According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are over 50 million people in the United States who are living with arthritis and nearly two-thirds of those people are of working age. If you’re amongst this statistic, you’ve likely been prescribed analgesics, corticosteroids or NSAIDS to help relieve pain and inflammation associated with your condition.
While there are many claimed remedies for arthritis, both doctor prescribed and sold over the counter, there are also a variety of homeopathic treatments for arthritis, such as lifestyle changes and natural treatment options that are often known to be more effective when treating arthritis pain long term. Here are 5 homeopathic treatments that have the potential to reduce or relieve your arthritis symptoms for good!
Often one of the most surprising and effective treatments for arthritis pain is diet change!
Foods that are high in Omega-3s, sulfur, amino acids, antioxidants, and fiber have all been shown to help lower inflammation and build the connective tissues and collagen that make joints and ligaments stronger and in return, reduce arthritis pain.
As well as adding healthy foods to your diet, removing unhealthy items can also help reduce inflammation around joints. In order to help improve your arthritis, it is recommended that you limit your intake of alcohol, sugar, refined grains, foods high in fat and made using hydrogenated oil.
Foods to focus on:
- Fish: salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel
- Nuts and seeds: chia seed, flaxseed, and walnuts
- Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, and bok choy
- Leafy greens: kale, radicchio, and lettuce
- Ancient grains: quinoa, spelt, and millet
- Spices: ginger and turmeric
- Bone broth
2. Hot and Cold Therapy
Both hot and cold therapy can help with arthritis pain by increasing circulation and soothing muscles and joints. These therapies are often used for reducing pain and inflammation in the form of heating and cooling pads, patches and compresses but are often misused for the type of pain. Knowing when to use hot and when to use cold can be quite effective for treating your arthritis pain.
Heat: Relieves muscle and jost soreness and stiffness
- Soak in an epsom salt bath. Combine 1 cup of epsom salts with warm water and soak for 20-30 minutes.
- Use a heating pad. Apply for 20 minutes at a time.
Cold: Reduces inflammation and pain
- Apply a cooler ice pack to different areas of the body.
- Wrap inflamed joints with a washcloth soaked in ice-water.
3. CBD Lotion
One natural product that has been gaining a lot of attention lately for it’s ability to reduce arthritis pain and inflammation is non-psychoactive CBD lotion. CBD lotions are made from the cannabis plant but do not contain the THC that causes a high like marijuana. Instead, CBD products act on naturally occurring receptors in the human body by way of phytocannabinoids (CBD).
Topical CBD products can be applied to the hands, arms, legs, feet, and other large areas of the body in the form of a lotion or salve. Once the lotion is rubbed in, it helps reduce pain and soreness as it is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Non-psychoactive CBD lotions are another option for people who are suffering from arthritis and considering medical marijuana but do not want the associated high. CBD lotion can also be used for short-term muscle pain, soreness, and inflammation.
You may be familiar with “Capzacin,” an over the counter product sold for arthritis pain relief that has been around for decades and goes by the same name. However, the over the counter version is not homeopathic and its active ingredient, capsaicin, does not require any extra ingredients to have pain relieving benefits.
Capsaicin comes from the chili pepper plant and can be found in any plant that belongs to the capsicum genus which includes bell peppers, chili peppers, and jalapenos. If you’re a fan of spice you’re in luck because capsaicin is also an ingredient in most hot sauces and in spices paprika and cayenne.
We don’t recommend rubbing any food that contains capsaicin onto the skin directly. They’re an irritant to the skin and may do more harm than good if used incorrectly. Instead, add a little bit of capsaicin to your already arthritis reducing diet and look forward to having less inflammation and less pain throughout your entire body.
In Chinese medicine, acupuncture has long been used to alleviate pain by dulling the neurons that transmit pain signals to the brain. During acupuncture, tiny needles are inserted into pressure points and then left in for a set amount of time. The needles are so tiny that several of them can fit inside of a pore that holds a single human hair. The process isn’t painful and once the needles are in most people can’t even feel them. You might even fall asleep while the acupuncture needles work their magic!
Another thing that doctors and researchers know is that when the needles are inserted they naturally increase the production of endorphins which has a short-term pain reducing effect.
If you’re interested, take the time to research acupuncture specialists in your area or to get recommendations from a physician or someone that you know. For a list of providers, you can also visit the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Natural Medicine website.