Joints perform the connections between the bones and help you to move. Joint pain is often caused from arthritis, but can be caused by other things, such as fibromyalgia, gout, injuries, obesity, repetitive motion, dislocation, tendinitis, hormonal imbalance, bursitis, infection, autoimmune diseases, and cancer, among other things. Joint pain may be temporary, intermittent, or chronic. Joint pain is a common condition. In a recent survey, almost 1/3 of adults stated they experienced joint pain in the last 30 days. Luckily, there are many effective joint pain remedies.
Symptoms of Joint Pain
The joint or joints affected are painful and generally have other symptoms, such as:
• Swelling and inflammation
• Reduced mobility
Joint Pain Remedies
There are several joint pain remedies, including:
1) Epsom salts
Adding Epsom salts to a warm bath can help ease the pain of joints.
2) B vitamins
In a study, researchers found that people who took a daily supplement of 6,400 mcg folic acid (Vitamin B-9) and 20 mcg of Vitamin B12 daily had fewer tender joints. Although rare, some people have side effects when taking large doses of folic acid, so check with your doctor.
Keep joints flexible with range of motion and stretching exercises. Isometrics can strengthen the muscles, keeping joints stable.
Eating bananas on a regular basis, which are loaded with potassium, can often ease painful joints.
5) Carrot juice
Drinking carrot juice regularly has been found to strengthen ligaments.
Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory that can ease pain and inflammation of joints.
7) Weight loss
Being overweight stresses joints, especially knees. Lose those extra pounds and watch joint pain disappear!
Apply ice to the affected joint(s).
Keep the affected joint elevated if possible.
Massage increases circulation and can ease the pain of a swollen joint.
11) Omega 3
Increase your intake of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
12) Hot & cold compresses
Alternate hot and cold compresses.
13) Hot vinegar
Rub the swollen, painful joint with hot vinegar at bedtime.
14) Apple cider vinegar and honey
Drink two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and two teaspoons of honey mixed in a glass of water daily for joint pain relief.
Arnica is one of the most beneficial herbs for joint pain. Arnica tincture is available at health food stores, but is not to be taken internally. Dilute 1 teaspoon on arnica tincture in 2 cups of warm water, apply to soft cloth and use as a compress on the affected joint(s). Arnica gel is also available; simply rub it on the affected joint(s). If you develop a rash, discontinue use and contact your doctor.
Ashwagandha is an herb taken in pill form or consumed as tea that has been found to strengthen bones and muscles and provide support for stressed joints.
Increase your intake of sulpher-rich foods, including eggs, garlic, asparagus, corn, onions, alfalfa, oats, nuts, avocado and watermelon.
18) Olive oil
Rub warm olive oil on painful joints.
19) Camphor oil and sunflower oil
Massage joints with a mixture of camphor and sunflower oils.
Capsaicin comes from red peppers and is an ingredient found in many over-the-counter topical analgesic products. A 1991 study found that 80% of people who applied .025% capsaicin to painful knees, 4 times daily, experienced less pain following 2 weeks of treatment.
21) Evening Primrose
Evening primrose has been found effective for reducing swelling and inflammation of joints.
Boswellia is an herb that helps to reduce inflammation, available in capsules and liquid extracts.
23) Thunder God Vine
Thunder God Vine is a traditional Chinese herbal remedy, taken in pill form. Studies have shown a dramatic decrease in pain and swelling when used for 12 weeks.
24) ArthCare oil
Massage the affected joint(s) with ArthCare oil.
25) Turmeric powder
Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm water or milk. Drink 3 times daily to relieve joint pain.
Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when too much uric acid builds up in the blood and causes swelling and pain in the joints. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day to dilute the build-up of uric acid. Avoid alcohol and foods high in purines, which cause a build-up of uric acid. Foods high in purines include liver, sardines, peas, spinach, anchovies, scallops, cauliflower and spinach.
Try these joint pain remedies and you should notice a big improvement in your symptoms. If not, make an appointment with your doctor, who may prescribe medication.
Note: This article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to take diagnose or treat any condition, nor take the place of the advice of a health care professional.
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