We all have used home remedies at a certain point in our lives despite not knowing the science behind them. Whether it was the mix of oils for your hair, a turmeric and yogurt acne mask, or even herbal teas to cure constipation, you have used and benefited from these home remedies. Maybe you heard it from your favorite blogger or your grandmother advocate the use of these herbal treatments based on her experience but you tried and got benefited from these.
Do home remedies work?
Most of the time, we are not aware of what causes these home remedies to work? A good physiological change or is it merely a placebo effect? But the fact is that some of these home remedies work pretty well. Unlike old wives’ tales, some of these home remedies are science-backed and can be scientifically justified.
Arthritis and Herbal Remedies!
No matter if you are suffering from a headache or got a cold or flu, you will find many ingredients on your kitchen shelf to treat these. Talking about the diseases, in particular, these home remedies are found to be effective to relieve signs and symptoms of diseases- and luckily, arthritis is also one of them.
For all those who are unaware of arthritis, let me tell you that arthritis is an array of different joint diseases that involves joint pain and inflammation in general. As an arthritis sufferer, it is hard for me to put into words how painful arthritis can be. From testing DIYs to visiting the best orthopedic surgeon in Islamabad, I have seen it all. Based on my personal experience, I can say these herbal remedies can work well.
Herbs to Relieve Arthritis Pain
Let’s talk about some of the herbs that can help a patient suffering from arthritis. These include;
1- Aloe Vera
No one is unaware of the use of aloe vera as a skincare product, but do you know how aloe vera can help with arthritis? Known for its magical properties, aloe vera possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera in any form including gels, capsules, juice, powders, etc. can be used to relieve the joint pain in arthritis.
Other than aloe vera, another common plant known as eucalyptus or southern blue gum is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The plant contains antioxidants and can work as a topical medicine to cure arthritis pain and reduce inflammation. Eucalyptus leaves extracts, as well as eucalyptus essential oils, can be used to treat arthritis pain.
Ginger is known for its medicinal use for times and as a strongly flavored kitchen ingredient. Ginger possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties and till now, it is a proposed alternative to NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Owing to these properties of ginger, it can also help to relieve arthritis pain and inflammation.
4- Green tea
Green tea is one of the most popular beverages around the globe known for containing potential antioxidants in it. Antioxidants in green tea help to ease the joints pain and inflammation. Replacing ordinary coffee, sodas, and drinks with green tea is found to be helpful for arthritis patients.
Another herbal product known as turmeric is also found to be effective against arthritis. Just like all other products, it also has anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric consumption in any form including supplements, powders, and tea can be effective for people suffering from arthritis.
Boswellia, also known as Indian frankincense, is a herbal extract of the Boswellia tree that has been used as a herbal medicine for hundreds of years. The extract is known to possess anti-inflammatory properties that can treat the inflammation due to arthritis and pain with joint stiffness in arthritis.
How should I consume these herbal products?
Remember! There is always a safe limit for the consumption of these products because an excess of anything can be bad for you. I remember my physician was sharing this case reported at Akbar Niazi Teaching Hospital in Islamabad, where a patient was diagnosed with potential liver damage due to excessive usage of turmeric.
Other than these, several other herbs including willow bark, cat’s claw, thunder god vine, etc. can also help to relieve arthritis-induced joint pain and inflammation. But prior to using any herbal product on your own, it is always advisable to discuss it with your physician to prevent any unwanted consequences.