Articles on arthiritis

4 Effective Ways to Get Relief From Arthiritis

Dr. Sangeetha P, Homeopath
Arthritis is painful and degenerative condition of joints, there will be inflammation of joints, which causes stiffness and pain, mostly in the mornings.     2 types RA & OA. OA is common and gets worse by age caused by wear and tear over age.                                           There are a few natural ways to get relief from these condition: 1. Lose weightOver weight causes stress on the joints and causes pain. if we lose weight automatically the stress on the joints becomes less and gets relief from pain. Knee joints and hip joints are mostly affected joints because these are weight bearing joints.2. Do exerciseRegular movement of joints helps to maintain flexibility of joints. Exercise means not running & walking only. Simple ones like water aerobics and swimming can also be done to flex your joints.3. Use turmeric in dishesAdd turmeric to food, it has curcurin which has the ability to reduce pain. It is well known as an anti inflammatory natural drug.4. Hot and cold therapyThese are very natural and fast relief treatments.Long, warm showers or baths in the morning help to reduce stiffness and pain. Mostly stiffness will be in the morning so by doing these we get relief from pain.Cold therapy is done by wrapping a gel ice pack over the painful joint or a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel. Acupuncture, meditation, adding more fatty acids to food, and massages etc. along with medication also helps to reduce pain.

4 Ways to Get Relief From Arthiritis Pain Naturally

Dr. Amar Deep, Homeopath
We take the freedom of movement for granted, until it becomes limited. The cause of this for many people comes in the form of arthritis, or the inflammation of one or more of your joints. There are two main kinds, osteo and rheumatoid, both of which affect the joint in different ways. Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage between bones wears down, until bone grates on bone. Rheumatoid is little less straightforward, being caused by an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the synovial membrane (a soft tissue that protects joints in the body) and that can lead to bone loss. Whichever you experience, there are natural remedies for arthritis to manage the pain and ease the symptoms.Treatment:1. Turmeric & Ginger TeaTurmeric and ginger are both anti-inflammatorys, and will help with oseto and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric in particular has gotten a lot of attention lately. Its active ingredient is something called curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant. In addition, it lowers the levels of 2 enzymes responsible for causing inflammation (which is what we’re often fighting with arthritis.) You can take these in a capsule form or make a nice spicy tea to enjoy daily.You will need…-2 cups of water-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger-1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric-Honey to tasteDirectionsBring 2 cups of water to a boil, and had ½ teaspoon each ground ginger and ground turmeric. Reduce to a simmer and let it be for 10-15 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste, and enjoy twice daily. This yields 2 servings.2. Epsom salt soakEpsom salt contains magnesium sulfate which sounds kind of scary, but it’s really quite a wonderful substance. A naturally occurring mineral, magnesium sulfate has been used to get relief from pain for years, namely because of its high levels of magnesium (more on magnesium below.)You will need…-1/2 cup of Epsom salt-A large bowl-Warm waterDirectionsFill a large bowl with warm water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt. Stir it around, and then submerge your sore joints in the liquid. If you are experiencing pain in a less convenient place to soak, such as your knees, try taking a bath with Epsom salts. Run a tub full of warm water and add 2 cups of Epsom salt. Soak for 15 minutes (at least.)3. ExerciseWhen it’s painful and difficult just to move, the last thing you feel like doing is getting up and exercising. As unpleasant as it may sound though, exercise is vital for those who suffer from any form of stiffness, joint pain, or arthritis. Exercise will help control weight (an excess of which puts more strain on your joints) strengthens the muscles that support the joint, even when the cartilage is thinning, and lubricates the joints, allowing them to move more freely. When we are inactive the synovial fluid in the joints is the consistency of a thick gel, but once we get moving and warming up, the liquid becomes more viscous and can do a better job of lubricating our joints and keeping them going smoothly. Just imagine if you were to be sedentary every day, pretty soon you’d be so stiff it’d be just about impossible to move. But if you get up and move around every day, you’ll get stronger and will loosen up as well.Try…-Going for a brisk walk-start with 15 minutes and work your way up into a solid daily routine.-Doing joint-targeted exercises-certain stretches and exercises specifically target joints to help rid them of stiffness and pain.-Getting a dog-doing so backs up the first point, because you’ll have no choice but to walk!4.Peppermint Eucalyptus Oil BlendPeppermint and eucalyptus don’t change the course of the arthritis itself, but they do have analgesic, or pain-relieving, properties. The cooling sensation that they produce can temporarily override your discomfort, and create a soothing sensation that can ease the pain of arthritis.You will need…-5-10 drops of Peppermint oil-5-10 drops of Eucalyptus oil-1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil (olive, almond, grape seed, etc.)-A small dark glass bottleDirectionsBlend 5-10 drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oil together, and then mix into 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Carrier oil is needed to dilute the essential oil so that it does not irritate the skin, and can be olive oil, grapeseed oil, or something of the like (not oil.) Store the oil blend in dark glass bottle away from direct sunlight, and rub into your joints when they ache.

