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7 Effective Ayurvedic Herbs You Should Try to Reduce Arthritis Pain

Arthritis pain mostly affects older people and gets worse with age

The leg and hand joint pain increase during the winters

Ayurvedic treatments with herbs are known to reduce arthritis pain

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Bajaj Finserv Health
November 19th, 2021
9 mins read

Arthritis is a health condition that causes joint disease or pain in your joints. Arthritis pain is usually caused because of inflammation in one or more of your joints. Modern medicine suggests that there are more than 100 different types of arthritis [1]. It mostly affects people above 60 to 65 years of age and it can worsen as you get older. The leg or hand joint pain you feel with arthritis gets worse during the winter season. So much so that it leads to severe pain, stiffness, and swelling too. 

In India, more than 210 million people are affected by arthritis. Its prevalence is higher than well-known diseases such as diabetes, AIDS, and cancer. Research suggests that around 15% of Indians suffer from arthritis [2]. Arthritis is a serious issue and there is no permanent arthritis treatment. It can be managed with medication and care at home. Read on to know about a few ayurvedic home remedies that can reduce arthritis pain.

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Ayurvedic home remedies to reduce arthritis pain

Aloe vera

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It is used as a home remedy to treat sunburn and can help you with joint pain. Aloe vera does not have any negative gastrointestinal effects. This makes it better than some nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs used for arthritis pain. You can get aloe vera in the form of pills, powder, gels, and as a leaf. It is safe to apply the gel directly to the skin. Studies suggest that taking aloe vera by mouth may relieve osteoarthritis pain [3]. This method isn’t safe for everyone and it may have side effects. It may affect diabetes medications as well and lower glucose levels. It is best see to a doctor before using aloe vera to ensure you don’t have any problems. 

Nirgundi

Nirgundi has anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsing, and anti-oxidant properties, which are known to reduce arthritis pain. It is the most common herb used to heal joint pain and can help you enjoy relief. It works by reducing your swelling and leg, hand or finger joint pain. The plant has hot potency and tastes bitter. The leaves of this plant have the most medicinal properties when compared to its stem and seeds. You can use the leaves to make a paste or a mixture, or apply Nirgundi oil on joints.

Ajwain

Ajwain or carom seeds have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce arthritis pain. It has anesthetic properties, which make it useful in the winter to reduce any pain you may feel due to arthritis. You can drink ajwain water or make a paste of the seeds and apply it to your joints. You can get the best results if you add a spoonful of ajwain to hot water and dip your aching joints in it for around 5 to 10 minutes. This is a popular remedy that is sure to help reduce your pain and swelling.

Dashmool

Dashmool is a mixture of ten medicinal herbs. It translates to ‘ten roots’. It contains five shrubs and five roots. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, and sedative properties are used for arthritis treatment. You can use it as an oil or in the form of powder.

Shallaki

Shallaki or Boswellia serrata is used in alternative medicine due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Shallaki is extracted from Boswellia trees naturally found in India. It is known for several benefits, which are to:

    • Relieve joint pain

    • Reduce swelling

    • Increase mobility

It is often used as a substitute for modern painkillers. You can buy shallaki in powder form or essential oil. A review found that the anti-inflammatory properties of boswellic acid help people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout [4].

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus leaves contain tannins that reduce arthritis pain and swelling. Aromatherapy with eucalyptus can relieve your symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Its aroma provides calming effects to the brain. It not only helps with your joint pain but is also a key part of other herbal treatments. The best way to enjoy its benefits is to:

    • Dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil or base oil

    • Do a patch test

    • Check for allergies

    • Apply it topically

Ginger

Ginger is a herb that is mostly used in Indian kitchens. Ginger has exceptional antiseptic properties. It reduces joint pain and swelling. It also boosts blood circulation that helps in healing the affected area. Sip ginger tea or apply the ginger paste to your joints. You can even use ginger essential oil. Studies found that the compounds that give flavor to ginger have anti-inflammatory properties

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Despite how common this issue is, there is no single cause of arthritis. Some of the rheumatoid arthritis causes include:

  • autoimmune disorders

  • environmental factors

  • Infection due to certain bacteria and viruses.

You should not neglect rheumatoid arthritis symptoms whenever they crop up and seek medical support at the earliest. Consult your doctor before you use home remedies to reduce arthritis pain as some may have side effects. Find the best doctors easily on Bajaj Finserv Health. Book appointments online in just a few clicks and speak with specialists virtually. Health and wellness is easy to prioritize with Bajaj Finserv Health

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