Friday, May 1, 2009

Arthritis Help and Pain Relief

By Julieanne van Zyl

Arthritis pain relief is something that many individuals are seeking. Distressing millions of individuals globally, arthritis is a incapacitating condition that is essentially a very painful inflammation of the joints. Over one hundred different types of arthritis have been identified. Many types become so severe that the sufferer's entire life style is totally disrupted. Prescription drugs and over the counter drugs are used to provide you with arthritis help. These drugs, however, may have unfavorable reactions or reduce the effectiveness of other medications that you may be taking. If narcotics have been prescribed to help you deal with the pain, then you risk becoming addicted and needing bigger and bigger doses to give you arthritis help.

A growing number of folks are turning to natural remedies for their arthritis. Natural remedies will have fewer side effects and can be just as helpful as the prescription medications.

One of the cheapest yet most helpful ways of dealing arthritis pain relief, is Epsom salt. The reason for this is in the anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties of magnesium which is a basic element of Epsom salts. Magnesium sulphate is readily absorbed through the skin. Add two cups of Epsom salts to a bathtub of hot water. The hotter the water is, the better it works. Lay in the bath for thirty minutes and add hot water as needed to %maintain& the temperature. The anti-inflammatory properties of the Epsom salt together with the heat from the bath will reduce the pain from arthritis. However if pregnant or suffering from heart disease it would be prudent for you to check with your doctor before taking very hot baths.

Another natural arthritis remedy just as helpful as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for reducing arthritis pain, is Glucosamine Sulfate. Glucosamine moreover, does not damage your stomach lining like the NSAIDs can do. Use the liquid form of glucosamine sulfate, because it has a better absorption rate. Don't use glucosamine sulfate that has NaCl or KCL listed in the ingredients. These will be listed as salt and potassium. The two ingredients will reduce the helpful amount of glucosamine you will receive in each dose.

Other natural remedies that have proven to be highly beneficial in providing arthritis help, are Devil's claw, Feverfew and Ginger. Devil's claw has anti-inflammatory properties. The recommended dose is 1,000 milligrams twice a day. Feverfew has been used for centuries as a highly helpful anti-inflammatory. The recommended dose of feverfew is 250 milligrams twice a day. According to one study, Ginger was helpful in providing relief from pain and swelling of arthritis in seventy-five percent of the subjects studied. Many folks drink ginger tea or apply ginger compresses to get arthritis pain relief and reduce swelling.

Vitamins beneficial in reducing arthritis pain and swelling are C, A, B-complex and Vitamin E. These vitamins have been proven to increase collagen production and repair connective tissue. Adding Omega 3 fatty acids can provide arthritis help and reduce swelling. In addition, the outer rind of the mangosteen fruit has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, a mangosteen juice containing a high content of the outer rind (called pericarp) can reduce inflammation causing the arthritis pain. Mangosteen has no known side effects.

If your option is to use natural remedies to treat your arthritis pain and swelling, make sure you check with your medical practitioner first. He or she can make sure that these natural remedies will not interact with any prescription medication you may be taking, and then you may get arthritis pain relief.

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Charly said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I am really in search for some pain relief but I do not like to take prescribed medicine with all those side effects. I will give this a try.