Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can cause a lot of discomfort. The pain can be sharp and quick, or it can be chronic and unforgiving. However, joint pain can also be caused by other conditions or factors. Fortunately, there are several herbal remedies that can help alleviate joint discomfort. We have detailed them below.
The health benefits of turmeric come from the inactive ingredients, curcumin and cucuminoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. This spice can be added to your diet, taken in supplement form, or even applied topically to sore joint to help decrease pain. The recommended dosage is 500 milligrams twice per day.
Ginger has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and joint-protective properties. Recent experiments show promise with the use of ginger to prevent joint inflammation. The fresh root is available in grocery stores and can be brewed into tea. Researchers at the University of Georgia in Athens and Georgia State College & University in Milledgeville reported in the Journal of Pain that a few tablespoons of grated ginger could help ease muscle pain caused by exercise.
Cat’s claw originated in the South American rainforests. A recent experiment on the effectiveness of cat’s claw had positive results towards the relief of joint pain. For medicinal purposes, the root and bark of the cat’s claw vine are made into tea, tinctures, or herbal supplements.
A recent study found that green tea may have an active compound that reduces inflammation and swelling. Green tea is high in catechins, a compound with joint-relieving properties. There are additional compounds in green tea that contribute to overall well being, such as polyphenols and antioxidants. Drink one or two cups of green tea per day to help relieve joint pain.