Joint or arthritic pain affects more than 27 million Americans. Two types of joint arthritis can occur – Osteo and Rheumatoid. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage wears down between bones causing grating. Rheumatoid arthritis is a result of an autoimmune disorder, where inflammation of the soft tissue that protects bones can cause bone loss.
You can experience joint pain on a sliding scale, from slight discomfort to severe, disabling pain. Consult your physician for treatment options if you are experiencing any joint pain. In concert with approved medical treatment and prevention, there are a few natural solutions to help manage the pain.
1. Epsom salt soak
Epsom salts are nature’s miracle workers, but also a misnomer, as they are truly a natural compound of magnesium and sulfate. Easily absorbed by the skin, Epsom salt can ease stress, relieve constipation, heal cuts, and eliminate toxins from the body.
If you are experiencing joint pain, an Epsom salt bath helps reduce joint inflammation and improves the function of muscles and muscles. This is because the magnesium, which our body cannot naturally produce, is used in hundreds of our biomechanical responses and helps mineralize bones. Additionally, Epsom salt baths can help treat headaches, which are a secondary symptom of arthritis.
Simply pour 2 ½ cups of Epsom Salt in your warm bath and relax.
2. Staying active
Most people want to stay inside and rest when they have joint pain. However, physical activity is essential for those experiencing arthritis. Walking in well-supported sneakers or swimming laps at the pool are two gentle options. Additionally, if you are overweight, losing 5 pounds takes 20 pounds of pressure off your knees, so eating healthy is essential.
3. Herbal drinks
There are multiple herbal concoctions that, with the proper ingredients, act as a dietary supplement and provide your body an extra boost of TLC. For example, turmeric and ginger tea contains impactful curcumin, which fights enzymes that cause inflammation.
White willow tea is also an old-school favorite of many great grandmothers to help with pain. Once ingested, your body converts the active ingredient salicin into salicylic acid, similar to the main ingredient in aspirin and safer.
Juniper is also a popular natural go-to in tea because its active ingredient terpene reduces joint inflammation and discomfort by decreasing monocyte white blood cells. You cannot drink juniper when pregnant, however.
Aloe has also been used for countless generations to help with inflammation and also ease stomach issues related to taking anti-inflammatory medications. You can also apply topically, directly to the area of joint pain to temporarily soothe pains.
Most importantly, keeping a healthy diet high in nutrients, like calcium, Vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids will fuel your body with vitamins necessary to ward off arthritis pain.
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine, using stainless steel needles, which stimulates the body’s energy channels and boost endorphins. Endorphins are natural painkillers produced by your body. Although not effective for everybody, it’s been studied to temporarily relieve joint pain.