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4 Natural Remedies to Help Ease Arthritis Pain

By Stephen R. Farris

Dealing with arthritis pain can be excruciating at times. It can get to the point that we don't feel like getting out of bed in the mornings, or cause us to skip doing our usual everyday tasks because the pain is so bad.

For many elderly arthritis sufferers, it could also mean not having the strength to open something simple, such as a jar or can of food. Often, when the pain strikes, they end up not eating. People with arthritis may turn to opioids to help them deal with the pain, but the relief is only temporary and could lead to opioid addiction.

However, there are natural ways to seek relief from the pain of arthritis. Many of these natural pain relievers (plants and herbs) can be grown at home, or purchased at your local supermarket or through the internet.

Aloe Vera

While aloe vera has been known for years to help relieve irritations of the skin, such as sunburn, it can also be used to relieve joint pain as well. It's a safe and natural remedy that can be used any time you feel the urge to apply it.

Boswellia

A product of India, boswellia (or as we know it, frankincense), contains anti-inflammatory properties and is available in both pill form and as a topical cream. Although more studies are needed as to how the herb affects humans, research using animals shows the possibility that it can block substances that attack healthy joints, especially from those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Cat's Claw

Cat's claw comes to us from the ancient Incan civilization. It's another herb that has anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in reducing the swelling from arthritis flare-ups. The downside, cat's claw can sometimes be hit and miss, causing arthritis pain to become worse.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is becoming more available now. It is available in topical form, but note, there is a slight possibility you could have an allergic reaction. Your best bet would be to try a small dab on your arm to see if a reaction happens. If not, then you're good to go. Eucalyptus can help provide relief from joint pain.

Talk with your local chiropractor to hear tips and suggestions they can share with you concerning arthritis pain.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pasadena, Tex.

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