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Arthritis is an evil disorder that disrupts your everyday ongoing activities. The inflammation in the joints causes swelling and pain. Along with the conventional RA medicines, there are various herbs that help fight the arthritis pain effectively. Herbal remedies using simple herbs and kitchen ingredients help relieve pain naturally. However, the concomitant use of a few herbs with regular medicine should be discussed with your doctor to avoid any life-threatening side effects.
1. Cat’s Claw
The use of the herb Cat’s claw dates back since the Incan civilizations. It is a tropical vine that is traditionally used to boost the immune system. Cat’s claw also has great anti-inflammatory properties that aid in reducing joint swelling and pain due to arthritis. However, there are some sources who claim that Cat’s claw may tend to overstimulate the immune system and may aggravate the arthritis pain further. Check with your doctor before actually starting on the consumption of Cat’s claw.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has become a boon of the 21st century. It has been widely used as a part of alternative medicine. It’s known for its healing properties and for treating various skin & hair issues. Many of us have a bottle of aloe vera gel in our closets; the same can be applied over the joints to get relief from pain. You can harvest the plant in your backyards and use its pulp to soothe the ache topically. Oral intake of aloe vera might cause diarrhea or decreased blood sugar levels thus you can avoid internal use.
3. Burdock Root
We have seen different benefits of burdock in our previous article. It is one of the best herbs used to treat arthritis pain. Increase in the intake of essential oils in your diet can help you relieve the symptoms of arthritis. Burdock has high amounts of fatty acids, tannins and sterols that are responsible for its anti-inflammatory actions. You can include this root in your diet in different ways – burdock tea, burdock root fries, or as supplements available in the market.
4. Thunder God Vine
Chinese medicine has a lot of traditional herbs that treat various ailments. Thunder God Vine is one such wonder herb that treats arthritis pain. The extracts from its skinned roots are known for suppressing the overactive immune system thereby used for the treatment of autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis. Herbal extract is applied topically along with the conventional RA medications. However, long-term use of thunder god vine is not recommended.
Ginger is a kitchen ingredient found commonly in every house. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help fight joint pains due to arthritis. Ginger contains gingerol which is responsible for this activity. Ginger also reduces the action of T-cells that are responsible for systemic inflammations. Drinking ginger and lime tea can help a lot. You can also have ginger as a fresh pickle or try stir-fried ginger fingers (they are just too delicious to ignore).
6. Green Tea
A sip of hot green tea is so refreshing. Did you know the health benefits of this amazing herbal drink? It’s a popular beverage used to reduce body inflammation. There are various studies carried out to prove the potential benefits of green tea in treating arthritis-related inflammation. The polyphenols present in the green tea is believed to reduce joint pains. You may try different green tea recipes for a refreshing taste every day.
Turmeric is one miracle herb that cures and heals many diseases. Curcumin present in the haldi powder is a very potent anti-inflammatory agent that helps reducing joint pains. Turmeric also has natural antibacterial and anti-cancer properties. Turmeric also slows down the progression of RA. It’s a miracle herb that can be found in every kitchen and is added in almost every curry.
8. Willow Bark
Many phytotherapy researches have shown that willow bark helps to reduce inflammatory markers (T-cell, etc.) thereby it is useful in treating various inflammatory diseases. Arthritis-related joint pain, particularly the back, hips, knees, fingers and neck can be reduced to a treat extent using the willow bark extracts. These are also known as the natural aspirin that relieves pain. Avoid taking along with other blood thinners or if you are allergic to aspirin.
Boswellia or frankincense is highly praised in the field of alternative medicines for its magical anti-inflammatory properties. It is derived from the resins of the Boswellia trees native to India. Leukotrienes attack healthy human joints in autoimmune diseases like RA and Boswellia works by blocking this substance in the body. It also improves blood circulation through the damaged veins which in turn helps joints affected by arthritis.
Nettle is a herb with mad-skills that is a cure for pretty much anything you name. These insanely good herbs contain a variety of minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and vitamins like vitamin A, C, D, and B complex. The amazing anti-inflammatory properties along with the abundance of minerals are the reason why they are used to build strong pain-free bones. Drinking nettle leaf tea daily can reduce water retention and inflammation of the body. It is responsible for nourishing the adrenals and kidneys.
Licorice is abundant in corticosteroids that are responsible for naturally reducing joint inflammation and pain. The antioxidants present to fight the free radicals and relieve arthritis pain. Although licorice is a great herb, it is not a good remedy for those people suffering from blood pressure issues, cardiac or renal diseases, or low potassium levels.
Eucalyptus oil is widely used in many topical and oral medications to treat different conditions. The topical formulations made from eucalyptus leaves are helpful in treating arthritis pain. The tannin content reduces swelling and pain of the joints. Use heat compressions after the massage with eucalyptus oil for better pain management.
Along with some complementary medicine, these herbs help to fight arthritis pain effectively. Don’t forget to discuss all the treatment options with your doctor before you start with these herbal supplements.
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