Natural Treatment for Arthritis

by Nicole Henry

Arthritis is ‘inflammation of the joints’. With weather turning more cold, people suffering from arthritis happen to visit clinics regularly. This disease starts with lasting pain and stiffness of one or more joints in the body, and eventually affects almost all joints of the body.

This degenerative joint-disease can be addressed with a few effective natural remedies that can soothe the pain and help you continue your normal routine activities, even during cold weather. Working out also triggers the joint pain frequently.

This disorder is common in aging people. It is important that you pay immediate attention to this disease, before it turns out to be severe to cripple you physically and mentally. However, it is possible to ward off the unwelcoming signs and symptoms of this disease and let the joints be healthy for long.

Here are some natural remedies to treat arthritis.

Natural Remedies to Treat Arthritis

senior man with arthritis painLose Weight:

Obesity can trigger various problems. Moreover if you have joint disorder, you should be more cautious towards weight gain. Every pound that you lose puts less pressure on your knees and ultimately less joint pain. Even some people have experienced very few or no symptoms at all of arthritis, after losing 10-20 pounds.

Increase the Intake of Organic Anti-Oxidants:

Arthritis is common in aging people. Free radicals cause damage to the body tissues and cartilage and cause inflammation of the joints. Dietary intake of anti-oxidants can fight back the ill effects of free radicals and treat arthritis.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in anti-oxidants. Everyday 5-6 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables is recommended.

Fruits such as oranges, apples, papaya and grapes are good to help in preventing cartilage breakdown as well as to stimulate components necessary to manufacture cartilage tissues.

Drink Juices and Be Hydrated:

Vegetable juices and fruit juices are good to keep arthritis pain at bay. Carrot juice, cucumber juice, beet juice, potato juice, cabbage juice and ginger juice separately or all mixed together can be beneficial to prevent joint destruction.

In fruit juices, black cherry juice is an effective remedy for arthritis. During joint pains, you can take two glasses of this juice. Each glass of juice should be mixed with 4 ounces of black cherry juice and 4 ounces of water.

Exercise:

Howsoever, controversial it may sound, but it is better to exercise a little during pain as this will relieve the joint pain. However, do not do rigorous exercise and go for light work out. Walking, biking, swimming or aerobics can be just right type of exercises to treat arthritis.

Sunbathing:

Sunbathing can prove to be promising in treating arthritis pain. To fight knee joint pain or pain in any other joint, you may expose the affected joint in sun during the morning hours, for 15 minutes. Sun exposure forms synovial fluids, which increases joint friction and relieve pain.

Hot Compress:

For quick relief of pain, giving hot compress to the affected area with the help of electric blanket, hot water bag, heating pads, etc. can be effective. Apply hot compress for around 15-20 minutes. Even a hot water bath or soaking in hot water can help relieve joint pain.

Massage:

Many people have experienced the fruitful effects of massage in arthritis that they can even swear by it. Massage alleviates the symptoms associated with arthritis inflammation and facilitate blood circulation. Thus, massaging can improve the mobility of joints, increase the flexibility and relieve the soreness and stiffness of the joints.

Using warm mustard oil, or eucalyptus oil can be beneficial to relieve the inflammation and pain, as these oils are known for their pain relieving qualities. After massaging the joints, do not expose them to the cold air out by keeping it wrapped in a warm cloth.

Glucosamine Sulphate:

Glucosamine sulphate is a naturally occurring chemical compound produced in healthy joints. This chemical is used by the body to repair cartilage damage and keep it healthy. Thus, supplementing glucosamine sulphate in arthritis can help boost the cartilage health and reduce the arthritic pain in mild to moderate cases.

Tai Chi:

This is amongst some mind body remedies for arthritis. Many people have experienced benefits of tai chi in arthritis pain. Movements of tai chi are graceful and gentle, thereby making it safe for people suffering from arthritis. The spiritual component of this exercise helps the mid to divert attention away from pain. Tai chi offers improved range of motion and increased joint flexibility.

Arthritis is one of the major causes for morbidity in many elderly people. This disease has several types and is common in women. It is a chronic problem that causes joint inflammation and persistent pain. Above given remedies are natural, without any side effect and which have been proven to be promising in treating arthritis disorder.

(Nicole Henry is a medical adviser, providing the information about health care, medical questions answers, and medical advices. You can read more about Arthritis here at thecorrect.com.)

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