We have compiled a list of some natural remedies which provide relief from the pain and swelling. Read them and try to follow any one of them regularly to prevent or treat the joint pain.
Warm or Cold Compress
Alternating the hot and cold compress will provide relief from the pain quickly. The heat boosts the blood flow, decreases the pain and relaxes the muscles. Cold therapy reduces the swelling and numbs the areas around the affected joints.
•Wrap some ice in a towel. Soak another towel in warm water and wring out the excess.
•First, place hot compress on the affected joints for about 3 – 5 minutes.
•Then remove the hot compress and place cold compress immediately for 1 – 2 minutes.
•Repeat the hot compress again followed by cold compress.
•Continue doing this process for about 15 – 20 minutes to get relief from the joint pain.
•Repeat the process few times in a day to get complete relief from sore joints.
•Follow the process for few times in a day until you get complete relief from the sore joints.
Note: Avoid applying heat therapy if the affected area is red, hot or irritated. Also avoid using cold therapy if you are suffering from circulatory problems.
Turmeric is one of the Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine for treating pain and swelling. Turmeric is very effective for treating rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Into a glass of milk, add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoon honey. Stir well and drink. Alternatively, you can follow the below process.
•Into a saucepan, add 2 cups of water and bring it to boil.
•Now, add 1 tablespoon each of chopped turmeric root and ginger.
•Simmer for 5 minutes and remove from the flame.
•Strain and let it cool down to lukewarm.
•Stir in 1 – 2 teaspoons of honey and drink it.
•Repeat the process regularly to get relief from joint pains caused by arthritis.
Note: Instead of fresh ginger and turmeric, you can use them in powder form. The quantities would be 1/2 teaspoon each of it. Add them to hot water, steep it for 15 minutes and drink.
Things to Remember While Trying Turmeric Process
•Drink turmeric and ginger only in between the meals. Because if you drink it after meals, it will mainly concentrate on improving digestion process but not on reducing the joint pain.
•If you are on blood thinning medication, then avoid trying this process or follow it under medical supervision.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Potassium in apple cider vinegar prevents the calcium build up in joints as it leads to joint stiffness. It has pectin which helps to flush out the toxins from the body as in certain times, toxins accumulated in the connective tissues of the joints can cause the pain.
Process 1: ACV Drink
•Into a glass of water, add 1 tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and blackstrap molasses.
•Stir well and consume the drink.
•Repeat the process regularly to cure the joint pain in knees, shoulders and other body parts.
•Note: You can use honey instead of blackstrap molasses.
Process 2: ACV Poultice
•Take 1 liter of hot water in a bowl. Make sure the temperature is skin tolerant.
•Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into it and stir well.
•Soak a towel or washcloth in the mixture and wring out the excess.
•Place it on the joints where you are experiencing pain.
•Secure the washcloth with a plastic or oil cloth.
•Leave it on for as long as possible and remove it.
•Repeat the process regularly until the joint pain clears.
Process 3: ACV Massage
•Into bowl, add 1 tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and olive oil.
•Mix well and massage the mixture on the affected joints.
•After massaging for few minutes, let the application sit for overnight or few hours.
•Repeat the process daily before going to bed for getting relief from chronic joint pain.
Do-It-Yourself Cream for Joint Pain
This 2 ingredient cream is very effective in treating the joint pains in knees, shoulders, neck and hands.
•Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil using a double boiler.
•Remove from the flame and add 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper.
•Mix well thoroughly and apply it on the affected joints.
•Leave it on for 20 – 25 minutes and rinse off with water.
•Repeat the process few times in a day to keep the joint pain at bay.
Note: This cream may initially cause burning sensation but subsides after sometime. Avoid applying it on the open cuts and wounds.
Olive oil contains a compound called oleocanthal which is most capable of preventing the production of two enzymes namely COX – 1 and COX – 2 that cause inflammation. So, regular usage of olive oil will definitely inhibits the pro – inflammation enzymes activity and thus gives relief from the pains.
•Rub enough amounts of olive oil on the affected joints.
•Leave it to dry completely and let the skin absorb the oil.
•Repeat the application daily 2 times in a day to get relief from the pain.
•For effective results: Use olive oil to cook dishes or add it to the salads.
Note: If you are using 3 ½ tablespoons or 50 ml of olive oil then it might work like ibuprofen tablet (200 mg) but its consumption can provide more than 400 calories to the body. So it’s better to replace all other fats in your daily diet with olive oil to avoid weight gain.
Flaxseed oil helps to ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, lubricates the joints and reduces the stiffness and joint pain. It contains potassium, proteins, magnesium, B vitamins, zinc, etc. which cures the pain and inflammation in the joints.
•Consume 2 – 3 tablespoons of flaxseed oil daily.
•Repeat the process for a month.
Note: This process may not show results instantly but with regular follow up, it will reduce the joint pain. If you are undergoing medication or have cancer, then avoid this process.
Coconut oil is another anti – inflammatory agent which reduces the joint pain caused by arthritis. It contains beneficial fatty acids which reduce pain and lubricate the joints.
•Warm up enough amounts of coconut oil.
