Sunday, July 14, 2013

Natural Ways to Treat Arthritis

Any person who suffers from arthritis, or knows someone that does, is very aware of the discomfort and pain connected to arthritis and how difficult it can be to deal with it. These unfortunate people invariably try to relieve their suffering through use of over-the-counter treatments and medications. Even though these medications do help, there are alternative natural ways that are safe to treat arthritis.

A natural remedy is consuming raw juices - highly recommended are potato and green juices (for many years potato juice has provided relief to arthritis suffers). To prepare potato juice, thinly slice a potato leaving the skin on, put and leave the slices in a glass of cold water for a number of hours (better overnight) and then drink this juice.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids (present in most fish species) also help in treating arthritis. People who don't eat fish can take supplements containing Omega 3 Fatty Acids that can be purchased at health and drug stores. Omega 3 Fatty Acids offer relief from all arthritis forms but the most noticeable results are amongst rheumatoid arthritis suffers.

An effective and easy treatment is the massaging of warm olive oil over areas affected by arthritis (make sure it is not too hot as painful burns to the skin can result). Rosemary, sage or garlic can be added to olive oil - dilute at approximately ten parts olive oil to one part of the chosen additive. Relief is felt soon after application to the affected area.

Taking warm baths can offer relief from the discomfort and pain caused by arthritis as cold bathes may increase pain and discomfort. Many people also add Epson salts to warm bathwater - about three to four tablespoons. When taking such a bath make sure to stay in the water for a minimum of thirty minutes.

Limited exercise can also help with pain relief. Arthritis suffers should be cautious when exercising and must avoid over exertion which can exacerbate pain and discomfort. Simple exercises like walking, squeezing a stress ball, etc. are often effective.

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