Herbal Remedies for Arthritis: a safer alternative
Cayenne Menthol Balm
Apple * Avocado * Boswellia (Frankincense) * Cajeput Oil * Camphor * Castor Oil * Cayenne Pepper * Eucalyptus * Ginger Root * Meadowsweet * Pine * Rosemary * St. John's Wort * Stinging Nettle * Turmeric * White Willow Bark * Wintergreen Oil * Yucca Root *
Herbal remedies provide a safer alternative to treating arthritis than relying solely on prescription and over-the-counter drugs. White willow, cayenne and other herbs contain salicylates, compounds like those in aspirin. They are among the many other herbal medicines that fight inflammation and relieve pain; you will find the details on how to use them in the following pages. Remember to always seek guidance if you are taking prescription drugs, to check for potential interactions when mixing herbs and drugs.
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. Arthritis is one of the most debilitating and destructive chronic disorders. Since it affects so many of us, the shear number of different arthritis remedies on the market today can make choosing the right one for you overwhelming. There are many new prescription drugs on the market, and drugstore shelves are filled with a variety of OTC pain relievers and supplements.
So what makes arthritis herbal remedies different? Instead of the silver bullet approach of designer drugs, which have a few main ingredients engineered to do one thing and one thing only, medicinal plants have hundreds of compounds, that work as a synergistic whole giving them a whole range of properties and actions. Many of these plants have a recorded history of use that stretches back in time to the first physicians of Egypt and Greece. Anyone living with arthritis is all to familiar with the benefits and dangers COX-2 type pain medications. You may not realize Hippocrates was prescribing herbal COX-2 type pain relievers thousands of years ago. Anti-inflammatory herbs are some of the most important herbal allies in the fight against arthritis. Inflammation is both a root cause and a symptom in a wide variety of health conditions. 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.
A diet rich in nutritious foods and herbs provides much of the nutrients we need for health, however, nutritional supplements can be beneficial additions to management of osteoarthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Vitamin D and Vitamin B, as well as trace minerals; boron, selenium, zinc, and copper are not always present sufficient levels in commercially grown produce, and it is important to insure your levels are not too low. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate work to help stop the progression of arthritis in approximately 30 percent of people, and are certainly worth trying. Supplements that are rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids like fish oils and flax have proven anti-inflammatory benefits, and should be first on your list of supplements to take. One you may not have heard of is avocado oil combined with soy, or avocado soybean unsaponifiables. (ASU) supplements have shown benefits for osteoarthritis of the knee, with patients experiencing less pain and stiffness in clinical trials. Two clinical studies found that the combination significantly improved functional disability and pain.1 There is a delayed onset of action, which could frustrate those looking for quick relief. You may be able to reap some of the same benefits by including more avocado and soy in your diet, as well you should, but the supplements do provide a concentrated source.
- Analgesic Massage Oil Blend
- Arthritis Boggy Joint Oil Blend
- Birch Bark Dandelion Morning Tea
- Birch Bark tea with Ginger
- Cat's Claw tinctures
- Cayenne Infused oil
- Cayenne Menthol Salve
- Celery seed tea
- Comfrey Salve with coconut oil
- Detoxifying Oil Blend
- Gin Soaked Raisins
- Ginger and rosemary bath
- Ginger root infused oil
- Ginger tea
- Icy Hot rub
- Massage Oils for Pain #2
- Rosemary Infused Oil
- Rosemary pain blends
- Rue Oil
- Sarsaparilla and Juniper
- Skullcap Daytime Tea
- Spicy Sarsaparilla and roots tea
- St. John's Wort Oil
- Willow and spices
- Yucca root anti-inflammatory tea
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- Richard Mabey. "The New Age Herbalist" Fireside, (1988) The main herbal use of bladderwrack is to remineralize the body. External compresses and plasters are used to reduce the inflammation and pain of arthritis p59
. Stinging Nettle , www.umm.edu, (2007-12-13): In a scientific study of patients with acute arthritis, stewed stinging nettle leaves enhanced the anti-inflammatory effect of diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID),