Natural Homemade Remedies for Arthritis

Arthritis causes severe pain in the joints and can make a person immobile. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of arthritis in which the body tissues are attacked by its own immune system. Its an auto-immune disease this condition can affect children as well as adults. However it is common in people over 40 years of age the symptoms of this condition includes pain and swelling in the joints usually the fingers, legs arms and wrists.

Although the terms “Rheumatism” and ‘Arthritis” are widely used by both doctors and patients and we all have a general understanding of the sort of problems to which they refer, they have no precise medical meaning. Rheumatism is an umbrella term which includes a whole spectrum of disorders many of which result in aching muscles and ligaments but do not affect the joints. Arthritis, on the other hand, is inflammation of one or several joint. Just to confuse the issue further, however, in the most common form of arthritis – osteoarthritis – there may be little inflammation and for this reason it is termed osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis normally occurs in older people as a result of wear and tear on joint surfaces – particularly the larger weight bearing joints such as hips, knees, or spine. The end joints of fingers, however, are also frequently involved and some people have bunions affected by osteoarthritis on the big toes. More women than men suffer from osteoarthritis and the condition often starts the menopause.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Rheumatoid arthritis is a long term disease of the joints. Inflammation of the lining of the joint may progress to joint damage and in a few cases may produce deformity. It is commonly considered a young person’s disease but although a quarter of cases start before the age of 30, the peak age of onset is between 40 and 50. Women are affected three times more often than men.

The joints usually affected are the small ones in the hands and feet but rheumatoid arthritis can also affect wrists, knees, ankles and neck; both sides of the body are equally involved. It is less common in the spine or hips, which are affected more usually by osteoarthritis.

The disease may begin without symptoms of joint trouble – the sufferer may simply feel off color and without appetite and have vague muscular pains. Only later do the pain and swelling start in the joints. In other cases symptoms of joint problems occur suddenly. Whatever the type of onset, sooner or later the joints affected become swollen, painful, and stiff. Characteristically, the joints are particularly stiff and painful first thing in the morning but these problems resolve with exercise as the day goes on. Very occasionally the disease is not limited to joints; inflammation may also affect the lungs, eyes, and other organs with symptoms such as pleurisy or gritty eyes. Rheumatoid arthritis is extremely variable in respect of severity, duration, and outlook but only one sufferer in 10 is severely disabled by the disease and modern treatment can help enormously.

Polyarthritis is term used for any inflammatory condition of several or many joint. The best known is rheumatoid arthritis but there are many other types such as ankylosing spondylitis. Some are associated with a skin condition called psoriasis, some with certain types of colitis, and others, such as the variety that that occurs with German measles, last only a few days.

We do not know the cause of most rheumatic disease but there are some factors that may predispose to them or make symptoms worse.

Infection: In some cases arthritis may be caused by infection Arthritis of single joint raises a suspicion of tuberculosis especially in an immigrant.

Excess Uric Acid: The only arthritis known to be due to excess acid is gout. Too much uric acid in the blood crystallizes around the joint and is deposited elsewhere. These deposits are known as tophi.

Injury: Injury may subsequently produce arthritis in a joint it may provoke a flare up of existing arthritis; or it may cause a general arthritis to localize in a previously damaged joint.

The Weather: Cold and damp weather may make you feel your aches and pains more but does not cause arthritis. A survey in the West Indies showed that Jamaicans had just as much arthritis as Britons, but complained less. Rheumatic sufferers should avoid cold draughts and dress up warmly in winter.

Age: A number of arthritis disorders are caused by wear and tear of joints but unfortunately the change from the supple sapling of 19 to the gnarled oak of 70 is avert gradual one and only occasionally severely painful.

Heredity: The likelihood of the children of those who suffer from the rheumatic diseases being offered is small in most cases. With rheumatoid arthritis the risk is not much more than that for the general population, remembering that this is a common disease and one in every 20 member in a family is likely to develop it by chance.

Pregnancy: Low back pain often occurs in pregnancy due to laxness of the ligaments and to the altered mechanics of the spine but this seldom results in long term problems. The disease often recurs 6 to 12 weeks after delivery but is no worse than previously.

The pain is most severe in the morning though arthritis has no permanent cure here are a few home remedies to help manage and control the pain associated with this condition.

Home Remedies for Arthritis

Natural Home Remedies for Arthritis:

1 # Mustard Oil Home Remedy

How to:
Heat 1 cup of mustard oil
Add about 10 grams of camphor
Allow this to heat together till the camphor dissolves completely
Use this oil when lukewarm and massage the affected area everyday

2 # Potato Home Remedy

How to:
Take a thin potato slices do not peel the skin
Place this slices in cold water overnight
Drink a glass of this water on an empty stomach in the morning

3 # Green Gram and Garlic Cloves Home Remedy

How to:
Add 3 tablespoons of green gram in 250 ml of water and soak it overnight
Remove the sprouted gram on an empty bowl
Add 2 tablespoons of crushed garlic cloves and Mix well
Consume a handful of this twice a day

4 # Flax Seed Oil Home Remedy:

How to:
Take one tsp of Flax Seed Oil twice a day
You can add this to your breakfast, lunch or dinner
Continue this for one month

5 # Epsom Salt Home Remedy:

How to:
Add Three tbsp of Epsom Salt
And Three tbsp of fresh lemon juice in a pint of warm water
Take 1 tsp at morning and 1 at night

6 # Cinnamon Powder Home Remedy:

How to:
Take half a tsp of cinnamon powder
Mix 1 tbsp of honey
Have this every morning on an empty stomach
Continue this for one month

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