Joint pain, most often called arthritis, affects people of all ages. Though the elderly population may suffer from joint pain most often, it can also happen to people who are extremely active, or even small children as they experience growing pains while they go through periods of fast growth.
More often however, joint pain is an indication of a degenerative condition which creates stiffness and joint congestion. The most common type of joint pain is caused by Osteoarthritis, which gets worse with age, and wear and tear on the joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis is lumped in with other autoimmune disease which cause joint pain. In any case, joint pain happens due to the relentless attack of an immune system which has turned against itself.
Causes of Joint Pain
The inability of the body to circulate proper fluids to the joints and support bone tissue causes joint pain. These issues usually have a foundation in poor digestion, assimilation of nutrients, and chronic inflammation.
Digestive and environmental toxins are a big contributor to joint pain. Our stomachs normally contain enzymes which help to break down the food and beverages we consume. These minerals also help to maintain strong bones and joints. When there is too much waste in the body, the support that our cartilage and bones needs is lessened as the body needs to work extra hard to rid all the tissues of stored toxins. This may cause them to weaken over time.
Allopathic Cures for Joint Pain
Most often, allopathic medicine simply prescribes topical creams, pain killers like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS), corticosteroid creams, and analgesics to deal with joint pain.
Osteoporosis medications are also prescribed when necessary, as well biologic response modifiers. There are currently only 8 approved by the FDA in it his drug class, as they aim to turn off the body’s immune response.
A doctor might also suggest that you treat joint pain with hot baths, or simply staying “off your feet,” but truly the medications prescribed don’t’ address the underlying condition of a weakened immune system, alkaline-acidity imbalance in the body’s pH, and other core physiological issues that are likely causing joint pain.
Moreover, many of these medications, like NSAIDS, for example, can cause some serious side effects including:
- High blood pressure
- Swelling in the legs
- Ringing in the ears
- Headaches and dizziness
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems
- A tendency to bleed too much when injured
Side effects of corticosteroids include:
- Glaucoma (fluid retention in the eyes)
- High blood pressure
- An altered or depressed mood
- Weight gain
- Soreness in the mouth
- A fungal infection of the mouth
- Thinning bones
- Thin skin
- An inability to heal from small bruises, cuts, or injuries
- Prone to infection
- Suppressed adrenal gland hormone creation
Each of the medications described above have their own list of side effects, so taking these drugs to stop joint pain only temporarily solves the problem, and may even be harmful to one’s health.
Natural Remedies for Joint Pain
Fear not! Natural remedies for joint pain are abundant. The many remedies offered by natural and alternative medicine practitioners will help to restore the body to its original state of wholeness – without joint pain – without unpleasant and harmful side effects.
Herbal Remedies for Joint Pain
Most herbal remedies aim to support the bones and cartilage, as well as rid the body of excess toxins and chronic inflammation caused by their presence. The following herbs may be helpful in relieving joint pain:
- Burdock Root – a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent can help to turn off the “heat” that builds up in joints and connective tissues.
- Ginger. This incredible root isn’t just great for giving your cooking a little extra zing. It is full of anti-inflammatory compounds.
- Flax Seed – this seed works primarily by reducing inflammation through the presence of healthy fatty acids called Omega 3s. Flax seed (hemp seed, certain plant oils) are incredible sources of Omega 3 fatty acids.
- Licorice Root – there is a special plant compound in licorice that inhibits an enzyme involved in the inflammatory process. It also helps the body to release cortisol – the stress hormone which adds to inflammation in the body.
- Stinging Nettle – this herb is full of antioxidants, and essential minerals our bodies need to reduce inflammation. Those who suffer from arthritis have even found that the topical application of nettle can help to relieve joint pain.
- Turmeric – the curcumins and curcuminoids found in this bright orange root are simply amazing at lowering inflammation. They also happen to be anti-cancerous, and support brain health as well.
- Holy Basil – this plant is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and has medicinal properties which help support healthy blood sugar levels, while reducing joint pain.
- Guggul – another powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, this plant is used throughout India. Is can also help to lower high blood pressure and promote natural healing by boosting the immune system.
