There are over 100 types of arthritis and are caused due to various reasons. However, Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis are the most common ones. In Osteoarthritis there is loss or breakdown of the joint cartiledge often resulting in degeneration of the bones or at times bone spurs around the joints. In the case of Rheumatoid arthritis the lining around the joints, like muscles and tendons get inflamed causing immense pain and it is an autoimmune condition where the tissues get attacked.  In most cases medicines and exercises do help in decreasing the discomfort, but there are natural as well as home cures are available too.


Few home cure for arthritis

At home, from the kitchen some remedies for arthritic pains are available.

  • Hot Compress – The stiffness caused due to the muscles and joints can be relaxed with hot compress but the pain can increase if the area or joint is already heated up from the inflammation, which is caused in rheumatoid arthritis. So in cases of osteoarthritis, where there is minimal inflammation hot compress can help. Use a moist heated towel or a warm bath, shower or whirlpool from where the wet heat continues to flow. At pharmacies pouches filled with natural grains that retains the heat can be found, which can be heated up in the microwave and used.
  • Cold Compress – In cases of rheumatoid arthritis or gout, which are already inflamed and hot, in such cases cold compresses helps in relieving the pain. Cold water compress can be used by placing the area under cold flowing water, or use soaked washcloth in that area. Even crushed ice filled in a plastic bag or packet of frozen peas or strawberries is a good option. However, cold compress should not be used if a person is suffering from vasculitis (blood vessel inflammation) or Raynaud’s Phenomenon (it happens with rheumatoid arthritis at times, where there is spasms of arteries in toes and fingers).

For some people alternating the cold and hot compress might help in relieving the pain.

  • Aspartame – Some sugar-free soda pop has aspartame (artificial sweetener) that acts as the anti-inflammatory agent hence relieving the pain.
  • Epsom Salts – Magnesium salt is often used in reducing the swelling and soaking the area in a warm water mixed with Epsom salt will relieve the patient from joint aches.
  • Vinegar – Heat the vinegar and apply on the aching joint before going to bed.
  • Calcium and Dairy product: At times osteoarthritis causes the person to lose calcium from his or her bone. To counter that one should have calcium supplement and at times low-fat dairy products can help too.
  • Taking a long bath helps in releasing stress, add a cupful of sea salt in a tub of hot water and soak for 30 minutes every night to relieve the pain.
  • For rheumatoid arthritis have 6 – 50 gm of powdered or fresh ginger everyday as ginger works good as an anti-inflammatory agent.
  • Never bandage the area or joint that is paining as it will limit the blood circulation causing further damage, instead try to keep body warm all the time.
  • Adjusting the kitchen: These might be small things but adjusting the kitchen to your requirement while suffering from arthritis may help in decreasing the pain and the inflammation. Kitchen drawers with thin long handles will let the person use a grip that is not stressful. Use extra padding on handles so that it causes less pain. Instead of bending down when things fall on the floor, use long handled pinchers or grippers. Wagon or cart is a useful way of carrying heavy groceries or stationeries from car to the kitchen.

There are people who look pale not because they have used some skin lightening cream, but due to the fact that they have low hemoglobin level in their body. This condition in medical parlance is often referred to as anemia.

When the red blood cells which are produced in the bone marrow deplete or are not sufficiently generated, falling below the 13.5gm/100ml for males and 12.0gm/100ml for females, the person is definitely anemic. Amongst several causes, Vitamin 12 deficiency, bone marrow infections, antibiotics and loss of blood during menstruation for females are responsible for anemic conditions to develop.

A doctor will prescribe iron fortifying tablets and capsules to address this deficiency, but how about exploring some home remedies which can alleviate the problem.

Apples are nature’s own cure:

The adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away is never as true as in the case of an anemic patient. Munching on two to three fresh apples a day is one of the very best ways to beat anemia and enjoy some great tasting fruit as well. An apple is very rich source of iron and you can easily top up your iron deficiency with apple as a natural supplement.

Beet juice and dried figs are simply splendid:

There is something about the beet juice which makes you feel instantly more energetic. The blood red color and the fresh tangy flavor have a very soothing effect on the body and iron is replenished almost in a jiffy. Couple the beet juice with some dried figs and there you are soon enough in the pink of health. A few days of beet juice and dried figs will have you bounce back to good health.

Cold baths can cure:

Unbelievable but true. Many anemic patients have tried this method and it has worked wonders for them. They just took two regular baths in cold water for several weeks and their anemic condition showed marked improvement.

Cook in iron vessels:

One of the simplest and most effective cures for anemia is to simply switch your cooking vessels to iron from all other metals. When food is cooked in iron vessels, traces of iron are transferred to the food being cooked and it can easily make up for iron deficiency. For anemic as well as normal people, cooking in iron vessels is highly recommended. Do you know, aluminum vessels are carcinogenic and are also suspected to cause Alzheimer’s?

Sunbaths and massage:

Take regular sunbaths. Preferably catch the morning sun and combine this with mild to vigorous massage as a daily routine to raise your hemoglobin level. Massaging stimulates the blood and the sunlight provides the impetus for the body to produce more red blood cells.

Go vegan:

Cut out your meat consumption to the minimum. Eat more fresh leafy vegetables like spinach to beat your anemic condition effectively.