Because arthritis, joint, and back pains are often caused by stress and a concentration of toxins in the body, natural home remedies often offer great relief.
Arthritis may be chronic or flare up periodically. Either way, the first treatments should focus on detoxifying the body. While doing this may not be easy, the relief experienced will make the effort worthwhile.
Here are some ideas to help you begin to control the symptoms associated with arthritis, joint and back pain naturally:
- Consume only juices, vegetables, herbs and spices until the tongue is clear of coating.
- Consider using an enema or other method of clearing the colon quickly.
- Take between one-half and one teaspoon of Haritaki with a glass of tepid water if you have a vata dosha; substitute Amalaki if you have a pitta dosha, or Bibbitaki for a kapha dosha. Maintain a moderate weight.
- Take warm showers and baths daily.
- Add cayenne pepper and galangal to the diet as often as possible.
Natural Medicinal Oils to Cure Arthritis, Joint and Back Pains
Practitioners of natural medicine have also found that various oils, when used externally with massage, will have an excellent effect on arthritis, joint, and back pain. Some of the following solutions are excellent choices for this purpose:
- Mix equal parts of sesame oil and mahanarayan oil and rub on joints to relieve stiffness.
- Massage with Narayan oil to ease muscle and joint pain and increase circulation to these areas.
- Combine sandalwood oil with Brahmi and apply to the tender joints.
- Use castor oil or coconut oil to aid in the manipulation of joints and muscles.
- Make a paste using equal parts of ginger powder and punarnava powder and smooth into skin.
Yoga for Strength and Relief
Because the joints and muscles become more pliable with use, it is best to begin a routine involving gentle stretches and yoga postures. Those with experience recommend some of the following, but always check with your primary physician before attempting these movements and perform them slowly.
- Forward bend-lean from the waist toward the feet with the arms out similar to a swan dive; touch floor flat-handed if possible.
- Supported bridge-while lying on mat with feet flat on floor so that they almost touch your hands lying by your side, lift back from mat, and place a yoga block or pillow underneath. Maintain position for several minutes.
- Downward facing dog-from a position on your hands and knees, position hands on the floor beneath the shoulder and the knees under the hips; lift the body so the tailbone is pointed toward the ceiling; the head will rests between the upper arms; relax the neck as you maintain this inverted v for several minutes.
Other yoga positions can strengthen the back and provide greater freedom of movement with practice, and these should be added as one gains confidence.
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