Herbal Remedies For Arthritis: A Safer Alternative


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.

Arthritis Remedies

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.

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