9 Powerful Home Remedies For Arthritis

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9 Powerful Home Remedies For Arthritis

There are many forms of arthritis, a disorder characterized by inflammation of one or more joints.  The resulting pain of this condition can seriously impact a person’s ability to participate in any kind of physical activity whether it be for work or pleasure.

As anyone with chronic pain will tell you, a person can learn to cope with their pain or chose to treat the symptoms with medications that may have harmful side-effects.  Either way, the negative impact of arthritis on a person’s quality of life is impossible to ignore.

Unbeknownst to many people who suffer from osteoarthritis, there are several natural home remedies that can ease the symptoms of this debilitating condition.

1. Exercise

While many people believe that exercise is bad for arthritis, this sentiment is actually a myth.  There are plenty of low-impact activities such as swimming, jogging on dirt paths, or even just walking around your house for those who are severely out of shape.  These activities can go a long way to help rehabilitate your body and improve your overall health.  Also, lifting weights to build strength can lead to better muscle support and less stress on your joints.

2. Lose Weight

One of the biggest contributing factors to arthritis pain is weight.  Joints supporting too many pounds will hurt a lot more than those carrying a lighter load.  Improving your diet and adding some light cardiovascular exercise to an otherwise stagnant routine can have dramatic positive results on relieving arthritis pain.

3. Glucosamine Sulfate

While there is a lot of questionable research out there regarding the benefits (or lack thereof) to taking Glucosamine supplements, there have been studies that show an average of 1500 mg of Glucosamine sulfate taken once per day can help to alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis.  On a similar note, avoid taking the more common Glucosamine HCl, as it has been proven to be largely ineffective for the treatment of arthritis symptoms.

4. Capsaicin “Hot Pepper” Cream

9 Powerful Home Remedies For ArthritisNo one is 100% certain why Capsaicin cream works.  One guess is that the hot pepper extract soaks into skin and temporarily desensitizes the nerve endings where it is applied.  Regardless of why it works, Capsaicin cream is commonly used as a topical treatment for joint pain relief.  These creams are readily available for purchase at most drug stores and supermarkets, or you can make your own if you would rather have control over the ingredients that go into your hot pepper cream.

***Always use gloves when handling hot peppers.  Avoid contact with sensitive areas and mucus membranes as capcaisin will cause extreme irritation and is difficult to neutralize once the molecule bonds to your skin.***

5. Acupuncture/Electroacupuncture

This ancient form of Eastern medicine involves the insertion of hair-fine needles (from 0.12 – 0.35 mm in thickness) through the skin in order to activate pressure points and promote positive energy flow throughout the body.  Acupuncture is now practiced in most parts of the world and is frequently used to alleviate pain due to osteoarthritis as well as to correct hundreds of other health problems.

Electroacupuncture involves running a light electrical current through the acupuncture needle and into the body in order to stimulate pressure points.  This practice can be used to deliver short-term relief from pain and swelling in arthritic joints.

6. Hot / Cold Therapy

A long warm shower or bath first thing in the morning can go a long way toward easing stiffness from joints, making it possible to start your day with less pain.  Add eucalyptus to a hot bath for the added benefit of muscle relaxation.  Also, the use of heating pads and electric blankets may help you to sleep easier as they can prevent joints from stiffening during the night.  During the day, cold packs can offer immediate pain relief in the short-term when arthritis symptoms flare up.

7. Omega-3 and Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)

Getting enough of these helpful fatty acids into your diet may reduce joint stiffness in addition to a long list of other health benefits.  Omega-3 can be taken in supplement form or obtain from foods such as flax seeds, chia seeds, and salmon. GLA is primarily found in plant based oils such as evening primrose, borage seed, and black currant seed oils.

8. Turmeric

9 Powerful Home Remedies For ArthritisTurmeric is a fragrant golden spice derived from the rhizomes of Curcuma longa, an herb in the ginger family.  Often used in Indian dishes and in some Middle-eastern cuisine, Turmeric not only adds wonderful color and flavor to food, it also contains curcumin – a natural phenol with anti-inflammatory properties.

9. Regular Massage

If you can afford it or know someone who is willing to do it for you, receiving a good massage every week to two weeks can lead to a noticeable improvement in how your body feels.  Release of tension around arthritic joints will ease the stress being put on your bones and help you to relax.

Arthritis can be a very difficult condition to live with, but it does not have to mean pain for the rest of your life or the end of all physical activity.  Many of these remedies, when combined with a good diet and the right amount of exercise or physical therapy can reduce the symptoms of arthritis, get you back on your feet, and back to your happy, healthy lifestyle.