Arthritis is a degenerative and painful condition marked by inflammation at the region of joints that causes pain and stiffness. There is no absolute cure for arthritis and the disease tends to get worse over the years due to the constant wear and tear our body is put through. From the hundreds of expensive and elaborate treatments available, not even a few produce any positive changes. From quacks to self-proclaimed experts, arthritis affected patients are made to go through many hassles to search for some relief from the constant pain. In cases such as arthritis and its various types such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteo arthritis, it is best to try out natural and home remedies to ease one’s discomfort without putting unnecessary pressure on someone’s body. Here are some few tips to deal with arthritis in organic and natural ways.
Below Are Some Of The Best Natural Ways To Cure Arthritis:
Choose Weight Loss
Arthritis progresses with constant wear and tear of cartilages and joints. Choosing to lose a few kilos eases the stress we put on our joints such as knees, hips and feet. Moderating body weight, with the help of exercises and proper diet, helps decrease the painful effects of arthritis and also improves mobility of joints.
Exercise is the key to a healthy lifestyle and organic living. In case of arthritis, regular exercise can improve joint flexibility. Even though the pain of arthritis can discourage one from exercising, it has been shown to strengthen thinning cartilages and weak muscles around affected joints. High physical stress exercises like running and walking should be avoided so as to not further debilitate affected joints but low stress workouts like aerobics and swimming should be done regularly to keep the joints active and mobile.
Physical therapy has incredibly positive benefits especially for certain physical diseases such as arthritis. Regular massaging and therapy, done by qualified physical therapists, of arthritic joints can help in reducing pain and stiffness, and make better range of motion.
Follow Proper Diet
Diet is the best way to achieve optimum health. In case of arthritis, following a certain diet helps reduce the pain or damage the disease inflicts. Including the right fatty acids such as omega-3, herbs such as dandelion and boswellia, reducing red or fatty meats from diet helps manage arthritis on a daily basis. Calcium supplements are beneficial too for strengthening the bones and joints affected.
Try Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is known to be the best source of magnesium available naturally as it contains high levels of magnesium sulphate. Magnesium is essential to our body for hundreds of biological reactions. Magnesium is not produced by the body itself and is procured from our diet. Magnesium supplements help relieve arthritis pains by relaxing muscles and nerve endings; and also mineralize the bones making them stronger. Green leafy vegetables and beans are rich in magnesium too.
Capsaicin is a naturally occurring chemical found in hot chilly or peppers. Capsaicin is proven to inhibit the chemical substance that transmits pain in our bodies. Capsaicin relaxes the painful muscles and joints for arthritis patients when rubbed in ointment form on the affected joints.
Apple cider vinegar is a rich source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. It helps in managing stiffness of joints also it being an anti-oxidant helps removes toxins from the body.
Use Of Turmeric And Ginger Tea
Turmeric and ginger together serve as excellent pain relievers for arthritis patients for their analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric in particular contains a substance called curcumin, which inhibits enzymes that cause inflammation of joints that is the main cause of pain in arthritis. Consume them either in capsule form or make tea combining them and a little honey for taste.
Cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant substance. It is best consumed in the form of tea mixed with honey or applied as a paste with honey on affected areas for pain relief.
Peppermint And Eucalyptus Oils
Peppermint and Eucalyptus oils are not cures for arthritis but they can relieve pain temporarily because of their natural analgesic properties and cooling effect. They are best used when put together in equal proportions mixed with base oils such as olive oil, grape seed oil(best to use cold pressed or extra virgin olive oil) etc. so as to not irritate the skin. They work effectively to ease the pain of arthritis from stiff joints and weakened muscles around the affected joints.