The word 'arthritis' means 'inflammation of the joints'. Incorporating these natural home remedies for arthritis will help in managing the symptoms.
Joints are exposed to innumerable stresses in day-to-day life. These stresses expose them to stretches, strains, actual injury, or indirect injuries by infection due to various microbes.
Metabolic disorders may deposit chemical crystals at the joint site, or immune system dysfunction may cause localised tissue lesions due to antigen, antibody reactions.
There are two types of arthritis, Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
OA happens due to wear and tear of the cartilage and RA is an autoimmune disease which happens when the immune system starts attacking joint tissues.
Degenerative changes in the body due to ageing, etc. take their own toll, e.g., osteo-arthritis.
Lets look at all the home remedies for arthritis that you can start using to manage the symptoms.
Due to its detoxifying properties, fenugreek seeds are helpful in arthritis and gout.
A cupful of seeds are soaked overnight, the water drained out next day, and the seeds re-soaked in fresh water for a couple of hours. Then the water is changed a second time, and after a few hours, this too is drained out. These seeds now are soft and tender, and are cooked as a dry vegetable or a curried paste preparation. It prevents joint pain.
Drinking beetroot juice or eating a cupful of diced beetroot, whether raw or parboiled, is extremely good home remedies for arthritis. The leaves of beetroot are also beneficial. These can be cooked with diced onions.
Apparently, beetroots are supposed to have immunity-enhancing properties and are particularly beneficial for arthritis of an immune-disorder aetiology. Beetroots are rich in potassium and have an alkalising effect. This alkalinity is helpful in dissolving various types of salt deposits on the articular surfaces of the joints, as occurs in arthritis.
Those consuming beetroot may have pink-or red-coloured urine. This is because of the red pigment, fresh beta-cyanin, that some people do not metabolise well. However, this is no reason to worry.
Pineapple juice, a cupful taken every day (200 ml), reduces swelling and inflammation around the joints, which occurs in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
The active ingredient is a substance called bromelain that has significant anti-inflammatory action.
A tablespoon of Apple-cider vinegar taken with a teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning is beneficial. Those who are not overweight can take more honey - a tablespoon or so.
Apple-cider vinegar has a substance called mallic acid that helps remove inorganic salt deposits on articular surfaces - especially useful for non- specific arthritis.
Celery is another leafy vegetable and is a good home remedies for arthritis. Its used for salads or soup seasoning which has high amounts of sodium, which helps keep the balance of lime (calcium salt) and magnesium in solution, not letting it deposit on joint surfaces. The stalk and leaves can both be used to make fresh juice.
By itself, this juice is not very palatable, so an equal amount of carrot juice can be added. A cupful of this mixture, taken morning and evening, prepared fresh and had immediately, will break down disease-producing unhealthy calcium deposits on the articular surfaces of joints. Cucumber juice can be substituted for celery juice once in a while.
Asparagus is good for those with arthritis, but definitely contraindicated for sufferers of gout. However, cherries are extremely good for relieving pain caused by gout.
Drinking half a cup of sprouted wheatgrass juice daily builds up the immune system and is good for all kinds of arthritis due to an autoimmune dysfunction.
A tablespoon of sesame seeds, soaked in water overnight. The water in which sesame seeds are soaked should be taken along with the seeds in the morning. This is found to be effective in preventing frequent joint pains.
A soup made from the sprouted green gram with 2-3 crushed cloves of garlic is good for the pain in the joints. Drinking a cupful of the soup twice a day helps in reliving the pain in joints.