#Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease causing localised pain and lack of mobility. Certain factors such as poor diet, genetics, unequal limbs, increasing age and repetitive joint use can leave you susceptible to joint inflammation. It is also very much a metabolic disorder as fat and glucose abnormalities have a deleterious effect on cartilage. Chronic low grade inflammation also has a deleterious effect on cartilage so check for viral infections and gastrointestinal problems.
Natural remedies can be used very effectively and don't have the side effects that some anti-flammatory medications have like gastrointestinal disturbances.
Herbs to use
#Rosemary and #lavender oil - rubbed on externally, 6 drops of each to 30ml cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil. Traditionally used to treat pains and improve circulation. Simply smelling lavender and rosemary improves your immune system and decreases cortisol.
‘In early times, rosemary was freely cultivated in kitchen gardens and came to represent the dominant influence of the house mistress. ‘Where Rosemary flourished, the woman ruled.’ Hmmmm.. so you can imagine all the men running around pulling out rosemary bushes...
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
A native of Asia and one of the most well known anti-inflammatories. Was thought of so fondly in Mediaevel Europe that it was said to have come from the garden of Eden.
- circ stimulant so great for cold extremities
- great for digestion too
Some great studies on Ginger including:
- case studies have found that ginger used daily as a compress or tablet form improved all symptoms of OA including pain, movement and fatigue
Devil’s claw (Harpagophytum precumbens)
- to be prescribed by your naturopath, capsule form is best
- numerous studies showing reduction in pain scores and reduced inflammation
- we use the tubers for arthritis - and has been used in Africa, traditionally for this reason.
Vitamin C - capsicum, dark green leafy veges, broccoli, kiwifruits and berries, for collagen so helps to build cartilage and decrease cartilage loss. Also an anti-oxidant so will help stop further cartilage damage.
Omega 3 - a fatty acid found in flaxseed oil and fish to name a few. Studies show eating fish three times a week improves cardiovascular health and inflammatory conditions such as OA.
Pineapple and pawpaw contain many nutrients and a very important one called bromelain which is anti-inflammatory so great fruits for osteoarthritis.
red wine (one glass a day ;))
- cartilage protective effects
- contains quercetin and resveratrol (both) anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and have many other health benefits
Gingko biloba tea
- has anti-inflammatory properties against cartilage damage
- also improves memory and mental clarity
- oldest tree around and has a very special significance in Japan The chonmage, the hairstyle of the sumo wrestler, is shaped like a ginkgo leaf. It is of such symbolic importance in sumo that snipping it off is the centerpiece of a wrestler's retirement ceremony. ‘
- anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory
- has the added benefit of waist fat reduction which is useful in fat loss and protecting vital organs such as the liver and the heart from dangerous fatty tissue
- Small weights to improve muscle, every day for ten minutes. You can do exercises lying down and also sitting in a chair if you need to.
- Healthy balanced diet including lots of salad and small amounts of good quality proteins and fats and lower refined carbohydrates
- stay away from foods that irritate your gut - poor digestion and bad bacteria contribute to OA
Yours in health