Herbal Remedies for Arthritis

Many people find conventional anti-inflammatory medicines and aspirin or ibuprofen-based pain relievers hard to take on a regular basis. Some of these traditional remedies irritate people’s stomachs when taken daily. Other arthritis sufferers simply prefer a more natural approach.

Incorporating the following herbal remedies into your current care routine may be beneficial. Remember to check with your health care provider prior to starting any new treatments.

Two Popular Herbs for Arthritis Pain Relief

There are many herbs used to fight arthritis pain and inflammation. Here are two of the popular ones:

Turmeric

This yellow herb contains an active compound called curcumin which is known to work better than many traditional drugs used for giving arthritis relief.

Curcumin has potent anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory properties. A research study revealed that participants who used curcumin were found to have a higher percentage of improvement of their symptoms than those individuals who were given the drug Voltaren.

The acting participants in the curcumin group withdrew from the study with no adverse effects. This was the first study conducted which set out to prove the safety and potency of curcumin for giving relief to arthritis sufferers.

Burdock Root

This herb is rich in fatty oils which have an anti-inflammatory effect. You can eat stir-fried burdock root, which is common in Asian cuisine.

You can also chop the fresh roots and add them to boiling water, then allow to steep for no more than ten minutes. Strain, then drink. If you do not have fresh burdock roots, you can also use dried roots.

Here are a few more herbal remedies for specific types of arthritis.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Helpful Teas

  • 1 heaped teaspoon per cup of boiling water; Chickweed, Red Clover Flowers or Gotu Kola.
  • Can be used in combination or as a single tea
  • Allow to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Dose is 1 cup, three times a day.

Topical

  • Try massaging Evening Primrose oil, Jojoba oil or Mullein oil on the affected areas.
  • A poultice made of Comfrey can be very soothing.
  • Chickweed cream is additionally beneficial.

Liquid Extract

  • Mix together equal parts of Gotu Kola, Echinacea and Devil’s Claw.
  • Dose is 30 to 60 drops three times a day prior to meals.

Additional Beneficial Herbs and Supplements

  • Burdock, Thuja, Prickly Ash Bark, Boneset, Sarsaparilla, Fennel, Cod Liver Oil, Zinc, Magnesium, Sulphur, B-Complex, Vitamins A, C, D and E.

Osteoarthritis

Helpful Teas

  • Comfrey Tea
  • Celery Seed Tea made from 1 teaspoon of celery seeds to each cup of boiling water.
  • Allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  • Dose is half to 1 cup, three times a day, prior to meals.

Liquid Extract

  • Mix together ¼ Tincture of Capsicum, 1 part Fennel, 1 part Devil’s Claw, 1 part Bogbean and 2 parts White Willow.
  • Dose is 1 teaspoon three times a day, in Nettle tea or water.

Additional Beneficial Herbs and Supplements

  • Meadowsweet and Black Cohosh are natural sources of salicylic acid.
  • Hawthorn is excellent for blood circulation.
  • Inflammation of connective tissue can benefit greatly from Asafoetida.
  • Yucca leaves, Guaiacum, Bladderwrack, and Devil’s Claw.

Topical

  • Capsicum cream and Jojoba oil rubbed onto affected areas.

Complementary Therapy

  • Physiotherapy is helpful for increasing mobility.
  • Alternate between hot and cold packs on affected joints twice a day.
  • Epsom salt baths are soothing and recommended to be taken twice a week.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Helpful Teas

  • Mix together equal parts of Nettles, Bogbean and Alfalfa; 1 heaped teaspoon to each cup of boiling water
  • Allow to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Dose is 1 cup, three times a day.

Liquid Extract

  • Mix together ½ Liquorice, ½ Wild Yam, 2 parts White Willow bark and ¼ Guaiacum.
  • Dose is 1 to 2 teaspoons, three times a day.

Topical

  • Wintergreen Lotion
  • Evening Primrose oil
  • Comfrey Poultice
  • Hot fomentations (or poultice) of Chamomile, Ragwort or Hops.
  • Any of the following aromatherapy massage oils – Rosemary, Pine, Cajeput or Juniper – mix 6 drops into 2 teaspoons of Almond oil and massage into stiff areas.

Additional Beneficial Herbs and Supplements

  • Korean Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng, Devil’s Claw, Balmony, Agrimony, Angelica Root, Cramp Bark, Prickly Ash Bark, White Willow Bark.
  • Black Cohosh is especially useful if sciatica and lower back pain are present.

Complementary Therapy

  • Crushed ice or frozen peas applied to affected area for 10 minute intervals
  • Hydrotherapy