience results from these remedies differently. In fact, all bodies respond differently to life and general wear-and-tear, just like they respond differently to arthritis treatments. Some people may even have conditions which make their experience further variable, or make it impossible to pursue some remedies altogether. In general, a proper diagnosis from a qualified medical professional is always suggested before choosing natural remedies for relieving symptoms of arthritis.
Featured Photo [ID 112281326 © Clearvista | Dreamstime.com]
Ripe Blueberries [ID 100464962 © Aleksandr Sorokin | Dreamstime.com]