Aches and pains in our body are all just part of getting old aren’t they? That might be the mentality that a lot of young people have but if you don’t look after yourself then you’ll likely be experiencing these symptoms in your later years. Of course we don’t have to suffer in misery, as there are numerous treatments from drugs like ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory medicines that can reduce the symptoms.
But do you really want to rely upon medicine to keep you fit and healthy? Continued use of these medicines is not only believed to make them less effective but they can also be harsh on our bodies. Therefore if you want to look after your body and reduce the potential of arthritis and joint pain setting in then you might want to consider using more natural treatments and preventions.
To help you on your way we have outlined some of the best herbal and homeopathic remedies to fight joint pain and inflammation.
Cayenne might have a reputation for being pretty hot but it also makes an amazing topical ointment that helps to relieve joint pain. It does this interestingly enough by causing a mild irritation when it is rubbed on the affected area and this helps to distract the nerves from the more sever joint pain. It is also believed that repeated applications of this treatment can reduce arthritis pain significantly.
As well as being a tasty treat (at least to some), licorice can also reduce inflammation. It is also reported to reduce the number of free radicals at the area of the inflammation and inhibit the enzymes that are involved in the inflammatory process. You can take licorice in tea form or supplements and this makes for easy and fast absorption.
They might have a bit of a nasty reputation but stinging nettles also have numerous health benefits. They are in fact a traditional remedy for everything from arthritis to gout. The nettles are available in a variety of forms from tea, capsules, as whole leaves or extracts. You can either ingest nettles in their various forms or use the leaves topically.
Ginger does just make a delicious ingredient in cakes, tea and drinks but it is also a staple amongst alternative medicine lovers. The compound that gives ginger its recognisably strong flavour is also the one that gives it anti-inflammatory properties! Once again ginger is believed to have promising effects on soothing joint pain but there is so far no conclusive evidence of its effectiveness.
One of the best ways to help reduce and even prevent joint pain is living a healthier lifestyle. Exercise is very important in relieving joint pain and stiffness, you might not feel like exercising but getting up and doing gentle exercise such as yoga can be very beneficial to your joints. You shouldn’t underestimate the benefit of a hot bath or shower either!