Herbs For Arthritis Pain And Inflammation

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There are two main forms of arthritis, rheumatoid (an immune system disorder) and osteo (wear and tear). Other inflammatory and rheumatic conditions that share many of the same symptoms are gout, fibromyalgia and lupus. No matter what type of arthritis you may have, they all have pain, fatigue and inflammation in common. Herbal medicine also lends itself to many different forms of therapeutic treatments for arthritis such as baths, aromatherapy oil blends, herbal oils, herbal teas, and extracts that go far beyond just taking a pill.

    Apple Apple Malus domestica Apple cider vinegar, wine vinegar
    Fruit : The mother of all home remedies for arthritis is 3 tablespoons of ACV mixed with honey every day. This simple remedy has so much anecdotal evidence of its benefit that I can think of no reason for anyone with arthritis not to try it..
    Balm of Gilead buds Balm of Gilead buds Populus spp Poplar Buds
    Evergreen tree : The sticky resin of popular buds contain salicin which your body converts to aspirin. The biblical reference is to the Balm of Gilead, or Mecca balsam, the source of healing balsamic oils in the old world. The dried, unopened buds of the poplar tree are used in ointments and skin treatments to reduce pain and inflammation...
    Black Cohosh root Black Cohosh root Cimicifuga racemosa Black snake root, Squaw Root, Bugbane
    Perennial Herb : Black cohosh also has a pain relieving and anti-inflammatory action that makes it useful for arthritis. Emerging research suggests the estrogen levels may be implicated in many conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease, though the relationship is still unclear...
    Black Pepper Black Pepper Piper nigrum
    Perennial Woody Vine : Black pepper is an anti-kapha herb that burns up ama (toxins). Ayurvedic medicines use tiny amounts of black pepper to make the other herbs in the formula more available to the body...
    Black Seed oil Black Seed oil Nigella sativa Kalonjii, Black cumin, black caraway, Roman-coriander, fennel-flower
    Annual Herb : Black cumin seed oil is used as a healthy dietary supplement. In animal studies Nigella has shown significant activity against liver disease, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis...
    Borage Seed Oil Borage Seed Oil Borago officinalis
    Annual herb : Borage seed oil has the highest concentration of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) than in any other plant source. Borage can be used as a supplement to correct EFA deficiencies in chronic inflammatory conditions, most notably rheumatoid arthritis.
    Boswellia (Frankincense) Boswellia (Frankincense) Boswellia thurifera Olibanum, Indian Frankincense, Arabic Frankincense, and Salai guggal
    Resinous tree : Supplements containing boswellic acids combined with glucosamine are often used to relieve the joint pain and reduce inflammation in all types of arthritis..
    Camphor oil Camphor oil Cinnamomum camphora
    Evergreen Tree : When first applied camphor oil numbs and cools the peripheral nerve endings, then warms the painful area as it stimulates circulation to cold, stiff muscles and limbs. This analgesic effect of camphor makes it a favorite oil to be used in pain relieving massage blends for sore muscles, low back pain, and arthritic pain.
    Cat's Claw Cat's Claw Uncaria tomentosa una de gato
    Tropical Vine : Cat's claw bark is traditionally used for inflammatory arthritis and intestinal complaints such as stomach ulcers....
    Cayenne Pepper Cayenne Pepper Capsicum minimum Capsicum ,African Pepper, Chillies, Bird Pepper
    Tender perennial shrub : Capsicum, an extract from cayenne and other peppers, can dramatically reduce chronic nerve pain, and it is effective against chronic pain like arthritis and neuralgia...
    Celery Celery Apium graveolens
    herb : Celery seed helps rid the body of uric acid that often causes pain and inflammation in gout and arthritis. It acts as a natural diuretic and helps to increase circulation...
    Chaparral Chaparral Larrea tridentata hediondilla, Shegoi
    Desert Shrub : Chaparral has potent and long-lasting anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects in the treatment of arthritis. Chaparral herb should only be externally in baths, and the tincture can be used to make creams and lotions.
    Devil's Claw Devil's Claw Harpagophytum procumbens grapple plant, wood spider
    perennial vine : Devils claw offers slow but sure relief of joint pain caused by both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and it has also been shown to relieve muscle pain and enhance mobility ...
    Eucalyptus Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus Eucalyptus
    tree : Eucalyptus is one of the best known cold and congestion remedies. Eucalyptus oil is also a good pain reliever for sore muscles and arthritis pain..
