Most people think that arthritis can affect only the knee and hip joints. So, they believe it won’t have much of an impact on their life, especially if they are leading a sedentary life that involves spending a large part of the day sitting at one place and not much of moving about.
But, the fact is some forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can affect your hands too. The small joints in your fingers get progressively difficult to move and this is sure to cause severe impact on the quality of your life.
Imagine, you will not be able to hold a cup of coffee in your hands, cut vegetables, write properly or brush your teeth. Over a period of time, your life becomes dependent on painkillers, which worsen your overall health by causing side effects.
Luckily, all of this can be avoided by simply using the natural remedies given below that work effectively in treating arthritis in hands:
1. Pectin and Grape Juice
The combination of pectin and grape juice can help restore the synovial tissues of the finger and hand joints to a more lubricated and elastic state, which helps to reduce pain and discomfort associated with arthritis.
Mix half a glass of grape juice in 1 tablespoon of liquid pectin and drink it 1 or 2 times daily. You will achieve a remarkable improvement in the symptoms within a month of using this remedy.
2. Ginger and Turmeric Tea
Ginger and turmeric possess anti-inflammatory properties, which help in reducing pain, inflammation, and swelling in the fingers and hand joints.
Plus, turmeric can modulate the immune response of the body and prevent the development of rheumatoid arthritis, which is basically an autoimmune disorder caused by a faulty immune system.
Grate a small piece of ginger and add it to a glass of water along with half a spoon of turmeric. Allow it to boil and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain the liquid, and enjoy this healthy drink twice daily. You can add a spoonful of honey for better taste.
3. Golden Raisins
Sulfides added in the processing of Golden raisins to give them their peculiar color are rich in glucosamine and chondroitine. Both these components are highly beneficial for your sore joints. They improve the production of collagen and protect the joints from the degeneration caused by advancing age, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.
Place 1 cup of golden raisins in a dish, and pour in gin just enough to cover them. Cover the dish with a towel and store it in a dark place for about 2 weeks so that the gin can evaporate. Eat 9 of these raisins every day.
4. Capzaicin Ointment
Capsaicin, a common component in hot bell peppers, can inhibit prostaglandins, the substances involved in the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
Capsaicin interferes with this process by blocking the production of prostaglandins and thus, minimizes the pain and discomfort in the joints. Just include bell peppers in your regular diet to manage arthritis in hands in a safe and natural way.
5. Epsom Salt Soak
Magnesium sulfate in Epsom salt works as an amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Regular use of Epsom salt can prevent the progress of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and relieve their symptoms.
To use, fill a bowl with warm water. Then, add to it half a cup of Epsom salt. Stir well, and submerge your fingers in the liquid.
6. Peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil
A blend of peppermint and eucalyptus oil can help ease the stiffness and pain in the joints of the fingers and hands. They act as a local anesthetic agent and reduce the pain.
The blend also creates a cooling effect that can override your discomfort, and produce a soothing sensation in the joints.
Mix 5 to 10 drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus oil in 1 or 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil. The carrier oil is used to dilute the essential oils in order to prevent any irritation of the skin. You can use olive oil, or grapeseed oil as a carrier oil.
Store this oil blend in a glass bottle away from direct sunlight. Use it to massage your fingers and hands once every day to get relief from the joint pains.
7. Juniper Berry Tea
Juniper berries contain a component called terpinen-4-ol, which suppresses monocytes, a type of white blood cells. Monocytes have the ability to respond to the signals of inflammation.
Though this action is supposed to be protective in nature; in the patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the faulty immune system causes the monocytes to attack the normal joint tissues leading to pain, inflammation, and loss of function.
Juniper berries, by suppressing monocytes, can reduce the uncomfortable inflammation and pain and prevent the progress of rheumatoid arthritis.
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, and add to it one tablespoonful of dried juniper berries. Let it brew for 10 to 20 minutes before straining. Drink it twice every day.
The gum resin extracted from Boswellia plant works as a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent. It works by ‘disabling’ the white blood cells that cause swelling, and shrinking the tissues that are already inflamed. Take 2 to 9 grams of dried Boswellia resins every day for effective results.
9. Exercise your joints
Most people think that giving rest to the joints is the best way to treat arthritis. They make minimal movements and avoid doing work that involves the affected joints.
Though taking rest and restricting the movements are required in some bone and joint disorders like fractures and osteoporosis, these precautions are not necessary for the patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. In fact, not moving the joints can increase the soreness, stiffness, and pain in the joints.
Exercising can strengthen the muscles supporting the joint, and improve the lubrication thus making the movements easier and friction-free.
The best exercises for relieving arthritis in hands is to use a sponge ball or any other soft ball small enough to be held comfortably in your hands and keep pressing on it. You can do this as many times as possible in a day.
Some more tips for relieving arthritis in hands…
- Apply ice packs or cold compresses on the joints
- Use diluted Apple Cider Vinegar to soak the affected joints
- Mix half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and one tablespoon of honey and eat this mixture once every day
- Massage with olive oil
We use our fingers and hands in most activities. Swollen fingers, stiffness, joint inflammation, and pain caused by hand arthritis can hinder your daily life to a great extent. Using the natural remedies given above can provide relief from these symptoms and allow you to enjoy your cup of coffee!