Herbal Remedy For Arthritis
Arthritis is an inflamed condition of the joints, and afflicts some 50 million people in the U.S. There are many types of arthritis, most often arising from simple wear on joints over time or resulting from injury. Some cases are genetic, while others are caused by infections. Inflammation of the joints is usually evidenced in swelling and painful movement of the affected joints. Prescription drugs are available, but may have unpleasant side effects. Fortunately, you have many herbs from which to choose a natural herbal remedy for arthritis. Here are just a few.
Turmeric root, the predominant ingredient used in Indian curry dishes, which produces the signature yellow orange color is one herbal remedy for arthritis which many people find of significant help. Turmeric has demonstrated anti-inflammatory abilities which are as effective as cortisone! Most conveniently taken in capsule form, try about 500 mg three times a day. Certain medical conditions may preclude its use, so be sure to clear this with your physician.
Some herbalists recommend the use of bromelain, extracted from pineapple and available in tablets, to be used along with turmeric as an herbal remedy for arthritis. Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Alfalfa has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for arthritis. When using alfalfa for this purpose, be sure you drink it as a tea. Alfalfa contains an amino acid which can produce joint pain, mimicking arthritis. This amino acid is destroyed when made into tea. Alfalfa is also very nutritious.
To make the tea, combine four cups of water with an ounce of alfalfa. Boil for 30 minutes and then strain. Drink in cup portions spread during the day. Continue for two or three weeks. Discontinue for ten days and then start again.
Rosemary tea was used by American eclectic physicians as a favorite herbal remedy for arthritis, and modern science has validated its effectiveness as a significant anti-inflammatory agent.
To make rosemary tea, place a half ounce of dried rosemary in a glass canning jar, and fill with boiling water. Close the jar and allow to steep for half an hour. Strain and drink one cup, morning and evening. Continue, as with alfalfa, two or three weeks on and ten days off.
Celery and celery seeds are an old European herbal remedy for arthritis, and is as effective today as it was hundreds of years ago. Celery contains about 25 anti-inflammatory components. Use both celery and the seeds, as different parts of the plant contain different anti-inflammatory aids. Celery stalks are high in mineral content, including potassium. A deficiency of potassium may exacerbate symptoms of arthritis, so eat your celery.
Celery seed tea should be freshly made, using a teaspoon of celery seeds to a cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for fifteen minutes, then strain and drink. For acute arthritis, drink three times daily.
Give an herbal remedy for arthritis a try. Consult your doctor to be sure these are safe for you. Good luck!