There are many herbal remedies that can lessen the effects of pain cause by arthritis. Some natural cures may work individually or may need to be used in combination with another herbal remedy.
Experimenting with the following herbal remedies may be beneficial in the management of your arthritis related pains. You may even discover that some herbal remedies may outperform the doctor prescribed or over the counter drug recommendations.
Although, you must understand that what may work for one person, may not work for another.Here are just a few herbal remedies that I will cover in this article:
GINGER- used for inflammation and pain. Dosage: For a stronger dosage, take 1-2 g. of dried powder in capsule form 2-3 times daily, or 1-2 ml. of ginger tincture form 3 times daily.
To prepare, grate the ginger root and add hot water to make a tea.Ginger can be used to treat nausea, motion sickness, diarrhea and pain. Ginger has blood thinning and cholesterol lowering properties that can be helpful in treating heart disease.
Ginger water is also used to prevent heat cramps.Ginger interacts with WARFARIN (also known as Coumadin, jantoven, marevan and lawarin) which is an anticoagulant used to prevent thrombosis and embolism.
I will show you how to make a potent ginger tincture in a different article.
BROMELAIN- is a natural anti-inflammatory found in pineapples. Dosage: 500 mg. 3 times per day between meals. Suggested strength 2000 MCU per 1000mg or 1200 GDU per 1000 mg. Those allergic to pineapples should avoid taking Bromelain.
A mixture of enzymes found naturally in pineapples is taken with meals for a digestive aide.Bromelain works by blocking proinflammatory metabolites that accelerate and worsen the inflammatory process.
Bromelain is also used in sport injuries, menstrual pain, hemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis and autoimmune disorders. Bromelain also may be useful in the reduction of platelet clumping and blood clots in the blood stream.
BOSWELLIA- also known as Indian Frankincense helps improve function and eases pain. Dosage: 1200-1500 mg. of extract containing 60-65% boswellic acids, 2-3 times per day.Boswellia is also used in the treatment of snake bites, asthma, coughs, and a few other ailments. When burned as incense is used for relaxation.
CAYENNE- (mainly capsaicin) in cream form works to remove substance “P” from the nerves. Substance “P” is a neurotransmitter that transmits pain messages. The active ingredient in cayenne is CAPSAICIN.
Dosage: apply cream (.025-.075%) to effected area 2-4 times per day.Cayenne is used to treat pain from shingles and can be used to regulate blood sugar levels.
Capsaicin in cayenne interacts with LISINOPRIL, which is used to control high blood pressure, with coughing being the side effects.
Here is a topical oil you can make from cayenne:
¼ cup high grade strength cayenne pepper powder
½ cup good quality olive oilCombine ingredients into a jar with lid.
Allow to sit for 2 weeks, shaking jar once every day. After 2 weeks strain mixture through cheese cloth.
To use, deeply massage the oil into the sore areas, avoiding the eyes, nose and mouth. When the oil begins to burn you can wipe it off. Make sure to wash your hands.
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