World Arthritis Day (WAD) was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) to raise awareness of issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). It is celebrated every year on 12th October.
Arthritis or joint pain is a condition associated with the degenerating joints. Everyday wear and tear, nutritional deficiency and excess weight are the major causes of joint degeneration. When joint cartilage wears away, bone rubs against another bone causing tearing pain. Naturopathy treatment for arthritis involves several non-invasive and natural healing techniques.
Symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritis is very common in people in their 50s and 60s. It can be caused by trauma, joint overuse, infections and other factors as well. Some of the initial symptoms of arthritis are
- pain and swelling in the joints
- morning stiffness leading to restricted mobility
- and joint noise (crepitus) when moving.
Arthritis can affect all joints right from fingers to shoulders, spine, knees and hips. It affects joints only on one side.
However, joint degeneration could be arrested with the right and timely treatment at the onset of the disease. Heat and cold treatments, and joint protection devices and right nutrition with proper rest plays an important role.
Here are some herbs suggested by Naturopathy Expert, Dr. Reetu Panwar that you can try using at home in order to get some relief from the arthritis related pain
Vitex negundo is described in Ayurveda as one of the most potent natural anti-arthritic herb.
Nirgundi is one of the most common herbs used to bring respite in joints. The plant is easily available and is known to reduce swelling as well as excessive pain. Its potent anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsing and antioxidant properties help the joints in many ways. The leaves of the plant carry medicinal value, followed by the stem and seeds.The plant is bitter in taste and has hot potency, making it useful in this condition. Nirgundi oil is the most effective form for arthritic pain. Apply the oil on affected area and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before washing in lukewarm water. It is more beneficial to apply nirgundi oil before bath to reduce inflammation and pain.
Ajwain (carom seeds) is a natural aid to arthritis pain, as it has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.It also contains anesthetic properties that further help in relieving excessive pain during winter. Add a spoonful of carom seeds into a tub of hot water. Soak your aching joints in the water and sit for 5 to 10 minutes. This will help ease pain and inflammation. This will help in cases of mild pain. Another way is to crush these seeds and make a paste and apply it on the affected areas in order to alleviate the pain. Alternatively, you can drink ajwain water every day
Dashmool is not just one herb but a melange of ten medicinal herbs. Hence, it’s called dashmool, “ten roots” that helps in curing various diseases. Its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, analgesic and sedative properties help cure joint pain.
The herb keeps your joints strong and relieves pain and inflammation. It not only reduces the pain, but also helps in diminishing the swelling and further increases mobility. It improves mobility too.Shallaki is also sometimes used by experts as a substitute to modern pain killers. It is available in the form of essential oil and in the form of powder.
You may have ginger in your spice cabinet for cooking, but this herb is also a staple in many alternative medicine cabinets. Ginger is known for its exceptional antiseptic properties that help reduce joint pain and swelling. It is also known to increase blood circulation, which brings heat and healing properties to the affected areas. You can drink ginger tea or apply ginger paste on your joints and can also apply a good quality essential oil.
It is commonly known as dry ginger. Dry Ginger is another useful anti-inflammatory herb. It remarkably reduce markers of inflammation in the blood and is a very potent analgesic. Commonly called as Sonth in hindi, is a remarkable herbal treatment for pain in conditions like arthritis.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Going to a grocery store may not be the place to find the apple cider vinegar that is beneficial. Most vinegar sold in grocery stores is processed and these are not beneficial to us. Raw, unprocessed, organic apple cider vinegar is the beneficial vinegar. The apple cider vinegar is rich in several vitamins and minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium. Add 2 tablespoon of this in a glass of water and have every day.
– Dr. Reetu Panwar
If you feel any pain or any ache in your body and these home remedies are not helping you, head to our center and consultation from our expert Dr. Reetu Panwar – 1303, Sector 52, Near Ardee Mall, Gurgaon, Haryana – 122018
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