Even if you are the type of person who really takes care of your health, you probably don’t pay much attention to your joint pain. But the complex machinery of our body depends on these small gears to move, bend and turn. We could not do the million things necessary to go through each day without healthy joints. The pain joint is a fairly common problem, but it can make simple daily tasks a challenge and even disrupt your normal life. Your knees, which are your largest joint and that support the weight of your entire body, are especially vulnerable.
The joint pain may be the result of infections (bone or joint), overexertion or injury and often arthritis, either osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or gout. It is important to investigate and treat the underlying cause of pain. Although this may mean seeing a doctor, there are many natural remedies that you can try instead of pain control medications. Keep in mind, however, that you should seek medical help if your pain is severe, lasts more than 3 days, or is accompanied by other symptoms, weight loss, or fever.
1. Apply Some Ginger, Chamomile or Clove Essential Oil:
Many essential oils such as birch, ginger, chamomile, clove and nutmeg are excellent for pain relief. Dilute a couple of drops in a carrier oil such as grapeseed or almond oil and apply to the affected joint. You can also use a combination of these oils to relieve pain. However, do not apply essential oils on broken skin. And remember, some essential oils such as clove oil are extremely potent and can irritate your skin, so follow the instructions given on the package on how they should be used.
2. Exercise to Eliminate Joint Pain:
Although you need to rest an inflamed or painful joint, do not take it too far. Lack of exercise can also cause pain and stiffness in the joints.
“By exercising the joints, you can help nourish them, strengthen muscles and improve flexibility, balance and circulation”.
Some types of exercise are especially beneficial if your pain is triggered by arthritis. Swimming, walking, low impact aerobics, strength training, tai chi, yoga or even dancing can help with mobility, strength and cardiovascular fitness. Warm water exercises (hydrotherapy) are especially useful since water helps the body and provides resistance that increases endurance and muscle strength. A hydrotherapist or physiotherapist can help you develop a proper exercise routine.
3. Try Acupuncture:
The acupuncture may be a useful adjunct to regular medical care for people with osteoarthritis. Acupuncture is based on the traditional Chinese theory that a vital force (Qi) flows through our body through pathways known as meridians and that blockages in the flow of this energy cause disease. It is believed that stimulation of specific points (acupuncture points) in the body by inserting fine needles eliminates these blockages. Research has found that acupuncture (for 5 acupuncture points) in a 26-week course improved function and brought pain relief for those with osteoarthritis of the knee.
4. Give Herbal Remedies Such as Devil’s Claw and Willow Bark a Chance:
Nature has a treasure of remedies that can relieve joint pain. The claw Diablo, a native plant tuber Africa, can be used to treat arthritis and the resulting joint pain. It contains the iridoid harpagoside glycoside that can help improve stiffness, pain and physical function. One study found that within 4 months, it was at least as effective as diacerein, a medication used for osteoarthritis. The seed oils of evening primrose, borage and black currant may help reduce pain. These contain gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an unsaturated fatty acid that has been found effective in decreasing joint inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Studies show that taking GLA supplements for 6 months reduces the number of swollen joints, the duration of morning stiffness and pain. The Cat’s Claw has been traditionally used to treat chronic inflammation. It has antioxidant properties and inhibits a protein associated with inflammation. One study found that patients with knee osteoarthritis who took a capsule containing cat’s claw extracts daily experienced a reduction in pain within a week.
The willow bark has pain relieving properties were known even by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Indians. A study that looked at its effect on people with osteoarthritis found that pain was reduced by 14% after two weeks of treatment with willow bark extracts, while it increased by 2% for people who received a placebo. The nettles have been used to reduce the pain of rheumatism traditionally in Europe, with people who bite themselves (nettles cause irritation or mild pain) with them around the affected joints. It is believed to work due to serotonin and histamine in nettles, neurotransmitters involved in the sensation of pain. One study found that patients with osteoarthritic pain at the base of the thumb or index finger experienced pain relief and disability after a week of stinging nettle treatment.
5. Resort to Ayurveda Remedies and Routines:
The ancient Ayurveda medical system also offers remedies that can be useful for those with joint pain.
- Guduchi juice (30 grams twice daily) with 10 g of dry ginger powder is considered beneficial.
- The Guggulu resin, a rubber tree Cumifora mukul having antiinflammatory and antiarthritic properties, is used in medicinal formulations as Yogaraja to treat joint pain.
- According to Ayurveda, when food is not digested properly, they become a toxic substance known as a lover that can cause pain and swelling in the joints. Diet, therefore, plays an important role in the treatment of joint pain. Ayurveda recommends a diet of light porridge or fasting while you suffer from joint pain. Legumes (with the exception of the green gram) and sour things such as curd should be avoided, as well as cold or fried things; Consult with a nutritionist before restricting a large number of foods or whole food groups from your diet for prolonged periods.
- For arthritis-related pain, it is said that the application of a cold compress for one minute, preceded and followed by a warm water bath for three minutes, gives relief. Massaging the affected part with medicinal oils such as sahacharadi or mahanarayana taila is also beneficial.