Arthritis seriously decreases the quality of life for 27 million Americans. That’s means that around 7.5% of the US population is affected.
Given that osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (most common types) impact the hands most of the time, throughout the history lots of homemade methods to ease the pain and treat the conditions were invented.
Arthritis as a condition is not something new, in fact, a reference to arthritis symptoms is first discovered in a text written in 183 AD by Greek philosopher and doctor at the time of the Roman Empire – Aelius Galenus.
Even today, a variety of homemade remedies are recognized as natural arthritis pain reliefs.
Honey and cinnamon mix
The combination of cinnamon powder and honey is very effective in treating arthritic pain in hands. When both honey and cinnamon are combined, they help in controlling the inflammation and relaxing the stiffness of the joints.
– 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
-1 tbsp of honey
Eat this mixture every morning, daily on an empty stomach.
Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, antiseptic and antibacterial properties and can be effective in dealing with arthritis of hands. Turmeric also helps in protecting the affected finger from micro-organisms.
Take a glass of warm milk and mix 1 tsp of turmeric and some honey in it and drink it.
Take 1 tsp of turmeric powder and add some drop of mustard oil to it. Mix this into a thick paste and apply this paste to the affected fingers.
Wash the mixture after 30 minutes with lukewarm water.
Apply a chamomile tea poultice
Chamomile tea is an anti-inflammatory that may help ease arthritis pain. Brew a strong infusion using four chamomile tea bags in a cup or so of hot water. Steep, covered, for 20 minutes, then squeeze and remove tea bags. Soak a clean cloth in the liquid and apply to an achy joint.
Ref: Reader’s Digest
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains natural anti-inflammatory and alkalizing properties which help in decreasing pain and stiffness in the fingers and hands cause due to arthritis.
mix 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, some honey to a glass of warm water and drink this daily.
Warm some apple cider vinegar and add some amount of cayenne pepper to it and mix it into a paste. Apply this lukewarm paste to your painful finger joints and leave it there for 10 minutes.
Use meditation to cope with pain
Meditation and relaxation techniques may be able to help you reduce pain from arthritis by reducing stress and enabling you to cope with it better. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), studies have found that the practice of mindfulness meditation is helpful for some people with painful joints. Researchers also found that those with depression and arthritis benefitted the most from meditation. When stress is reduced, inflammation and thus swelling and pain drop.
Ref: Health Line
Epsom salt contains magnesium which does wonders in enhancing oxygen usage along with preventing the hardening of arthritis and formation of blood clots.
Mix some Epsom salt in warm water and soak your hands in this solution for 30 minutes daily.
Mix tho handfuls of Epsom salt, one handful of rock salt, juniper oil and fennel oil in warm water. Soak your hands daily for 15 minutes in this concoction
Use hot and cold therapy
Simple hot and cold treatments can make a world of difference when it comes to arthritis pain. Long, warm showers or baths — especially in the morning — help ease stiffness in your joints. Use an electric blanket or moist heating pad at night to keep your joints loose.
Cold treatments are best for relieving joint pain, swelling, and inflammation. Wrap a gel ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel and apply it to painful joints for quick relief.