Joint Pain Natural – Herbal Compresses and Ointments

Janice CarsonJanice Carson

Joint pain natural treatment options such as poultices, herbal compresses and ointments provide a wide range of relief without the nasty side effects of some pharmaceutical pain relievers. For individuals who suffer from chronic conditions such as bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis, the use of joint pain natural treatments is often preferable because of the decreased side effects. Additionally, joint pain natural treatments can be used in conjunction with pharmaceutical pain relievers to provide increased pain relief without increased chemicals, the risk of overdose, or dangerous drug interactions. For example, combining a mustard plaster application with NSAIDs offers more pain relief than either remedy alone.

Herbal Compresses and Ointments

Chinese herbalists, Indian tribal doctors, and other natural remedy specialists have used joint pain natural treatment options like mustard plaster for centuries. In fact, there is much historical information on joint pain natural remedies and treatments from dietary supplements to herbal compresses, from homemade herbal ointments to herbal teas. Prior to modern Western medicinal advancements, joint pain natural remedies were the only treatment options available for chronic conditions like arthritis. As such, these compresses and ointments were the first line of defense for joint pain.

In addition to joint pain natural compresses and poultices like mustard plaster, other herbal ingredients can be used to make all natural oils and ointments to treat a vast assortment of muscle and joint pains. An ounce of Cayenne pepper added to a quart of rubbing alcohol makes a joint pain natural remedy that can be applied topically during acute arthritis pain attacks. Simple soak the pepper in rubbing alcohol for a period of three weeks, shaking the well-sealed jar daily. Once the mixture has steeped for three weeks, it can be applied as a joint pain natural compress by wetting a cloth in the pepper mixture and placing it on the affected area for 15 minutes.

Other joint pain natural ointments and tinctures include St. John’s Wort oil or ointment rubbed on areas affected by joint pain, balm of Gilead ointment, likewise rubbed on the skin, and other mixtures. One joint pain natural mixture combines burdock root, celery seed, yarrow, and thuya into a tincture used to relieve gout pain. Other joint pain natural remedies such as Yucca have been studied and shown to provide positive therapeutic effects. It would seem the saponin in Yucca reduces the inhibition of cartilage rebuilding which directly helps the symptoms of arthritis by slowing the progression of cartilage breakdown.

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Author: Janice

Janice Carson is a freelance journalist who specializes in Joint health issues and provides treatments and solutions to the sufferers. She is having medical writing experience of many years. She is contributing her work to jointhealthmagazine.com.