Arthritis comes in different forms. There is knee arthritis, hand arthritis, and so on. The type of arthritis experienced by a patient is dependent on the part of the body where the sickness is felt most. However, irrespective of the types of arthritis being experienced, arthritis comes with severe pain.
All arthritis causes pain and if not properly taken care of, these pains can impede the proper functioning of the patient. Although there are some drugs and medical treatments used for the sickness, studies have shown that herbs are potent remedies for arthritis pain. This article focuses on seven great herbs for arthritis.
India Frankincense is popularly known as Boswellia. It is rated as one of the most potent herbs for the treatment of arthritis among traditional herbal doctors.
According to a review published in 2011. Boswellia acid contains some anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to relieve arthritis pain and inflammation.
Another study on the effect of the herb on humans revealed that when arthritis patients use a frankincense capsule regularly. They would experience a significant reduction in their pains and morning stiffness. Also, they would experience improved physical functionality.
These two studies show that India frankincense is a great herb for arthritis. However, it is noteworthy that when using the Boswellia capsule, the dosage should not be more than 1 gram. A high dosage can affect the liver.
Boswellia is available in capsule and topical creams.
Cat’s claw is a very popular herb in South and Central America. It is another effective herb for the treatment of arthritis and often used as a traditional remedy for pain and inflammation and also to boost the immune system.
In a small study conducted in 2002, Cat’s claw was used to treat about 40 patients suffering from arthritis, the result shows a reduced joint swelling up to 50%.
In addition to this, in a study conducted by the Arthritis Foundation, the result shows that just like many conventional drugs for arthritis, the cat’s claw helps to suppress tumor necrosis factor (TNF).
However, there are some side effects of using the herbs. This include:
- Low Blood Pressure
- Nausea and Dizziness
Also, if you have any of these health issues, do not use the herb:
- Thin blood
- On medications that suppress the immune system.
Cat’s claw is often taken orally.
Eucalyptus is another great herb used by many people for the treatment of different health-related issues. Among the different health issues that eucalyptus can be used for is arthritis.
Eucalyptus is said to contain a compound known as tannin. This compound helps to reduce pain and inflammation in arthritis.
Eucalyptus is often applied in topical form to the affected arthritis area. But before applying it, ensure you dilute the herbs in an essential oil or carrier oil. Also, do a patch test before applying it to the affected area.
Do the patch test by applying a small amount of the herbs on the affected area, leave this for 24 to 48 hours. If there is no significant reaction, it means the herbs are safe to use.
Though green tea is often taken as a beverage, the antioxidant in it can help to reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. There are different ways of using green tea for arthritis:
It can be taken as a beverage
By sprinkling it in food or smoothie
There is still more research to reveal how well green tea can work for arthritis. Nevertheless, it is advisable instead of consuming other kinds of beverages, an arthritis patient can consume green tea.
Turmeric is another great herb for the treatment of arthritis. Although it is often used as a spice for cooking because of its rich flavor, the benefits of this yellowish spice go beyond adding flavor to foods.
Turmeric contains curcumin referred to as curcumin. Lots of studies have revealed that curcumin is a great compound for the treatment of arthritis. The compound helps to reduce the enzymes that cause pain and inflammation in the body.
Therefore constantly using turmeric can help to reduce arthritis pain and inflammation to the barest minimum. Turmeric can be used both in topical form and in oral form.
Like turmeric, ginger is often used as a spice for cooking. Ginger contains a component called gingerol. The gingerol component in ginger has been revealed as one of the best cures for arthritis pain and inflammation.
In fact, some researchers revealed that ginger could one day be an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
The author of one review in 2016, predicted that in the future ginger can be used to form the major ingredient for pharmaceutical treatment used for arthritis. The reason for this is because ginger does not only help with the arthritis pain but also helps prevent bone destruction.
Ginger is often taken orally by chewing it, blending it, and taken as a tea or by using it as a spice for cooking. For arthritis, it is advisable that the patient constantly use it in all these ways.
Thunder god vine
Thunder god vine is one of the ancient herbs often used for the treatment of different health issues. In ancient times, thunder god vine is usually used by Chinese and Japanese and Korean for the treatment of arthritis and inflammation. The herbs can be applied to the affected area as topical or taken as a dietary supplement.
When using thunder god for the treatment of arthritis, it is important to note that extract from other parts of the vine except the root can be poisonous. Also, the exact dosage to use when using as a supplement has not yet been determined, hence it is advisable to use it in small quantities. Taking it in high doses can be harmful to health.
Like thunder god vine, willow’s bark is another great ancient herbs for the treatment of arthritis pain. It is usually taken orally either by chewing it in its raw form or by cooking it and taken as a tea. However, when using the herbs for arthritis, it is important to take note of the side effects. Some of them include:
- High blood pressure
- Stomach upset
- Bleeding or stomach ulcer as a result of an overdose
- Allergic reactions, especially if you are allergic to aspirin.
To avoid any of these side effects, it is important to first seek your doctor’s guideline. Also, take the herb in small quantities.