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Natural Remedies for living with Arthritis

Arthritis is, unfortunately, a common joint condition where it inflames. The inflammation can result in joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the most common symptoms. It is caused when the cartilage, the tissue between your joints, becomes worn and is unable to cushion your joints when you move.

There are many reasons why people living with arthritis want to switch to natural, alternative forms of treatment. Some people might experience unpleasant side effects with their current arthritis treatment or conflict with other medication you’re using.

In this blog article, we look at natural alternatives to treating and managing your arthritis.

Treating Arthritis with Rosehip

What is Rosehip?

Rosehip, who’s scientific name is Rosa Carnia, comes from a species of wild roses and are the fruits of the blooms which have since died. It has a long history as herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory and is used for a number of illnesses and conditions, including arthritis.

There have been several clinical trials which tests looked at the effectiveness of rosehip tablets and supplements, where the test group saw significant benefits over a placebo group. While these test groups are quite small and further investigation is required, there is evidence to suggest that Rosehip can benefit people living with arthritis, primarily as Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. (4)

How to Use Rosehip to Treat Arthritis?

Rosehip is readily available as in many forms. You can consume it as a jam or tea. However, for the best results, you should ingest it in a concentrated form such as a tablet or capsule. It is available as herbal medicines and supplements that can be bought over-the-counter in the form of capsules. 

Treating Arthritis with Turmeric

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric, a nutritional supplement of the ginger (Zingiberaceae) family) is a popular plant native to Southern Asia. It is commonly used as both a cooking ingredient and in herbal medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties.

In a trial study, one group of participants were given 2gs of Turmeric while the second group were given 800mg of ibuprofen. This was done once a day and over a course of six weeks which found the Turmeric group performing equally as effective as the ibuprofen. One aspect it performs better in supporting the patient’s movement, especially climbing stairs. (4)

Despite this single positive trial is not enough to conclusively say whether Turmeric is just what you need for your arthritis, there is enough to support the use of it.

How to Use Turmeric to Treat Arthritis?

Turmeric can be consumed with food as it is a popular cooking ingredient for Southern Asian cuisine. However, for the best results, you can ingest Turmeric as a concentrated tablet or capsule.

Treating Arthritis with CBD Oil & Tablets

What is CBD? 

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is found in cannabis plants and is the subject of discussion over its medicinal potential. In recent years, CBD has been the subject of various trial studies and research over its potential for treating and managing arthritis. (5)

There are a number of positive studies which has shown the use of CBD oil have helped benefit both people and animals who suffer from various forms of arthritis, reducing pain without significant side effects.

How to Use CBD Oil & Tablets to Treat Arthritis?

CBD Oil and tablets are now readily available over-the-counter at your local chemist and are ingested orally. CBD Oil is delivered with a pipette, where you apply a drop under the tongue. CBD tablets are taken like regular tablets.

At Chemist Direct, our team of in-house pharmacists work to ensure that we stock the best in natural, alternative remedies and supplements for our customers. Check out our wide range of vitamins and supplements today.

This article has been medically approved by Superintendent Pharmacist Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. - GPhC Reg No: 2087328

Sources:

  1. Arthritis - Healthline 
  2. Everyday Life Stories - Versus Arthritis 
  3. Complementary treatments and arthritis - from turmeric to cannabis oil - Versus Arthritis
  4. Complementary and alternative medicines for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia - Versus Arthritis 
  5. Involvement of the endocannabinoid system in osteoarthritis pain. - European Journal of Neuroscience
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