Chronic pain from joint inflammation can dampen your quality of life and impair your ability to do things that you love (we can all agree that it’s nearly impossible to be at your happiest when you’re in pain). Studies have shown that people with chronic pain are three times more likely to develop anxiety or depression. Fortunately, there are options. When over-the-counter painkillers aren’t doing the trick, it’s time to try something new. Below are five herbs that can dramatically reduce joint inflammation once and for all.
Turmeric is a root that’s bright orange on the inside and looks like ginger on the outside. You can purchase as either a ground spice or a whole fresh fruit. This herb has been used for more than 4,000 years as a solution to digestive issues, infections, cancers, and more notably, inflammation. Turmeric has the potential to ease joint inflammation pain as effectively as ibuprofen, and can be enjoyed as a tea (or can be used in a variety of delicious recipes). Some people prefer to eat it in capsule form, which commercially, is known as “Curcumin”.
Although it looks a little like the devil himself, it’s definitely much nicer! Various studies have shown that this herb can reduce pain in patients with osteoarthritis. “Iridoid Glycosides” are the primary component within the root. You can enjoy it in tea, take it as a capsule, or use it as an ointment.
This enzyme, which can be found in various types of tropical fruit (like pineapple), will get broken down in the digestive tract and then absorbed into the blood stream. From here, it will carry out body-wide effects, one of which include decreasing joint inflammation. Although it’s not fully understood how the inflammation gets reduced, researchers do know that it’s an effective way to reduce pain for people with arthritis.
Extracted from the white willow tree, this herb has been used for thousands of years as a way of reducing fever and decreasing inflammation. One of the primary components in the herb is “Salicin”, which shares similar molecular structures to aspirin. You can eat it as a capsule, drink it as a tea, or purchase the powered version of the herb. White willow bark is often used as a supplementary ingredient to other pain-relief supplements, and is a great way to lessen joint inflammation without over-the-counter drugs.
Burdock root is a rather strong anti-inflammatory agent that people around the world use every day to treat their joint inflammation. Remember that one of the best things you can do for your pain is to increase your intake of essential fatty acids. Burdock is loaded with fatty oils which, along with tannins and sterols, will result in anti-inflammatory properties that should significantly relieve joint pain. One way to utilize this root is to add it to boiling water and allowing it to simmer for 10 minutes. You can then strain and drink the liquid and receive all of the amazing benefits that it has to offer.
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Nettle is an herb with some incredible joint reduction potential. It contains the all-powerful antioxidant beta-carotene, Vitamins A, D, C, and B, iron, magnesium, and an abundance of protein. But when it comes to treating the pain associated with arthritis, it can’t be overlooked. A single cup of nettle leaf tea per day can prevent inflammation as well as nourish your kidneys. This is one of those herbs that you should definitely discuss with your doctor before using.
Dandelion leaves contain loads of Vitamin C and A, and can encourage the liver to clear toxins from the blood. Although studies on this herb are limited, the ones that have been published do show potential for fighting chronic pain associated with joint inflammation. This is believed to be a result of the leaf’s high concentration of linoleic acid. This fatty acid suppresses inflammation by activating “Prostaglandin” (an immune response regulator). People with rheumatoid arthritis will probably benefit from this herb the most.
Ginger is a strong anti-inflammatory herb that blocks activation of certain inflammatory culprits in the body (TNF and COX-2 being some of them main ones). It also suppresses something known as the “Prostaglandin E2 Pathway”, which is a series of cellular events that can lead to chronic inflammation. Dozens of studies published on the internet today show promise of ginger’s remarkable ability to fight inflammation.
Always be sure to consult your general care physician before taking any of these herbs. While many can be quite effective at reliving pain, you need to be sure that A) You’re taking the right amount, and B) They don’t interfere with any medications that you might currently be using.