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17 Simple Common Sense Home Remedies for Arthritis
Don’t go out and start stealing from your horse, this herb is meant to be used in a tea or a tincture. Alfalfa is very high in minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorous, vitamins A, C, and E. To make some alfalfa tea, steep about a teaspoon of dried herb in boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain and serve. Alfalfa can interact with certain drugs like birth control pills, and blood thinners so if you are taking any type of prescription medication, ask your doctor before you take alfalfa tea.
Many people, including Dr. Mercola, are great advocates for the use of turmeric to relieve arthritis pain. You can take turmeric in a capsule form or simply incorporate it fresh into your cooking. Aim to get about 250 to 300mg three times per day.
11. Vitamin or Mineral Supplement
Having a vitamin or mineral deficiency will aggravate or can even be the root cause of many conditions and arthritis is no exception to this rule. For many people, studies show taking vitamins D, E, C, and B6 along with zinc, magnesium, and beta carotene have been shown to provide relief. Try to eat a balanced diet or take a good quality multi-vitamin supplement.
12. Elimination of Nightshades From Your Diet
Plants that members of the nightshade family such as peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, ground cherries, tomatillos, and gooseberries, all contain a compound called solanine, which for some people is a mild toxin. Although the amount of solanine in each individual fruit is very small, some people have a reaction to it. Try cutting these vegetables out of your diet for a while and see if helps to provide you with some pain relief.
13. Fish Oil
The omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish oil and fish liver oil drastically reduce inflammation. One tablespoon of fish oil per day is what the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends for the relief of arthritis pain.
14. Glucosamine/Chondroitin Supplements
Many studies show that glucosamine supplements seem to be effective for those who suffer from moderate to severe osteoarthritis, especially in the knees. These supplements take time to work, however. Many people do not feel results until they have taken them for a minimum of 30 days. Try taking this supplement regularly for 90 days and see if you notice any improvement. This is another supplement that might interfere with blood thinners so if you are taking those, ask your doctor first.
15. Bee Sting Therapy
More commonly known as Apitherapy, bee venom therapy has been shown to provide relief for those suffering from arthritis. Although this isn’t a likely home remedy for those of us who don’t keep bees.
16. Eliminate Trigger Foods
In addition to relatives of the nightshade family, there are some other foods that can set off arthritis pain by contributing to a buildup of toxins or waste products. Try cutting out caffeine, alcohol, dairy, refined sugar, and gluten. You might also try removing all other types of liquid from your diet beside plain old water.
17. Soak in Epsom Salts
Try filling a large bowl with very warm water and about a half cup of Epsom salt. Stir, and then put your hands or feet into the bowl and soak until the water is cool. If the problem is your knees or if you have several sources of pain, add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for 20 to 30 minutes.
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