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  • Writer's pictureIlyse Tariq

Natural Care for Arthritis

Today we're focusing on osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear. The connective tissue in the joints deteriorates over time causing the bones to rub against each other. This can cause changes in the bone and cause inflammation to the joint lining. This may be caused by family history or old joint injuries. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system. It attacks the lining of the joint capsule resulting in swollen and inflamed joints.

Warm paraffin treatments can help the hands and feet with the mobility of stiff joints. The moist heat is a relaxing way to manage such discomfort. For the reduction of inflammation there is a wonderful spice that you can buy in capsule form. I'm talking about turmeric. This spice contains a chemical called curcumin. Curcumin has been proven to be a great anti inflammatory. It's best to discuss turmeric with your doctor before using. It acts as a blood thinner, so it is not to be used with aspirin or any other kind of blood thinner. When buying Turmeric look on the label to see if it contains black pepper. The black pepper is

necessary to assist in the absorption of curcumin. You can find turmeric in the stores with and without black pepper.

Gentle massage and stretching is another effective option. Loosening and relaxing tissue takes tension off of the already irritated joints. movement of the joints excretes synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is a natural lubricant that is found between the joints. Synovial fluid comes from the cartilage, therefore, the effectiveness depends on the amount of cartilage that you have.

A topical pain reducer that I would recommend is arnica. This is a natural pain killer that is derived from a plant. It can be found in gels, ointments and creams.

Keep a cold compress in your freezer. You may find that holding it to the sore areas will bring you relief. You can also try heat, which can sooth the pain away. It's great to have natural options.

Please speak with your physician before using new supliments and topicals. Another good option is to use a product containing CBD. Not all medications are conducive to CBD, so please speak with your doctor before taking. It is advisable to check with your doctor before applying anything natural or taking it orally.

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