Five Herbs to Naturally Fight Arthritis Pain Arthritis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation and joint stiffness, leading to joint pain and impaired function. The pain associated with arthritis can vary in intensity and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as joint swelling, redness, and limited range of motion. Arthritis can result from various factors, such as age, genetics, autoimmune disorders, or wear and tear on the joints over time. Treatment for arthritis pain aims to alleviate symptoms, reduce inflammation, improve joint function, and enhance the individual’s quality of life. This article will discuss five herbs to fight arthritis pain naturally. Turmeric Turmeric is a bright yellow spice derived from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. The active component in turmeric is called Curcumin, which is responsible for its distinctive yellow color and health benefits. Curcumin is a polyphenol that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Studies show that Curcumin in turmeric is responsible for its therapeutic effects. These anti-inflammatory properties allow it to relieve pain, which is beneficial in managing arthritis pain. Ginger Ginger is a flowering plant. It has traditionally been used to manage arthritis symptoms, including pain and inflammation. Ginger contains compounds, such as gingerol and shogaol, which have shown anti-inflammatory properties in laboratory studies. Inflammation plays a significant role in arthritis, and reducing inflammation helps alleviate symptoms. Research shows that ginger supplementation or topical ginger preparations help reduce pain and improve mobility in individuals with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger’s antioxidant effects also improve the immune system in the fight against arthritis. Eucalyptus Eucalyptus is an aromatic tree native to Australia known for its medicinal properties. Eucalyptus oil contains compounds like eucalyptol (also known as 1,8-cineole) that possess anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. These properties contribute to the pain-relieving effects of eucalyptus oil. It is sometimes included in topical creams, ointments, or balms marketed for arthritis relief. The cooling sensation and the aroma of eucalyptus oil also provide a soothing effect. Studies show that eucalyptus oil when applied topically, offers pain relief. Devil’s Claw Devil's claw, scientifically known as Harpagophytum procumbens, is a plant native to southern Africa. It has been traditionally used in African and European folk medicine to treat inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Devil's Claw contains compounds called iridoid glycosides, specifically harpagoside, which have exhibited anti-inflammatory effects in laboratory studies. This primary mechanism helps the devil's claw provide relief from arthritis symptoms. The devil's claw extract helps reduce pain, improve joint mobility, and alleviate inflammation in individuals with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Aloe vera Aloe vera is a tender plant with leaves that have a gel-like substance. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine and is often used in various skincare and health products. Aloe vera contains compounds that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds, such as anthraquinones and phytosterols, may help reduce inflammation, which is a critical factor in arthritis. It has a cooling and soothing effect on the skin, providing relief from joint pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. It can help moisturize the skin and improve its condition in individuals with dryness or skin-related symptoms related to arthritis. Conclusion Arthritis is a severe yet prevalent condition that can show severe or mild symptoms. It can affect all age groups but is typically seen in older adults. These natural herbs have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that could help reduce inflammation, manage symptoms, improve joint function, and alleviate arthritis pain. Additionally, diet changes and exercise can help you improve your quality of life.
The Jamaican Ginger, scientifically referred to as Zingiber Officinale, is an herb used in traditional medicine to fight different diseases. It has various medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antioxidant, anticoagulant, antiseptic, antiviral, antimicrobial, antiemetic, and so on. These are just a few of the properties of this herb and it explains why ginger is used in treating various ailments. Generally, Ginger is considered safe by the Food and Drug Administration. In alternative medicine, it has been used in treating a large number of sicknesses such as heart diseases, migraines, chronic fatigue, and cold. Traditionally, when combined with honey, ginger can be used in treating respiratory problems. In Jamaica, ginger is used in treating other illnesses such as diabetes, diarrhea, menstrual problems, diabetes, motion sickness, and so on. Ginger is effective in treating rheumatism and arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The Jamaican Ginger Tea can be purchased online at Island Herbs & Spices.
Ginger and Its ConstituentsGinger is popularly used globally, particularly in most Asian countries. Ginger is said to contain more than 400 different compounds when subjected to chemical analysis. The main constituents found in ginger rhizomes are lipids (3 – 8%), phenolic compounds, terpenes, and carbohydrates.
Use of Ginger for Alternative MedicineThe use of ginger as medicine as well as a spice in China and India can be traced to ancient times. As far back as the 9th century in Europe and from the 10th century in England, ginger has been known for its medicinal properties. Native Americans used wild ginger rhizomes in regulating heartbeat and menstruation. Ginger reduces nausea by directly acting on the gastrointestinal system. With this, it is used in preventing nausea resulting from surgery, motion sickness, and chemotherapy. Ginger is popularly known as a medication for nausea in pregnant women. Ginger is used in treating different types of other gastrointestinal problems such as colic, gas, morning sickness, bloating, flatulence, upset stomach, discomfort after a meal (dyspepsia), heartburn, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. The Indian Ayurvedic alternative medicine uses ginger in enhancing food digestion. In addition to these, ginger has been used as pain relief for chest pain, arthritis, stomach pain, muscle soreness, menstrual pain, and low back pain. It is used as a natural antibiotic in treating bronchitis, cough, and other upper respiratory tract infections. With its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is recommended for joint problems. Its juice extract has been used in treating skin burns. Ginger’s active component is used as antacid and laxative medications. It lowers high blood pressure and boosts circulation by warming the body. Also, due to this warming effect, ginger is used as an antiviral in treating flu and cold. Ginger has an appealing scent so much that is used as a flavoring agent in beverages and foods, and as a fragrance in cosmetics and soaps. Browse our site for a wide selection of 100% organic Jamaican Spanish Ginger, and other herbs and spices today.
What is Ginger? Ginger has been in use as a popular spice, preservative and herbal medicine for thousands of years. It is one of the most popular household spices used today and is highly sought after in Jamaica. Ginger is a thick, knotted underground stem known as a rhizome and not as a root as it is often mistakenly called. The stem grows upwards from the ginger rhizome to a height of about 12 inches above the surface. It is native to South Asia but it has become heavily cultivated in other parts of the world including the Caribbean. Ginger is known to contain a number of volatile oils and mixture of terpenoids which causes the popular spice to have that characteristic aroma. The non-volatile oils present in ginger are responsible for its pungent nature and warm sensation when placed in the mouth. How to use Ginger? Ginger is widely used in Jamaica as a spice when cooking to add flavor to a wide range of dishes, meat, baked goods and juices. When treating illnesses, the most popular way to prepare ginger is as a herbal tea. Ginger tea is made by cleaning and stripping a sufficient piece of the stem or by using it in its powdered form. The piece of ginger is then allowed to steep in hot water for a few minutes before being sweetened with honey. The ginger may also be mixed with other herbs such as cinnamon to make an even more potent roots tea. Ginger can be used daily for health benefits but it is recommended by the University of Maryland Medical Center that you do not use more than 4 grams daily. Health Benefits of Ginger Ginger has been used in traditional medicine to treat a large number of illnesses such as the cold, migraines, heart diseases and chronic fatigue. Ginger also contains a host of medicinal properties. Some of the properties are antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antiemetic. Those are however only a few of the medicinal properties that the herb possesses hence one can see why ginger is used to treat so many different ailments. The combination of ginger and honey has traditionally been used to treat respiratory problems. Other illnesses and conditions that ginger is used to treat here in Jamaica are diarrhea, sore throat, diabetes, menstrual problems and motion sickness. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make ginger effective in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism.