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Natural Treatments for Arthritis

Natural Treatments for Arthritis
Arthritis is a painful, debilitating disease that can make everyday tasks such as walking, climbing stairs and opening doors difficult. Many people mistakenly believe that if conventional medicines and treatments don’t work, then nothing will. But natural therapies can offer hope to many arthritis sufferers and may help relieve their pain and improving their mobility. Here are some treatments that may work for you.

Naturopathy Treats Arthritis Holistically

Your naturopath will tailor a treatment plan specifically for your arthritic symptoms. Treatment may include supplements such as glucosamine sulfate and fish oil, and dietary changes to eliminate foods that can interfere with joint repair and increase inflammation such as tomatoes. You may also be advised to include certain foods in your diet such as leafy, green vegetables, fresh pineapple and cherries. Other treatments may include fresh juices, teas such as Willow Bark, Capsaicin gel and fenugreek heat packs to relieve acute pain and swelling.

Herbs Help Arthritis

Herbal medicines that may help arthritis include natural anti-inflammatories such as Devil’s Claw, rosehip, Willow Bark, alfalfa, black cohosh, burdock and juniper.

Homeopathy Eases Arthritic Pain

Homeopathic remedies may help reduce the severity and duration of pain and minimise swelling in your joints. A 2010 study published in the journal Rheumatology found evidence that homeopathic consultations may reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers of the study said this was because “homeopathy consultations involve a complete exploration of the patient’s emotional, spiritual and physical well-being to enable treatment of the whole person, not just the illness.” Remedies may include Apis or Bryonia for warm and swollen joints. For stiff joints, Causticum or Formica may assist (source: Australian Homeopathic Association). Your homeopath will be able to advise you on homeopathic remedies to assist with arthritic pain.

Osteopathy Uses Gentle Techniques for Arthritis

Gentle, manual osteopathic techniques on joints, muscles and ligaments will improve join mobility and decrease inflammation. Your osteopath may give you an exercise programme and advise you on diet too.

Acupuncture Aids Arthritis

Traditional Chinese Medicine doesn’t recognise arthritis as being one particular syndrome. Instead, a TCM practitioner or acupuncturist will develop a unique treatment for you based on where they believe the qi (energy) is blocked.

Massage Moves the Pain of Arthritis

Many people with arthritis swear by the benefits of regular massage. Massage can ease the symptoms associated with inflammation, help increase circulation, flexibility and mobility and relieve muscle aches and stiffness. Overall, massage gives you a sense of relaxation and wellness.

Gentle Exercise Eases Arthritis

Staying active is key to maintaining muscle strength, joint flexibility and managing pain. Yoga and Tai Chi are both excellent for improving strength, balance and movement. Walking and swimming, especially in warm water, are also beneficial.

Arthritis may be successfully managed using natural therapies. Your natural therapist will work closely with your medical practitioner to ensure you are receiving the best treatment for your specific symptoms. Always let your practitioner know if you are taking any other medications, vitamins or supplements.

Topic: Conditions, Arthritis

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