Dr. Meredith’s Picks: The 4 Best Herbs For Arthritis Relief

Natural herbal remedies for arthritis are fantastic alternatives to heavy medication because they won’t leave you in a chemical fog. Many arthritis medications on the market have unacceptable side effects in our opinion. Here are four of our top recommendations for plant-based remedies that can help to relieve your arthritis pain.

1. Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)

Cat’s claw is a natural anti-inflammatory herb extracted from the bark and root of the woody vine Uncaria tomentosa, found in South America. Cat’s claw is commonly used for relieving pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It can be consumed orally to effectively reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness.

This herb has been shown to slow blood clotting, so you should consult with your personal physician first to ensure that this herb will not interfere with any other medication or preexisting conditions. Cat’s claw contains abundant alkaloids and also triterpenes and steroids; these produce anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant and immunostimulating features.

2. Thunder God Vine (Tripterygium wilfordii)

Thunder god vine, used for thousands of years in ancient Chinese medicine, is effective at treating rheumatoid arthritis. Medicine is derived from the roots and leaves of the thunder god vine and can be taken orally or applied topically to relieve joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

The multiglycosides provide the benefits of this plant. It has been reported to cause skin color changes and should be used carefully. Tripterygium wilfordii is used as a replacement for the harsh drugs used for Rhuematoid Arthritis such as steroids or DMARDs; herbals have fewer side effects. One should make one’s primary physician aware of the use of this phytotherapy.

As with Cat’s claw, you should seek the opinion of your doctor before introducing thunder god vine as an herbal supplement for the treatment of your arthritis.

3. Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)

Brewing a cup of green tea is another way to help reduce inflammation. Green tea contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate, also known as EGCG. This anti-inflammatory compound has been shown to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in mice and is believed to be an effective treatment in human cases, as well.

In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, green tea is also packed full of antioxidants which can help to strengthen the body’s immune system.

Antioxidants scavenge and destroy free radicals; free radicals are oxygen species that damage human tissues. So, go ahead – enjoy a daily cup, or cups, of green tea for a wealth of healthy benefits.

Remember that green tea contains caffeine and if you have a sensitivity to that chemical, use less or look for naturally decaffeinated.

4. Indian Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)

Frankincense, also referred to as Boswellia, is extracted from the Boswellia serrata tree. Frankincense is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities which have been effective in relieving symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis among other conditions. Boswellia has been shown to reduce lipooxygenase a substance that causes inflammation.

Boswellia resin is extracted and taken orally for its pain-fighting benefits. It is successful at relieving pain and inflammation due to its content of Boswellic acids which prevent leukotrienes, or inflammation-causing molecules, from forming in the body. This phyto-remedy also contains terpenes, monoterpenes, diterpenes and triterpenic acids that are anti-inflammatory.

Frankincense not only relieves symptoms of arthritis but can also help to alleviate asthma and inflammatory bowel diseases.

For pain relief without the need for chemical-based medication, make sure to give one of these natural alternatives a try.

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