Thursday, 16 May 2013

Remedies in Alternate medicine for Arthritis

Arthritis is primarily pain in the fingers, knees, elbows, hips, or any place where there is a joint between bones. It can be excruciatingly painful and unpredictable especially as there are many nerves around the joint that are needed to make the complicated joints work properly. There are many forms of arthritis—Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis are just two common ones to mention.

Anyone suffering from arthritis will know how desperate one could get, to obtain relief. You may feel that you could give all you have to get that cure coming your way. Your doctor could prescribe medicines that could bring relief but that could be temporary, have limited benefits, and sometimes cause unpleasant side effects. 

Today many people with arthritis want to try alternate medicines, natural herbs, and home remedies including dietary supplements to help ease the pain away. A general view of few remedies in alternate medicines for arthritis has been given below:

Boswellia - Mainly found in India, this herb has been used as an anti-inflammatory. Gum extracts of this tree is used to relieve joint pain and inflammation. It is also effective for ulcerative colitis (ulcers) formed in the lining of the stomach.

Cherries - A rich source of magnesium (a natural painkiller) and potassium helps reduce inflammation by ridding tissue of fluid. Consuming six to eight cherries a day helps keep the pain at bay.

Dandelion leaves - Rich in Vitamin A and C, when eaten raw in portions, helps the liver clear toxins out the body. It is also effective in helping the body repair damaged tissue.

Warm water therapy - The affected regions of the body are immersed in warm water for about an hour or so, thereby effecting relief from pain.

Aloe Vera - This herb is known for its great boost to energy levels and immune system. It is also known for reducing inflammation and pain that eventually promotes healing.

Eucalyptus oil - Smearing a thin film of oil on the affected areas, covering it with a plastic wrap and continuously applying heat with the help of steaming towels is an age-old traditional home remedy. This proves to be an effective pain relief routine.

Other herbal medicines that are used to treat arthritis are: oregano, American ginseng, licorice, rosemary, turmeric, and sesame seeds. Some of these are used externally and some internally for best results.
Apart from these, other supplements such as glucosamine/chondroitin sulphate (in right doses), hyaluronic acid (used in beauty treatments), fatty acid-Cetyl myristoleate (anti-inflammatory and joints lubricant) may help in relief for those suffering from arthritis.

Adequate exercise, be it water aerobics/ aquatic exercises or gentle stretching like yoga without placing heavy burden on the joints would be the ideal way for arthritis sufferers to gain strength and cardiovascular endurance with further low risk of joint wear and tear. The benefits of ice and heat on arthritis could also be worthwhile. Ice is useful for reducing the inflammation and swelling while heat would be good for relaxing muscles and blood circulation.

Homeopathy has been used worldwide for all forms of arthritis and has a 200 year history of excellence in safely, energetically treating the cause, individually for each person and is highly recommended. 

Acupuncture is also known to be an effective remedy for arthritis. In this procedure, fine needles are meticulously inserted at various points on the skin to reduce the cause of arthritis. According to Dr. James Mckoy, MD, Chief of rheumatology, Honolulu, “In order to effect a change in health outcome, patients must change their thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs.” While many people are under the pretext that herbal therapy/ aid would not cause them side effects, the irony is that herbal supplements can be quite powerful and can have strong side effects. Therefore, before you opt for herbal treatment, it would be wise to discuss the same with your doctor.

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