Home Remedies to Soothe Arthritis Pain

Posted by Joe on 2/10/2015 to Alternative Medicine
Many people take the ability to move freely and without pain for granted, until they develop arthritis. Fortunately, there are many effective therapies available today to reduce the chronic pain of arthritis. Some of these are home remedies that some people find to be effective.

No home remedies replace medical treatment for your arthritis - be sure to consult with your medical professional as well about how to manage your arthritis.



Try an Epsom salt soak to soothe your arthritis pain away.


Some popular remedies include the following. Have you ever tried any of these? Be sure to let us know!

Turmeric and Ginger Tea

Turmeric and ginger both have anti-inflammatory properties, and can reduce the pain of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric contains curcumin, and this is a strong antioxidant that reduces two enzymes that cause joint inflammation.

Ingredients:

-2 cups of water
-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
-1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
-Honey to taste

How to Make It:

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and add ½ teaspoon each ground ginger and ground turmeric. Simmer and let it be for 10-15 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste, and enjoy twice daily. This makes two cups.

Soak With Epsom Salt

Epsom salt has magnesium sulfate, which is a naturally occurring substance that is well known to provide pain relief.

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup of Epsom salt
-A large bowl
-Warm water

How to Make It:

Fill a large bowl with warm water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt. Stir it around, and then submerge your sore joints in the liquid. If you are experiencing pain in a less convenient place to soak, such as your knees, try taking a bath with Epsom salts. Run a tub full of warm water and add 2 cups of Epsom salt. Soak for 15 minutes (at least.)

Supplement With Magnesium

Magnesium is used in many biomechanical aspects of our bodies. It allows muscles and nerve endings to relax, and it also can relieve pain and stiffness in the joints.

 The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition  has done studies that show that people with diets high in magnesium and/or supplement had better bone density and healthier joints.

To get more magnesium, try the following:
  • Magnesium capsules are very affordable, best used with a healthy diet.
  • Eat foods such as leafy green vegetables, nuts and beans.
  • Oil - There are magnesium oils that can be rubbed into the joints that will increase the levels of magnesium in the blood.



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