Many natural remedies for arthritis and supplements are helpful in reducing cartilage deterioration and even rebuilding a patient’s lost cartilage.
It is important to consult a physician before starting any natural remedy for arthritis as supplements can produce adverse reactions and may not be appropriate for your situation.
FDA approval is not required for dietary supplements such as plants, herbs, fats, proteins and animal organs and tissues, minerals and vitamins, so always remember that these supplements are not regulated by FDA. Also, manufacturers of these supplements may promote their supplements to work great, but they do not have to use standardized constituents or recipes, reveal side effects, nor provide evidence that the products are indeed effective.
Different natural remedies for managing arthritis
Some of the popular dietary supplements for arthritis patients are chondroitin, fish oil and glucosamine. Chondroitin is a derivative of cartilage. It is helpful in drawing fluid into the cartilage, and improving the shock-absorbing and weight control abilities, as more weight puts more pressure on the joints. Fish oils are helpful in controlling the inflammation in the body. Even cod-liver oil is known to be beneficial for joints as it promotes the absorption of calcium.
Glucosamine is a cartilage-building substance, which is effective in long-term relief of mild to moderate osteoarthritis pain. In some people, glucosamine appears to even slow the deterioration of joints over time and strengthen the joint cartilage. So far no adverse effects have been reported but glucosamine is a subject of major clinical trials in the US. The present recommended dose is 750mgs twice daily. In some occasions, glucosamine can be used in conjunction with MSM, a substance that appears to slow down the deterioration but is not yet proven and approved.
Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant predominantly used for relief in osteoarthritis. Vitamin B is another useful pain reliever especially for the knee and is known to help stop free-radical induced degeneration in the joints as well as in other areas of the body.
Calcium relieves joint pain in arthritis. The suggested dose allows two teaspoons of calcium lactate in water that may be taken three times in a day before meals for at least four months.
Ginger contains zingibain, a special proteolytic enzyme which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Thus ginger is known to produce inflammatory effects with no major side effects. To relieve arthritic aches and pains, ginger can be consumed in another form. Dilute five drops of essential oil of ginger in 20 drops of a carrier oil such as wheat germ or almond oil, and massage it into the painful areas.
Nettle leaf is another natural remedy that trims down the need for pain killers such as NSAIDS by up to 70 percent.
Cayenne pepper or red pepper (Capsicum frutescens) is a fantastic herb, which is composed of a pain-relieving chemical called capsaicin. Red pepper also elicits the release of endorphins in the body. Thus it helps relieve the pain of arthritis.
Black sesame seeds soaked overnight in water are a useful remedy for preventing repetitive joint pains. A quarter cup of water with a teaspoon of sesame seeds soaked in it, should together be consumed as soon as you get up in the morning.
Garlic has been shown to improve blood circulation and flow, which provides relief in arthritis by bringing oxygen to the affected areas that takes away the accumulated harmful deposits.
Bananas, being a rich source of vitamin B6, are great remedy for the treatment of arthritis. A diet of only bananas (8-9 bananas daily) for three or four days is recommended for managing arthritis.
Lime is another beneficial natural remedy for arthritis. The citric acid present in lime dissolves uric acid which is the key cause of some types of arthritis. A glass of lime water may be taken once a day, if possible first thing in the morning.
Devils Claw contains a glycoside called harpagoside that acts as an anti-inflammatory substance in joints. It is used for arthritis, gout, muscle pain, and various kinds of muscular rheumatism, and lower back pain.
Black cohosh is an American Indian herb is very effective in arthritis due to the anti-inflammatory effects produced by one of its constituents that is a kind of aspirin.
The raw potato juice is one of the best natural home remedies for the successful treatment of rheumatic and other arthritic conditions. The conventional method of preparing potato juice is to place thin slices of a medium-sized potato (without peeling the skin) in a large glass of cold water. Drink this glass of water in the morning on an empty stomach. Alternatively, fresh juice can also be extracted from potatoes and drunk first thing in the morning.
Other juices such as green juice made from any green leafy vegetable, mixed in equal quantities with juices made from carrot, celery, and red beet can be useful for arthritis. The alkaline action of these raw juices dissolves the built-up deposits around the joints and in other tissues.
Pineapple contains enzyme bromelain that provides relief in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing swelling and inflammation.
Treatment with castor oil is another natural remedy for arthritis. Boil two tablespoons of castor oil and pour it into a glass of fresh orange juice. Take it on a daily basis before breakfast till the disease gets treated. Take it for three weeks initially, wait for three weeks thereafter to observe its effects and then repeat it again for another three weeks. Follow an alkaline diet while practicing this mode of treatment otherwise the benefits of this treatment will not be achieved.
Massaging warm coconut oil or mustard oil, mixed with a few pieces of camphor on stiff and painful joints results in improved blood supply, and reduced swelling and rigidity.
Some reports have provided evidence that magnets being worn as jewellery or placed on bed linens can be effective pain relievers.