Do you suffer from joint pain and feel skeptical, even fearful of some of the medications often prescribed for your condition? Are you worried that the numerous potential side effects have the potential to affect you?
Discover natural ways to ease your joint pain without potentially addictive drugs and possibly dangerous side effects.
Joint pain basics
Whether you suffer from the stiffness, aching and other symptoms of osteoarthritis, from rheumatoid arthritis or any of the other many forms of arthritis, another joint condition or if you sustained an injury affecting the joints, the pain is often debilitating. One issue with medications commonly prescribed for joint pain is the fact that they often come with a long list of side effects.
Although you probably don’t want to try the homemade salve with venom from a Palestinian viper snake that some alternative health experts say some Russians use, there are in fact natural ways to help relieve your joint pain that do not involve crazy ingredients or the common side effects of traditional medicines.
Commonly used in Indian cuisine, Turmeric has a chemical in it called curcumin. Curcumin reportedly has anti-inflammatory properties. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports after researchers reviewed randomized clinical trials (RCTs), researchers concluded that the RCTs, “Provide scientific evidence that supports the efficacy of turmeric extract (about 1000 mg/day of curcumin) in the treatment of arthritis.”
Aloe vera, known for its healing properties, allows individuals to possibly experience soothing joint pain relief arthritis. Topical aloe vera does not cause side effects.
Topical eucalyptus leaves help relieve joint pain, thanks to the tannins in the leaves, which potentially help relieve swelling and pain.
Willow bark is one of the oldest treatments for inflammation. Although you should not take it if you are allergic to aspirin or take blood thinners.
Include more thyme in your diet to reap the beneficial anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown thyme may inhibit expression of a protein transcription factor called NF-kb.
There are several other herbal supplements that are known to help relieve joint pain, including green tea, ginger and cat’s claw. Cat’s claw, native to Peru, is used extensively throughout South America to relieve arthritis pain.
Massage offers soothing benefits for many types of pain, including joint pain.
The Arthritis Foundation points to information from Tiffany Field, PhD, director of Touch Research Institute at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine who says that massage of muscles and joints can lead to significant reduction in joint pain for individuals suffering from arthritis.
Acupuncture provides significant relief from many types of pain, including various types of joint pain. When an individual turns to acupuncture for joint pain, the result is likely a reduction in pain and improvement in function.
Omega 3 Fish Oil aids in the relief of joint pain by reducing inflammation. In many cases, those who took Omega-3 supplements saw a vast reduction in pain and were able to reduce or eliminate taking NSAIDS. Most individuals take a dose of 2000 to 4000 gm. daily. Read the nutrition label and follow instructions to alleviate joint pain.
Prevention says that Qigong is an “Umbrella term” for the ancient traditional Chinese medicine exercises and movement techniques that incorporate integration of “Body, posture, mind and breathing to improve the flow of energy, or qi.” In fact, after participating in Qigong, women who suffered from fibromyalgia experienced a 73 percent reduction in pain.
The very nature of joint pain sometimes incorrectly makes people assume they should not exercise. Other individuals claim it hurts too much to exercise. The truth is that exercise is a critical component of obtaining relief from joint pain. The Mayo Clinic explains that for people with joint pain, exercise “increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue.”
Once you start an exercise program, you will likely realize that moderate exercise does indeed relieve some of your chronic pain. Keep it simple and do not overdo it—the key word is moderate when it comes to exercise. Ask your doctor for suggestions on an appropriate exercise regimen, based on your specific condition.
Remember, the assumption that exercise will further damage your joints or increase your pain, is not correct. In fact, the less you exercise, the greater the likelihood of suffering from even more pain and experiencing even more restricted mobility.
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