4 little-known treatments to successfully battle osteoarthritis


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With nearly 10 million French people affected by this very painful and often debilitating wear and tear of the articular cartilage, anything that can support or replace conventional anti-inflammatory drugs is always good to take. Turmeric cure, wintergreen essential oil, harpagophytum (or devil’s claw), green clay poultice, cat’s claw, etc. If you suffer from joint pain, then you surely already know these natural remedies for osteoarthritis by heart. However, there are some lesser-known remedies that can give you relief just as well as these classic herbs and essential oils. Discover these sometimes unusual solutions that will calm your pain.

1) baking soda for osteoarthritis

Acidification of the body due to stress or diet is one of the probable causes of osteoarthritis. However, baking soda is alkaline and therefore allows counteract the acidity that causes joint pain in order to better counter them. Here, we can consider using it both externally and internally. Externally, pour baking soda on a damp cloth or dilute it in honey before applying it as a poultice to the painful joint. Leave on for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Internally, it should be avoided in cases of pregnancy, high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney disease or risk of edema. If you are not one of these cases, dilute a teaspoon in a glass of water to drink each morning.

2) Continue to exercise

When the pain is too much, especially in the knees, having a stairlift installed or taking the elevator can provide great comfort. Little by little, we end up limiting more and more the effort, the movements being painful each time. However, the practice of a physical activity allows the maintenance of mobility of painful joints. It will also maintain the muscles and tendons around the joints. The trick is to choose a adequate and gentle sporting activity that you can practice regularly: aquagym, yoga, tai-chi-chuan, cycling, swimming …

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3) the banana

Like baking soda, bananas are alkaline food which therefore reduces inflammatory reactions within the body. When consumed daily, its potassium fights muscle cramps and inflammatory pain. As for its vitamin B6, it regenerates bone tissue. To potentiate its effect, however, limit acidifying foods: refined sugars, ultra-processed foods, saturated fats, animal proteins, etc.

4) Castor oil

Besides its use for hair and eyelash growth, castor oil is also analgesic and anti-inflammatory. We can therefore use it to massage. For more efficiency, consider heating it up a bit. Otherwise, possibly add a few drops of essential oil of lavender or wintergreen for more efficiency. Otherwise, use it heated as a poultice applied with a cloth and covered with a hot water bottle to keep the heat on the sore area and to be able to leave on a little longer.




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