Are stiff joints making your life difficult? Living with arthritis is painful, to say the least. But if you feel that arthritis is taking over your life, it’s time to get some extra help from nature to get relief from arthritis pain.
While there are more than 100 types of arthritis that can affect the joints of your body, the two most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Different types of arthritis have different causes and treatments. (1)
- Causes of Arthritis
- Symptoms of Arthritis
- Prevention of Arthritis
- Home Remedies for Arthritis
- Method 1: Use Borax (Boron Compound)
- Method 2: Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
- Method 3: Use Turmeric
- Method 4: Use Gin-Soaked Raisins
- Method 5: Use Ginger
- Tips for arthritis relief
Causes of Arthritis
- Cartilage is a firm and flexible connective tissue that protects your joints by absorbing the pressure and impact on the bones during movement. Arthritis can be described as any form of damage in this cartilage that results in pain and inflammation in the joints.
- Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, occurs as a result of normal wear and tear on the cartilage. Extensive damage to cartilage can result in the bones of the joint grinding onto each other, resulting in excruciating pain.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system works against the body. In this less common condition, the immune system attacks synovium, a soft tissue that produces a fluid that nourishes the cartilage. As the condition progresses, it can lead to the degradation of cartilage and eventually the bones at the joint, resulting in excruciating pain and inflammation.
- An infection in a wound or surgical incision can lead to septic arthritis in which bacteria or fungi have affected a large joint like a hip or knee.
- Gout is another form of arthritis in which excess uric acid in the bloodstream leads to uric acid crystals forming in the joints, causing pain and swelling. It most commonly occurs in the large joint of the big toe, but it can also develop in the feet, ankles, knees, hands, and wrists.
- Smoking and laborious occupations that involve repeated heavy lifting or even continuous typing increase the risk of arthritis.
- Being female and having a family history of arthritis puts you at greater risk of being affected with this condition.
Symptoms of Arthritis
- The primary symptoms of arthritis are swelling and redness in the joints as well as varying levels of pain, resulting in restricted movement. (2)
- Arthritis is also marked by stiffness in the joints, exhaustion, loss of appetite, weight loss, skin rashes, anemia, mild fever and sweating at night. These symptoms aren’t specific to arthritis and may result from other health conditions. A doctor should be consulted for proper diagnosis.
- Arthritis symptoms often worsen during the morning and can affect normal day-to-day activities. Pain from arthritis can also cause you to lose sleep.
Prevention of Arthritis
Since medical experts have not been able to pinpoint the exact cause of arthritis, there are no surefire ways to prevent it. But you can take certain measures to reduce your risk of developing arthritis or delay the potentiality of its onset, especially if your gender or genetic profile makes you more prone to arthritis.
- Leading an active and healthy lifestyle and practicing good posture are important for keeping arthritis at bay.
- Maintaining a healthy weight can help you keep osteoarthritis at bay.
- Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Following a healthy diet that’s low in sugar and alcohol can stave off gout.
Home Remedies for Arthritis
Arthritis medication aims to relieve pain and inflammation, improve joint function and prevent bone loss. If you’ve got arthritis, the best way to deal with it is to manage it as best as you can. Safe home remedies and a suitable lifestyle are an effective way to manage arthritis symptoms.
The natural remedies below can help you get rid of arthritis pain naturally.
Method 1: Use Borax (Boron Compound)
When it comes to its medicinal uses, borax has been shrouded in much suspicion and mystery, but its role as an effective arthritis treatment is hard to ignore. If administered with caution, borax can be the miracle cure that you’ve been waiting for.
Borax, or sodium borate, is a salt of boron and should not be confused with boric acid, an effective insecticide. Boron is crucial for healthy bones and properly functioning joints. (3) Its highest concentration is found in parathyroid glands, followed by bones and enamel.
Parathyroid glands regulate the body’s absorption and metabolism of minerals like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. These glands maintain a balance in the amount of calcium present in our bones and bloodstream. Boron is crucial to the functioning of the parathyroid glands.
A boron deficiency can make the parathyroid glands overactive, which can result in abnormal leeching of calcium from the bones to supplement the bloodstream. This, in turn, weakens the bones and joints. Boron also raises the levels of estrogen, which further supports bone health.
An individual’s daily requirement for boron is less than 20 mg. When consumed in regulated amounts, borax can safely supplement a boron deficiency. Increase your magnesium intake while consuming borax, as it seems to work synergistically with magnesium.
Step 1. Prepare a borax concentrate
- Pour 2 cups of water into a jug.
- Add a ⅛ teaspoon of borax to it.
- Mix the ingredients until the borax is completely dissolved in the water.
- This is your concentrate and should be kept out of the reach of children.
Step 2. Consume the solution in appropriate doses
- 1 teaspoon of the concentrate has 25 to 30 mg of borax that should provide approximately 3 mg of boron.
- A healthy individual with no health concerns can safely consume 1 to 2 teaspoons of this concentrate as a healthy supplement of boron.
