Arthritic Hands Pain Relief

Arthritis is easily one of the most common of the geriatric problems faced by people around the world today. It is characterized by mild to severe pains in the individual joints of the bones, particularly in the joints of legs, the hands, and the back. Arthritic pains are felt more acutely in the fingers. It makes the joints swollen, and if not treated in time, the joints may become permanently deformed.

Ayurveda doesn’t treat arthritic pains as superficial joint pains. The root cause of arthritis is the buildup of poisonous substances in the body due to faulty digestive processes. These substances that accumulate in the body are known jointly as ama. In order to deal with the arthritis, the first step should be to remove the ama. Only then can other treatment approaches be applied.

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To get the arthritis pain relief you are seeking it’s helpful to understand how arthritis works. Arthritic joints seem to be larger, are stiff and painful, and usually feel worse the more they’re used as the day progresses. Arthritis pain can be experienced whenever a stiff or swollen joint is used.

You should make usage of the several simple herbal remedies that Ayurveda has prepared for the treatment of this condition instead of living with rheumatic pains and making life worse.

Arthritic Pain anyone …..?
I am struggling with minor arthritic pain. I have the usual NSAID pills but I know they hurt my tummy and push my BP up … otherwise they work well for pain relief when I most need it. Has anyone any magic formula that helps them? And what about a positive attitude? How well does that work? And do doctors really have no instant cure but can only keep dispensing harmful drugs? Oh, someone recommended Reiki … any experience of that anyone?? Thanks

  • Attitude is everything. A positive outlook can only help. Of the 640 osteoarthritis (of the knee) victims in one study, a higher intake of vitamin C was related to a three-fold lesser risk of disease progression. The benefits of vitamin C were seen in both men and women, at various stages of disease severity, and in both users and non-users of supplements. Worsening knee problems are two to four times more likely in vitamin D-deficient osteoarthritics. Although vitamin D appears to slow the progress of osteoarthritis, there is currently no evidence that vitamin D prevents the condition. vitamin B3 (in the form of niacinamide) was first reported to provide dramatic improvement for those with osteoarthritis, in terms of joint mobility, inflammation, and pain. This original research indicated that it might take up to a month to see benefits, but then the improvements would continue for many years while niacinamide was taken (500 mg 3-4 times per day). Rheumatoid arthritis has been found to respond well to supplementation with several different sources of essential fatty acids, including borage seed oil and fish oil. For instance, in one study of 37 rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, borage seed oil (1.4 grams of GLA per day), when compared to placebo for 24 weeks resulted in significantly improved joint health. Black currant seed oil and evening primrose oil have been found to produce similarly beneficial results for those with rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil has also been tested with success in those with rheumatoid arthritis. Which source of fatty acids will be most beneficial depends on the individual; some experimentation with different supplemental sources of essential fatty acids might be necessary. Methylsulfonylmethane (also known as MSM) is a dietary supplement. Testimonials and anecdotal evidence exists which claim methylsulfonylmethane is helpful in treating arthritis, but little scientific data exists on MSMs safety or benefits. CMO (short for Cetyl Myristoleate or Cetyl-M) is a dietary supplement. CMO is a natural waxy product derived from mice and shown to help mice with arthritis. Only anecdotal evidence exists about CMO helping humans with arthritis. Many claims have been investigated by the FTC since no scientific data exists on its safety or benefits. Chondroitin sulfate is a popular dietary supplement. Chondroitin sulfate is often used in combination with glucosamine. Studies of chondroitin-glucosamine for osteoarthritis have shown the combination is better than placebo, but benefits seem to depend on severity of pain. Cod liver oil is a dietary supplement. Cod liver oil is a good source of essential omega-3 fatty acids. Studies of the efficacy of cod liver oil for arthritis and rheumatic conditions are limited and inconclusive, but believed to provide health benefits by reducing inflammation and pain. Ginger is a dietary supplement. In addition to its use as a spice, ginger root has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years. Although ginger has been promoted to help rheumatoid arthritis, issues of efficacy for arthritis have yet to be proven. SAM-e which is short for (S-adenosylmethionine), a dietary supplement. SAM-e has been reported to have some benefit in treating arthritis and fibromyalgia. Although studies of SAM-e have been done, it has not been subjected to a FDA sanctioned double-blind, placebo-controlled study with published results. Devil's claw herb alleviates arthritis symptoms, particularly for reducing pain and inflammation. Acupuncture has become a popular alternative therapy for arthritis pain relief. Acupressure uses the same points and principles as acupuncture but uses the hands instead of needles. Meditating is a totally natural treatment for both arthritis and fibromyalgia. Learning to meditate can ease muscle tension and help fight fatigue. Relaxation techniques can reduce the stress, anxiety, depression and sleeping problems that can accompany arthritis and fibromyalgia. Meditation has also been used successfully for pain management. Gentle massage has many benefits for those with arthritis. Massage therapy can provide pain relief, soothe stiff sore muscles, reduce inflammation and swelling. Massage and gentle stretching help maintain range of motion for your joints. Chiropractors often treat lower back pain and musculoskeletal conditions such as arthitris. Chiropractic treatments may be valuable for the relief of problems with the muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissues. As for Reiki – it is a very subtle form of therapy. Like anything else, the effects of Reiki vary from client to client. Reiki can significantly reduce pain felt in arthritic joints for a period of time following the treatment. Because arthritis is a chronic condition that worsens over time, more regular Reiki treatments are needed to maintain the pain relief and help slow the progression of the disease. In clients that I have treated for arthritis in the hips and back, clients report about a 50% reduction in pain after the treatment for about a week. Usually, weekly treatments are needed for maintenance. I know of one case where arthritis was treated for 5 months, 10 minutes every day. After that 5 month period of time, there was a complete cessation of Arthritic symptoms. Also, shed excess pounds, exercise, and eat right. Wishing you the best………….

