Joint pain is one of the most debilitating conditions there is, and modern medicine often seems to only 'paper over the cracks' without addressing the underlying problems.
Effective herbal remedies can both tackle the symptoms and the root causes of joint pain. Speak to your doctor and try out some of these remedies.
Traditionally, Ashwagandha has been recommended for, among other things, a sedative, diuretic, aphrodisiac and fertility booster.
In more recent times it has been used to slow memory loss and ease the symptoms of arthritis.
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Applied externally, Cayenne can act as a counterirritant to the pain of arthritis. Essentially, this means
that rubbing cayenne on the affected area causes a mild irritation, which in turn ‘distracts’ the nerves
from the more severe arthritic pain. Many elderly arthritis sufferers keep some Cayenne paste handy in the winter.
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When brewed into a tea, feverfew has many beneficial effects. Its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving action can help with arthritis,
while it can also soothe upset stomachs.
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These days, Ginger is used by many herbologists to cure digestive problems, but it has also had success in treating the
common cold, motion sickness and arthritis.
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As an ‘adaptogen’, Ginseng reduces stress on the body. Asian herbologists believe that this leads to increased longevity,
good health and youthfulness. Ginseng is a particularly popular herb amongst the elderly.
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The Chinese add licorice in many herb combinations to enhance physical and mental vigor. It is said to stimulate the adrenal gland,
therefore producing adrenaline to increase energy levels, ease stress and promote a feeling of well being. It is also
sometimes used to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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