Whether you have arthritis or pain and stiffness from overexertion or other conditions, there are things you can do at home to help relieve the pain and inflammation. Consult your physician on these options to choose which are best for you:
One of the key elements in treating either type of arthritis naturally is an anti-inflammatory diet. When there is inflammation in the joints, this is when you will experience the most pain. An anti-inflammatory diet contains a list of foods to eat, as well as a list of foods that tend to cause inflammation and acidity which should be avoided. Of course, do not eat anything you are allergic to and discontinue if you have any negative reaction to a food.
Foods to Avoid
Foods to Include in Your Diet
Grapes and raisins
Herbs: Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Parsley, Oregano, Rosemary, Cayenne, Celery Seed, and Licorice (consult your doctor if you are on prescription drugs and wish to take licorice, however)
In Ayurvedic medicine, patients with arthritis are given Boswellia and massaged with sesame, mustard or calmus oil. This has been reported as a very effective arthritic pain relief treatment.
Other Alternative Treatments, Only by Certified or Licensed Practitioners
Exercise such as swimming, yoga, tai chi or qigong can increase range of motion, cleanse the joints, and provide some relief of inflammation and pain.
Another option is aromatherapy. There are three mixtures of aromatic oils from which I have received positive feedback from those with arthritis:
1. A mixture of rosemary, lavender, and marigold
2. A mixture of lavender, juniper berry and eucalyptus
3. A mixture of helichrysum Oil (called Everlasting Oil), clove and wintergreen
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Sufferers have also reported relief from magnesium supplementation and Zyflamed herbal capsules.
Both Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis can be extremely painful and affect our mobility. Unfortunately, there is not an easy DIY cure that can repair the damage arthritis has inflicted on your joints. However, a combination of physical therapy techniques listed above, anti-inflammatory foods and supplements, and natural pain relief at home, can make a tremendous difference in your daily life and eliminate much unnecessary pain and progression of the disease.