Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. It’s usually accompanied by severe pain and stiffness. This pain usually occurs mostly in the morning or after exercise. Arthritis also causes swelling and deformity in the joints of your fingers, wrists, arms or legs. Arthritis joints usually make noise when they move. But the noise they produce differs from the type of Arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis tends to make a sound like crinkling cellophane while osteoarthritic joints make popping crinkling and banging noises. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder which often affects women and girls. This type of arthritis results from your immune system turns against you and attacking your body tissues – the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies the synovial membrane as foreign which leads to further inflammation, pain, and eventually destroying the cartilage ensue.
Osteoarthritis is as a result of a breakdown of the cartilage that forms a cushion between the ends of bones which causes the bone to rub on each other resulting in pain and stiffness. Arthritis is said to have no permanent cure but there are many natural and alternative remedies you can use to manage the symptoms of arthritis. When these remedies are applied properly together with the aid of a proper diet and a change of lifestyle, you can greatly reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. If you are looking for more information about Arthritis, I suggest you check out www.arthritis.org. You can also buy my new book on Natural Remedies, it contains everything you need to know about Natural Remedies, Alternative cures and Beauty remedy. Get it here on Amazon. Below are some Arthritis Remedies you should know.
Glucosamine sulfate works wonders in stopping the pain associated with osteoarthritis. It is harvested from shells of shellfish and can be sometimes made in the laboratory. Glucosamine sulfate is a nutritional supplement that helps build cartilage and slows the progression of the disease. Most arthritis sufferers make the mistake of taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, aspirin, and indomethacin. These drugs can accelerate joint destruction by preventing new healthy connective tissues in the joint from forming. Patients suffering from osteoarthritis should take 500 milligrams of glucosamine sulfate three times daily before meals
Mahanarayan oil is an ayurvedic medicated oil prepared using sesame oil as a base. It helps improve the strength of the muscles, bones, and joints while also providing a soothing effect and reduces joint inflammation. I have seen this oil work wonders for people suffering from arthritis. The oil has a way of penetrating the skin and immediately softens the pain deposits in the bone. It is usually not greasy and serves as an effective remedy for all types of arthritic disorder more especially osteoarthritis. When used internally give instant relief from knee pain, on the other hand, when used externally reduces joint inflammation and muscle fatigue. Mahanarayan oil has a protective effect against wear and tear of the cartilage and helps in improving synovial fluid. A good brand to consider is the Banyan Botanicals Sesame Oil,
Turmeric for Arthritis
Turmeric contains curcumin which has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce the pain and swelling associated with arthritis. The good thing is that using turmeric has zero side effect. There are so many ways to consume turmeric. You can use it in spice form. Turmeric is also available in supplements form. Some people prefer mixing theirs with boiled milk. But if you are allergic to milk you can have it with boiled water.
Ginger for Arthritis
Ginger has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties and contains gingerol as the active ingredient. If you suffer from arthritis I advise you eat lots of fresh ginger. If eating ginger raw is difficult for you, I suggest you mince it and add to your salad and other foods. You can also consume ginger by adding it your juices. Ginger is also available in supplement forms, which is also a good choice for you. A particular study conducted on patients with osteoarthritis involving 261 people, where ginger extract was administered to the patients twice daily. At the end of the study, they experienced less pain and needed no pain killing medications.
Guggul for Arthritis
Guggul is a sticky gum-like resin found in the Mukul tree and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Guggul is highly effective in reducing the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. In as much as there is no cure for arthritis but Guggul is capable of alleviating the worst pain you can ever imagine. To use Guggul add ¼ teaspoon of guggul tincture to ½ teaspoon of water, drink this solution 30 minutes before every meal – three times daily. Guggul travels to the arthritic bone and gets rid of any in imbalance causing stiffness, swelling and inflammation. Guggul is also available in supplement form
Mustard Oil- Camphor Massage for Arthritis
A good way to soothe Arthritis pain is to massage the affected areas with herbal oil. And one of the oil that works the best is mustard and camphor oil. Simply mix together 1 cup of mustard oil and 10g of camphor oil. Heat the mixture until the camphor oil dissolves completely. Let it cool down for a while. Then massage gently on your joints.
Juice Remedy for Arthritis
Some juice recipe also helps in reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. When sourcing your produce, be on the lookout for produce with high anti-inflammatory components like beta-carotene. Beta-carotene can be found in foods like carrot, ginger, apples and pineapple. Below is a simple juice recipe you can try.
Flaxseed Oil is also a life saver for arthritis sufferers. It is recommended that arthritis patients take about two tablespoons daily which contains more than 140% daily value of omega-3 fatty acids, known to reduce inflammation. Flaxseed can be consumed in many ways – you can add it to your smoothies, cereal or oatmeal and stir. You can also use it as a topping for salads or added to your bread recipe. Flaxseed oil is also available in supplement form.
It’s not enough to take all the remedies and still not living a healthy lifestyle. You have to completely have a change of lifestyle if you really want to manage your arthritis properly. Below are some few pointers to note
- Salt intake must be reduced to the barest minimum. An excessive salt intake does lead to fluid retention and high blood pressure.
- Limit your alcohol intake: Excessive alcohol intake often adds burden to your liver and can sometimes cause severe liver damage. If you must take, I suggest you settle for red wine, which has anti-inflammatory effects, but even with red wine, your consumption must be limited
- Cut out processed food: Process foods are not good for you. They fill the body up with sodium, fats, and sugar – which are generally not good for your health. These types of foods are linked with inflammation. Instead go for healthy food options like vegetables, nuts, herbs and fruits.
- Fill up on Fiber: Fiber is good for your colon health and helps lower C-reactive protein (CRP) a substance found in the blood that indicates inflammation. Fibers are best gotten from foods than supplements because fiber gotten from food do more job in lowering the CRP.
- Say no to Nightshades: They are claims that Nightshade vegetables trigger arthritis flares. Although there is no scientific claim backing this up, but its generally a good idea to stay away from them. Vegetables under the night shade categories include eggplants, tomatoes, pepper, and potatoes.
- Eat more fish: Some categories of fish are rich in inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6 – which are the two inflammatory protein in your body. Some of the best sources of fish are salmon, tuna, sardines, anchovies and other cold-water fish.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables: Filling your plate with vegetables and fruits is the best thing you can do for your health. They are filled with antioxidant and flavonoid which are the components that give life to your body. You can consume more vegetables by juicing them. Fruits and vegetable naturally support the immune system and fight inflammation. Some of the best sources of vegetables rich in anti-inflammatory properties are blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, spinach, kale and broccoli
- Eat more nuts: Nuts are rich in good fats like monounsaturated fat and have anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the good sources are walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, and almonds.
- Eat more beans: Beans are laden with antioxidant and are also anti-inflammatory. They are also rich in protein, folic acid, magnesium, potassium iron and zinc – and a great source of dietary fiber.
- Get more olive oil: Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, antioxidants and oleocanthal. These compounds have been proven to help lower inflammation. Instead of just gulping up olive oil, you can use it in salad dressing or other dishes.
- Get more onion: Onions is a great food for reducing inflammation. They are rich in important antioxidant and can also be used in averting the risk of heart disease, and bad cholesterol.