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Top 10 Home Remedies For Arthritis

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Arthritis, in simple terms, refers to the painful inflammation of the joints. There are various forms of arthritis. Along with pain, there can be redness, swelling and stiffness around the affected joints, which restricts the movement. Beside surgery, anti-inflammatory drugs are used in traditional medicine to bring relief to the patient.

Arthritis

These treatments though help to elevate the symptoms, but there is no complete cure.  There are many simple ingredients found in our homes that have anti-inflammatory properties and have shown promising results in relieving the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.  Here are the best ones.

Apple Cider Vinegar

The benefits of Apple cider vinegar for various health problems are well known. It contains essential minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium that can help to relieve arthritic pain. It prevents the build up of harmful toxins in the joints and the connective tissues and helps relieve pain.

Things you will need

Apple cider vinegar
Warm water
Honey

How to use

In a cup of warm water, mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp honey. Mix thoroughly and drink the solution every day in the morning. The alkalizing effect of apple cider vinegar will help to relieve pain.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Ginger

This culinary herb is used in various Indian dishes to add taste. But this herb has great medicinal properties and has been used for centuries to treat various ailments.  Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help to provide relief from arthritic pain and inflammation without producing any side-effects.

Things you will need

Dry or fresh raw ginger
Caraway seeds
Black pepper
Ginger oil

How to use

Method 1

Combine ½ tsp. dried ginger powder, ½ tsp caraway seeds and ½ tsp. of black pepper. Take ½ tsp of this mixture 2-3 times everyday to get relief from arthritic pain, stiffness and inflammation.

Method 2

Eat ½ inch piece of raw ginger every day. It will help to improve blood circulation and reduce pain in your joints. Also, add ginger in soups and salad to alleviate arthritis pain.

Method 3

Apply ginger oil on the affected joints to reduce stiffness, inflammation and pain.

Ginger

Turmeric

Turmeric is another anti-inflammatory herb. The yellow pigment known as curcumin contained in turmeric works to reduce pain and inflammation, particularly when you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. It hardly has any side effects.

Things you will need

Turmeric powder, Turmeric Capsule

How to use

Add 1 tsp turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk. Drink this milk at bed time daily. Or take 1 turmeric capsule daily. The recommended dose is 500mg to 1000 mg per day. Adding turmeric while preparing your meal will be also helpful.

Turmeric

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt contains magnesium that helps to maintain pH level in the body. Balancing pH level is necessary as certain forms of inflammatory arthritis are caused by elevated acidity levels of the body.

Things you will need

Epsom salt
Lemon juice
Warm water

How to use

Mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt and fresh juice of half a lemon thoroughly in a cup of warm water. Drink this solution everyday in the morning and evening to find relief.

Epsom Salt

Green tea

The antioxidant health benefits of green tea are well known. A natural antioxidant compound known as EGCG contained in green tea can inhibit the production of inflammatory chemicals that cause joint diseases. Some researches suggest that drinking green tea regularly can help to keep the joints healthy by preventing the breaking down of cartilage.

Things you will need

Green tea bags
Warm water

How to use

Bring water to boil. Pour hot water over the tea bag. Steep for 5 minutes; remove tea bag and drink slowly.

Green tea

Grapes

Eating red grapes is highly beneficial for any kind of arthritis pain and inflammation. Grapes, especially the skin of the grapes, contain a natural compound known as resveratrol which works as Cox-2 inhibitor – the enzyme responsible for arthritic pain and inflammation.

Things you will need

Fresh grapes – red or white

How to use

Eat 5-6 grapes daily to get relief from arthritis pain.

Grapes

Cherries

Cherries are an excellent source of potassium and magnesium and are helpful in bringing relief to arthritis patients.  Magnesium helps to reduce pain while potassium is helpful in reducing inflammation. It works as a diuretic and rids the tissues of fluid and hence reduces inflammation.

Things you will need

Cherries – fresh, frozen or tinned

How to use

Eat 6 to 8 cherries daily. If fresh cherry is not available, you can use tinned or frozen cherries also. You can also drink cherry syrups by bring cherries to boil until it becomes thick. Drink daily until you find complete relief.

Cherries

Omega-3 fatty acids

Various researches and studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids are highly beneficial for arthritis patients as they can inhibit the production the certain enzymes that are responsible for wearing down of cartilage.

Things you will need

Omega-3 rich foods and supplement

How to use

Add omega-3 rich foods like grounded flaxseed and flaxseed oil, sardine, salmon, and other fatty fishes, almonds and fish oil supplements in your diet. These foods will have anti-inflammatory effect on the body and will relieve you from stiffness of the joints, swelling and pain.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Mustard Oil

Mustard oil can help to stimulate the blood flow and help to reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

Things you will need

Mustard oil
Onion juice
Towel
Plastic wrap

How to use

Heat mustard oil.  Add onion juice in equal quantity. Apply the oil when it is still warm on the aching joint. Rub for few minutes and then cover the affected part with a plastic wrap. Now apply warm towel over it. Application of this therapy regularly before going to bed will bring relief from pain and swelling considerably.

Mustard Oil

Juices for Arthritis

Some vegetable and fruit juices prove to be a great remedy for dealing with arthritis pain and inflammation as they contain significant amount of anti-inflammatory nutrient. For example: various parts of celery plant and celery seeds contain more than 25 anti-inflammatory compounds. Along with this, it contains high amount of potassium; the deficiency of which is one of the main causes of arthritis. The fruits and vegetables that are rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients like beta-carotene are parsley, spinach, broccoli and those high in copper are carrots, ginger, and apples etc. Black cherry juice is equally beneficial, pineapple juice is a rich source of enzyme bromelain which contains strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Things you will need

Prepare juice by combining

Celery, carrot or cabbage
Potato juice
Cherry juice
Carrot, beet, cucumber
Lemon juice

How to use

Squeeze half a lemon. Add water and take before every meal. Rest of the juices you can take any time. But be cautious; some citrus juices and vegetable juices from night shed family can promote swelling. So, choose fruits and vegetables that would not cause adverse reaction in your case.

Juices for Arthritis

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