Across the world arthritis is spreading at an alarming rate. Millions of people are suffering from the disease and billions of rupees are spent every year on drugs for its treatment. But these drugs have their own side effects, as a result many people are opting for alternate medication.
What is Arthritis?
The blood carries nutrition and oxygen to the joints. When the blood supply to joints is reduced due to different reasons, the bones of the joints are not repaired and cause pain in the joints, stiffness, inflamed bones, and tiredness.
The National Institute of Health offer a range of alternative therapies using herbs, spices and dietary supplements. Some of the herbs and spices have anti inflammatory properties which help to reduce the inflammation in the joints.
Herbs and spices that help to reduce the inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Ginger– The inflammation of joints in rheumatoid arthritis is caused due to ‘imbalance’ in a person and also due to high acidic (animal) protein food intake. When a person adds foods containing alkaline foods of vegetable origin, or vegetable proteins, the actual cause of the inflammation is reversed.
Ginger contains ‘Gingerol’ which has anti inflammatory properties and it helps to avert the inflammation in joints.
Turmeric – Turmeric is a wonder spice that contains Curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and anti arthritic properties. Curcumin taken in the natural form, by including turmeric in the diet, or as a supplement, is more effective than taking drugs for treatment.
In a study conducted, it was found that patients taking Curcumin treatment had no side effects as compared to those taking regular treatment. The anti-inflammatory properties of Curcumin restrain the synthesis of certain enzymes that cause inflammation.
For therapeutic purpose, put one table spoon of turmeric powder in boiling water and mix. Drink this after cooling.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon bark is used as a spice in Indian cuisine, tea and also to make medicinal powders. In 2012, a study was published in a journal which stated that the extract of cinnamon had properties to lessen the substances that were responsible for causing inflammation and damage to the tissues.
For Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cinnamon can be taken in limited form, not more than 6 grams a day.
Garlic – Garlic when taken fresh has anti-inflammatory properties which reduce the swelling and pain in rheumatoid arthritis. When heated the anti-inflammatory properties are reduced. Garlic reduces the production of cytokines, a substance that causes inflammation.
Black Pepper – Commonly used in natural therapy, Black Pepper is known to reduce swelling and pain. Gels and creams used in treatment of arthritis contain ‘capsaicin’ found in hot peppers. The properties of black pepper powder are same as that of capsaicin. So, black pepper can be included in the diet for its anti-inflammatory properties and get relief from swelling and pain.
Tulsi or Holy Basil – Tulsi is a very rich source of anti-oxidants, and its anti-inflammatory properties make it very effective in controlling inflammation of joints.
In order to prevent or get relief from the pain, stiffness and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis include the above herbs and spices in your daily diet. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis you may also need to avoid certain foods like dairy products, meat, refined sugar and sweets, as these deteriorate the symptoms.