Arthritis pain remedies


Arthritis can be terribly painful and could have a crippling effect in the body. Arthritis is most common among the elderly, though youngsters could also fall prey to the disease. Most common kinds of Arthritis and their remedies are given below:

Osteoarthritis, known as OA for short, is the result of the wear and tear of living and is very common in individuals past middle age. It affects the hands, legs, hips, and spine. Other than age, obesity, heavy use of joints, and joint trauma are also risk factors for Osteoarthritis. The gravitational pressure also causes physical damage to the joints resulting in tenderness, swelling and decrease in mobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease caused due to the presence of certain antibodies in the blood which attacks the lining of the cells in the joints. This causes joint pain, stiffness swelling, crippling and immobility.

Juvenile Arthritis is a generalized term used for all types of arthritis occurring in children, The signs of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis vary from one child to another.

Avoiding dairy products, wheat and certain vegetables like potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes, spinach, tobacco, non-vegetarian food, excess salt, saturated fat, sugar and nuts are recommended for patients suffering from Osteoarthritis. A vegetarian diet with plenty of citrus fruits and eating a couple of raisins or dates could help.

A warm spinal bath for ten minutes every day helps in strengthening the nervous system. Warm oil massaged over the affected joints will also help in providing relief.

Physiotherapy and calcium supplements can help in treating juvenile arthritis.

Underwater salt massages taken regularly help in relieving pain. Ayurvedic therapies such as Sarvanga dhara, Shirodhara, Choornaswedham and internal medicines such as Dasamoola Rasnadi Kashayam taken by consultation with an Ayurvedic physician will help in bringing relief.


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  1. Osteoarthritis is a kind of arthritis mainly involving bigger joints like knee joint. It is commonly seen in men over 40 yrs of age. Symptoms like morning stiffness especially after rest and at the onset of movements may be present. It is relieved by slow movement since the increased synovial secretion caused by movements lubricates the dry joint and relieves pain. Diminished joint space with Osteophytes can be seen in X-ray. Heberden’s nodes may be present. Osteoporosis is basically degeneration of bones.

    Herbs for combationg osteoarthritis are described in Ayurveda. These herbs are useful in all types of arthritis like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of inflammatory joint conditions. Some of them reduce the pain, some reduce inflammation while herbs like Giloy (Tinospora and Ashwagandha ) are helpful in autoimmune disorders as well. Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Guduchi ( Tinospora cordifolia), Ashwagandha ( Withania somnifera).

    Some of the natural ways to alleviate joint pains are:
    1. Hot fomentation with saindha namak.
    2. Potali sek of balu ( ret)
    3. Massage of Mahanarayana tail on the joints involved clockwise and anticlockwise. These localised treatments will help to alleviate symptoms of pain.
    4. To relieve inflammation tablet Kaishore guggulu, trayodashang guggulu can be taken with luke warm water. Two tablets twice a day.

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