Top 10 Natural Herbs for Arthritis
Do you have persistent pain in your joints? Are they stiff, swollen, and achy? Do you find walking, climbing stairs, etc cumbersome? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you may benefit from getting yourself screened for arthritis because the earlier you are diagnosed with the condition the less damage control you have to do.
Arthritis is becoming a fairly common complaint and even people in their twenties seem to be catching this degenerative bone condition. The CDC estimates that arthritis afflicts more than 50 million Americans, which means approximately one in five people over 18 have some form of arthritis. On an average 23% of adults suffer from arthritis and 50% of them are 65 years or above.
Undoubtedly, the best way to maintain healthy bones is to induce and maintain conditions that optimize joint functioning and help regenerate bone tissue. Several indigenous ingredients have shown to improve joint health and bone strength. To know more, click here.
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What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition affecting the joints, resulting in stiff, aching, swollen and hard to move bones and joints. The Arthritis Foundation lists more than 60 conditions that fall under this category; however, the most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a classic degenerative condition, often seen in middle aged people. Continuous strain on the joints coupled with regular wear and tear causes the cartilage lining the joints to come away. As the cartilage cushion depletes, the affected bones start to rub against each other resulting in pain, inflammation, stiffness, and reduced mobility. Hands and weight-bearing joints including the hips, knees, feet, and spine are most commonly afflicted by osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the synovial fluid surrounding the joints causing it to become painfully inflamed. This inflammation then progresses to damage your bone and cartilage over time. Rheumatoid arthritis is most commonly seen in the wrists and hands.
Symptoms of Arthritis
The most common symptoms of arthritis include the inability to move the joints due to pain and stiffness. Other symptoms include:
- Redness of the affected joint
- Decreased motion of the joint involved
Risk Factors for Arthritis
The risk factors for arthritis include the following:
- Family history: Arthritis may run in a family. If your parents suffer from arthritis, you are at a risk of developing it too. Genetic predisposition makes you more susceptible to the condition.
- Age: The risk of arthritis increases with age
- Sex: Women are more likely to suffer than men.
- Previous joint injury: If you have suffered a joint injury in the past, you are more likely to develop arthritis.
- Obesity: Excess weight puts additional strain on your knee and hip joints, which may break down cartilage and cause or aggravate arthritis symptoms. This happens because fat cells are said to release cytokines which are inflammatory chemicals that play a role in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and cytokines levels are elevated in obese individuals.
Treatment options for Arthritis
The conventional system of medicine offer painkillers to relieve pain, NSAIDs to assuage pain and inflammation, and topical creams to soothe painful agitated joints. Some doctors advise surgery that may take a toll on your health and make you suffer more.
With limited options available, more and more people are resorting to other alternative modalities of treatment that claim to not only address the manifested symptoms but work at a deeper level and potentially rejuvenate and restore joint health. Alternative protocols include herbs, resonance homeopathic remedies, and nutritional supplements.
Interestingly, given the increased prevalence of herbal medicine, conventional doctors are also warming up to the possibility of employing herbs and other natural ingredients in an attempt to optimize bone and joint health.
Biogetica, a unique natural health ranger has been crusading for the medicinal properties of Nature for the longest time and has worked relentlessly in the field of natural medicine to formulate multi-disciplinary kits that work to potentially strengthen your muscles, bones, and cartilages. Each ingredient of our exclusive kits has been researched to promote optimum bone health. We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 herbs that have been time tested and clinically shown to possess versatile properties that may benefit your musculoskeletal system.
Also known as Indian Frankincense, his herb has been a time tested remedy in ancient medical practices for bone concerns. Research studies have shown that Boswellia serrata possesses anti-inflammatory properties and may possess arthritis pain reducing capabilities by potentially supporting overall immune function, hampering cytokine production that raises inflammation, regulating lymphocytes (white blood cells) and T-cells responses and reducing autoimmune effects.
Our multidisciplinary protocol- Deliverance Kit with OM 16 Formula includes boswellia as an important core ingredient in order to enhance the potency of the formulation.
