What exactly is Osteoarthritis?
It is a degenerative disorder in joints usually seen with age. This happens because of decreased cartilage in joints. Loss of the cartilage cushion causes friction between the bones, leading to pain and limitation of joint mobility. It is mainly seen in weight-bearing joints like the knees, hips, spine, feet, and back.
Why does Osteoarthritis happen?
Although Aging could be the most common cause of this disorder, there are other causes which include:
- Exposure to severe cold and dry weather
- Excessive consumption of dry, cold or stale food,
- Excessive use of joint resulting in joint injury
What are the natural alternative methods to relieve osteoarthritis?
- Hot and Cold Compresses
Both hot and cold compresses do effective management of osteoarthritis joint pain. A hot compress will reduce pain and stiffness, while a cold compress will decrease swelling and inflammation.
Make a hot compress by placing the hot water bottle in a muslin towel, simultaneously for a cold compress place some ice in another muslin towel. Put the hot compress on the affected joints for 2-3 minutes, followed by cold compress and leave that on for 1-2 minutes. Repeat the method for 15-20 minutes thrice daily or depending upon the intensity of pain.
With an extremely stressed daily routine, we have a tendency to miss giving time for a healthy a part of life. Exercise additionally plays a significant role in adding strength to muscles around your joints. Thus exercise, yoga, and meditation must be done in daily routine.
- Epsom salt bath:
It is a rich source of magnesium which helps in reducing swelling and joint inflammation. Put some Epsom salt into the bathtub and soak yourself into it for about 15-20 minutes. Repeat this procedure at least once in 2-3 weeks.
- Massage Therapy:
Massaging helps in improving the blood circulation to joints and further helps in reducing the pain. You can use any pain oil available and massage the area with gentle strokes. Simple massage oil can also be prepared at home. Add 10 gm of camphor in 30 ml of mustard oil or sesame oil (has anti-inflammatory properties), heat it for about 5 min on low flame. Use this oil for gentle massage.
- Apple Cider Vinegar:
It has good anti-inflammatory properties which help in reducing the inflammation and ultimately the pain. It can be used both internally and topically. For internal use, mix 1 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar, with an equal quantity of honey in a glass of warm milk. Consume this twice a day before meals. For topical use, mix equal proportions of apple cider vinegar and olive oil, massage this over the affected area.
There are many other anti-inflammatory agents that are naturally available such as turmeric, ginger, green tea etc. to help and target osteoarthritis. Follow these tips for better and healthy joints.