Arthritis is actually an umbrella term used for a group of more than 100 medical conditions that collectively affect nearly 46 million adults and 300,000 children in America alone, according to Arthritis Foundation. And the most common is osteoarthritis more prevalent in people over 60.
The common thread among these 100-plus conditions is that they all affect the musculoskeletal system and specifically the joints – where two or more bones meet. Arthritis-related joint problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage (the tough, smooth tissue that covers the ends of the bones, enabling them to glide against one another) and surrounding structures.
If you or members of your family are suffering from joint pain and inflammation, it’s a good idea to consult your family physician. And while at home waiting for a doctor’s appointment, why not try to do a natural remedies for arthritis?
Linda B. White, M.D., who teaches herbal medicine classes in the Integrative Therapeutic Practices Program at Metropolitan State College of Denver, share 8 powerful herbs that you can use to reduce joint pain and inflammation. These natural arthritis remedies act more slowly than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but have fewer side effects.
The 8 herbs for arthritis Dr. White recommends are:
1. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) – contains the potent anti-inflammatory chemical curcumin
2. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – decreases pain and inflammation
3. Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) also called Indian frankincense – improves knee arthritis
4. Devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) – decreases arthritis symptoms
5. Two species of cat’s claw:
5.1 Uncaria guianensis – relieves knee pain during activity in people with osteoarthritis
5.2 U. Tomentosa – reduces rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
6. Willow (Salix spp.) – has long been used to reduce pain and inflammation
7. Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) – contains capsaicin, which inhibits inflammation and interferes with pain transmission
8. Stinging nettle’s (Urtica dioica) – relieves hand arthritis
To learn how you can use these 8 herbs, please read Dr. Linda B. White’s full article as she reveals time-tested tips on using the full potential of these 8 herbs for arthritis inflammation.
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