How To Get Relief From Arthritis Painby: Larry Pearson
It seems like every "old-timer" you talk with has their own favorite home remedies for getting relief from arthritis pain.
While doctors can certainly help, sometimes it is better to listen to wisdom from the people who are living with arthritis pain.
After all, these dear people, and many of their friends, are serving as "guinea pigs." They've tried it all and they know what works and what doesn't, at least on themselves and others they know.
Below, you'll find several tried and true methods for getting relief from arthritis pain:
Method #1: A Hot Shower Or a Warm Water Soak
My Grandmother used to say before she'd take her hot shower in the winter, "I'm off to soothe my aching bones." She knew that if she got in the shower and let that hot water cascade down her body, it would instantly soothe her arthritis pain.
She had a special hand attachment too so she could spray the hot water directly on her knees, lower back, and her hands.
When she got older, we got her a chair for the shower so she could stay in the shower longer. Jacuzzi jets can also work wonders as well as a nice long soak in a hot tub.
Method #2: Microwaveable Heating Pads Versus a Dry Heating Pad
Another source of heat for gaining relief from arthritis pain is of course a heating pad.
However, a heating pad is dry heat and this is not as effective at soothing achy joints as moist heat. For moist heat, you can buy one of those microwaveable heating pads, often referred to as a "bed buddy."
After just 1-3 minutes in the microwave, you get a warm moist pad that will retain heat for at least an hour. It will be even more moist if you put a cup of water in the microwave while the pad is heating.
These microwaveable pads are usually filled with white rice but other materials such as flaxseed, deer corn (does not pop like popcorn), and buckwheat husks are also sometimes used. This makes the pad more flexible than a traditional dry heating pad and can be wrap around the aching joint(s).
These types of pads feel really good against the spine as well! Some people make their own bed buddies by filling a tube sock with rice or sewing up a special pillow filled with rice.
Some people claim that deer corn retains the heat longer but rice is definitely more flexible because the grains are smaller. Be careful if you use flaxseed or other seeds that contain oil because, in a few rare instances, they have been known to catch fire in the microwave.
Some people also add a few relaxing herbs such as lavender or mint for aromatherapy.
Method #3: Eucalyptus Oil Rub
Using eucalyptus oil on a painful joint is an ancient remedy, having been used for many centuries.
Many old timers swear by it. Now that it has been scientifically analyzed, the active ingredient was found to be cineole.
The eucalyptus oil is rubbed into the skin directly above the affected joint(s). Be careful because eucalyptus oil by itself may burn the skin of people with sensitive skin. To dilute it down, it can be combined with beeswax, jojoba oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, aloe vera, and other oils in varying degrees of concentration.
It can also be easily added to skin creams and lotions.
Eucalyptus oil works best if applied immediately after a hot shower or bath while the skin pores are open and the it can more easily penetrate the skin. If this isn't possible, apply a bed buddy as described above for 10-15 minutes before applying the eucalyptus oil.
Combining eucalyptus oil with other oils that can penetrate the skin more deeply can also make it more effective.
Method #4: Wearing Copper Bracelets
Since the time of the great Greek Empire, copper has been used to cure pain in the body. However, wearing a copper bracelet is a truly controversial home remedy for arthritis.
Some old timers say that wearing a copper bracelet helps relieve their arthritic pain while others exclaim "hogwash!" In fact, there really doesn't seem to be many people who are neutral on this issue.
However, there is one thing for certain. Wearing a copper bracelet isn't going to hurt you unless you have a copper skin allergy so you may as well give it a try even if you are a bit skeptical.
Most of those who claim it helps say you need to wear the bracelet for a few weeks for it to start working while others notice a difference within days.
There is a scientific explanation that seems to make sense. Copper is an antioxidant and an essential mineral in the human body that is important in regulating the immune system and this can help with certain types of arthritis.
It is also known that copper fights against free radicals that may work to damage your joints. Copper is also important in the production of melanin and this can help the skin absorb more vitamin D, one of the vitamin diets most highly recommended to arthritis sufferers.
You may also be able to increase your copper levels by eating more foods that contain high levels of copper. These include liver, nuts, pumpkin seeds, oysters, and other seafood.
In conclusion, if you are looking for relief from arthritis pain, you may want to try one or more of these "old timer" pain relievers. While they are not always based on detailed scientific analysis, they are remedies that have been used for decades or even centuries and do help a large percentage of those who use them.