Arthritis may be considered a “prehistoric” disease, since archaeologists have found skeletons with obvious evidences of arthritis dating back thousands of years. Nevertheless, this disease, characterized essentially by inflammation of the joints, still baffles doctors today, who still don’t know why exactly so many million people are affected by this painful condition.
Living with arthritis is often a very heavy burden. The pain frequently associated with this condition is commonly unbearable and one of the keys to live with this disease is to effectively manage pain levels. In this context, you may be surprised to find that relief may very well come from simple homemade remedies. Combine these with prescription or over-the-counter medication (like Provailen, the natural pain relief remedy) and you may find it easier to deal with your condition. Do bear in mind that, since this disease is so heterogeneous, what works on some patients might not work for you.
- Alfalfa: this perennial flowering plant has been used as an herbal medicine for more than 1500 years. Since alfalfa is high in calcium and several other vitamins, eating the plant (try it in salads) or taking alfalfa capsules might help reduce inflammation and pain.
- Vitamin E: usually found in fats and oils (including soybean oil, corn oil and margarine), this antioxidant is proven to help protect and improve the mobility of the joints.
- Bogbean: also known as buckbean, this plant has powerful anti-inflammatory proprieties, which will certainly help in the management of arthritic pain. Use it as an infusion (1-2 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup, three times a day) or as a tincture (1-4 ml, three times a day).
- Boswellia: recent studies have looked into this plant’s action in the treatment of inflammation and pain caused by arthritis. It is proven to improve blood circulation to the joints and to reduce stiffness, pain and inflammation. Try taking boswellia capsules.
- Ginger: this is definitely your greatest ally if you are interested in fighting arthritis pain. A great way to use this plant is to rub directly over the affected area or even create a warm compress to be placed on the inflamed joint. Another option is to use ginger capsules.
- MSM: short for methylsulfonylmethane, this compound is rapidly gaining a reputation as a safe and natural way to fight arthritis pain, as well as other conditions. MSM is commonly sold as a dietary supplement, often in combination with glucosamine and/or chondroitin, which are commonly combined to treat osteoarthritis.
Nettles: the dried herb may be consumed as an infusion with the leaves and stems. Thus, mix 1 tablespoon of dried nettles in 1 cup of hot water. Drink 3-4 cups a day.