If you or someone you love suffers from arthritis, you know how debilitating the pain can be. Stiffness, loss of joint function, and swelling are some of the common symptoms.
Although doctors aren’t exactly sure why some people get arthritis and others don’t, it’s believed that both environmental factors, as well as hereditary, play a role. Environmental factors can include injury, obesity and overuse.
Most drugs fall short of our expectations. It makes you wonder about our ancestors and what they used for this common ailment. Believe it or not, besides just “toughing it out,” our ancestors relied on herbs to relieve their symptoms.
Here’s a closer look at the five most common herbs that our ancestors used to deal with the pain and swelling of arthritis:
Not the candy, although real licorice candy does get its flavor from this herb. Licorice acts similar to cortisone, but with no unwelcome side effects. Studies have shown that this herb has anti-inflammatory compounds in its phytochemical makeup.
Like most herbal remedies, regular, continued use is needed to see results. Try drinking licorice tea two or more times per day. NOTE: If you have high blood pressure, avoid licorice.
2. Willow bark
Think of willow bark as nature’s aspirin. This extract reduces both pain and inflammation. Willow bark can be taken as a supplement or consumed as a tea. Most people find that 15 days of consumption, followed by seven days of rest, work best. If you have stomach problems, such as ulcers, this might not be the best choice.
This common “weed” really gets a bad rap. Dandelion is perhaps the best all-around herb for those suffering from arthritis. It has no known side effects and contains anti-inflammatory compounds that make Click to see the original article