Inflammatory arthritis causes pain, achiness, and stiffness in the joints – often localized in the hands, knees, or spine. Arthritis joint pain can be frustrating and even crippling when it keeps people from living the life they want. Fortunately, there are a number of natural, drug-free ways to improve joint pain and mobility, even without conventional treatment for arthritis.
Natural Remedies for Arthritis
There are dozens of medical and natural arthritis treatments, some of which work well, while others are less than effective. In most cases, it’s a matter of finding the right treatment for the individual type of arthritis symptoms – something that should always be attempted with the help of a doctor or medical professional.
Some of the most highly recommended natural remedies for arthritis pain include:
Fish oils: Research indicates that taking a supplement of cod liver or other fish oils rich in omega-3 and -6 fatty acids may reduce rheumatoid arthritis joint pain.
Dietary changes: Although many medical doctors disagree, naturopathic practitioners believe that the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis can often be directly linked to food sensitivities and allergies. Some of the most common foods that can cause or worsen arthritis pain include wheat flour, sugar, red meat, and nightshade plants (peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant). Identifying and avoiding the right foods can make an immense difference to joint paint.
Essential oils: Aromatherapy oils can be an invaluable source of arthritis relief. High quality, therapeutic-grade oils can be applied directly on the joint for immediate and long-term relief.
Other supplements: Natural supplements targeted to help with arthritis pain include MSM, glucosamine, shark cartilage, and calcium. These supplements work in some cases and not others, often depending on the type of arthritis and the source of the supplements.