7 Natural Remedies for Arthritis Relief

7 Natural Remedies for Arthritis Relief

1. Bromelain:

In clinical trials Bromelain based formulas were more effective than NASIDs in relieving arthritis pain. It is suggested that you take it between meals to get the best benefit. Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme found in pineapple and has been demonstrated to be effective with pain, swelling and inflammation.

2.  Exercise:

As with any ailment or condition, diet and exercise is critical.   For those with arthritis maintaining muscle strength and flexibility is vital. Exercise like swimming or yoga will help move and lubricate the joints. However make sure your yoga instructor understands your limitations and they will work with you to ensure your specific yoga exercises will be best for your condition. Exercise moves good nutrients around the body, particularly the joints therefore keeping them lubricated and performing.

3.  Fatty Acids:

With diet, its important to avoid certain foods that are suspected of causing inflammation such as dairy, gluten, meat, sugar and caffeine. Having foods with Omega-3 fatty acids like oily fish, salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring may reduce joint stiffness and pain.  Also use extra virgin olive oil or walnut oil. Other good oils include avocado and safflower oils. Another good fatty acid is GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). This is found in seeds of evening primrose, borage, hemp and black currants.

4.  Glucosamine and Chondroitin:

Studies have shown that using a combination of Glucosamine and chondroitin helps prevent or slow the degenerative process that affects the joint cartilage. Inflammation, pain and regeneration of the cartilage have all been seen to have reduced.

5.  Turmeric:

Studies are finding that turmeric, which contains curcumin, possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies are also showing that its more effective than some of the more potent drugs.

6.  Hot and Cold Therapy:

Long warm showers or baths can help ease stiffness in the joints.  Try this in the morning when you are likely to be stiff after sleep.

At night use an electric blanket to help make sure your joints don’t stiffen (however, electric blankets do interrupt your natural electrical circuits so if you wake up foggy in the brain and a bit uncoordinated it might be best not to have the blanket on all night).

Cold treatments can also help for relieving joint pain.  Using a gel ice pack or frozen vegetables from the freezer, wrap in a towel and wrap around painful joints.

7.  Acupuncture:

Acupuncture, which is a 5000 year old Chinese medical treatment, uses needles on specific points of the body and is thought to help relieve or reduce the pain. Make sure that you use a therapist that is qualified and has good testimonials.

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