Health and Fitness

Joint Pain and Arthritis Remedies

If you have recently discovered you have arthritis or joint pain or have been taking medication without any results, it is a good idea to try some joint pain remedies to relieve discomfort and reduce swelling.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has been used for many centuries by various cultures to relieve a wide range of ailments. It is known to be beneficial for digestion, burns, and stomach ulcers. It is also used in many skincare products to reduce signs of ageing and moisturise dry skin. This very diverse, spiky, cactus-like plant can also help reduce joint pain. Take an aloe vera leaf and split it with your nail. This will reveal a sticky-looking gel that you can scoop out and add to boiling water to make an aloe vera tea. As well as drinking the tea, rub the inside of the leaf on the painful areas for further relief.

Drink Water

A common trait that many people with joint pain have in common is they are dehydrated from drinking too much caffeine, soda, or alcohol, along with not drinking adequate water. Making sure that you drink around eight 8-oz glasses of water a day can go a long way in reducing painful joints.

Apple Cider Vinegar

A strange remedy many have found to be beneficial in reducing joint pain is drinking apple cider vinegar. Add one or two teaspoons of ACV to a glass of water three times a day to find out if this popular remedy works for you. Some people claim the efficiency of apple cider vinegar as a joint pain remedy is increased by adding a small amount of bicarbonate of soda to the mix of water and ACV.

Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass juice has numerous health benefits. It builds healthy blood and cleans the lymph system, which helps restore balance in the body and remove toxins from cell tissues. It also nourishes the kidneys and liver, enabling them to filter toxins from the body more efficiently. It is estimated that a single ounce of wheatgrass juice has the mineral and vitamin equivalent of more than two pounds of fresh vegetables. Drinking a shot of wheatgrass juice daily can have enormous health benefits in general and reduce joint pain.

Alfalfa

Alfalfa is another commonly found plant often taken for its cholesterol-lowering benefits. It also has an antibacterial effect on certain types of bacteria, such as Salmonella Typhi. Furthermore, due to its high content of plant steroids, it is thought to have steroidal benefits to reduce inflammation without the harsh side effects of prescribed steroids. Therefore, eat alfalfa whenever possible if you have joint pain. If you need help obtaining fresh alfalfa or wheatgrass juice, you can try taking a powdered supplement, although these may provide different benefits than fresh produce. 

Cayenne

Cayenne pepper is a hot spice that can be found in most kitchen cupboards. As well as being a tasty addition to many recipes, this spice when applied topically to joints usually reduces pain considerably. The active ingredient in cayenne is capsaicin, and it may initially cause a burning sensation when applied to the skin, but the eventual relief you will experience from painful joints is worth the initial discomfort. This natural remedy works accumatively, so the longer you use it, the less joint pain you will have. It is thought to work by tricking the brain to focus on the burning irritation caused by the cayenne rather than focusing on the worse pain of the arthritic joints. You can apply cayenne in several ways, such as mixing 2 tablespoons of pepper with coconut or lanolin oil. When the pain is bad, the mixture should be applied directly to the sore joints. For sore feet and ankles, mix a cup of apple cider vinegar in a warm foot bath and add a tablespoon of cayenne pepper, Let you feet soak in the water for at least 20 minutes before rinsing.

Pectin

Pectin is a compound found in plant cells, and apples are an excellent source; Pectin controls fluid flow in plant cells and can also relieve the build-up of fluids in sore joints. Eat several apples daily or take pectin supplements to see if this remedy helps relieve your painful joints. Alternatively, you can buy pectin supplements at a health store, which can be mixed with vegetable or fruit juice for additional antioxidant benefits.

When trying joint pain remedies, remember that often, a multifaceted approach works best. If you only try one remedy and find it does not work well, try combining it with another remedy to see if your joint pain improves.

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