- When taken as a remedy for arthritis and joint pain, consume 1 tablespoon of the concentrate. When your body adjusts to the dosage over a period of a few days, increase the dosage to 2 tablespoons.
- A day’s dosage should be spaced out throughout the entire day. You may also take a break from the dosage for 2 consecutive days each week – 5 days on, 2 days off.
Continue with the remedy for at least a couple of months to get relief from arthritis pain. Once you’ve experienced significant improvement, you can drop back to the normal dosage.
Method 2: Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is not just a good beauty hack, but can also help you get rid of joint pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.
Though it lacks a substantial amount of research, it may help give symptomatic relief. Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium are some of the minerals present in it.
Apple cider vinegar is mostly acetic acid, which along with magnesium aids in the absorption of calcium. The enzymes and probiotics present in it also ease digestion and aid the absorption of nutrients necessary to maintain healthy joints.
It also protects the joints by neutralizing free radicals and detoxing the body.
Step 1. Combine apple cider vinegar and water
- Pour 1 cup of hot water into a glass.
- Add 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and mix well.
Step 2. Consume the apple cider vinegar drink twice daily
- Consume this warm apple cider vinegar drink twice a day.
You may notice a significant difference with just 2 weeks of regular use.
Method 3: Use Turmeric
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of curcumin present in turmeric can be quite useful when dealing with painful arthritis. Turmeric can be taken orally or applied topically for relief from muscle and joint pains. (4)
Step 1. Combine the ingredients in a heated pan
- Pour ½ cup of water into a heated pan.
- Add ¼ cup of turmeric powder to it.
Step 2. Cook the turmeric
- Cook the turmeric in water over medium heat until it becomes a thick paste, approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
- Keep stirring continuously to prevent burning the turmeric.
Step 3. Apply the turmeric paste twice daily
- Spoon the thick turmeric paste into an airtight jar. You can easily store it in the refrigerator for use over several days.
- Apply the paste over your sore joints for 15 minutes before washing it off.
- Repeat twice a day regularly to relieve pain and inflammation.
You should get relief from arthritis pain within a few days.
Method 4: Use Gin-Soaked Raisins
Consuming “drunken raisins” is another way to take the edge off the unbearable arthritis pain. This gin-soaked raisins remedy has been around for quite some time. While it is not backed by research, there is plenty of testimonial evidence supporting its effectiveness for joint pain. (5)
Gin is flavored with juniper berries that are rich in compounds with anti-inflammatory properties like vitamin C, catechins, menthol, and rutin. Raisins are also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants along with ferulic and salicylic acids, which give the dried fruit its analgesic properties.
Things you’ll need:
- Gin (contains anti-inflammatory properties)
- Raisins (rich in antioxidants)
Step 1. Soak the raisins in gin overnight
- Put raisins in a bowl.
- Pour gin over the raisins so that they are completely covered.
- Let the raisins soak in the gin overnight.
Step 2. Consume the gin-soaked raisins
- Consume 9 of the soaked raisins every day to alleviate arthritis symptoms.
It may take a few months for symptoms to get better.
Method 5: Use Ginger
Ginger is a proven anti-inflammatory agent that is known to inhibit the inflammatory processes in the body at a cellular level. It also has analgesic properties that can help with joint pain. The antioxidants in ginger can neutralize free radicals in the body and prevent further harm to the joints. (6)
While you can take ginger extract in capsules or consume raw ginger, ginger tea is a simple way to use ginger for relief from arthritis. Turmeric and honey boost the benefits of this tea.
While turmeric compliments the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of ginger, honey lends its powerful healing properties to the remedy. This tea is also beneficial in reducing cold and flu symptoms.
Things you’ll need:
- Water – 1 cup
- Ginger powder (helps reduce joint pain) – 1 teaspoon
- Turmeric powder (contains anti-inflammatory properties) – 1 teaspoon
- Honey (contains healing properties) – 2 teaspoons
Step 1. Combine ginger, turmeric and water in a pan
- Pour 1 cup of water into a pan.
- Add 1 teaspoon of ginger powder to it.
- Add in 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder as well.
Step 2. Boil, simmer and strain the tea
- Bring the contents to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Take the pan off the heat and strain the tea into a cup.
Step 3. Stir in honey
- Add 2 teaspoons of raw honey to the tea.
- Stir well to dissolve the honey.
Step 4. Drink the ginger-turmeric tea
- Drink this ginger-turmeric tea 3 times a day regularly as an arthritis treatment.
You may start noticing a difference within 1 week of use.
Tips for arthritis relief
- Always keep your borax concentrate out of the reach of small children and pets. It can be poisonous when consumed in large quantities.
- Avoid applying the turmeric paste straight from the refrigerator. Let it come to room temperature first.
- Menthol or capsaicin creams can also be used to relieve joint pain.
- For the gin-soaked raisin remedy, you can also let the raisins soak in the gin for a couple of days or up to 1 week. Consume the raisins when the gin is completely evaporated.
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