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As we get older, joint pain becomes extremely common. Here are ten DIY remedies that help treat joint pain.
Most of us suffer from some form of joint pain. The main function of joints is to help in movement and provide support. However when there is any damage to the joints, it can result in a lot of pain and discomfort. There are various disorders that can lead to joint pain such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, strains, osteoarthritis, sprains, and bursitis. The most common form of joint pain is knee pain. The complaints of joint pains increases with age.
Joint pains can be chronic (lasting for several weeks to months) or acute (lasting only for a couple of weeks). For some the pain is mild, while others suffer from severe incapacitating pain. Your doctor will first try to treat the disorder that is responsible for the joint pain in the first place before providing treatment to lessen the inflammation and the pain and restore the joint function.
Joint pains can be managed by taking medications, engaging in physical therapy or making use of alternative treatments that are available. Certain ‘over-the-counter’ drugs are useful to treat joint pains such as aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen. The following are some home treatments that are also effective against joint pains if you want an alternative to prescription drugs.
Using hot and cold compresses alternatively can help relieve joint pain. The cold compress works by numbing the area surrounding the affected joint and reducing inflammation. The hot compress increases the blood flow, decreases pain and relaxes joints and sore muscles.
You must repeat this process a few times a day till you find relief from the pain. You should refrain from using this particular method if you suffer from circulatory problems or if the affected area is red and irritated.
Capsaicin, a compound found in cayenne pepper, is known to possess pain-relieving and analgesic properties. The Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand published a study in the year 2010 which proved that applying capsaicin gel helped relieve pain in women who suffered from knee osteoarthritis.
Recipe for Cayenne Salve
Mix the cayenne pepper with the oil. Heat this mixture until it is warm using a double boiler method. Remove it from heat and allow this mixture to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Heat it again after it has cooled down. Repeat this method of heating and cooling down the mixture for a minimum of 2-3 hours. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth. Do not throw away the leftover infused oil.
Melt the beeswax and stir in the infused oil. Let this mixture melt together and mix thoroughly. This mixture will take the form of a balm once it cools down. To reduce the joint pain, apply this salve to the affected area.
You must ensure that you do not apply this mixture on open wounds or skin because it can have an initial burning sensation.
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