As I have had joint pain a lot since I’ve gotten older, I had taken the medication my Doctor told me to and it never really took care of the pain. It dulled it some, but there was still a lot of pain. The first time I got relief from my joint pain was when I got off the chemicals of the pharmaceutical companies that my Doctor was telling me I had to have. I’m not saying Doctors are bad. I’m saying, they stick to what they are taught and what they know. CHEMICALS! Plus the side effects that I was dealing with weren’t fun either. But I digress! So here is what I did and also some other things that I’ve researched.
Joint disease is the result of various causes ranging from aging to over-use and autoimmune diseases that attack joints and surrounding tissue. Pharmaceutical companies have designer drugs that reduce inflammation to help relieve pain and often cause significant side effects. There are several natural ways to help with the pain and reducing inflammation without chemicals from the pharmaceutical companies, and they cost a lot less.
On their own, turmeric, ginger, and bromelain work as effective anti-inflammatory agents. Each works to relieve pain, stiffness, and swelling. In combination, they provide a powerhouse of natural medicine. The three substances are synergistic to one another, each boosting the other’s effectiveness and complimenting each other’s medicinal action. Research has shown that turmeric works as well as any anti-inflammatory drug to reduce pain in the joints. Ginger has been used for centuries to treat various ailments from nausea to joint pain. Bromelain is an enzyme derived from pineapples that possess potent healing properties, relieving sufferers from inflamed muscle, tendon, and soft tissue pain. Take these in combination on an empty stomach twice a day for pain relief. All three substances can thin the blood, so those taking blood thinning medicine should first check with their health practitioners.
Homemade remedies from stinging nettles are numerous. A traditional herbal treatment, stinging nettles are used to relieve symptoms of joint pain, arthritis, and gout. Brew the dried herbs or the fresh leaves into a tea. Use caution and wear gloves if harvesting fresh nettles. As their name implies, the little hairs on the plant can cause severe skin reactions including hives and other painful outbreaks. These are neutralized when heated into tea or when the plant is dried. The tea can be consumed hot or cold or used as a topical soak for painful joints.
Found in most spice cupboards and known for its spicy-hot taste, cayenne makes an excellent topical ointment that relieves joint pain. Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, tricks the brain by causing local irritation to skin where signals then travel along nerve pathways, distracting the brain from the true source of pain. In time, repeated topical applications of cayenne pepper will reduce arthritis pain significantly. To make topical homemade remedies, mix two tablespoons of cayenne pepper with 1/2 cup of cocoa butter, lanolin or coconut oil. Apply it directly to the sore joint. Alternatively, mix 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and add to a foot bath with warm water. Soak hands or feet for 20 minutes, and then rinse. Cayenne pepper can cause skin irritation.
Pectin Grape Juice
Homemade remedies made from fruit pectin and grape juice can relieve joint pain, and reduce swelling and stiffness. Pectin is found in the cells of many plants and acts as a thickener in preparations such as jellies. Grape juice is loaded with antioxidants, among them, anthocyanins, noted for its effect on reducing inflammation. Pectin regulates the flow of fluids in plant cells and is believed to act to relieve fluid buildup in the joints of arthritis sufferers. The best pectin is found at the health food stores and is free of MSG and other additives. Mix 1/2 cup of juice with two tablespoons pectin. Add water if needed and drink twice daily for six weeks. Reduce the frequency as symptoms disappear.
I started with a supplement called Joint Support from Herbalife. This product worked for me, and I haven’t had to do anything else to eliminate the pain.
The ingredients are as follows:
Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Glucosamine HCL, Scute Root Extract, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Acacia Gum, Stearic Acid, Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate, Carboxymethylcellulose, Dextrin, Dextrose, Soy Lecithin, and Sodium Citrate.
I hope this has helped some of you because living in pain is no way to live. When there are Natural ways to eliminate it! I hope you choose to make this your best day ever! As always, if you have questions, or we can help you in any way, please feel free to contact us @ www.yournutritionspot.com.