It is never advisable to ignore aches and pains and wait for it to pass. An early treatment will help in cure and prevent further progression into arthritis. Popping in pills and injecting cortisone into an acutely affected joint may offer relief to a certain extent, but will harm the immune system in the long run.
Hence, using herbal aids and getting plenty of rest, while also eating fresh nutritious foods (preferably organic), will help minimize joint and muscle aches. Hope the following natural remedies will be of help.
For simple muscle aches
- A hotbath following workout, helps in removing metabolic wastes, while also increasing circulation and easing soreness.
- A massage by an expert may help decrease inflammation and speed muscle recovery immediately, following a work out.
- A few drops of peppermint or rosemary essential oil (if possible add valerian) at bed time may help. Even St. Johns wort or Black haw may help prevent and relieve muscle cramps.
- A spoonful of fresh flax seed or evening primrose oil several times a day may relieve pain within a few days.
- Ginger baths, Ginger compresses and soaks, will ease sore and aching joints.
- Soak in hot bath to which two cups of Epson salts have been dissolved to ease the pain of strain. The salts promote healing of torn muscles and relieve swelling.
- Eating minimum of 2 bananas a day will help reduce muscle cramps, caused by deficiency of potassium, as bananas are rich in potassium.
- Drink plenty of water before and after the activity of your choice, as it helps prevent cramps caused due to loss of water in the form of sweat.
Muscle aches due to deep distress
- The above simple remedies may help ease simple muscle aches. But the muscle ache and joint pain experienced during the pre-menopausal and post-menopausal years by women, particularly the knee, elbow, and shoulder joint pains, and aching hips, lower back or wrists indicate deeper distress such as osteoporosis. The following could be tried out on consultation with a physician.
- Herbs rich in salicylates/sterols, such as those found in the bark, buds and leaves of birches, leaves of willows, poplars, true wintergreen and black haw have been used for ages to help ease inflammatory pains.
- Sterols comprise carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. The roots of plans such as ginseng, sarsaparilla, poke and devils club and black cohosh help in easing sore joints.
- Tincture of poke root or devils club, can be used 1-4 drops daily, or, 1-2 dried poke berries can be swallowed each morning without chewing so that the seeds can just pass through. (However, poke berry seeds and poke root are toxic and should be used only in low doses, under supervision of qualified practitioner).
- Try 10-20 drops of tincture of Yellow dock root, for ˜restless legs, often associated with anaemia.
Black current bud macerate is an anti-inflammatory found to be of wonderful help for post menopausal women with rheumatism, allergies, headaches and persistent hot flashes. A 30-50 drop dose could be used up to three times a day.
- Garden sage leaf infusion or tincture may help prevent joint aches and improve circulation.