4 Ways by Which You Can Get Relief From Arthiritis Pain Naturally

Dr. Keertee Gupta
ARTHRITIS PAIN its a very common condition as 80% of older people face this problem. Inflamed joints, stiffness, painful walk and movement makes our life very difficult. Its a degenerative disorder that worsens with age. Since modern science has no cure for it, lifelong management with painkillers,steroids and joint replacements are some options. However, Ayurveda can help us a lot to get relief naturally with no side effects.'TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY.ITS THE ONLY PLACE YOU HAVE TO LIVE IN'For treating this pain naturally one has to understand his body. Here are 4 ways to take care of our body and joints as well.CONTROL WEIGHT GAIN- Obesity or over weight is the prime cause for arthritis pain. Increasing weight, increases the pressure on our joints. This may lead to more difficulty in movement. So take care of your weight and manage it accordingly.EAT HEALTHY STAY FIT-  Ayurveda says  'FIRST TREATMENT STARTS WITH KITCHEN' Proper intake of calcium and vitamin d enrich food like milk and milk products are really beneficial for the joints. Orally intake of fenugreek, ajwain, garlic with warm water really helps in pain and swelling. Avoid vata vardhak ahara like ladyfinger, cauliflower, rice etc as they can aggravate pain.EXERCISE- Mild form of exercises are very useful in arthritic condition like morning and evening walk really help a lot. Some yoga and asanas are beneficial but under guidance. Avoid too much of exercise as it may worsen the condition.REGULAR OIL APPLICATION ON JOINTS- According to Ayurveda and modern science as well the lubrication medium or liquid  in common language decreases and leads to friction and finally pain and swelling occurs. To avoid this condition external application of oil on joints helps in smooth movement and strengthening of joints too.Follow these small steps and you will feel relief from discomfort and pain. Try to follow natural treatments and Ayurveda for great results.

How to Do Strength Training

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Strength training is anaerobic style of physical activity that increases the strength of muscles through resistance training, isometric training or weight lifting. The Strength training routine puts the muscles through short duration, high intensity activities that result is better performance and effective weight loss.Strength training is safe for both men and women of all ages and can be worked according to one physical ability and benefits mental and emotional health. Strength training also helps people with health problems like diabetes, arthiritis, osteoporosis and heart diseases can benefit from it with a good exercise program made around their needs. Old people have many problems like knee pain, back pain which can be a problem in movements. Strength training with light exercise can slowly work on the problem and help you reduce the pain and become fit.Working on your muscles has many advantages.The amount of your workout is directly proportional to the calories burned. The more weight training one does the more will he or she be burning calories. As more muscles are built the body still burns calories whether at rest or not. The metabolic rate increases with more muscles in the body and the body burns more calories while at rest even when you are sleeping.Strength training depends on factors like reps, sets, tempo, exercise types and the weight lifted. It can be done with equipments such as barbells, dumbbells, cables and kettle bells and the body as well as few exercises involve  using the entire body weight. Strength training is not the same as body building as strength training focuses towards building more strength, size of the muscles and power in particular.Strength training helps you sculpt your muscles, give you power and also improve the heart health. Study suggests that strength training improves the blood glucose level and decreases the cholesterol level from the body. It acts as antidepressant and improves sleep and over all quality of life. Strength training gives a better balance to the body along with right posture and less of injuries due to stronger bones, muscles, ligaments etc.Study conducted on 25 people for HDL levels with strength training suggests that doing strength training increases the good cholesterol HDL and showed decrease in LDL bad cholesterol.