Arthritis affects more than 20% of the US population (54 million people) and is a common reason why people are absent from work and suffer from a poor quality of life. It is estimated that by 2040, more than 78 million people will suffer from this terrible disease.
It is known that joint pain, including that related to arthritis, exists in humans for 4500 BC. JC.
C. Otzi, the oldest human mummy in Europe, who lived between 3400 and 3100 BC JC., Suffered from this problem with the joints. It is therefore natural that since the dawn of time there have been natural remedies that man uses to treat arthritis.
Nice to talk to you about some of these centuries-old remedies, to help you fight against this painful problem.
Guggul or guggul gum
Guggul is a sticky resin similar to the Mukul gum, used for centuries to treat arthritis and joint pain. Guggul naturally neutralizes “NF-kappaB”, a primary gene responsible for anti-inflammatory reactions in the body to prevent, delay and treat inflammation before the onset of a disease. Researchers at the University of California Medical Sciences found that patients who had used guggul for one month experienced less pain, inflammation, and joint stiffness.
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of guggul tincture (available in organic stores) with 1/2 tablespoon of water. Drink this mixture 30 minutes before each meal, three times a day.
Eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Not only does it help relieve inflammation, it also relieves pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and even muscle injury. A study conducted in South Korea in 2013 showed that inhalation of eucalyptus oil was effective in reducing pain.
Mix 8 to 10 drops of eucalyptus oil with about the same amount of peppermint oil. Add to this preparation 3 to 5 teaspoons of an oil of your choice, such as olive oil or moringa. The latter is particularly recommended because it is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Rub the preparation on your aching joints and you will feel instant and refreshing relief.
Black cohosh acts as a nervous and muscular antispasmodic. It is a plant that contains salicylic acid anti-inflammatory (the basis of the active ingredient of aspirin), it has been used since ancient times to treat a wide variety of muscular, pelvic and rheumatic pains.
The recommended dose of black cohosh ranges from 40 milligrams to 80 milligrams daily. If you buy the tincture, pour 2 to 4 milliliters in a glass of water or a cup of tea, and drink 3 times a day. You can also use capsules. Black cohosh is not recommended for people with liver problems, especially women.
Cinnamon contains a compound called cinnamic aldehyde (cinnamaldehyde), which gives it its taste and smell. In addition, this element stops the release of arachidonic acid, an inflammatory fatty acid, which makes cinnamon an effective remedy for reducing inflammation caused by diseases such as arthritis.
In a cup of hot water, mix 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Drink this preparation once in the morning and once in the evening.
Alfalfa, like many other ancient plants, has many health benefits. It is one of the best herbal remedies on the market for joint pain, back pain and inflammatory arthritis, as it is rich in minerals, vitamins and other nutrients that play a very important role in strength. , growing our bones, and maintaining ideal health.
Alfalfa can be eaten in herbal tea for example. For an herbal tea, put three equal portions of alfalfa, raspberry and mint leaves in the equivalent of one cup of boiling water and let it boil for about five minutes before drinking.
The cabbage leaf
Cabbage has been used as a folk remedy for centuries to relieve joint pain. Apigenin, a flavonoid compound that it contains, gives it excellent anti-inflammatory properties. The effectiveness of this remedy has been demonstrated in a study conducted in 2016, which showed that rolling the affected parts in cabbage leaves was extremely beneficial in the treatment of osteoarthritis.
Remove the hard stem from the cabbage leaves and press them with a hard object to free them from their juice. Then wrap them in aluminum foil and place them in the oven for a few minutes to heat them. Make sure they do not burn. Then wrap the warm cabbage leaves around the joints and hold them together by wrapping them with a self-adhesive gauze bandage. Cover it with cellophane or aluminum foil to hold the heat. Leave the bandage on your joints for at least an hour. You can also leave it all night for more efficiency in treatment.
Turmeric powder has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic medicine in China and India to treat joint pain. It works by blocking inflammatory enzymes and cytokines. In a study conducted in 2016 by researchers from South Korea and the United States, turmeric was found to reduce joint pain and inflammation in patients.
For example, start adding turmeric powder to your food. You can also mix a tablespoon in a cup of warm milk to rest well at night. Consuming this spice regularly helps reduce joint pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.
This ancient plant native to Indonesia has been used for generations in Chinese medicine and India to relieve joint pain. Research has shown that the use of cloves in our diet can reduce inflammation caused by arthritis by approximately 44%. Not only does it help reduce the inflammation already present, but it also prevents the appearance of new inflammatory cytokines in the joints.
It can be used in meals or even prepared as an infusion. If you do not like your taste, you can also find it in the form of pills.
the devil’s claw
The devil’s claw is a plant that grows in the deserts of southern Africa. It owes its name to the small claw-shaped hooks that cover its fruits. For centuries, natives of the Kalahari Desert used the dried roots of this plant to treat joint pain. There is evidence to suggest that devil’s claw would work almost as well as diacerein (a slow-acting drug not available in the United States), which is used to improve the pain associated with osteoarthritis of the hips and knees.
As an infusion, prepare daily 5 grams of dried roots to relieve joint or muscle pain. If you do not find dried roots, you can opt for capsules. Search for products containing Devil’s Claw Extract with 2 to 3% iridoid glycosides.
The bark of willow
Willow bark is one of the oldest traditional remedies and has been used for centuries to treat inflammation. Moreover, even in the time of Hippocrates (5th century BC), people chewed willow bark to fight inflammations. It contains a chemical compound called salicin similar to aspirin, and has proven very useful for relieving joint pain associated with osteoarthritis (osteoarthritis), especially in the knees, back, hips and neck.
Although some people often prefer to chew untreated willow bark, it can also be found in capsule form in many pharmacies and in almost all organic stores. The recommended dose is about 240 milligrams a day. Some stores also sell willow bark tea, which acts as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic, which is prepared by boiling it in water for two or three minutes.
The traditional Chinese acupressure technique is known to relieve joint pain, including that caused by arthritis. The different pressure points related to this disease are:
- Li 4: This point is at the highest point of the muscle when the thumb and forefinger are close together. Apply firm, deep pressure to massage and stimulate the area for about 5 seconds.
- Lv 2: this point is located apart in the area between the second toe and the big toe. Apply medium pressure with the index fingers by squeezing both feet at the same time. If it’s uncomfortable, press one foot at a time.
- Gb 41: This point is located on the upper part of the foot, in the channel between the little finger and the fourth finger. Press firmly with your index finger.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese therapy that uses the burning of dried mugwort on specific points of the body. Doctors say it is particularly effective in treating chronic pain in the joints. Widely used in China and other East Asian countries, it helps relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. A survey published in the journal of traditional Chinese medicine Jilin showed that moxibustion associated with acupuncture had an effectiveness of 83.3% in the treatment of pain.
Have you tried any of these remedies? Did they work for you? If so, share your experience with us so that people with joint inflammation can benefit from your advice. Tell us also if you know of other types of medications that help control these pains.
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