In the first part of this blog, we discussed about the different types of joint pains, reasons and their symptoms. In case you missed it Click here
In the concluding part today, we bring to you the details of 5 natural and herbal remedies for managing the pain.
1) Home remedies
Turmeric– Is a spice with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants properties, which is why it acts as a natural painkiller for aches and pains.
Ginger – Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine as a natural anti-inflammatory food. Ginger relieves chronic inflammatory pain and stiffness.
** Turmeric powder when taken with grated ginger works as natural pain-killer. One can also add black pepper for better absorption. Don’t like the natural taste/ flavour of ginger & turmeric? Here’s tip have a fruit juice mixed with combination of these two spices
Cinnamon – This miraculous spice contains anti-inflammatory compounds, which effectively reduces pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Pain relief is just one of many benefits of Cinnamon.
Alfalfa–Is rich of minerals and vitamin, it relieves pain and stiffness associated with arthritis/bursitis.
It’s now been into existence for 1500 years and works as a great catalyst in effective treatment of chronic pain, arthritis, back pain, etc. When practised in a correct manner one can visibly notice how even the basic yogasan helps the joints to move smoothly over one another, thus increasing mobility and strength.
Below are 3 common exercises for relieving knee pain, back pain and more:
Supta Padangushtasana for knee pain:
Lie down on your back and inhale. Raise your right hand and right leg up in the air. The raised leg must be at right angle to the body. Try reaching the right hand to the right foot, to hold the big toe. Hold for as long as you can, breathing normally. Initially, if you have stiff joints, or unable to stretch much; bend your leg slightly at the knee. If still difficult, just place your hand wherever you can on the raised leg. Repeat five times.Relax. Repeat on the other side.
Dwipada Supta Pawanmuktasana for joint fitness:
Lie down on your back. Inhale. Fold both legs at the knee. Exhale. Hug the knees as tightly as you can to the abdomen. Ensure hips do not rise off the floor. Hold this pose for as long as you can, breathing normally. Release legs back to starting position. Repeat five times.
Ardha Salabbhasana for spinal problems:
Lie on your stomach. Interlock hands; place them under your chin. Inhale. Lift right leg up in the air. Hold for a few seconds, exhaling return to starting position. Repeat three to five times. Rest. Repeat for the other side.
3) Ayurvedic treatment
As per the ancient medicine science (Ayurveda), joint pain or arthritis is caused because of suppression of ‘Agni’. Some of the herbs, which have been traditionally used to relieve joint pains are:
- Guggulu– an anti-inflammatory with strong purifying and rejuvenating properties. It is a very powerful herb for curing arthritis.
- Ashwagandha – is a herb with anti-inflammatory properties.
- Gokshura – is an anti-inflammatory herbs, treats all type of joint pains.
- Amalaki – is a herb with strong detoxifying and toning properties.
4) Massage therapy
Sesame oil is regarded in Ayurveda as one of the most sattvic of oils as it balances the mind and warms & enlivens the tissues of the body. It is rich in essential minerals and vitamins including Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron and zinc. Sesame oil has one of the highest concentrations of Omega – 6 fatty acids. It also contains the two natural preservatives i.e. sesamol and sesamin which increase its shelf life
Its heating and moisturizing effects help to sooth and lubricate dry and rough joints affected by rheumatism and arthritis.
Body massage with sesame oil helps to reduce the vata and thus effectively decrease pain. Joints affected by pain could be massaged for longer time.
This 100% natural compress revives the ancient Vedic tradition of moist warm/cold healing. It is ergonomically designed to flexibly drape over the shoulder or neck or joints. Compressers are evenly weighted to relax and soothe tired muscles or joins. The wrap retains both heat and cold to deliver natural & effective pain management. It is recommended for muscular aches and pains, also headache and relaxation.
Have you discovered any other natural forms of precaution or treatment to manage pain? Do feel free to share your valuable knowledge in the comments section below. It’s always great to be able to exchange ideas with our learned and wise patrons.