Natural Remedies for Joint Pain & Inflammation
Joint pain is a very common problem among adults, especially those with risk factors such as: overusing certain joints in the body, having an existing health condition like arthritis, being overweight or obese, living a sedentary lifestyle, being stressed or eating a poor diet.
Joint pain most commonly occurs in areas of the body like the knees, shoulders, neck, low back, hips, ankles and hands.
Natural ways to lower joint pain symptoms include: treating an underlying health condition, stretching and exercising, resting the area if needed, using essential oils, applying heat or warmth, diet modifications, supplements and possibly losing weight if needed.
Ginger is a flowering plant. Its root is often used for cooking. Its sharp, distinct flavor is unmistakable, and many people appreciate its aromatic taste. In addition to its culinary uses, ginger has served as a folk medicine for centuries. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer properties. Because of this, it’s thought to boost your overall immunity.
For people with arthritis, its anti-inflammatory properties are of particular benefit. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds that function in the same way as COX-2 inhibitors. COX-2 inhibitors are drugs used to treat pain and inflammation. Keep reading to learn more about how ginger is used for arthritis, its other benefits, and potential side effects.
Ginger is a powerful and pungent herb used across the world for such a wide range of purposes it’s sometimes referred to as “nature’s medicine chest.” Chock full of antioxidants, hydrocarbons, and virus-fighting terpenes, humans rely on ginger to relieve a myriad of ailments from motion sickness to migraines. Ginger contains a protein-digesting enzyme called zingibain, which has been known to reduce inflammation and relieve joint pain caused by osteoarthritis, lupus, and other joint conditions. >
Boswellia, also called frankincense, is praised by alternative medicine practitioners for its anti-inflammatory capabilities. It’s derived from the gum of boswellia trees indigenous to India. Boswellia is an effective anti-inflammatory, it can be an effective painkiller and may prevent the loss of cartilage. Some studies have found that it may even be useful in treating certain cancers, such as leukemia and breast cancer.
This herb is thought to work by blocking substances that attack healthy joints in autoimmune diseases such as RA. Boswellia is available in tablet form and topical creams.
The beautiful Boswellia tree grows in dry and mountainous regions of Northern Africa, India, and the Middle East. Boswellia bark is thin as paper, and when peeled away reveals an inner layer that secretes a resinous gum. The resin extracted from the Boswellia tree is referred to as Boswellia Serrata, or Indian Frankincense.
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