Suffering arthritis soothe joint pain and pains? Consider trying these pain-fighting foods, exercises, and home remedies to relieve arthritis pain naturally. Subscribe at a GREAT price! Get a print subscription to Reader’s Digest and instantly enjoy free digital access on any device.
2017 Reader’s Digest Association Inc. 2017 TRUSTED MEDIA BRANDS, INC. Suffering from arthritis aches and pains? Try these foods, exercises, and home remedies that bring on pain relief naturally. Numerous studies have found that ginger can mimic NSAIDs, the front-line drugs for arthritis pain relief. It seems to work by curbing pain-causing chemicals that are part of the body’s inflammatory response—without side effects of medication.
Use powdered, raw, or lightly cooked fresh ginger liberally on food. Make your own ginger tea by simmering slices of ginger for 15 minutes in a few cups of boiling water, or buy ginger tea bags at the supermarket. Ditch the fast food, junk food, fried food, and processed food. Pleasant aromas like lavender can alter the perception of pain, studies show. Japanese researchers found that lavender reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can make you feel relaxed and less aware of pain. But lavender isn’t the only pleasant aroma that works as a natural home remedy.
Korean researchers found that arthritis patients experienced less pain and were less depressed when they were exposed to the aromas of a variety of kitchen spices, including marjoram, rosemary, and peppermint. For a pain-soothing aromatherapy treatment, adding a teaspoon or so of one of these dried herbs to a quarter-cup of vegetable oil. It sounds counterintuitive, but if your hands ache, this simple kitchen task can relieve arthritis pain. First, dipping your hands in hot water can help relax muscles and joints and relieve stiffness. Second, the exercise helps keep your hands and fingers mobile.
Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. When it cools down slightly but is still nice and warm, place it on a sore, stiff joint for pain relief. It should stay warm for about half an hour. You’ll love how the rice shapes to your body and provides soothing heat. If you have lavender or another fragrant herb on hand, toss it in the sock for a little relaxing aromatherapy, too. Now an over-the-counter treatment for arthritis and back pain, this old home remedy reduces levels of a compound called substance P, which transmits pain signals to the brain.