Many people live with the debility that is arthritis every day. Not only do they lack mobility due to stiffness but they also must endure constant debilitating pain. As arthritis progresses they may also experience joint weakness, instability and deformities. This makes the everyday tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, or turning on taps even more difficult. While arthritis won’t actually kill you, it can leave you feeling like “death warmed up”. But, it doesn’t have to be like this. There are many natural remedies for arthritis relief.
“I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis, and I don’t deserve that either.” ~ Jack Benny
The term arthritis is an umbrella term for over a hundred conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. It includes the two most common forms, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease. Some others are gout, ankylosing spondylitis, SLE (lupus), juvenile arthritis and scleroderma.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder of the musculoskeletal system which causes a rheumatic condition that is arthritis-related. It’s a problem of the central nervous system that displays many of the symptoms of arthritis. It often responds well to many of the same natural treatments that also help arthritis.
Joint and muscular pain and the associated inflammation are your body’s call for help.
Whilst pharmaceutical medications can provide symptom relief and make life easier the drugs come with accompanying side effects.
As well as seeking out symptom relief it’s also vital to focus on reducing the inflammation that triggers the symptoms. The imbalance leading to joint inflammation can come from a number of sources. These include poor detoxification by the liver, disturbed blood sugars, allergies, free radicals and a diet lacking essential fats.
Diet For Arthritis Relief
Certain foods have consistently been shown to aggravate arthritis symptoms when they’re included in the diet.
Most commonly these are members of the Nightshade Family which includes potato, tomato, capsicum (peppers), eggplant, and chilli. It’s interesting that tobacco also falls into this family. The Mayo Clinic states smoking causes stress on connective tissues, which leads to increased arthritis pain.
Milk (and milk foods like cream and ice-cream) and citrus fruits impact arthritis and should be reduced, if not eliminated.
Processed foods containing preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, coffee and alcohol all place unnecessary strain in the immune system.
Red meat is a highly acidic food that can aggravate arthritis.
At the same time as removing problematic foods it helps to increase beneficial foods such as green leafy vegetables, cherries and pineapple in your diet.
Ginger is one food that contains enzymes that relieve inflammation. You can add fresh ginger to your cooking or take it as tea for a medicinal dose.
Natural Remedies For Arthritis And Fibromyalgia
There are countless numbers taking medications for the pain of arthritis, in spite of questions about the long-term safe use of many of these. Fortunately many natural remedies and treatments offer enormous benefit to arthritis sufferers, relieving their pain and increasing their mobility.
Some studies have shown individually selected Homeopathic remedies reduced the severity and duration of arthritis pain, as well as reducing swelling and stiffness.
This study from 2003 found ‘improved clinical status in fibromyalgia patients treated with individualised homeopathic remedies versus placebo’.
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All information and opinions presented here are for information purposes only. They are not intended as a substitute for professional advice offered during a consultation with your health care provider. Do not use this article to diagnose a health condition. Speak to your doctor if you think your condition may be serious or before discontinuing any prescribed medication. Please consult with your health care provider before following any of the treatment suggested on this site, particularly if you have an ongoing health issue.