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Home Remedies for Arthritis

Arthritis is not a single disease, it is an inflammation and tenderness of one or more of your joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in India. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Other common rheumatic conditions related to arthritis include Trusted Source gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Common Signs and Symptoms

THE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF ARTHRITIS ARE LISTED BELOW:

  •   Stiffness of the joint.
  •   Tenderness of the inflamed joint
  •   Swelling.
  •   Inflammation in the joints
  •   Sometimes, fever, weight loss and decreased range of motion.

Home Remedies

Certain herbs may have anti-inflammatory properties that can help with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by reducing pain in all forms of the disease. Still, there is a lack of scientific evidence supporting such claims. Before you treat arthritis the “natural” way, make sure you talk to a doctor first to avoid life-threatening side effects.

Aloe vera:

Aloe vera is one of the most commonly used herbs in alternative medicine. Known for its healing properties, it’s popular for treating small skin abrasions. Aloe vera is also available in whole form from the leaves of the plant. NCCIH says that oral aloe vera can cause decreased blood sugar and gastrointestinal side effects, such as diarrhea. Topical aloe vera, on the other hand, does not cause any side effects and should be safe to try for arthritis.

Boswellia:

Boswellia, also called frankincense, is praised by alternative medicine practitioners for its anti-inflammatory capabilities. It’s derived from the gum of boswellia trees indigenous to India.

This herb is thought to work by blocking substances (leukotrienes) that attack healthy joints in autoimmune diseases such as RA. The NCCIH acknowledges promising evidence of boswellia in animal studies. But it notes a lack of human trials. Boswellia is available in tablet form and topical creams.

Eucalyptus:

Like aloe vera, eucalyptus is widely available in Western markets. It’s used in oral medications, and topical oil extracts are used for a variety of conditions. Topical forms of eucalyptus leaves are used to treat arthritis pain.

The plant leaves contain tannins, which may be helpful in reducing swelling and the pain arthritis causes. Some users follow up with heat pads to maximize the effects of eucalyptus on swollen joints.

Be sure to test yourself for allergies before using topical eucalyptus. Put a small amount of the product on your forearm. If there is no reaction in 24 to 48 hours, it should be safe to use.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, a study showed cat’s claw can help with RA swelling. But there’s no proof that this herb can prevent further joint damage.

Turmeric:

Turmeric is a yellow powder made from the related flowering plant. It’s used in cooking to make curry. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Lab studies on rats have also found this herb may slow the progression of RA. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been used in folk medicine for years. Unlike other types of herbs, the NCCIH found turmeric may work best in fighting joint pain when taken orally.

There still needs to be more studies done on the safety of turmeric, but its use is promising.

Useful Tips

You may try to prevent arthritis and still develop the disease. However, you can take actions to reduce your risk:

  •   Maintain a healthy weight. This can help to fight off OA.
  •   Don’t smoke, or quit smoking. This may reduce your chance of developing RA.
  •   Try to avoid injury when playing sports or participating in recreational activities.
  •   If your job requires a lot of pushing, pulling, or lifting of heavy objects, take precautions to avoid injury to your joints.
  •   If your job calls for a lot of typing, practice good posture. If necessary, get a special keyboard, wrist cushion, or pad.