Joint pain can cause resistance in movement and are sometimes accompanied by swelling and stiffness in the joints. Ranging from mild to severe, the pain can be due to arthritis, gout, sprain or injury affecting the ligaments and tendons surrounding a joint.
According to Ayurveda, inflammation and swelling in the joints is caused by the aggravation of vata dosha which deposits toxins on the sites of the joints. Ayurvedic treatment for the condition is directed at balancing vata in the body. Even though severe joint pain requires proper medical attention and treatment, mild pain can be get ridden of with the help of some natural home remedies.
Here are 7 home remedies recommended for joint pain –
1. Fenugreek paste
It is a popular home remedy for joint pain due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Grind fenugreek seeds and water or mustard oil, make a paste and apply this on the joints for warmth and comfort.
2. Epsom salt bath
Epsom salt can provide quick relief by lowering inflammation, reducing muscle spasms and relaxing tensed areas.
Mix Epsom salt in warm water and bath with it or soak in it for some time. Applying towel soaked in this water on joints is another way to make use of it.
3. Drumstick leaves
It possesses anti-inflammatory properties which makes it ideal for quick relief from joint pain.
Make a paste of drumstick leaves and apply it on affected joints for relief.
4. Milk and turmeric
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice which can reduce swelling.
Mix 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder to a glass of lukewarm milk and drink it every day for pain relief.
5. Cinnamon and honey
Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory agent and can also prevent tissue damage in joints. And when combined with honey, it boosts the spice’s healing properties.
Mix half teaspoon of cinnamon powder and one tablespoons honey to a glass of warm water and drink it daily in an empty stomach to reduce joint pain and swelling. Applying a paste of cinnamon and honey on the affected area is also helpful with the pain.
6. Eucalyptus oil
Eucalyptus oil is analgesic and anti-inflammatory. The components in it can decrease pain by increasing blood flow and skin temperature.
Massage eucalyptus oil in a circular motion on the affected areas for relieving pain. It can also be used mixed with petroleum jelly.
7. Extra virgin olive oil
Olive oil is rich in omega 3- fatty acids that are anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. This can reduce inflammation and stiffness and soothe the pain on the joints.
Use extra virgin olive oil in the diet as cooking oil or salad dressings. Applying olive oil on the affected area and consuming 2 tablespoons a day are also said to be effective.
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