Arthritis, which means joint inflammation, is actually not a single disease but is a term that refers to more than 100 types of rheumatic conditions and diseases that involve various tissues and joints. This rheumatic condition causes pain, swelling and stiffness around one or more joints and tissues. Arthritis usually develops gradually and can also involve the immune system and various organs of the body.
Although arthritis commonly occurs in people aged 65 years or older, people of all ages including children are still susceptible. In the US alone, 50 million people are diagnosed to have certain type of arthritis. Furthermore, by the year 2030, it is projected that this number will rise to 60 million.
Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, occurs when bones rub against each other due to the wearing down of the cartilage, which is a soft layer on the end of the bones. Osteoarthritis causes extreme pain, stiffness, swelling, and minimized movement. Older people are more prone to develop this form of arthritis.
Symptoms of Arthritis
Due to the fact that there are over 100 types of arthritis, its symptoms are also numerous. Below are some of the most common arthritis symptoms that must be given proper medical attention.
- Pain – can be felt in a single area or various parts of the body. May happen constantly or in intervals
- Stiffness – stiffness of one or more joints immediately after waking up in the morning
- Muscle pains
- Inability to move
- Pain after standing and sitting for too long
- Dryness in the mouth and eye areas
- Fever that may be accompanied by rashes
- Unable to sleep due to sudden pains all over the body
- Unable to walk properly
- Loss of appetite and decrease in weight
Natural Home Remedies for Arthritis
Arthritis causes extreme joint and body pains that will certainly affect your mood and productivity. Fortunately, there are several effective natural home remedies to minimize the negative effects of this common medical condition.
Turmeric is quickly becoming a popular cure for arthritis because of its curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that provides anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, Turmeric is potent against various types of enzymes that cause joint inflammation. When taken regular, Turmeric has been proven to decrease many symptoms caused by arthritis. Due to its growing demand, turmeric is now available in raw and capsule form.
To make turmeric tea, boil 2 cups of water with ½ teaspoon powdered turmeric. Let it cool for 5 minutes and add 1 tablespoon honey. Drink twice a day – morning and night.
2. Epsom salt soak
Epsom salt soak is loaded with magnesium sulfate, which is an ingredient used way back in the early times to decrease body and muscle pains. To use as a remedy for joint pain, fill a deep container with 10 cups of warm water and add 1 cup Epsom salt soak. Stir and let it be for 5 minutes. Soak the aching joint for about 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat as often as 3 times daily to maximize results. For pains in body areas that can’t be soaked, get a small soft towel and splash some water. Add ½ cup Epsom salt soak and rub in the affected area. Let the towel stay for 15 minutes until it becomes dry. Do this twice a day.
Aside from using Epsom salt soak to combat arthritis pain, directly using or taking Magnesium will provide better healing effects. Recent studies conducted by medical groups like American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who take the recommended daily requirement of magnesium developed denser and stronger bones. Furthermore, magnesium is very effective in relaxing and soothing muscles and nerve endings. It also decreases pain and stiffness caused by arthritis.
There are 3 ways to incorporate magnesium in your diet. First is by taking magnesium tablets, which is available in drug stores. It is recommended to take 1 tablet each day after a meal. Proper diet and proper amount of magnesium will cure and prevent arthritis pain. The next way is by directly rubbing magnesium oil over the affected joints and muscles. A light massage can also be done to speed up the absorption of the oil. Do this every time pain is felt around the affected joints and muscles. Lastly, eating foods that are rich with magnesium will also give relief overtime. Spinach, nuts and legumes must be included in your daily diet for an increased magnesium intake.
4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil provides moisture and lubrication to inflamed joints, thus lessening arthritis pain. Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains a special substance called oleocanthal, which effectively fights enzymes that cause inflammation such as COX-1 and COX-2. When buying Olive Oil, make sure to choose reputable brands because some contain lesser oleocanthal, which is easily destroyed by high heat.
Olive oil can be used in two ways – by rubbing on the affected joints or by taking directly. Place 5 drops of olive oil on the affected joint and rub/massage lightly for 10 minutes. Do as often as needed. You can also take 2 to 3 tablespoon of olive oil daily. It is best to do this on an empty stomach. Make sure to avoid foods with high fat and calorie content when taking virgin olive oil. Extra Virgin Olive Oil can also be used as cooking oil for more health benefits.
5. Dandelion Leaves
Dandelion Leaves is loaded with vitamins c and a, which promote faster tissue repair and help the liver dispose harmful toxins. Furthermore, dandelion leaves have linoleic acid, which was recently discovered as an effective substance against inflammation. Due to its high potency in immune responses, these leaves are considered to cure various symptoms caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
As a salad ingredient, mix 3 small cups of dandelion leaves or 1 tablespoon of powder dandelion leaves. Add 1 teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil for more magnesium power. To make a magnesium tea, boil 3 medium sized dandelion leaves for 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of honey to fight the leave’s bitter taste. Drink twice a day.
6. Blackstrap Molasses
During the early times, Blackstrap Molasses was already a highly-demanded item because of its nutritional value and healing properties. Loaded with calcium and potassium, Blackstrap Molasses is also regarded as one of the most effective anti-arthritis remedies due to its high calcium content. Aside from these health benefits, molasses are also effective in strengthening the nerves, improving muscle functions, and repairing damaged bones.
To make a blackstrap molasses drink, add 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses with 1 cup of warm water. Stir thoroughly and drink once daily.
7. Light exercises
Light exercises such as brisk walking will actually help in controlling weight (which promotes arthritis), strengthening muscles, and lubricating affected joints. Although it may sound wrong, daily light exercise will do more harm than good to people with arthritis. To relax muscle and joint stiffness, move and walk around for 10 minutes daily. In addition, do specific exercises or stretching that target specific body parts that are affected by arthritis. When done properly, aside from strengthening muscles and joints, body movements will allow proper lubrication around the affected bones, thus decreasing pain.
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