- Boswellia – this herb (also known as Indian frankincense) is normally used for those suffering from digestive ailments, but is also great for reducing inflammation in the body.
- Royal Jelly – This product is made by bees. It is incredibly anti-inflammatory and is especially useful for those who suffer from arthritis and similar forms of joint pain.
- Thunder God Vine – This herb often used in Chinese Medicine is known for helping those with autoimmune disorders. People with autoimmune disease often have chronic inflammation which needs to be addressed.
- Papaya – Papaya contains plant enzymes called papain, which are so powerful for reducing pain they are even used in pharmaceutical medications for application straight into the body via injection. Papain increases the production of immune cells, too.
Traditional Chinese Medicine for Joint Pain
TCM practitioners maintain that there are essentially four types of joint pain (arthritis):
Zuo Bi – This is the name given when the body becomes heavy and numb, and joint pain is worse when it rains or on humid days.
Re Bi – This type of joint pain produces swelling, tenderness and sharp pain in one or more joints.
Xing Bi – This type of pain is most often seen in people with a slender figure. The pain often wanders from one joint to another.
Tong Bi – This severe pain settles in one or more joints; cold and activity will worsen the pain while heat reduces it.
TCM practitioners use many techniques to treat joint pain. Among the most popular techniques are acupuncture, acupressure, herbal remedies, diet changes, moxibustion, Qi Gong massage and stretching exercises.
Yoga for Joint Pain
It may seem like the last thing you want to do when you suffer from joint pain, but a regular practice of gentle stretching along with deep breathing can help significantly. When we stretch the muscles (and the sausage like casing around them – called the fascia) this brings extra blood flow to the body while also relaxing the muscles and joints. cardiovascular exercise does not do the same thing, as it increases cortisol and puts the nervous system in fight-or-flight mode.
Yoga helps to support healthy bone density, keeps the muscles pliant, and reduces stress – all of which are vital to reducing joint pain.
Lifestyle Choice to Aid Those with Joint Pain
One of the easiest ways to control joint pain is by making different lifestyle choices. This includes eating better, getting regular exercise, and using stress-reduction tools since chronic inflammation – the underlying cause of most joint pain – is worsened with stress. Try these simple things to reduce joint pain:
- Eat more Omega 3 fatty acids. These can be found in foods like flax and hemp seeds, but also in cold water fish like salmon or cod. Omega 3s are extremely anti-inflammatory.
- Add garlic, ginger, pepper, and turmeric to your recipes. These four herbs lower inflammation profoundly, and they can help your food taste incredible, too.
- Drink more water. Clean, filtered water is one of the easiest ways to support immune functioning, clean out the digestive tract, and help the body stay healthy.
- Lower stress. Meditation, mindfulness exercises, deep breathing, and just finding ways to laugh more every day will help reduce the stress hormone cortisol, which contributes to an over-active inflammatory response in the body.
- Start moving more. Exercise is absolutely vital to reducing joint pain. When we move, our joints and muscles are flooded with oxygen-rich blood. This helps to bring the cells in our bodies the nutrients they need to function, while also ridding them of accumulated wastes.
- Get plenty of sleep. The body clean out a lot of junk from the joints, muscles, bones, and blood while we sleep. Depriving ourselves of ample sleep means that that junk stays in our organs, cells, and joints instead of moving through our excretory system. Sleep is key to a healthy body and pain-free joints.
Joint pains are basically caused due to Inflammation of joints. Inflammation occurs due to a blockage or obstruction in the smooth flow of nerve signals from brain to the joint. These Blockages may be due to age, wear and tear of nerves, disturbance in pH – acidic environment in various body parts and nerve weakness or nerve’s inability to transport signals smoothly.
Medicines by Grocare allow for smooth flow of nerve signals by removing any blockages. Oronerv acts as a Neuro – Vascular tonic, thereby giving strength to vascular and nervous system. ACIDIM maintains the optimum pH- acidic environment required in the body, therefore removes existing blockages and prevents further damage. This addresses root cause of the problem thereby reducing chances of recurrence.
No matter which of these tips you decide to try to reduce your joint pain, know that over a short time, this condition can improve, even without the use of side-effect-riddled pharmaceutical medications.