Joints are crucial for all our movements, so any damage leads to severe pain, moving difficulties, and conditions like gout, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains, osteoarthritis, gout, bursitis, strains, and other injuries.
One recent national survey showed that a third of adults complained about experiencing joint pain in the last month.
The most commonly affected areas include the knees, shoulders, and hips, but joint pain might also be experienced in the hands, feet, ankles, and hands.
Acute pain lasts for a few weeks, but chronic joint pain might not disappear for over several months. Moreover, the intensity can vary from mild to debilitating.
In the case of mild joint pain, you can try the following 11 natural remedies which are highly beneficial:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an effective way to remove the toxic deposits from the connective tissues and the joints, as it alkalizes the body, and provides high amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and other minerals.
Just add a few teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar and a bit of honey to a glass of lukewarm water, and drink the remedy 3 times daily before meals. Moreover, mix a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of vinegar and massage the painful areas on a daily basis.
Curcumin, its active ingredient, has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which soothe joint pain.
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that curcumin and ibuprofen offer the same effects in the case of knee osteoarthritis. Therefore, just add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of lukewarm water with a bit of honey and drink it daily.
You can also take 250-500mg of turmeric in the form of capsules daily.
- Epsom Salt
The high magnesium content in Epsom salt detoxifies the cells and reduces inflammation. You should ass 2 cups to your warm baths and soak in it for 20 minutes, several times a week.
Fenugreek has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which soothe joint pain due to arthritis. Just take a teaspoon of ground fenugreek seeds and then drink a glass of warm water in the morning.
You can also soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight, and then eat them in the morning.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger alleviate joint and muscle pain, and are especially helpful in the case of knee pain in osteoarthritis patients. Add dried ginger powder or fresh ginger in your diet or start drinking ginger tea.
- Cayenne Pepper
Capsaicin, the natural analgesic properties of cayenne pepper, reduces mild to moderate joint pain, as found by a study published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand.
The gel with 0.0125 % capsaicin effectively lowered pain in women with knee osteoarthritis. You should add 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper powder to half a cup of warm coconut oil, and massage the painful area. Leave it to act for 20 minutes, and wash it off.
Collagen is a protein that naturally occurs in the body, and contains 19 amino acids that support overall health.
It plays a role in the creation of joints and in the maintaining of the strength of connective tissues, improves energy levels, soothes arthritis symptoms, supports muscle growth, and heals the walls of the digestive tract and arteries.
The richest collagen sources include beef, fish, chicken, and eggshell membranes.
Garlic is rich in selenium and sulfur, which treat joint pain and arthritis, as selenium has antirheumatic properties, and sulfur alleviates inflammation and joint pain. You can eat it raw or add a few cloves in your meals.
Also, you can prepare a homemade massage oil by adding 2 garlic cloves in 2 tablespoons of sesame or olive oil. Fry the mixture until it turns black, strain it, and leave it to cool. Massage the painful areas with it, leave it to act for 3 hours and rinse it off. Repeat twice daily.
- Hot and Cold Compresses
Heat boosts circulation, treats joint and muscle pain, and cold relieves inflammation and numbs the part surrounding the painful joint. Just take 2 towels, wrap the compresses separately, and place them on the affected areas to act for 3 minutes. Repeat for 20 minutes, a few times daily.
- Stinging Nettle
It contains compounds which soothe inflammation, as well as high amounts of boron, which is essential for healthy joints and bones. Prepare nettle tea by steeping 2-3 teaspoons of dried leaves in a cup of hot water for about 15 minutes, and strain.
Drink the tea three times daily. You can also place a few fresh leaves on the painful areas for a few minutes, once daily, and even though it will cause a discomfort at the beginning, it will treat the pain in a week.
Regular massage treats joint pain by boosting the blood flow in the area. You can use warm castor, coconut, olive, garlic, or mustard oil. This will reduce the stiffness, treat the pain, and improve the range of motion.