Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that takes place in a body when the flexible tissues of that are present at the end of the bones wear down. This wearing down of the protective tissues (cartilage) occurs gradually and over the time it just worsens. The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is joint pain in hands, neck, lower back knees or hips. People often take medication, physiotherapy and sometimes undergo surgery to reduce pain and maintain joint movement. It is more common in females than in males. It generally occurs during an elderly age, in women especially after the menopause. There are natural medications for this disease which people often consider nowadays for they generally show no side effects and cure the disease naturally. A few of these remedies are listed below:
o Green tea: The compounds in green tea are called polyphenols. These polyphenol compounds may help reduce inflammation and need for medications as it has increased cartilage protection.
o Ginger: Oral ginger if taken in a moderate amount and in correct ways can help in reduction of pain caused due to osteoarthritis. If taken for long-term, it may reduce the risk of osteoarthritis related disabilities.
o Turmeric : Turmeric has an active compound in it called the curcumin. It falls under the category of ginger family and helps cure the pain of osteoarthritis in different ways. It may also help in reduction of pain and stiffness during an osteoarthritis flare-up.
There are certain lifestyle changes if people inculcate within their routine can prove to be effective and can provide a long term relief. If a person exercises regularly, eats a proper healthy diet has proper weight maintenance, it can help improve joint health and help in its proper functionality. Over the time, the muscles of the person stabilize and the joints strengthen and provide protection against damage. Always stay active. Exercising while having pain in the joints can be a painful task. But what is important is not to always be on bed and be lazy rather stay active which can reduce pain and even strengthen muscles to prevent further joint pain in the long run. It is the most effective way of treatment for reducing pain and improving movement in osteoarthritis. The tip here is to never quit exercising. Try including more of broccoli, citrus fruits, fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, low fat dairy products, nuts etc.