Joint pain is one of the most common complaints as you grow older. There are several natural and herbal remedies available that help alleviate your joint pain. If you do not want to rely on ‘over-the-counter’ pain medications, use these effective herbal remedies to treat your joint pain instead.
Joints are nothing but connections between bones that help you move as well as provide support to your body. Any disease or injury that causes damage to these joints hinders your movement and can lead to a lot of pain. Joint pain can affect any part of your body including shoulders, ankles, and feet, and is an extremely common occurrence. There are several different conditions that can cause joint pain such as strains, bursitis, gout, osteoarthritis, sprains, rheumatoid arthritis, and any joint injury.
The signs and symptoms of joint pain are swelling, limping, redness, tenderness, weakness, stiffness, and loss of movement of the affected joint. Joint pain varies from person to person, for some it can be quite debilitating, while others will find it merely inconvenient. It can either affect you for a couple of weeks or plague you for several months. Whether it is acute or chronic joint pain, it still greatly reduces your quality of life. You may find it difficult to engage in simple activities that you love including running and dancing. Joint pain can be managed with the help of medications, alternative treatments, and physical therapy, irrespective of the cause.
The main aim of the treatment method is to work on the condition that is the cause of your joint pain. These treatment plans help provide relief from the pain and inflammation and also help improve the function of the affected joint. Doctors usually prescribe certain over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, and acetaminophen to provide some joint pain relief. If you have tendinitis, arthritis, and joint disease that leads to joint pain, you may be given steroid injections to help with the pain.
If you are looking for alternative pain relief methods, there are several herbal remedies that are found to be very effective for joint pain. Some of these herbs are taken orally, while others can be applied topically to reduce your joint pain. Even though these herbs may not provide instant relief, they do work over a long period of time. Some of the herbal remedies that are known to be effective for providing joint pain relief are:
Boswellia is a very potent herb to help provide relief from your joint pain because it has anti-inflammatory properties. Boswellic acids, an active ingredient in this herb, is known for preventing the white cells from causing inflammation in the damaged tissue. Boswellia is often used in combination with bromelain and turmeric in several herbal pain relief remedies. Along with treating joint pain, this herb is also used as a natural remedy for gout and arthritis pain.
Vitamin A and vitamin C are two very important nutrients essential for the regeneration of the connective tissues in your body. Dandelion leaf is a rich source of these two vitamins. You can use this herb to relieve your joint pain by drinking a cup of dandelion leaf tea daily. All you need to do is steep handful of dandelion leaves in boiling water and steep them, you can use fresh or dried leaves. Once the tea is ready, add some honey or stevia to sweeten the mixture. If you do not like the taste of dandelion tea, just add the fresh leaves to your salad. One thing to remember when you are using this herb is that it is a very powerful laxative, so use only a few leaves at a time.
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