If you’re suffering from joint pain, there could be several reasons for it. Ranging from injuries, sprains, strains to arthritis, bursitis, gout, infections, over-exertion etc, joint pains cause irritation, discomfort, distress and inability to function normally. Your doctor will recommend rest and a course of medication to ease pain and inflammation on a short or long-term basis depending on the underlying cause of pain. Chronic pain requires additional pain-management strategies and there are some very effective and safe home remedies that give relief from the debilitating effects of joint pain.
Read on to know more about these simple, but effective home remedies.
1: Some Like It Hot – Capsaicin Cream!
If you thought chilli peppers are only good for spicing up your cooking, think again! Capsaicin cream made from the chemical that gives chilli its pungency provides great relief in joint pains. The exact mechanism of its action is still unknown, but it’s thought that capsaicin inhibits “substance P” the chemical component of nerve cells that transmits pain to the brain. It also desensitizes sensory receptors in the skin and blocks the feeling of pain.
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2: Turmeric And Ginger Tea
The wonder spice of South-Asian cuisine, turmeric contains a natural chemical curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. Ginger is another powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-ulceration spice which also has a small amount of analgesic quality. Half-teaspoon each of ground ginger and turmeric mixed in a cup of hot water should be strained after 10 minutes and sipped for joint pain relief. Both spices are available fresh, dried or powdered. The sharp, fresh taste of ginger also gives an energy boost.
3: Hot n Cold Treatments
Alternate hot and cold packs give pain relief and improve circulation. This treatment is best when the joint pain is caused by an injury. Start with a 20-minute ice pack, and then follow it up with a hot-water bottle or heating-strip. Known as “contrast therapy” the alternating cycles of vasodilation and vasoconstriction are thought to create a pumping action that reduces joint swelling.
Does alternating hot and cold treatments give you relief from joint pain? Share your experiences with us.