Arthritis and joint issues can occur as a result of an overactive immune system leaving the patient suffering from stiffness and pain which eventually keep them away from going about their everyday activities.
Unfortunately, the medical intervention doesn’t always come with satisfying results and patients may continue to experience constant pain as well as inflammation.
However, this doesn’t mean that your case is hopeless as there are certain herbs that can effectively reduce the pain due to their anti-inflammatory properties.
#1 – Burdock Root (Arctium lappa or Arcticum minus):
Burdock is widely used as a natural alternative to treat arthritis and joint issues. And that’s due to its anti-inflammatory properties and the healthy nutrients it contains, including fatty oils, sterols, and tannins.
Moreover, including this natural herb in your daily nutrition, will lead to a significant increase in essential fatty acids, which in return are considered very effective in relieving pain and reducing inflammation.
There are many ways you can consume the Burdock root herb, for example, you can eat them in stir-fries or make a decoction by chopping two tablespoons of this herb and add them to boiling water.
ALLow the decoction to simmer for about ten minutes and then you can turn off the heat. After that, you can strain and drink warm. You can also take the herb in capsule form but before you do remember to follow the dosage directions and calculate the right one for you using your own body weight.
#2 – Flaxseeds ( or Linum usitatissimum)
Flax seeds are considered to be super foods that are loaded with Omega-3. The latter nutrient is found to fight inflammation and even work on strengthening and improving the immune system. Therefore, including this important food item in your daily diet is one of the healthiest choices you will ever make!
What’s more interesting is that flax seeds can also fix many other health issues, including digestive issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and more! Hence, make sure you don’t heat or cook the seeds or oil.
#3 – Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric is with no doubt one of the most effective anti-inflammatory herbs that reduce pain and that’s due to the chemicals it contains, namely, curcumin and curcuminoids.
These two chemicals are found to have an anti-inflammatory effect, therefore, they can very effectively reduce inflammation. No wonder why it is often recommended in treating some diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer, and cataracts.
What’s good about this spice is that it can be easily added to your daily diet! Still, it is preferable that you take it in supplement form so that you can experience the full medicinal benefits.
To help activate turmeric when cooking, don’t hesitate to add some dried ginger and black pepper. It’s also worth mentioning that turmeric can be equally applied topically to relieve the pain!
#4 – Nettles (Urtica Dioica)
Nettles are insanely good for you and they can be used pretty much for everything! They are highly rich in protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, and many essential vitamins, including A, C, D, and B complex.
Nettles can be used to treat all types of arthritis and gout and that’s due to its rich and amazing combination of anti-inflammatory properties and important nutrients, especially minerals that help reduce pain and strengthen the bones.
To include this herb in your diet, you can drink one or two cups of Nettle leaf tea as the latter can help prevent water retention and inflammation and also nourishes the kidneys and adrenals. However, you should always discuss with your physician before making any decisions.
#5 – Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice is found to function exactly as your body’s own natural corticosteroids, which is responsible for reducing inflammation. Licorice works on decreasing the free radicals that exist at the inflamed area and inhibits the enzyme production which is normally involved in the inflammatory process.
Glycyrrhizin which is an important component in licorice is responsible for blocking and relieving inflammation as well as supporting the body’s release of cortisol and eventually leading to reducing pain and occurrence of arthritis.
To include it in your diet, you’d better take it in supplement form or as a tea. Avoid it completely if you have blood pressure issues, kidney disease or low potassium and try to respect the daily dosage.
For instance, people who take 20 grams a day or more may suffer from serious side effects such as splitting headaches, heart problems, high blood pressure, and more!
In addition to all these herbal protocols, it’s good to remember that the best treatment to treat this issue is through following a healthy and balanced diet filled with fresh produce, fatty acids, and fiber.
Regular exercises are also a great way to relieve pain and inflammation, especially Yin Yoga and gentle stretching.