Holistic remedies for arthritis sufferers

From knees and hips to hands and other joints throughout your body, you may experience pain for no obvious reason. Arthritis is a common problem that can take on many forms.

Arthritis is a joint disorder with inflammation in one or more of the joints and is very common, affecting more than 3 million people in the country annually. The primary symptom is pain and stiffness, which typically worsens with age. 

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, and cases can range from mild to severe. Many people who suffer from arthritis can alleviate their symptoms with holistic remedies.

Apple cider vinegar is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus and is useful in relieving joint pain. ACV also helps remove buildup of toxins in the joints and connective tissues. Mix one teaspoon each of ACV and honey in a warm cup of water and drink daily, preferably in the morning for alkalizing benefits.

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory root. Eating raw ginger on a regular basis can help alleviate pain by improving blood circulation. Peel and slice fresh ginger and eat with your meals. Ginger oil can also reduce pain when applied on the affected area.

Turmeric contains curcumin which has anti-inflammatory properties. Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drink daily before bed. You can also take 500 mg to 1,000 mg of turmeric capsules three times per day.

Fish oil is another holistic remedy for arthritis. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can help reduce pain. Take two teaspoons of fish oil daily, preferably in the morning on an empty stomach to help reduce morning stiffness.

Cherries are also a great way to help reduce inflammation caused by arthritis. Cherries are a good source of magnesium and potassium. Arthritis sufferers can eat eight to 10 cherries daily. Canned, frozen or fresh are all beneficial.

If the pain of arthritis limits your daily life, an independent senior community like Plum Landing can help. Services like twice monthly housekeeping, apartment maintenance and scheduled transportation are included with residents’ monthly rent. To find out more, please contact Arelis Flores, Marketing Manager, at 630-896-5031 or e-mail arelis@plumlanding.org.