While different types of arthritis exist, the one thing that they all have in common is that they cause mild pains on the patients. However, the good news is that arthritis is well treatable and when this treatment is bolstered by natural remedies, it becomes more effective in the management of mild symptoms that are associated with the ailment.
A number of herbs have been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties which have the ability to assist with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or osteoarthritis (OA). The remedies highlighted in this case are proven to work based on research studies and evidence-based practices.
Marsh cinquefoil: Also known as Comarum palustre, it is a deeply magenta, star-shaped flowered herb that is found in marshes, bogs, fens and wetlands in the North, West and East of the UK. It is identified by its characteristic magenta, star-shaped flowers and the pinkish tinge to its green parts. Its leaves are divided into five long lobes with toothed margins.
Marsh Cinquefoil is characterised by anti-inflammatory properties, analgetic and regenerative effect. This is to mean that it is able to remove salts from the suspensions that are featured by antibacterial activity. The substance therefore assists the body to establish and anchor the cartilaginous tissue in a natural way hence giving the tissue enhanced levels of elasticity and buoyancy.
It is used in highly advanced treatment of osteoarticular diseases such as arthritis, arthrosis, arthragra, and osteochondrosis. It is also very effective in cases of rheumatoid polyarthritis. Its action is based on the features of its inherent biologically active substances such as flavonoids, essential oils, resins, organic acids and tannins.
Jalapeno: Jalapenos are spicy chilli peppers from the hot pepper family. They are characteristically small, green or red in color and moderately spicy. They are largely known for Mexican cuisine but very popular on a global scale.
Jalapeno chilli contains capsaicin, the chemical responsible for the fireworks in your mouth you bite into a chilli pepper. This chemical component of the jalapeno chilli when used in cream oitments can help treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, and postherpetic neuralgia.
Turmeric: Also known as Indian saffron, is a yellow bright spice that is extracted from a tall plant with a yellow orange stem. Throughout history, traditional Indian physicians used turmeric for healing. In the contemporary research works, the spice has been proven scientifically to be effective against rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is shown to have the following properties; anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer and neuroprotective.
St. Johns’s Wort: This is a herb that grows well around the world and nis characterized by yellow flower with 5 petals. The medicinal component of the plant is composed of the dried above-ground parts that entail the stem, petals and flowers. Its working as medicinal component is fostered by two important chemicals that it harbours; hypericin and hyperforin. These two components directly impact your serotonin, dopamine and neropinephrine, the neurotransmitters in your body.
Because of its chemical composition and the effect it has on human body, St. John’s wort is applied for the relieving of nerve pain (neuralgia), anxiety and tension as well as reduction of pain that may be as a result of some conditions such as sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, and menstruation.
Safflower oil: Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) is a perennial plant, distributed worldwide, including China, India, Southern Europe, and North America. Safflower seed oil is used as cooking oil; the seed is also used in cosmetics and traditional medicine worldwide. It possesses pharmacological effects such as anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer activities.
Serotonin, a flavonoid compound, is present as N-(p-coumaroyl) serotonin and N-feruloyl serotonin in safflower seeds. N-Feruloyl serotonin reduces the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins associated with the inflammatory processes of atherosclerosis, whereas N-(p-coumaroyl) serotonin has been used to prevent and treat bone diseases, cardiovascular diseases, glioma, and obesity
- Anti-inflammatory: Since RA makes your body’s defense mechanisms to attack itself, the listed ingredient’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects play a crucial journey towards remission.
- Nerve pain reliever: Chemical composition of some of the listed ingredients such as St. John’s wort aid in the fight against neuralgia.
- Analgetic and regenerative properties: The substance in ingredients such as marsh cinquefoil assists the body to establish and anchor the cartilaginous tissue in a natural way hence giving the tissue enhanced levels of elasticity and buoyancy.
Before choosing to opt for natural remedies for arthritis, it is important that you consult your healthcare provider first, given that some of the natural options may interact with synthetic medications and lead to adversely severe results.
Some of the listed ingredients may have long term and short term side effects which are important to take into account.
Jalapeno chilli may cause temporary burning effect of the mouth after eating which might affect people with low tolerance to spicy foods.
St. John’s wort can interact with other synthetic medicines and result in adverse side effects. Some of these medicines include birth control pills, digoxin, seizure medicines, blood thinners, HIV medicines, antidepressants and cancer chemotherapy medicines.