Natural Remedies for Arthritis

arthritisAn estimated 50 million American adults have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, reports the Centers for Disease Control. This number is only expected to grow, as the CDC projects an estimated 67 million Americans will be diagnosed with the condition by the years 2030. But with new treatments and complementary therapies emerging all the time, there is little reason for arthritis sufferers to despair. An active, healthful lifestyle is still possible.

Herbal Remedies that help with Arthritis

Natural remedies are among the many methods for reducing the chronic pain, stiffness and loss of mobility occurring with arthritis. Whether you chose a single herb or herbal combination formula, you can glean the same benefits prescription drugs offer, less the high cost and risks associated with these medications. Examples of proven herbs include:

Ginger: the zesty herb that lends its flavor to ale, breads and hosts of Asian dishes holds valuable medicinal properties. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that a study following 261 osteoarthritis sufferers who received a ginger supplement twice daily experienced less pain and were able to reduce their conventional medicines with the use of the herb.

Garlic: the pungent bulb has an unmistakable aromatic essence and flavor. It is more than a bold culinary component, however. Similarly to ginger, garlic has anti-inflammatory effects on the body. It is also shown to have a protective effect against arthritis, due to the compound diallyl disulphide, which hinders cartilage-damaging enzymes.

Black Cohosh: unlike the above herbs, black cohosh is not a food flavoring or cooking herb, although it does have anti-inflammatory properties and is available in tea form for the treatment of numerous conditions, including arthritis. More recent uses for the herb include reducing menopause symptoms and menstrual irregularities.


These are a few of the many herbs available in nature—herbs that might increase your health and enjoyment of life. Talk to a trusted professional about the right herbs for your arthritis condition.

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Mara Gerke