Natural Arthritis Cures

Written by Jared Vincenti
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Arthritis is a disease that affects mostly the elderly, but can come on at any age. Characterized by sharp pains and aches in the joints, arthritics usually feel the worst in the morning and after sitting down for a long time. Although there are actually four different types of arthritis, each designated by cause of the pain, they all have similar treatments.

Living with Arthritis

There is no absolute cure for arthritis, although it has been suggested that vitamin B and calcium taken through your youth can help prevent osteoarthritis. Maintaining healthy joints throughout your life is considered by many to be an effective preventative measure. Once you have arthritis, though, you can only try to minimize the symptoms as much as possible to make it livable. This can be done with over-the-counter pharmaceutical painkillers, or with herbal remedies.

A recent survey showed that up to five percent of Americans with arthritis use herbal medicine to treat their pain. The most common herb used is called devil's claw, Harpagophytum procumbens. This can be taken as a tea, or can be made into a topical oil that is rubbed on the problem area.

Devil's claw was discovered by Europeans in South Africa, where it was being used by natives to treat fever and pain. It was in Europe that the plant was found to soothe the pain of arthritis. Today, devil's claw is one of the most popular herbal medicines on the market, much to the relief of arthritis sufferers.


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