24 Natural Remedies for Arthritis

You will find a brief description of 24 completely natural remedies, which are powerful enough to relieve different arthritis symptoms.

Unfortunately, not always remedy, which comes from the nature is completely safe for your use. In the descriptions below we also reveal the possible side effects if you took these remedies included in supplements, mainly they might appear if you wouldn’t follow the suggested dosage of the day.

Avocado
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Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU) – a natural extract, which is made from avocado and soybean oils.

It helps to slow down the production of some inflammatory chemicals that body makes.

  • Osteoarthritis – ASU supplements are clinically proven to help for osteoarthritis sufferers.

  • Mild itching (detected for person who used specific avocado oil and vitamin B12 cream).

Black Currant
Black Currant

Black Currant Oil – derived from the seeds of the black currant.

It contains a type of omega-6 fatty acid – gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is capable of helping to reduce the pain and stiffness for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers .

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (pain, stiffness, inflammation).
  • May increase the immune response in older patients.

Borage
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Borage Oil – derived from the seeds of the borage plant.

It can help to reduce joint pain, swelling and stiffness for rheumatoid arthritis patients.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (pain, swelling, stiffness).

  • Can damage the liver.

  • Boswellia
    Frankincense tree

    Boswellia – in medicine is used the gum resin, which is derived from the bark of the Frankincense tree (Boswellia).

    It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities, still there should be more researches done.

    • Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation);
    • Osteoarthritis;
    • Bursitis.
    • Mild to moderate stomach upset;
    • Skin rashes;
    • Diarrhea.

    Pineapple
    Pineapple – Image of Marcus/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    Bromelain – an extract derived from pineapples.

    It helps to relieve pain and helps to reduce inflammation in arthritis patients. It especially is effective if taken fresh or used as juice.

    • Rheumatoid arthritis (pain, swelling);
    • Osteoarthritis;
    • Immobility.
    • Stomach upset;
    • Diarrhea.

    Chili - capsaicin
    Chili – Image of Paul / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    Capsaicin – the active component of chili and other peppers.

    Capsaicin binds to the receptors in the skin and by that helps to reduce pain, inflammation and swelling for arthritis patients.

    • Rheumatoid arthritis (pain, tenderness);
    • Osteoarthritis (pain).
    • Burning sensation.

    Cat's Claw
    Cat’s Claw

    Cat’s Claw – in medicine is used  dried root bark derived from this vine.

    It has anti-inflammatory qualities it also can stimulate immune system.

    • Rheumatoid arthritis (joint swelling, joint pain).
    • Headache;
    • Dizziness;
    • Vomiting;
    • Can lower blood pressure.

    Turmeric
    Turmeric – Image of SOMMAI / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    Curcumin (Turmeric) – active ingredient in turmeric plant  which is derived from its roots and in medicine is used as a yellow-colored powder. 

    It has anti-inflammatory qualities, which help to reduce inflammation in arthritis patients.

    • Rheumatoid arthritis (pain, inflammation, stiffness);
    • Osteoarthritis;
    • Bursitis.
    • Stomach upset;
    • Ulcers.

     

    Devil’s Claw
    Devil’s Claw

    Devil’s Claw – in medicine is used the root derived from this plant.

    Its active ingredient reduces the pain and inflammation in joints.

    • Osteoarthritis (pain, inflammation);
    • Gout (increased level of uric acid levels);
    • Back pain.
    • Diarrhea;
    • Headache;
    • Ringing in the ears;
    • Loss of taste & appetite;
    • Can affect stomach-acid levels;
    • It can lower blood sugar levels;
    • May be mild gastrointestinal problems (with high dose);
    • Can affect heart rate and may interfere with cardiac, blood-thinning and diabetes medication.

    Evening Primrose
    Evening Primrose

    Evening Primrose Oil – derived from the seeds of Evening Primrose plant. 

    It contains gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), which is involved in the body’s proper growth and development.

    • Arthritis.
    • Stomach upset;
    • Nausea;
    • Diarrhea;
    • Headache;
    • Seizures.

    Fish
    Fish – Image of graur razvan ionut / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    Fish Oil – oil, which is derived from the cold-water fish (mackerel, salmon, herring, tuna, halibut, cod).

    It is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are capable of reducing inflammation. Fish oil also protects against the heart disease and reduces high blood pressure.

    • Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation, morning stiffness);
    • Lupus;
    • Psoriasis;
    • Depression;
    • Raynaud’s phenomenon.
    • Belching;
    • Bad breath;
    • Heartburn;
    • Nausea;
    • Loose stools;
    • Rash;
    • Nosebleeds.

    Flax
    Flax

    Flaxseed – in medicine is used the seed, which is derived from the flax plant.

    Flaxseed is high in one the of omega-3 fatty acids called alpha-linolenic acid, which helps in reducing the inflammation it also is an effective source of fiber.

    • Rheumatoid arthritis (stiffness, joint pain);
    • Lupus;
    • Raynaud’s phenomenon.

    • Bloating;
    • Gas;
    • Abdominal pain;
    • Constipation;
    • Diarrhea;
    • Stomachache;
    • Nausea.

