Natural Treatments for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis typically effects people over 50 and is common in menopausal women. It is characterized by stiffness and pain within the joints. It often presents in the knees, hands, hips and spine. Eventually the cartilage between the joints becomes worn; hence the nickname of “wear and tear” arthritis.

Although common in mature women, it doesn’t mean you have to continually suffer from its painful effects. There are natural solutions you can turn to which we’ll cover in a moment.

The reason a person may begin to suffer with this type of arthritis is usually due to dietary issues. Calcium salts may accumulate within the joints, causing small crystals of calcium hydroxyapatite to form. In an attempt to correct the condition, the biochemical changes within the cartilage can cause hyperplasia, or an overgrowth of bone cells.

The elderly population commonly experiences a diminished supply of HCL or hydrochloric acid in their stomach. HCL is necessary for calcium metabolism to occur properly.

For individuals dealing with less stomach acid, incorporating 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and sipping with each meal can significantly help.

Natural Arthritis Treatments

Warm, Dry Climate

Arthritis sufferers who live in coastal regions or areas with lots of humidity, often report more “aches and pains” as compared to those who live in a more arid climate. So depending where you live, visit or move to a warm, less humid climate for relief from pain. It’s not a remedy in a bottle, but it’s a great remedy!

Topical Treatments

Try taking warm baths with Epsom salts twice a week. This is a great way to relax body and mind and absorb some magnesium through your skin.

Capsicum cream made from cayenne pepper is another excellent option for stimulating circulation and bringing blood flow to stagnant joints. It is easy to make your own using unscented lotion, coconut oil or olive oil. Break open a capsule and gradually increase the amount as your skin tolerates it.

Packs made from Jojoba oil are also very soothing. Cold and hot compresses twice a day on affected areas, followed by using a cold compress at bedtime can significantly reduce inflammation.

Diet

Sticking to a low sodium, high fiber diet is beneficial. Increasing your consumption of oily fish or taking fish oil supplements will help to lubricate your joints from the inside.

It is recommended to avoid citrus fruit and lemons. Drinking lemon juice in a glass of water may help to remove some of the calculi from the body and taste very refreshing; however, in excess, it can begin to take calcium out of the bones.

Cod Liver Oil

By the process of osmosis, this excellent iodized oil can nourish and reach the cartilage. It promotes an increase in elasticity. Taking 2 teaspoons once a day can be easily done if you mix with juice or add into a smoothie.

If you simply cannot stand the taste, try the capsules.

Supplements

Zinc 25mg, Vitamin E 400 iu, Vitamin A 7500 iu, Vitamin B6 25mg and Pantothenic acid 10mg have been successful. If you are taking a multivitamin, check how much of the above you are already taking each day.

It is wise to consult your family physician prior to taking any new vitamins, herbs or supplements, especially if you are taking prescription medication.