Also known as Indian ginseng, this herb has an impressive number of studies investigating its numerous therapeutic properties. It is highly recommended in ayuverda for its adaptogenic and restorative properties. Ashwagandha is said to stabilize and balance various physiological processes gone awry in response to stress and changing environment. Research has indicated that this herb in combination with boswellia, and turmeric potentially alleviates severity of pain, morning stiffness, and improves bone strength.
Our ayurvedic formulations for bone health have the potent combination of boswellia, ashwagandha, and turmeric along with other versatile ingredients for a synergetic effect.
Turmeric is possibly the most well researched herb owing to its numerous medicinal properties and researches are still unearthing its usefulness in various medical conditions. More than 100 active constituents have been isolated from this herb and one of them is curcumin, which has come to be known as one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatories out there. Research studies indicate that turmeric is said to benefit bone health by potentially inhibiting joint inflammation, reducing swelling, retarding joint destruction and regulating the body’s immune response.
Zingiber officinale has also earned the mantle of a resourceful herb with numerous healthifying properties. Phytochemical analyses have discovered that it contains chemicals that may exert analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects on the body. A health report published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods suggested that zingiber may inhibit activation of the inflammatory response. It is considered valuable in reducing joint swelling and has a rubefacient effect that may increase blood circulation on application to the affected area.
Zingiber is one of our main ingredients in several of our bone and joint health protocols.
This is an oleo-gum resin extract derived from the Commiphora mukul plant. Ayurvedic literature is replete with the beneficial properties of guggulu and is highly recommended in various health conditions. Studies have shown that it possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-obesity properties and may prove useful in reducing joint inflammation and arthritic pain.
We’ve added guggulu to our multidisciplinary musculoskeletal kit for its multifarious properties.
Commonly known as punarnava, this herb is a well known remedy among ayurvedic practitioners. It gets its name (punarnava) because of its adaptogenic, rejuvenating, and restorative properties. It appears to be a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant as well, due to which it exerts a potential analgesic effect on inflamed joints, helps in regenerating new cells, and protects the cartilages from free radical damage.
Boerhavia diffusa improves the potency of our health protocol for joints by synergistically combining with other ingredients for an enhanced effect.
Another amazing traditional ayurvedic remedy, this herb too aces with its innate anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antioxidant properties. It improves circulation as well and therefore traditional medicinal practitioners often recommend consumption of this herb to improve muscle and joint health.
We’ve added vitex in our Deliverance Kit with OM 16 Formula to make most of its promising therapeutic properties.
Trigonella foenum graecum (methi) is widely used for culinary purposes; however, these seeds have shown to demonstrate antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective properties. Numerous research studies have also been conducted to investigate the possible benefits of fenugreek in metabolic syndromes associated with arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Fenugreek in several studies has shown to alter auto-immune disorders and therefore, it may potentially benefit in supporting the musculoskeletal system of the body.
This herb is a stunning natural remedy traditionally used for assuaging inflammation and painful conditions. It has been researched for its reputed anti-arthritic effect and is said to eliminate uric acid levels, which is why it is mostly recommended for general, arthritic, rheumatic and menopausal discomfort.
This is a highly regarded herb both in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. It is a rich source of several micronutrients and is therefore valuable in treating various maladies in the body. Clinical evaluation has shown that the herb appears to fight inflammation, quell free radical formation, repair cellular proliferation, and remodel tissue and collagen deposition. It is said to possess astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, analgesic, antispasmodic, antitussive, litholytic, sedative, stimulant, tonic and antibacterial properties. Numerous studies have also shown that the herb significantly exerts an anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic and anti-rheumatic effect and may be considered a valuable option for arthritic patients.
Our multidisciplinary kits combine Trigonella, Devil’s claw, and Cyperus with other brilliant clinically tested ingredients to optimize the functioning of the bones and joints.
Our Biogetica’s ground breaking therapeutic kits have helped many people to regain their health and freedom. Thus, if you are suffering from arthritis and are looking to regain your health holistically, then please consult with one of our holistic doctors at www.biogetica.com because you have the right to know about Nature’s offerings that undoubtedly contribute to your health and freedom.
Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.