Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Arthritis Home Remedies

Helpful home remedies to ease the pain during arthritis attack.

Arthritis is a one of the oldest and common illness of man.  The number of people with arthritis is increasing yearly and a lot more will have in the coming years.  During winter season, arthritis attacks severely, here are some helpful home remedies to ease the pain during attacks:

Control the weight
If you have an arthritis, try to maintain body weight.  Overweight people will have more difficulty or pain since there will be more pressure on the joints.  The bones will be more stressed which increases the possibility of inflammation, swelling, and pain.
Use ice to ease the pain.    Cold treatment is good for a stressed joints usually after work.  A gel pack or an ice on a plastic bag is recommended to apply for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove for 10 to 15 minutes.  Repeat process atleast for an hour.

Use of herbal remedies.  Herbs can also help ease the pain  of  arthritis, but not necessarily treat them.  For those who want to try alternative medicines, according to Dr. Varro E. Tyler, Ph.D., the most beneficial herb is the willow bark.  This is because  willow bark contains salicin, which is similar to aspirin.  Tyler is a professor of pharmacognosy at Pardue University and author of the book "The Honest Herbal".

Increase in Vitamin C intake.  "Studies have shown that people with rheumatoid arthritis are deficient in Vitamin C" says Robert H. Davis, Ph.D., professor of physiology at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatic Medicine.  He adds that taking Vitamin C will help arthritis patients, but to be sure consult your doctor before trying this therapy to avoid further complications.

Having an arthritis can be a serious illness especially if it hinders you from working and living the normal life.  Discipline in food, lifestyle, and positive attitude will help one battles this illness.