Dealing with arthritic pain in any joint can be extremely debilitating, especially when the pain is acute and mobility of the joint is restricted. There are over 100 types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common. The medical treatment of arthritis depends on the kind of arthritis, which joint is involved, and the extent of degeneration. While medical treatment of arthritis includes various forms of drug therapy and physical therapy, with surgery being the final resort, many people now realize that it is possible to manage and cope using simple home remedies for arthritis.
Among a long list of natural remedies for arthritis, there are some that are proving to be very effective in terms of reducing inflammation and enhancing joint mobility.
Traditional systems of medicine, especially Ayurveda, recommends a gentle massage all around the affected joint using certain medicated oils. If one doesn’t have access to Ayurvedic oils, you could also use a mixture of mustard seed oil and sesame seed oil. You could also add wintergreen oil to help with the inflammation.
Among the most effective home remedies for arthritis is apple cider vinegar, which is rich in its concentration of essential minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and potassium, which are all associated with joint health. Drinking a mixture of one spoonful of apple cider vinegar and one spoonful of honey is believed to have a restorative effect on the connecting tissues of the joints.
Cinnamon powder, taken in small quantities, of about half a teaspoon daily, is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Cinnamon powder can be mixed with a little honey in a small glass of lukewarm water and consumed first thing in the morning.
Another effective home remedy for arthritis is alfalfa seeds that are useful in balancing the acid and alkali levels in the body. One could opt for alfalfa capsules that are commercially available or also make a tea using alfalfa seeds.
There are several other natural remedies for arthritis available in the indigenous healing traditions of every nation.