In treating your arthritis, there are many treatment methods that can bring relief, but not quite enough. There are some ingredients provided by nature that can help bring about some added relief. Natural arthritis pain relief can bring about that added help to give your body a break from the pain. Ginger, capsaicin, garlic, ginkgo biloba, willow bark, bromelain, Epsom salt, and exercise are just a few of the ways that you can get that natural arthritis pain relief.
Please note that this is not meant to be taken as medical advice, but to provide you with information about things that can aid in your treatment plan for arthritis and bring about additional relief
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can be found in raw form, in capsules, powder, tea, and on cooked food. In all these forms the benefits can be found. You may need to be careful to monitor the amount you use as there can be side-effects in higher dosages.
Capsaicin is a pain reliever that is found in red peppers or cayenne peppers. Taken internally it can help blood flow, but applied topically it can act as a pain reducer that is where most of the benefit comes. You might be sensitive so use sparingly at first. The capsaicin cream will stimulate endorphins which brings about a feeling of relief.
Garlic will help the circulation of blood which transports oxygen throughout the body, especially to the hurting area helping it repair itself. It will also help take away deposits from the affected areas. Garlic can be eaten raw, cooked, or taken in pill form.
Ginkgo biloba does much of the same thing that garlic does. It improves circulation and helps strengthen blood vessels.
Willow bark acts as a natural pain reliever and is, in fact, the original aspirin. Bromelain is found in pineapple and helps prevent inflammation. It is mainly used for osteoarthritis.
Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate) in a hot bath is able to help many aches and pains. Magnesium has anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties that can be absorbed through the skin. Put two cups of Epsom salt in the bathtub full of water as hot as you can stand. Soak in it for a half hour and keep adding hot water to keep the temperature up. If you have heart or kidney disease you may want to ask your physician about using Epsom Salt. Be careful to not use too much Epsom Salt as too much magnesium can cause nausea, diarrhea, muscle weakness, cramps, and heart abnormalities.
Exercise is another natural arthritis pain relief method. Strength training helps support muscle strength and joint strength. Both of these will help alleviate some of the pain from arthritis. Doing range of motion exercises will help restore flexibility and reduce stiffness. Aerobic exercise such as walking will allow oxygen to flow through the body and improve circulation. Exercise can also help reduce your weight which will play a large part in reducing the amount of pain you feel. Extra weight that you carry around puts added stress on your joints.
Using these natural arthritis pain relief ideas alone may not on their own bring the relief you desire. As part of a larger treatment and pain management plan, they may bring added relief enough to give your body a break from arthritic pain.