NATURAL ALTERNATIVES THAT CAN HELP IMPROVE JOINT FUNCTIONING
Arthritis is a musculo-skeletal disorder, which causes inflammation in one or more joints, characterised by severe pain and stiffness. There are over 100 types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common type. It is typically caused by daily wear and tear, and worsens with age. Other types include rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, which are auto immune disorders, septic (infective) arthritis, Juvenile arthritis etc. The most common complaint in arthritic patients is joint pain. The pain is often constant and localised to the joint affected. The affected joint becomes stiff, inflamed and painful, leading to detrimental changes in it. Treatment usually includes medications like acetaminophen (paracetamol) and NSAID’S like ibuprofen.
However, most of the conventional medicines only treat the symptoms without addressing the root cause and are often associated with severe side effects. Owing to this, more and more people are opting for natural recourses to tackle the condition and manage their symptoms.
We’ve have listed some of the most promising natural products that can help improve function of joints, ease symptoms and improve mobility.
- Turmeric and Ginger tea
Both ginger and turmeric possess natural anti inflammatory properties, which help in strengthening joints. You can consume it in a capsule form or make an infusion and enjoy it as your daily cup of tea.
Directions to make the tea
Boil 2 cups of water and add ½ tsp of ground turmeric and ginger. Let it simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Strain the mixture, add honey and enjoy the infusion twice daily.
- Massage with Extra Virgin Olive oil
One of the main constituents in extra virgin olive oil is oleocanthol. It inhibits the inflammatory enzymes responsible for pain sensations. Research studies have shown that 1 ½ tbsp of oil is equivalent to 200 mg of ibuprofen. However, since heat destroys oleocanthol, it is necessary to use this oil, either cold pressed or the extra virgin variety. It can be taken internally too for more benefits, but due to its high calorific value it is applied topically and locally.
Directions to use:
You may massage a bit of olive oil gently onto your sore joints twice a day. Drinking 2-3 tablespoons daily is very beneficial, but make sure you are replacing some other form of fat to compensate the high caloric value of the oil.
- Dandelion Leaves
These leaves are rich in vitamins A and C, and can help repair damaged tissue and aid the liver in clearing toxins from the blood. They also show natural anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of linoleic acid in them. You can enjoy dandelion leaves in a nice salad, or brew tea with them.
Directions to use:
Take 3 tsp of fresh Dandelion leaves or 1 tsp of dried leaves in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain the mixture and drink twice daily. To make a salad, simply toss the greens in with other ingredients or eat them plain with extra virgin olive oil.
- Take an Epsom salt bath
Epsom salts contain magnesium sulphate, Magnesium is a very important mineral required for the optimum functioning of our body. It is employed in over 300 different biochemical processes. It helps strengthen our bones, regulates temperature, and relaxes all our muscles and nerve endings, and much more.
Soaking the sore joint in a bowl of warm water with ½ cup of Epsom for a minimum of 15 minutes helps in relieving the pain.
Nothing beats the benefits of keeping yourself physically active. Exercise has time proven advantages and although, seems a formidable task with stiff joints, moderate exercise has many benefits. It helps promote digestion, strengthens the muscles holding the joints and even helps lubricate them by allowing the synovial fluid to anoint the joints better.
- Supplement your diet
Your diet plays an important role because a healthy diet with certain foods has shown to strengthen bones and boost the immune system. However, many a times our diet fails to provide the necessary nutrients and it is advisable to cover the deficit with nutritional supplements that provide the body with the necessary nutrients required by the body.
Our body is a complex structure perfected by nature, however with the daily onslaught of toxic infiltration, unhealthy lifestyles, and the normal wear and tear that it experiences as age advances brings a toll on the functioning of the body. Our joints are just as important as our heart and lungs, and the earlier we start taking precautions the better we are at strengthening and maintaining them as we age.
Biogetica’s approach in maintaining optimal joint health is formulated to bring balance across the physical, energetic and informational spectra of life. Our products not only helps to ease the symptoms, but also address the root cause to bring lasting health. To know more about our products and get free consultations on any health related concern consult for free with our Doctors at www.Biogetica.com
Dr Khyati Dave is a licensed Homeopathy Physician and Nutritional Consultant. With Biogetica, she has witnessed many patients, who had otherwise given up hope, heal faster supplemented by our natural methods. She considers consulting Biogetica patients her primary responsibility and honour. She often writes about nutrition, natural treatment methods and diet. Her mission is to apply her medical talents to help each patient heal faster and do her best to give the immunity of patients with so called ‘incurable’ diseases a fighting chance.