10 Home Remedies for Arthritis & Joint Pain

Jan 16, 2014

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    Arthritis and Joint pain

    Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, causes inflammation and pain in joints and tissue around the joints. Although it usually affects elderly however some forms of arthritis can affect people at a very early age. There are some home remedies available that can effectively ease the arthritis pain.

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    Lose Weight

    Losing weight to attain healthy body weight can provide relief from the arthritis and joint pain. It has been observed that the extra weight puts extra pressure on the joints, especially knees and losing weight can reduce the arthritis problem and it's symptoms.

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    The best solution to cure several problems is to exercise according to your health and age. Arthritis is also affected by exercising. Make sure you indulge in some simple exercises like walking, cycling or swimming as it can be very effective in curing the joint pain.

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    Physical Therapy

    Though exercise can be very effective, not everyone suffering from joint pain and arthritis can exercise. Such people can take help from a professional physical therapy. An experienced physical therapist who knows how to help ease arthritis pain can be very helpful for old or weak people.

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    Mustard Oil

    Considering the pain and discomfort caused by arthritis, nothing will feel better than a gentle mustard oil massage on the affected area. It will stimulate the blood flow and reduce the pain and inflammation. Gently massage with warm oil every night before going to bed.

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    Ice or Heat Packs

    Cold or heat treatments have been very helpful in reducing the pain and swelling. Apply heat to the painful joints to get quick relief from arthritis pain. You can use heat pads, hot packs or even electric blankets to apply heat to your joint. If the weather is already hot, you can also use an ice pack to ease the pain.

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    Eucalyptus Oil

    You can also rub eucalyptus oil on the affected region to reduce the pain and inflammation. It has amazing mint like quality that makes it a wonderful home remedy for pain relief. It is often mixed with other oils like spearmint and peppermint to increase its effectiveness.

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    Omega 3 fatty acids have great anti-inflammatory effects on the body. It can be very helpful in reducing the arthritis pain and swelling. You can add fish to your diet to get ample supply of omega 3 acids.

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    Acupuncture has been effective in reducing swelling and joint pain. Several people have discovered relief from arthritis pain and swelling after taking few acupuncture session. You can also consider the risk free procedure since it is supposed to help you in several ways.

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    There are several natural ointments available from various companies that provide quick relief from the arthritis pain. However make sure that you consult your doctor first, as some ointments may have better effects than others.

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    Know it All

    Complete knowledge about your problem can be very helpful in keeping it in control. If you know your limits then you can manage your lifestyle and avoid making your arthritis pain worse.  Spend time with your doctor and understand your physical limits.