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12 Natural Solutions for Stiff or Frozen Joints
Anyone who has had suffered a broken arm or leg, had a lengthy illness, a major surgery, or has been immobile for a period of time can end up with a serious problem either very stiff, or sometimes, even frozen joints. When joints are not able to move, stiffness develops, then scar tissues can form, causing a serious problem with joint immobility.
If you are experiencing joint stiffness or joints that seem locked in place, then you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are several home remedies to help free up joints and regain mobility. You might have some of these items in your home right now, and if not, they are readily available at any drug store or health food store.
Unfortunately, this is one place where you can’t be lackadaisical when it comes to treatment. Joints can become so severely frozen that you could require intense and painful physical therapy. Try some of these natural remedies until you find the one that works best for you, then keep at it. Joints need to be moved if you want to free them up and regain their use.
1. Fenugreek Seeds
Research has shown that these seeds have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. This can help joints that have become stiff and/or swollen due to inflammation. Soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. In the morning, chew up the seeds. You can discard the water. Do this every day until the problem is better.
2. Castor Oil
You might only think of castor oil as being something for digestive issues, but it actually has very powerful medicinal power. Castor oil’s active ingredient, ricinoleic acid, has anti-inflammatory and analgesic compounds that offer a great deal of relief to those suffering from joint inflammation.
First, massage some castor oil into the affected joints twice each day to reduce pain. Then, bring two tablespoons of castor oil to boil and mix it into a glass of freshly squeezed juice. Drink this every morning on an empty stomach, to relieve inflammation from the inside out. Within a matter of 3 or 4 weeks, you should notice a definite improvement.
Garlic is a highly anti-inflammatory herb that can be very effective when treating arthritis and other inflammatory issues. It can stop the inflammation, therefore the pain. The sulfur compounds in garlic is what stops the inflammation, the selenium has anti-rheumatic effects. Eat garlic as much as possible, adding it to salads, stir-fries, vegetable dishes, anything you can think of. You can also slightly crush a clove or two every day and swallow it whole, if you can deal with the taste. Alternately, you can chop up and fry two cloves of garlic in two tablespoons of mustard oil. Allow to cool until it is only warm, then apply it to the affected joint and gently massage it in. Repeat at least once, but preferably twice, each day until you get the desired results.
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