It all starts off as a little discomfort, an ache, a bit of stiffness and maybe even a decrease in the range of motion. Some days it is bad and other days you hardly notice it. You can feel it in your elbows, knees, hips, ankles… well pretty much anywhere you have a joint in your body. Arthritis affects one in three people between the ages of 18 – 64 in the US alone and can become completely debilitating for anyone suffering from it. Whether you suffer from RA ( Rheumatoid Arthritis ) or OA ( Osteoarthritis), pain is always associated with both of these. In many cases Arthritis is not formally diagnosed until
symptoms become so severe and the person/patient had been suffering for years.
Arthritis is regarded as one of the most common chronic conditions. Pain, swelling and inflammation (ranging from mild to severe) are some of the symptoms doctors treat on a daily basis. The most common use of Opioids are responsible for the treatment of Arthritis. This is quite astounding, as the Opioid industry ( or pain management market ) is a $45 billion industry and growing. As arthritis is not a condition that goes away ( in fact it usually just gets worse ), nor does the pain and the management of it. It is safe to assume that long term use of opioids are the general direction. This could lead to multiple complications and addictions. The sad fact is that opioids are the most common cause of preventable death in the US today.
When you are in pain, you will almost try anything just to get relief. So if the doctor gives you something for pain, you generally drink whatever was prescribed. We have all done that. If it is so easy to drink a tablet, wouldn’t it be just as easy as drinking something natural to give you the relief ? Remember many ” modern ” pain killers are derived from or in their ” natural unprocessed ” form comes from plants, seeds etc. Here are a few natural remedies for
Arthritis pain and inflammation that could help you or a loved one.
Natural Pain Relief
1. Devil’s Claw – Can be bought in herbal shops in the form of tablets or capsules. This herb is native to South Africa and are only found in the wild. Assists in muscle, joint pain, RA ( Rheumatoid Arthritis) and backache.
2. Feverfew – Has and anti-inflammatory properties as well as assists in pain relief or management. Feverfew can also be taken for fever, skin disorders, insect bites, irregular menstrual periods just to mention a few.
3. Aloe Vera – Usually consumed as a juice or capsules. A daily dose may assist in pain and inflammation for those suffering with RA. A topical gel application can be done on the areas that are mostly effected.
4. Cat’s Claw – Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting and antioxidant properties. Usually in the form of a capsule or tablet. It has also shown effectiveness in viral infections.
5. Bosweilla – Also know as Indian Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties and have been used for centuries. It may assist in the reduction of symptoms of both RA and OA. Improves mobility, reduce pain and inflammation. Can be taken as a tea or supplement.
6. Eucalyptus – This one is for topical application only. Reduces swelling in RA. By applying a heat pack in conjunction with eucalyptus will maximize the effectiveness. Always mix with a carrier oil before applying on the skin.
7. Ginger – One of my favorite. Ginger can assist with a large range of conditions, symptoms or ailments. RA and OA being part of that. Strong Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. It has been suggested that ginger can even help prevent bone destruction. Fresh is best ( in my opinion ), cut a few slices and add hot water. Enjoy as a nice warm tea.
8. Willow Bark – Pain and inflammation is Willow barks’ game. Very well know as an ancient treatment and have been used for centuries. Caution on Willow bark – It may cause high blood pressure, upset stomach or an allergic reaction ( if you are sensitive to aspirin.
9. Turmeric – Usually taken as a supplement. Turmeric has become quite popular recently and are found in many health products. Assists in both RA and OA symptoms – has anti inflammatory properties. Just adding Turmeric to your food dishes would unfortunately not be enough to have an effect, hence why supplementing with it would be the best way to go.
10. Capsaicin – Reduces pain and stiffness in the joints. Has been effective in OA and RA. Applied topically whereby it blocks out the pain messages to the nerves. Can be found in form of a cream or gel.
Before taking any natural herbal remedies you must discuss it with your GP or Physician. Some herbal remedies or products are not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.
From Pain to Well-being
Whether you are a juvenile, teen, young adult or more mature. Arthritis is something that can occur at any moment in your life. Learning to effectively and as naturally as possible manage the symptoms of pain and inflammation can be challenging. Taking the time to learn and discover natural alternatives as appose to just taking conventional pain medications (that could have life threatening complications) is worth giving a try. The natural remedies mentioned in this article are just 10 examples of many out there.
Keeping in mind that it is not only pain management that needs to be addressed correctly in order to live a happy life. Everything is connected in some form or way. Be mindful of your body, try to keep your weight in check ( as too much excess body weight can put unnecessary pressure on you joints ), stay reasonably active ( this will assist in flexibility of the joints) and have a healthy diet. These are all contributing factors that must always be remembered.
Until Next Time