•Apply the oil on the affected joints and gently massage for few minutes.
•Leave it on to dry completely.
•Repeat the process 2 – 3 times in a day to get rid of joint pain.
Cayenne, Mustard and Ginger Infused Oil
The combination of cayenne, mustard and ginger provides relief from joint pain quickly. Mustard flushes out the blood towards the skin surface and loosens the stiff joint muscles. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties which provide relief from swelling and pain.
•Into a jar, add 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper, 2 tablespoons crushed mustard seeds and 2 teaspoons grated ginger.
•Pour 1 cup of olive oil into it and stir well.
•Cover the jar and let it aside without disturbing for about 7 days.
•Now, using a sieve or cheesecloth strain the solution.
•Discard the herbs and store the oil in an airtight container.
•Apply enough amounts of the oil on the affected joints and massage well.
•Leave it on to dry completely.
•Repeat the application regularly to get relief from the pain and swelling of the joints.
Researchers have stated that taking ginger regularly treats the joint and knee pains caused by osteoarthritis. It has anti – inflammatory property that deals with inflammations in the joints.
•Bring 1 cup of water to boil.
•Add 1 inch fresh ginger (chopped) into the boiling water.
•Simmer for 10 minutes and strain the tea.
•Add honey or lemon juice as per your taste and consume the tea.
•Drink ginger tea regularly to get relief from joint pain and muscle cramps.
Alternative Method: combine equal amounts of ginger powder, turmeric powder and fenugreek powder. Stir well and consume 1 teaspoon of the mixture daily until satisfied with the results.
Dietary Tips for Joint Pain:
•Pineapple contains bromelain and vitamin C which helps to relieve joint pain and improve the connecting tissue’s health. It also contains copper which nourishes the bones and support joints functioning. Include it in your daily diet.
•The calcium, potassium and magnesium in the molasses are very helpful for maintaining healthy bones. Add 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses into a glass of water and drink it.
•University of Maryland Medical Center has conducted a research which states that wheat germ contains omega – 3 and omega – 6 fatty acids which help the people who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis by reducing the pain with its anti – inflammatory properties. Consume 1 – 2 tablespoons of wheat germ oil daily to treat knee arthritis and chronic joint pains.
•Eat foods that are high in magnesium like dark leafy greens (spinach), nuts (almonds) and legumes (beans).
•Bosweilla or Frankincense works as anti – inflammatory and pain killer so it disables the white blood cells causing swelling. The supplement can be easily available at many health stores and online also. Take this regularly by consulting your doctor for correct time and dosage.
•Everyday intake of a gelatin (like Jello – O) may also help you to get relief from the arthritis and joint pain. But avoid over consumption of sugary flavored gelatin as it can cause more inflammation and make the joint pain worse.
•Cut down the food from nightshade family like tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplants, etc. as the alkaloids in them can cause inflammation.
•Carrots are one of the best remedy in Chinese medicine for treating the aching joints. So, include carrots in your daily diet. Eat it either raw or steamed as carrot nurtures the ligaments and brings relief from the pain.
•Drinking water will help to soften the cartilage and always keeps it hydrated. Drinking water not only helps to maintain the adequate blood volume but also helps to detoxify the joints and thus makes it less likely to pain.
•Onions are generally famous anti-inflammatory food which helps to cure the pain. It contains phytochemicals that will improve the immune system. The sulfur in it helps to inhibit the pain causing enzymes. So include onions in your daily diet to get rid of the joint pain.
•Avoid food which cause weight gain as this in turn causes joint pain.
•Never include processed, oily, sugary, red meat, fast foods, carbonated beverages, etc. in your daily diet for fast recovery from the joint pain.
Physical Exercise to Prevent and Treat Joint Pain:
Even though you have stiffness and pain in the joints, minimum physical movement especially in the painful areas is important to get relief. Though it sounds weird, it is very important to maintain the proper functioning of the joints. Exercising helps to control the weight (as overweight will put more strain on the joints to get pain), strengthens the muscles to support the joint even when your cartilage is thinning and finally lubricates the joints to make them move freely.
Whenever we restrict the movement, the synovial fluid in the joints harder and clears the lubrication that finally makes it hard to do things with joints and leads to discomfort even if you move a little. So if you once get started moving and warming up then the liquid becomes viscous and this helps for a better lubricating the joints and keeping them go smoothly. Here are few exercises you can try.
•Go for a brisk walk by starting with a time period of 15 minutes and then work up on your way to a solid daily routine.
•Regularly do some targeted exercises with certain stretches and other exercises that specifically target the joints which help you to get rid of the stiffness and pain.
•You can try a simple yoga pose for tennis elbow, it is nothing but cobra pose which helps to stretch out the aching elbows and joints and this will open up the stiff muscles in the shoulders and back.
Consult a trained professional to guide you with exercise routines as per your convenience and timings.
Try to follow the remedies, dietary guidance, and other suggestions mentioned in the article to get relief from the joint pain. If you have any queries, write to us in the comment section. We will reply as soon as possible. Don’t forget to share your experience as it can helps others.
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