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Battling with Osteoarthritis? Try These Home Remedies That May Work for You

One of the most debilitating diseases is arthritis. This could cause a permanent deformity, which would affect not only your movement but also your psychological and emotional being because studies have shown that deformities can affect a person’s self-esteem and self-worth. One of the most common forms of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It occurs when the protective cartilage at the end of a person’s bones becomes worn down as time passes by.

Millions of people around the world suffer from the condition. It is also a common joint disorder in the United States. If you or anyone you know suffers from osteoarthritis, then you know that medication and therapy can only reduce the pain, but not treat it completely. The treatment is also expensive and time-consuming. So, here are a few natural and proven safe and effective treatments:

Ginger

ginger-on-gray-surfaceGinger reduces the inflammation of your joint and reduces the pain from the disease. Just two grams of ginger per day, which you have to divide into several doses, will already be beneficial.

A research study shows that ginger can block the chemical COX-2  that causes pain in our body. However, keep in mind that if you are taking blood thinners like aspirin, warfarin, and clopidogrel, ginger may increase your risk of bleeding.

Turmeric or Curcumin

Turmeric or Curcuma longa is a root similar to ginger and is widely used as a spice. This is especially in Asian countries because of the flavor and pigmentation that it gives. Besides being a popular herb in cooking, it is also used a lot in medicines. Turmeric is full of Vitamin C, calcium, iron, beta carotene, potassium, zinc, and essential amino acids. Besides that, it has Curcumin, a vital nutrient for treating osteoarthritis. It is also rich in anti-inflammatory properties and thus helpful in managing pain.

Glucosamine

Glucosamine helps to reduce the symptoms of pain, stiffness, and swelling of the joints. Thus dramatically improving the joint functions. Glucosamine can provide relief from these dreadful symptoms even until three months after you stop consuming it. It also helps repair and rebuild our bones and prevent the wearing down and tearing of our cartilage. While the body naturally produces glucosamine, you can get dietary supplements made from the shells of shellfish

SAMe

This is a compound that is usually caused by our body and is essential in helping us keep a healthy body function. This substance is just as active as NSAIDs when it comes to relieving pain. It’s also proven to be just as potent as Celebrex in improving the functions of the joints and lessening the pain in people who have osteoarthritis. However, you might have to check with your doctor first before taking SAMe because it does not go well with other medications. For instance, if you are on antidepressants or levodopa, it might give undesirable effects.

Capsaicin

bunch-capsicum-cayenne-chiliCapsaicin is the main component of hot pepper or Cayenne. While it is natural to worry about the burning sensation, it might leave on your tongue, do not worry. Because you only need a topical application of capsaicin. Research shows that capsaicin can reduce pain in your body.

While it works for treating the symptoms of pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis, it does not help with the improvement of joint swelling. Neither does it treat the overall functioning of those who have osteoarthritis.

Cat’s Claw

The scientific name of Cat’s Claw is Uncaria tomentosa. It is gaining popularity in the field of alternative medicine because of the way it heals joint pains. It works the way that that powerful arthritis drugs do, and that is, acts as an anti-inflammatory drug that inhibits the TNF or tumor necrosis factor. Research shows that it can reduce swelling and joint pains.

Devil’s Claw

Devils ClawDespite its name, the Devil’s claw seems to be an angel sent from heaven to help those who are suffering from osteoarthritis. Ancient medicine uses this as a traditional pain reliever. Those suffering from osteoarthritis claim to feel lesser pain and better mobility after taking the Devil’s claw.

If you have other pre-existing medical conditions or taking other medications, it would be best to consult your doctor first.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 Fatty Acid is beneficial in decreasing the inflammation and reducing the wear and tear of our joints. How do these fatty acids work? They prevent the enzymes called the collagenases from causing damage to the joints and are also known to strengthen the tendons.

These are just some natural treatments you could try. If you want to be on the safe side, make sure to seek advice from your doctor first before trying any of these treatments.

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