There is nothing painful than watching your friends playing volleyball from far and not being able to join them. Nothing is tormenting than watching the old swimming championship certificates on your wall and trying to remember the last time you dived in the pool.
You can ignore joint pains, and you can be ignorant for long and take pills for temporary relief. But a small pain can make you isolated from your fun-loving buddies, can stop you from crossing the river and can make you depend on others to do simple chores.
Well, there may be other significant issues in your lives other than minor joint pain. But, you never know, today’s slight ache can turn into Arthritis and make you permanently immobilized. You do not have the scarcity of information in this digital era, but still, before stating anything further, you should understand what Arthritis is?
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is the medical condition where your joints cause you stiffness and pain due to their inflammation. There is no particular age or sex or medical condition that is not prone to this disease. There are more than 100 types of joint-related issues which can be considered as Arthritis as a whole. Almost 50 million grownups and 300,000 children of America are currently suffering from this illness.
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Symptoms of Arthritis:
- Stiffness of Joints
- Unbearable pain
- Being unable to move after sitting
Arthritis can start quietly and get worse with time. The final remedy is transplantation of joint or complicated surgeries.
Some Types of Arthritis:
- Degenerative Arthritis
- Infectious Arthritis
- Inflammatory Arthritis
Reasons for Arthritis:
Like the different kinds of Arthritis, there are various reasons behind this disease as well. Few of the most common causes are:
- Genetic Reason
- Old Injury
- Poor Nutrition
- Lifestyle Issues
- Lack of Sun Exposure
- Immunity dysfunction
- Over activeness
Now, that you know the reasons of this rheumatic disease, now you can know about a hidden Gem which can give you the strength to dream about completing marathon once again. That gem is Turmeric. Turmeric is an ancient remedy for many diseases and used as anti-septic home therapy from time immemorial.
Indian Ayurveda’s star ingredient, turmeric is used for burns, cuts, injuries, skin rejuvenation and many other treatments. But you must be thinking, why discussing turmeric all of a sudden! And how is it related to arthritis in any way?
For your clarification, apart from all the benefits of Turmeric, this old and gold spice is also very effective for arthritis and joint pain too. So, in this article, you can explore the uses of turmeric for arthritis.
Turmeric and Arthritis:
Before discussing the benefits of turmeric on arthritis, you must know why the talk about this less glamorous ingredient!
There are ample costly products available in the market, and you can get any of them in the blink of an eye. But it’s not about buying different products to increase clutter in your house; it’s about being cured.
There are various benefits of using turmeric for joint pain.
No one knows from when turmeric is being used for curing common ailments you face. It has a unique role to play on pain and inflammation. He or She must be a genius who first discovered its glory!
Traditionally turmeric is in use as an Ayurveda medicine in India and China from ancient time. Turmeric has a chemical called Curcumin. Curcumin is famed for treating pain and any inflammatory trouble, especially pains related to Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. According to a 2006 study, turmeric is useful for preventing joint inflammation. Another study of 2010 says turmeric improves knee-related pain and stiffness for a long term. But there are specific ways to use this ‘Golden Root’ because if you take it orally, the Curcumin may not entirely be effective at all.
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How to use Turmeric for Joint Pain and Arthritis?
This superb med is not at all tasty. So you have to make it palatable and of course, curing as well. Please stop brainstorming! Here are some tips to solve this trouble once and for all. Here are excellent and most effective ways of using turmeric for joint pain:
1. Golden Nectar- The Turmeric Pain Relief Smoothie
Smoothies have the reputation of being tasty. And you should trust, adding turmeric will not at all ruin its reputation. You have to get the ingredients and follow the below-mentioned method to make the Golden Glass:
- 1 Banana (sliced)
- One cup pineapple cubes
- 1 Tea-spoon of freshly grounded turmeric or turmeric root paste
- Few drops of Vanilla Essence
- Ice cubes (optional)
Just put all the ingredients in the blender one by one and give a good blend. The smoothie will look like a sun-kissed jar of nectar.
That’s it, and now you will only need to gulp until the last drop from the glass. This magic potion can gradually reduce your pain and let you jump in happiness in joy.
2. Morning Turmeric Tea
There is another way to be pain-free by using turmeric. Apart from a smoothie, you can slowly take sips of your warm and refreshing Turmeric Tea. All the ingredients are readily available and affordable at the same time. And morning time is the best time to have this kind of immunity-boosting Herbal Tea.
Here is the recipe for your cup of tea:
- 2 Tablespoon of grated turmeric or ground turmeric
- 4 Cups of Water
- A teaspoon of honey/ lemon juice (As per your preference)
- Pinch of black pepper
- Boil the water and add the turmeric.
- Stir it well and let it be soaked if you are using grated one. For ground turmeric, stir it to make it dissolve
- Add the black pepper
- Add honey or lemon
Now you can presume the garden-fresh aroma of the tea from the recipe itself. Just practice your morning mindfulness with this mystic tea in your hand. Gently swallow and feel the bliss of drinking this healing brew.
Your body can absorb better in the morning because the entire body and system will restart and just starting their day too. So this morning tea can add some speed in your healing process from the joint pain.
[Also Read: Herbal Remedies for Arthritis]
3. Turmeric Paste for Joint Pain
This remedy is an entirely external process. If you have already tried the ways as mentioned above and still not being able to be accustomed to the raw smell of turmeric, then this one can solve your problem. All you need to do is, prepare the paste properly and apply directly on your joints.
Method and Ingredients
- Add 3 spoons of turmeric to 3 cups of water
- Boil it and keep stirring (8 to 10 minutes)
- The mixture will start getting thick
- Keep the flame low; otherwise, it can scorch
- Let it cool and then directly apply on joints ( for 15 minutes at least)
This external remedy can work gradually and slowly as it is getting the chance to heal just from outside and through the skin. But the good old Turmeric will remain as magical as it always is.
4. Turmeric-Ginger Infused Water
If you want to get healed and save your time as well, then this is your exclusive customized remedy. You have the idea about the ‘Infused Water,’. Let’s know the process directly:
Take a glass of water or your infuse bottle and add some small pieces of turmeric and ginger root. Let them soak for the entire night. In the morning, strain the water, add some honey or lemon and drink it. You can use ground turmeric as well.
The best thing about this remedial drink is the partnership of ginger and turmeric. Both are known for curing pain and inflammation. And this natural healer will never leave any side effect on your body at all.
Apart from taking turmeric for arthritis, you also need few more pints in your To-Do list to get the benefit
- Do not be completely inactive due to pain, join a seasonal Yoga camp and try Yoga, as per the instructions or the mentor.
- Do not force yourself to do anything beyond your capacity. You are no superhuman. You need time.
- Be conscious of your postures.
- Treat any injury immediately.
- If arthritis is already present in your family history, then consult with your doctor at an early age, even before receiving any hint.
- If your Doctor has already suggested a surgery, then do not hope to get cured with turmeric.
To conclude, remember the old saying, ‘Time is the best healer’. Give your body the time to be healed, so, it will be best to try any of these methods twice to thrice a week. Overusing anything is not going to solve the problem overnight.
It can damage your enthusiasm and hope everlastingly. You are searching for the permanent and long-term cures to get the light and flexible joints, right! If you need fast and quick action, then you can grab a pain reliever and spray all over on the affected areas. Then keep repeating this for the rest of your lives. But the problem will grow inside like the roots of a tree.
Turmeric can heal you from inside. And this permanent healing can give you another chance to shake your bodies in parties, to kick the match-winning goal for your team but it needs time because a miracle happens with consistent and patient people.