If you have been experiencing pain and swelling in your joints of fingers, wrists, arms or legs and if the pain gets severe in the morning, it might be a case of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). If you can also hear a cracking noise while moving any of your joint and have constant stiffness in it, you may be suffering from Osteoarthritis.
When your own immune system becomes your enemy and attacks your body tissues, you get rheumatoid arthritis. Thus it is an auto immune disease. On the other hand, when the cartilage or the cushion between your bones and joints gets damaged and increases the friction between the bones, you get osteoarthritis.
While there is no permanent cure for arthritis (except, of course, joint replacement surgeries), there are many herbal and home remedies to manage the symptoms of arthritis including pain and stiffness. Proper diet, lifestyle changes and these home remedies can save you from becoming immobile and lead a normal life.
Home Remedies for Arthritis
Green Gram Remedy for Arthritis
Green gram or green moong dal (pulse) is a very good remedy for arthritis due to its many beneficial components like vitamin A, B, C and E, iron, calcium, and potassium. It also helps in weight loss, which is one of the pre-requisites for curing arthritis, as it is a low fat food rich in protein and fibers. If you regularly take green gram moong dal, your can reduce bad cholesterol levels and improve the flexibility of your arteries and veins apart from regulating your blood pressure. So, it seems a good deal to have green gram to manage arthritis and to get added benefits for free!
You will need:
- Green gram- 3 tbsp
- Water- 250 ml
- Garlic cloves- 2
- Salt (optional)- a pinch
- Pepper (optional)- a pinch
- Soak green gram in the water overnight.
- In the morning, take out the soaked green gram from the water.
- Crush the garlic.
- Add the garlic to green gram.
- Have a handful of this green gram-garlic mix twice a day.
- If you want to make it a little tasty, add salt and pepper to it.
You should have the green moong for at least 2-3 months daily.
Turmeric for Arthritis
Many researches have supported the belief that turmeric reduces pain and inflammation including tenderness and swelling of joints. There is also no side effects of having turmeric. You just need to add a dash of turmeric powder in your gravies and curries to get the benefits. In fact, if you are not allergic to having milk, you must boil a glass of milk with ¼ tsp of turmeric powder and have it before going to bed. If you don’t want to have milk, use water and boil some turmeric with it and have it. Remember, you need to boil turmeric with milk or water and not just add the spice to warm drinks!
Black cumin for Arthritis
Loaded with flavonoids and antioxidants, black cumin can be a perfect anti-inflammatory spice. The salicylic acid in it relieves you from pain too. Use it like below.
- Add 2 tsp of black cumin in a glass of water.
- Boil this mixture until it reduces to ¾ of its original quantity.
- Let it cool down,
- Drink this daily before going to bed and in the morning after waking up.
Fennel for Arthritis
The phytonutrients present in fennel makes it a super spice having antioxidant properties. Anethole, which is the primary component of fennel’s volatile oil, helps in reducing inflammation. Vitamin C in it neutralizes free radicals which in turn prevents pain as well as deterioration of joints seen in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin C also helps in proper functioning of the immune system. Including this spice in your dishes can give you more health benefits that you can imagine.
Make fennel tea yourself and enjoy its good taste while eliminating pain and swelling that you get from arthritis.
- Take 1 tsp of fennel seeds and crush them in a mortar and pestle.
- Heat a cup of water (don’t boil it).
- Place the crushed fennel seeds in a cup and pour hot water over it.
- Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
Have this aromatic tea. You don’t need any added sweetener as fennel seeds are naturally sweet (though only a little sweet).
You may have this tea twice or thrice a day.
Fenugreek Seeds for Arthritis