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Natural Arthritis Remedies
April 27, 2012
|Marilyn and I hope you're well and reaping the benefits of adding natures super foods to your diet!
Today we thought we'd share with you five natural remedies for arthritis that even doctors say are worth a try.
Natural Arthritis Remedies
Are they even worth trying?
We've uncovered five natural remedies for arthritis that even doctors say could be worth a try.
(Remember to always consult with your own doctor prior to trying any new treatments.)
The first arthritis remedy to consider is;
Why the work: Pretty much all chili peppers contain a substance called capsaicin, which is a natural analgesic, and research as shown that capsaicin can help relieve pain associated with arthritis.
According to a report in a 2010 issue of the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, a gel with just .0125% capsaicin was an effective treatment on mild to moderate osteoarthritis pain in the knees.
It was stated that the exact mechanism is as yet unknown and studies are continuing, but it's believed that capsaicin relieves the pain and associated itching by acting on the sensory nerves and it ma interfere with substance "P", which is a naturally produced chemical involved in transmitting pain impulses to the brain.
By acting on these neurotransmitters, the pain signals can no longer be sent to the brain.
It should also be mentioned that the amount of capsaicin does determine how long the relief will last and note that the effect is temporary.
We do know that the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains.
We also know that eating hot peppers causes the release of endorphins, which are hormones released by our bodies, that produces a general feeling of well-being, and this acts as our bodies own pain relief medication.
To use it, don't ingest the hot peppers, especially if you have a tender tummy, but using rubs or creams containing capsaicin are much safer because the rub or cream de-sensitises the surface nerve receptors in the area that's causing the pain.
Rubs and creams containing as much as .075% capsaicin are sold in general grocery, pharmacy and health food stores.
Always start with a lower dose, especially if you've never used the product before and be aware that you will probably feel a burning sensation the first several times of use until you get use to the rub or cream.
Gin Soaked Raisins
You read that right!
The reason being is that Gin gets it's flavor from Juniper berries, which have an anti-inflammatory compound called, Terpinen.
And raisins contain the compounds ferulic acid, as well as salicylic acid which have both been found to be pain relievers.
I must comment though, I haven't been able to find any credible studies "proving" that gin soaked raisins are an effective, natural remedy, but it appears many men and women do take them and profess their efficiency.
So, you can use regular or golden raisins, but it does appear that the golden variety are somewhat more effective because they are treated with sulphur dioxide to prevent them from darkening and sulphur dioxide has been reported to be associated with a decrease in arthritic discomfort.
The most common method I found is simply to empty a small box of raisins into a bowl and just cover them with gin.
Allow the gin to evaporate (up to a week, but don't let the raisins dry out) and then eat maybe 8-10 per day.
And I've read that you should avoid this remedy if a person has a history of substance or alcohol abuse.
It seems that cider vinegar can actually dissolve the hard deposits from arthritic joints and stops the condition from getting worse but if the arthritic joints have actually worn out, the only remedy is surgical replacement.
It appears that apple cider vinegar helps to restore the alkaline-acid balance within your body and disperses the crystaline build-up within the joint and causes the osteoarthritic pain.
And as an added bonus, cider vinegar can control blood pressure and is known as a natural diuretic.
It can also aid with a calcium deficiency by helping your body deal more effectively with the calcium content of foods.
This remedy might not help with more severe cases of the disease and it may take several weeks to see results.
Cider Vinegar works internally as well as topically.
To take internally just mix two tsp. vinegar with eight oz. water.
You can add a couple tsp. of honey to enhance the taste unless you are diabetic as the honey does increase sugar in the body.
And, you can take this drink up to thrice daily.
To use topically, just mix about a quarter c. vinegar with 1 and 1/2 c. warm water and soak the sore joint for about ten minutes.
If you're unable to submerse the sore joint, you can dip a cloth in the mixture and then apply to the area desired.
You can repeat this up to four times a day.
The smell does dissipate after a few hours, or of course after a shower.
Tart cherries have been shown to inhibit pain and inflammation.
A 2007 study found cherry pills to be an effective osteoarthritic remedy.
Tart cherries are rich in anthocyanins that are potent antioxidants which we know are important in health and now controlling inflammation.
If you don't want to take a supplement, eat a couple handfuls of cherries a day.
Cherry juice can also be effective, but does contain a fair amount of sugar, which could lead to weight gain.
Pectin is a natural fiber used to thicken jellies, jams and in canning.
It's extracted primarily from citrus fruits and may even lower cholesterol, as well as easing arthritic symptoms.
Like many food remedies, scientists aren't exactly certain why it works, but it does continue to be one of the more abundant and inexpensive natural remedies for an arthritic malady and it's reported that many patients find it helpful in easing their inflammation and discomfort.
Note though that it does not work for everyone and if you don't notice an relief within two to three weeks, it probably won't work for you.
Pectin is normally found at your grocery as a powder and the best way to consume it is mix in with your normal food and/or drinks.
Try one to three Tbs. with eight oz. of low or non-sweetened beverages.
You can drink the mixture a couple times per day for up to two weeks and you should see results within seven to twenty-one days.
As the pain subsides you can reduce your intake to a tsp. of pectin once or twice a day as required.
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