There are three common types of arthritis. They include osteoarthritis (the most frequent), affecting around 16 million Americans with an average age of 45. Osteoarthritis, likewise known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), usually attacks weight-bearing joints like the knees, ankles, and hips. It is also frequently observed in the fingers, neck and back. Each of our joints is cushioned by cartilage. Osteoarthritis attacks that cartilage and gradually wears it down.
Another type of arthritis is called rheumatoid arthritis. Extremely painful and inflammatory, it strikes the lining of the joints and led to severe joint destruction. It attacks millions Americans, many in their younger years.
Psoriatic arthritis isn’t as well known as the last two, but actually eats away at the joints and can also manifest as psoriasis lesions on the skin.
Effects of hip arthritis
The term arthritis literally translates to ‘joint inflammation. ‘ If you suffer from any of the various types of arthritis listed above, chances are you’ve taken drugs (either prescription or over-the-counter) to combat human pain, or tried alternative or ‘home’ remedies.
If you have not yet tried ‘urtication,’ it may offer some help. The term ‘urtication’ arises from the botanical name, Urtica dioica and dates back some 2, 000 years to biblical times. Urtica dioica is also known as stinging nettle. The treatment is to capture the nettles in a gloved hand and swat the sore joints with the nettles. This may sound quite bizarre. However, the practice has been shown to be so effective for some sufferers of arthritis that they now maintain a nettle plant on their window sill.
Black cohosh: Also known as black snakeroot, bugbane, squawroot, and rattleroot. This herb is a relaxant as well as being extremely effective in easing painful menstrual cramps. It is also effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis, arthritic pain and nerve pain. In small doses, appetite and digestion are greatly improved and it can be quite beneficial for the respiratory system in general.
Bogbean: Useful for treatment of rheumatism, osteo-arthritis and rheumatic arthritis. Also has a stimulating effect on the colon.
Celery Seeds: Use dried ripe fruits as an anti-inflammatory, anti, or anti-rheumatic, diuretic-spasmodic. Great for treating rheumatism, arthritis and gout.
Chapparal: Useful in cases of acne, arthritis, chronic backache, warts and skin blotches. Also alleged to be among the best cancer-fighting herbs.
Feverfew: Use the leaves to treat arthritis, giddiness or vertigo, migraine headaches, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Nettle: This is the herb we referred to earlier and is another one of those ‘universal’ plants that is found all parts of the world. Rheumatism, arthritis, eczema, nosebleeds, high blood pressure are only a few applications. Nettles contain calcium, chlorine, iron, potassium, silicon, sulphur, and sodium.
Saffron: A natural form of hydrochloric acid, saffron helps arthritics get rid of the uric acid which holds onto the calcium deposited in the joints. Also reduces lactic acid build-up. Said to be good for measles, skin problems, perspiration, and scarlet fever.
Yucca: Hope for arthritics. The extract from the plant has been used with surprising success on arthritis and rheumatism sufferers.
All of the herbs mentioned here expected to be available at your local health food store along with suggestions on how to write them for use. Some applications will be to ingest in teas while others may require the development of a topical treatment.
No matter what natural remedies you choose please consult your doctor to make certain that your course of treatment doesn’t interfere with any other medications that your doctor has prescribed for your treatment.