  • Cod Liver Oil – one a day – works for me

  • EXERCISE……..yes exercise is so helpful. Take a walk. I promise it helps

  • I'm really sorry for your suffering. I have psoriatic arthritis and what helps in addition to NSAIDs is ibuprofen gel. Even the store brand works. I haven't noticed a difference with the heating and cooling ones, but the actual ibuprofen ones do seem to help. It takes a few applications though. Good luck

  • A healthy attitude always improves the body's health. Try some meditation, but to prefer Reiki over medication is just not gonna do it.

  • Yes! Yes! Yes! I say go for it, and if you break an ankle or a dog in the process, cheese will help your nose problems!


  • Take two to four tablespoonfuls of castor oil per day. This will help to flush out the toxins collected in the field of the joints. Also have a cup of strong ginger tea each morning. This keeps the digestive system quite efficient and brings about a drastic decline in the severity of joint pains.

    The first step in managing your arthritis is to change your diet; I think all experts would agree on this. Keep in mind, if you take a joint supplement it should help do three things– build cartilage, relieve everyday joint pain, and enhance your flexibility and movement.

    Crush two to three cloves of garlic and add it to a cup of diluted milk. Boil this to one fourth of its original amount. Cool it down and drink it just before bedtime each night.

    If you simply fast for one complete day, or stick to a liquid diet (not milk or its products), then it will also contribute in removing the toxins from the body. This will bring an immense relief to the arthritic pains. You can also go on a total banana diet. Eat about eight to ten bananas each day and nothing else; keep up this diet for three to four days. Bananas have all the important minerals bones need, including calcium, phosphorus, and potassium.

    In a cup of warm water, put two teaspoons of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey. Have this twice a day. It will reduce the severity of arthritic pains.

    Every morning when you wake up, have two cloves of garlic before even brushing your teeth. If you cannot tolerate the pungent taste of the clove, then you can roast them in castor oil till they’re golden in color. Apart from reducing the arthritic pains, this, too, is a very effective remedy in treating cardiovascular problems, and it can actually keep heart attacks at bay.

    Mix some turmeric powder in a cup of warm water. Dissolve it and then drink it when still a bit warm. This will reduce the severity of the arthritic pains.

    Extract the juice of one raw potato. Drink this juice every morning on an empty stomach. This is believed to alleviate the acute pains of arthritis.

    Prepare a soup using one green leafy vegetable, carrots, beetroots, and celery. Mix all these individual soups in equal proportions to make one bowl. Have this soup once daily. You will get all the necessary minerals needed for the bones.

    Warm some coconut oil and put a few pieces of camphor in it. Use this oil to massage on the aching joints. You will find tremendous and quick relief in the arthritic pains.

    Prepare some alfalfa tea and drink it regularly. Twice a day is the better bet. Your arthritic pains will show reduction from day one.

    Sandalwood is a good cooling herb to allay arthritic pains. Prepare a paste of sandalwood with minimal amount of water. Apply this paste thoroughly on the affected joints. You will find good relief in the acuteness of the striving.

    Several herbs are made use of in the Ayurvedic treatment of arthritis. But the most important among them is certainly the guggul (Commiphora wightii, Mukul Myrrh Tree). Guggul is taken in the shape of its combinations such as Yogaraja Guggulu and Mahayogaraja Guggulu. These preparations contain guggul with several other herbs and minerals so as to be effective in the treatment of arthritic pains. Triphala Guggulu is also very commonly prescribed. Triphala Guggulu is a very beneficial preparation which contains both the Triphala and the Guggulu components. In case the arthritic pains reach a peak limit, Simhanada Guggulu is prescribed.