    French maritime pine tree
    French maritime pine tree

    French maritime pine tree  – in medicine is used Pycnogenol (antioxidant) extract, which is derived from the bark of a French maritime pine tree.

    It has anti-inflammatory qualities.

    • Osteoarthritis.
    • Dizziness;
    • Gut problems;
    • Headache;
    • Mouth ulcers.


    Ginger
    Ginger – Image of hinnamsaisuy / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    Ginger – in medicine is used the dried or fresh root of this plant.

    It contains ingredients that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory qualities. It also is capable of reducing nausea, vomiting, motion sickness.

    • Osteoarthritis (joint pain, inflammation);
    • Rheumatoid arthritis (joint pain, inflammation);
    • Raynaud’s phenomenon.
    • Heartburn;
    • Diarrhea;
    • General stomach discomfort;
    • Extra menstrual bleeding (for some women);
    • Irritation (if applied to the skin)

    Ginkgo biloba
    Ginkgo biloba tree

    Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) – in medicine are used leaves of this tree.

    It effectively fights the symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomenon.

    • Raynaud’s phenomenon and claudication (pain in legs or arms).
    • Stomach upset;
    • Dizziness;
    • Headaches.

    Crab
    Crab

    Glucosamine (Glucosamine sulfate) – derived from the shells of shellfish (shrimp, lobster, crab).

    It helps to ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis, including pain.

    • Osteoarthritis (pain);
    • Deterioration of cartilage;
    • Joint immobility.
    • Mild stomach upset;
    • Nausea;
    • Heartburn;
    • Diarrhea;
    • Constipation;
    • Increased blood glucose, cholesterol, triglyceride & blood pressure.


    Carrots
    Carrots – Image of James Barker / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) – organic sulfur compound found naturally in:

    • Raw vegetables rich in yellow, orange, red color (tomatoes, carrots, spinach, peppers, radishes, dark greens, ).
    • Fruits rich in red, yellow or green color (apples, strawberries, bananas, grapes).
    • Eggs;
    • Milk. 

    It reduces the pain by lessening nerve impulses that transmit pain.

    • Rheumatoid arthritis;
    • Pain;
    • Inflammation.
    • Stomach upset;
    • Diarrhea.

    Reishi
    Reishi

    Reishi – mushroom that is used in medicine to balance the immune system, and it has many other healing qualities.

    It contains chemicals that have a lot of beneficial effects on the immune system and against tumors.

    • Rheumatoid arthritis (pain).
    • Skin rash;
    • Dizziness;
    • Headache;
    • May lower blood sugar;
    • Gastric bleeding.


    Rose Hips
    Rose Hips

    Rose Hips – in medicine are used the fruits of rose plant (seed pods).

    It has antioxidant qualities and at the same time is capable of relieving pain and treating the symptoms of arthritis.

    • Osteoarthritis (pain);
    • Rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Nausea;
    • Vomiting;
    • Diarrhea;
    • Constipation;
    • Heartburn;
    • Stomach cramps;
    • Fatigue;
    • Headache;
    • Inability to sleep.

    St. John's Wort
    St. John’s Wort

    St. John’s Wort – in medicine are used the yellow flower, leaves and stem of this plant.

    It helps to ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms (pain).

    • Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation, pain).
    • Insomnia;
    • Restlessness;
    • Anxiety;
    • Irritability;
    • Stomach upset;
    • Fatigue;
    • Dry mouth;
    • Dizziness;
    • Increased sensitivity to sunlight.

    Stinging Nettle
    Stinging Nettle

    Stinging Nettle –  in relieving arthritis symptoms the dried leaves and stem of this plant are used. It can be taken as a tea. Capable of reducing the pain if placed on the painful area.

    It has antimicrobial, antioxidant, analgesic and anti-ulcer qualities and is high in potassium, calcium and magnesium .

    • Gout;
    • Osteoarthritis (pain, inflammation);
    • Aches.
    • Stomach upset;
    • Fluid retention;
    • Hives;
    • Rash.

    Tongkat Ali
    Tongkat Ali

    Tongkat Ali – in medicine is used the root, which is derived from the Tongkat Ali tree. 

    It contains antioxidants and ingredients, which have anti-tumor qualities. It can help to lower blood pressure and to protect the heart.

    • Rheumatoid arthritis;
    • Joint inflammation;
    • Arthritic pain.
    • Can weaken immune function;
    • Can decrease blood sugar levels.

    Thunder God Vine
    Thunder God Vine

    Tripterygium wilfordii – in medicine is used the root, which is derived from the Thunder God Vine plant.

    It is capable of suppressing the immune system. It also improves rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but at the same time serious side effects were detected in the clinical trials.

    • Rheumatoid arthritis (pain, inflammation);
    • Lupus;
    • Other auto­immune diseases.
    • Stomach upset;
    • Skin reactions;
    • Temporary infertility in men;
    • Lack of menstruation in women.

    !!! The leaves and flowers of Thunder God Vine are very toxic and can even cause a death.

    Valerian
    Valerian

    Valerian – in medicine is used  the dried root, which is derived from the valerian plant.

    It can help to ease the pain and improve the sleep if taken in long term.

    • Insomnia;
    • Pain.
    • Headache;
    • Excitability;
    • Uneasiness;
    • Insomnia.