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Top 5 Natural Cures for Arthritis
Almost everyone knows someone who suffers from the pain of arthritis. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints where the cartilage has worn away and bone rubs on bone. There are several different forms of arthritis but the one common factor among them is inflammation. Many doctors will tell you that there is little you can do except pain management. When they talk about pain management they mean chemicals, whether prescription or over the counter, they are still talking about putting chemicals into your body.
There are other alternatives, however. There are natural remedies to help relieve the pain with virtually no side effects, which cannot be said for chemical pain relievers. Here is a list of the top 5 all natural inflammation and pain relievers for arthritis sufferers.
1. White Willow Bark
This remedy goes as far back as the ancient Egyptians used it, even the Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about its use in the 5th century BC. The active ingredient is salicin which is converted by the body to salicylic acid, which is the pain relieving element.
Many people take white willow bark as opposed to aspirin as it’s not as irritating to the stomach. It’s also more effective because it contains other active ingredients that are not found in synthetic aspirin.
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A study done in Germany showed that 240 mg a day in a 2 week trial that involved 78 patients, showed that those taking white willow bark had reduced pain scores as much as 14 percent as compared the group that took a placebo. Some people are sensitive to white willow bark. Do some research or ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to take it.