    Evening Primrose Oil Evening Primrose Oil Oenothera biennis Night Willow-herb
    Biennial herbaceous : Both the leaves and the seeds of the evening primrose contain fragrant oil that plays an important part natural health. The seed oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid that the body uses to manufacture a prostaglandin vital to soothing inflammation
    Ginger Root Ginger Root Zingiber officinale Luyang Dilaw
    Perennial Monocot reed : Ginger can be used safely to treat a wide range of health problems, from simple nausea 18 to arthritis. Ginger inhibits production of immune-system components called cytokines, chemicals that appear to cause long-term inflammation. Ginger improves ciculation bringing warmth to cold, stiff joints..
    Juniper Berries Juniper Berries Juniperus communis
    Evergreen tree : Juniper's detoxifying properties are employed in the treatment of gout and rheumatoid arthritis because it helps to prevent the buildup of uric acid in the system.
    Lavender Lavender Lavandula spp
    Woody Perennial Herb : Clinical trials confirm the conventional wisdom that lavender relaxes the body in the presence of pain, most likely by reducing anxiety levels. A calm mental state can makes pain more bearable, lessening it's impact by reducing the perception of pain...
    Meadowsweet Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria Queen of the Meadow, Bridewort, Quaker Lady
    Perennial herb : Meadowsweet is a mild, but effective anti-inflammatory herb used to treat arthritis and other aches and pains. Meadowsweet leaves and flowers contain salicylates, compounds that are converted by the body to aspirin....
    Parsley Parsley Petroselinum crispum
    Biannual Herb : Both parsley leaf and root can be used in teas as a diuretic to rid the body of excess water. This may explain its folklore reputation for helping gout and rheumatism...
    Pine Pine Pinus sylvestris Scots Pine
    Evergreen Tree : Pine has a long history of use as a pain reliever in arthritis, aches, pains and sore muscles. Pine needles can be used to stuff therapeutic pillows and to make balms....
    Rosemary Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
    Woody perennial herb : Rosemary for pain relief and circulation. Rosemary infused oil and rosemary essential oil are both used in massage oil formulations to relieve the pain of arthritis and of sore aching muscles. Rosemary used as a massage oil also helps to tone the circulatory system.
    Sarsaparilla Sarsaparilla Smilax sarsaparilla zarzaparrilla
    perennial trailing vine : Sarsaparilla makes a good all round tonic, and the spicy, pleasant smelling root contains saponins, which act by disabling bacterial components called endotoxins. Endotoxins show up in the bloodstreams of people with psoriasis, arthritis and gout...
    Soapwort Soapwort Saponaria officinalis Bouncing Bet, Fuller's herb, Sweet William, Bruisewort, Old Maids Pink
    Perennial flower : Soapwort's use for gout and rheumatism is probably effective because of the anti-inflammatory and depurative properties of it's saponin content.
    Spikenard Spikenard Aralia racemosa Indian Root, Spignet, Fleabane
    rhizomatous herbaceous perennial : Spikenard root has a mild, pleasant licorice like flavor, often used as a substitute for sarsaparilla, though unrelated botanically, Spikenard is antiseptic, depurative, diaphoretic, and useful in gout, rheumatism and other inflammatory conditions...
    St. John's Wort St. John's Wort Hypericum perforatum
    Perennial Shrub : St. Johns Wort has a demonstrated ability to act as an antidepressant. The fresh flowers of St. Johns when infused in oil also produce a beautiful and powerful red oil that is anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
    Stinging Nettle Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica Nettle, Common Nettle
    Herbaceous perennial : Stinging nettle is an almost ideal herb for those with all types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. The anti-inflammatory substances combined with the rich concentration of the minerals boron, calcium and silicon ease the pain while helping to build strong bones
    Tamanu Oil Tamanu Oil Calophyllum inophyllum Foraha, kamanu
    tree : Fiji natives use Tamanu oil for joint pains, arthritis, bruises, oozing wounds, chapped lips and preventing diaper rash. ...
    Thuja oil Thuja oil Thuja occidentalis Arborvitae, tree of life, white cedar, yellow cedar, American cedar
    evergreen coniferous tree : Thuja may be used in hot compresses and steam baths to ease rheumatism, arthritis, and achy muscles..
    Turmeric Turmeric Curcuma longa L. Curcuma, Indian saffron
    herbaceous perennial plant : Turmeric is a mild aromatic stimulant used in the manufacture of curry powders and mustards. The curcumin in turmeric has recently been shown effective in the fight against breast cancer, Alzheimer's and arthritis...
    White Willow Bark White Willow Bark Salix Alba
    Deciduous tree : White willow may be the oldest herb known to treat pain and inflammation. Herbalists use white willow much the same as aspirin, ie; to reduce fevers, pain, and inflammation in conditions such as painful menstruation, arthritis, and neuralgia..
    Yucca Root Yucca Root Yucca spp Adam's Needle, Soap Tree, Mojave yucca
    Monocot perennial shrub : Yucca's most promising use is in the treatment of both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. The steroidal saponins in yucca are used in the production of synthetic steroid drugs....