To state simply, arthritis can well be called the inflammation of one or more joints. It is a painful and degenerative condition causing stiffness and pain that can be felt in your knees, hips, fingers or just about any joint in your body. Affected or limited movement around the affected body -pains, swelling or redness around the joints are some of the problems associated with Arthritis that can range between mild to severe in different individuals. With natural remedies and just the right amount of physical activity, it is possible to experience improvement in pain relief due to arthritis. Natural, herbal remedies using plants and other components produce a wholesome effect of anti-inflammation and pain relief properties and other actions due to the presence of hundreds of components.
Here are common items from our homes that effectively help in arthritis.
A simple ginger root tea or ground dry ginger with caraway seed powder and black pepper powder taken thrice daily. Ginger root oil or a combination of rosemary and ginger makes a good detoxifying bath that relaxes sore muscles, reduces arthritis pain and increase circulation.
Salves prepared using Cayenne can bring relief to painful areas. Cayenne in combination with menthol crystals, some coconut oil and essential oils when massaged, painful areas produce effects to cool pain and help stiff muscle joints relax. Used over a period of time the results are ascending. Cayenne can sometimes be irritating to the skin and in those cases cayenne infused oil can be used.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains rich amounts of several essential minerals including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. In a cup of warm water, mix one teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar (raw, unfiltered) and honey and drink everyday in the morning for an alkalizing effect. This helps in detoxification in the joints and connective tissues and thus helps to relieve joint pains.
Curcumin, a component present in turmeric has rich anti-inflammatory properties. There’s a reason turmeric is used in abundance in Indian cooking as regular consumption of turmeric is believed to reduced inflammation while improving the body’s immunity. Taking a recommended dosage of turmeric capsules say 500 – 1000 mg thrice per day, adding turmeric to a glass of hot milk, etc. could help deal with rheumatoid arthritis.
It is important for us to maintain the pH levels in our bodies to prevent inflammatory diseases like arthritis that is caused due to acidic pH levels and Magnesium is one mineral that helps regulate pH levels. As important as it is to our body, our body does not produce magnesium. Epsom salt is a good source of magnesium. Epsom salt bath or consumed through food or juices is a good way to tackle arthritis.
Over-the-counter and prescription drugs – anti-inflammatory drugs – are preferred for instant pain relief. However, these drugs do not have long lasting effects. So go for natural remedies for enduring effects.