Today we will discuss some home remedies for arthritis. Arthritis is simply known as the inflammation of one or more joints. There are some 100 types of arthritis caused due to various reasons. Some of the well-known forms of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (due to age – is breakdown and loss of joint cartilage), Rheumatoid arthritis (caused unknown – lining of joint becomes inflamed), Gout (due to fault in body’s ability to metabolise – uric acid crystals shaped like a needle collect in the joints) and Lupus (common in women – body’s immune system attacks its own cells)
Some of the common symptoms of arthritis are joint pain, swelling or redness around the joint, stiffness and limited movement of the affected areas. Arthritis can vary from mild to severe cases. In mild cases, the arthritis can be very inconvenient causing stiffness for long periods. Any stiffness, early in morning or after exercise, which lasts for over an hour is a sign of arthritis. In severe cases, arthritis can be extremely disabling, making even the simplest of tasks difficult. Unfortunately there is no cure. On the other hand, the following home remedies make the pain and stiffness bearable along with exercise which is a must.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apart from the famous acidic nature of Apple Cider Vinegar, it is also rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. All of these help immensely in providing relief from joint pain. Also it helps in removing the toxins which build up in the connective tissues and the joints.
- Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and honey in a cup of warm water.
- Drink this daily in the morning.
As I have mentioned in the previous articles, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it a successful remedy at tackling the inflammation caused due to arthritis.
- Best option would be to chew raw ginger on regular basis. You can have it with every meal. Not only will it alleviate the joint pain and help in improving the blood circulation, it also helps with digestion.
- Applying ginger oil to the affected joints daily helps in reducing the inflammation, stiffness and pain.
- Alternately, you can also make a mixture of 6 teaspoons each of dried ginger and caraway seeds and 3 teaspoons of black pepper.
- Take half a teaspoon of this mixture with water, thrice daily.
Massaging the inflamed joints help a lot in relieving the stiffness and pain. Mustard oil is considered excellent for getting rid of the above mentioned symptoms. This oil stimulates the blood flow and works as a natural ointment.
- Heat the mustard oil to warm.
- Rub it on the painful joint. In case the inflammation is causing swelling, mix onion juice, equal to the oil, and rub it gently on the area.
- Cover the area with a plastic wrap and then further wrap it in warm towels.
- Do this regularly before bed.
- Alternately you can also use eucalyptus oil or a mixture of wintergreen oil and eucalyptus oil.
- Rub them on the affected areas.
- For this particular oil, you do not need to wrap the area in hot compresses.
Turmeric is also known to contain anti-inflammatory properties. Regular use of it helps in reducing the inflammation and is particularly good for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
- Mix a teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of milk and drink it daily before bedtime.
- Fresh turmeric juice is also very good.
- You can also take turmeric capsules thrice a day of 500-1000mg.
5. Epsom Salt
I have mentioned in an earlier article of backaches, that Epsom salt is a famous remedy for soothing aching joints and muscles. It is also a good source of magnesium which helps in regulating the ph levels of the body. This makes it effective for arthritis too because there are certain types of arthritis which are caused due to high acidity levels in the body.
- Add 2 cups of Epsom salt in a warm bath and soak in it for 30 minutes.
- You can also mix equal amounts of Epsom salt and lemon juice in half a cup of warm water.
- Swallow a teaspoon of this mixture twice daily.
Cinnamon also contains some anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which help in alleviating the arthritis pain.
- Mix 1.5 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and a tablespoon of honey in a cup of warm water.
- Drink this first thing every morning
- Repeat daily for several days.
- A paste of cinnamon and honey also helps with the pain. Massage the paste gently on the painful area.
7. Fish Oil
The omega-3 present in fish oil is very very beneficial and has an anti-inflammatory effect too. Therefore fish oil is good for helping in reducing the pain.
- Take the fish oil supplements first thing in the morning to help reduce the morning stiffness.
- Also consume 1-2 teaspoons of fish oil daily.
- Adding cold-water fish and flax seeds etc. to your diet along with the fish oil supplements also help in further reducing the pain.
Alfalfa is another herb which helps in regulating the body ph levels and is rich in minerals. This makes it good for those suffering from arthritis.
- Easiest would be to consume the alfalfa capsules.
- You can also make alfalfa tea. Simple add a teaspoon of alfalfa seeds to a cup of boiling water.
- Let it simmer and steep for approximately 20-30 minutes with the lid on the cup.
- Strain the tea and drink it twice daily for 2-3 weeks. This will help in reducing the inflammation.
Cherries are an excellent source for magnesium, which is a natural painkiller and potassium, which is natural in reducing inflammation. This makes it a delicious remedy for those suffering from arthritis.
- Eat 8-10 cherries daily. Of course you can have more.
- Fresh cherries are best, however you can also make do with canned or frozen cherries too.
- Alternately you can also have cherry syrup. Simply boil a handful of cherries in a cup of water for a few minutes till the water becomes strong and sweet, syrupy.
- Drink this daily for few months.
The anti-inflammatory properties in borage seed oil can help alleviating various symptoms of arthritis.
- Drink a teaspoon of borage seed oil daily. Borage seed oil is safe and will not cause any harm, as long as you do not ingest borage seeds or any other part of the plant.
- Regularly massage borage seed oil onto the affected area.