What are the Most Effective Natural Painkillers for Arthritis?

What are the most effective natural painkillers for arthritis

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis refers to as pain and inflammation in the joint that may be mild, moderate or severe.

What are the Types of Arthritis?

Most Common Types of Arthritis are:

  1. Osteoarthritis
  2. Rheumatoid arthritis

1. Osteoarthritis

In osteoarthritis, ‘osteo means bone and ‘arthritis’ means pain and inflammation in the joints. It is a chronic condition in which there is the damage of cartilage that affects the movements of joints especially the joints of hands, the base of thumb, neck, knee, and hip. It is also known as the degenerative joint disorder which mostly affects the old age people i.e., above 45 or 55 years of age.

In Ayurveda, it is correlated with Sandhigata Vata.

Its common symptoms are the limited range of motion, pain, swelling, and tenderness.

2. Rheumatoid Arthritis

It is an autoimmune disorder that can cause pain and damage to the joints. It usually happens on both sides of the body. It mainly interferes with physical movements

In Ayurveda, It is correlated with Amavata.

Its symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, loss of movement and inflammation.

What is the Most Effective Natural Painkiller for Arthritis?

1. Ginger

Ginger

Gingerol contains a compound called as gingerol that has an anti-inflammatory action. It also reduces the pain by its analgesic action. It is the best painkiller for arthritis.

Steps to follow:

  • Add an inch of ginger in a cup of boiling water.
  • Simmer it for 5-10 minutes.
  • Strain and let it cool down.
  • Dip gauze in this solution and place it on the affected joints
  • Wrap the gauze around the affected joint.

Another step:

  • Add ginger in a cup of boiling water.
  • Strain and allow it to cool down.
  • Drink this tea daily.

2. Peppermint Leaves

Peppermint Leaves

Peppermint leaves contain carotenes, glycosides, diosmin and are the richest source of iron, calcium, and potassium. It inhibits the pain receptors and also reduces the morning stiffness, pain, tenderness and also reduces the localized inflammation.

Steps to follow:

  • Add one tablespoon of chopped mint leaves in a cup of boiling water.
  • Strain and consume it daily.

3. Cinnamon

CINNAMON

Cinnamon contains cinnamic acid which has an antioxidant property result in the inhibiting cell damage caused by free radicals. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory that reduces the inflammation and thereby reduces the pain.

Steps to follow:

  • Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of boiling water.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of honey to it and mix it well.
  • Drink it regularly for about 2-3 weeks.

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 Foods

Omega-3 fatty acids are the polyunsaturated fats that reduce the levels of two proteins called as the interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein and thereby reduces the pain as well inflammation and prevents the breakdown of cartilages.

5. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds are the best painkillers as they have an anti-inflammatory action that reduces the pain associated with arthritis. It plays a major role in inhibiting the oxidation process by its antioxidant action.

Steps to follow:

  • Soak two teaspoons of fenugreek in a glass of water or 7 to 8 hours.
  • Strain and consume this water.
  • Repeat this procedure daily.

Another step:

  • Blend the soaked seeds and make a paste of it.
  • Apply this paste on the affected area.
  • Do this several times a day.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric

Curcumin is the main component of turmeric that has an analgesic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action. It reduces the symptoms associated with arthritis such as pain, muscle weakness, fever and also eliminates the toxins from the body. It provides relief in morning stiffness and also relieves itching sensation due to allergy. It detoxifies the blood and skin.

Steps to follow:

Make a paste of turmeric and apply it on the affected joint.

Another step:

  • Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of water.
  • Mix it properly.
  • Consume this daily.

7. Cumin

Cumin

Cumin contains vitamin E, iron and thymol. It promotes the production of saliva. It also acts an anti-inflammatory which provides relief in inflammation associated with arthritis. It also relieves the morning stiffness. It also accelerates the production of detoxifying enzymes that prevent the cell damage caused by free radicals.

Steps to follow:

  • Crush the cumin seeds.
  • Stir these seeds in a cup of boiling water.
  • Drink this tea daily.

8. Fennel Seeds

Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds contain flavonoids that stimulate the flow of saliva and improve the digestion strength. It inhibits the oxidation process and also contains anethole which is a very effective compound that reduces the inflammation.

Steps to follow:

  • Crush 1 to 2 tablespoons of fennel seeds and add them in a cup of boiling water.
  • Steep it for 10 minutes and strain it.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey to it.
  • Consume this tea daily.

9. Green Leafy Vegetables

Green Leafy Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are rich in antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and K which protects the cells from free radicals damage. These foods are rich in bone preserving calcium. It slows down the cartilage damage and also reduces the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.

10. Nuts

Nuts

Nuts contain vitamin E and calcium that improves the physical strength and immunity. It purifies the blood and removes all other toxins from the body. It is also useful in muscle weakness, tenderness, swelling and other symptoms associated with arthritis. Nuts also contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that lower down the cholesterol level and reduces the inflammation by its anti-inflammatory property.

It includes:

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts

11. Mustard Oil

Mustard Oil

Mustard oil contains a compound called as Rutin. It helps in increasing appetite and is useful in providing relief in pruritus. Mustard oil is also rich in selenium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids that reduce the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis and also provide relief in associated symptoms like muscle weakness, stiffness, tenderness, and pain.

Conclusion:

Arthritis refers to the pain and inflammation of the joints. These are mainly of two types i.e., osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms are also mentioned above. Several natural painkillers that are very effective in arthritis are also discussed above.

Hope this information is useful.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) is an expert ayurvedic doctor based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda - Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company.

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