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Natural Remedies for Arthritis

As winter fades and spring arrives, we want to get out and get active. We just feel like having fun and playing games outdoors. Walking, gardening, fishing, swimming, water skiing, whatever your poison, you need to need to get rid of your pain so you can start doing it. Arthritis gets bad in the winter, but it doesn’t matter as much as it does the rest of the year. We are indoors, sitting or just doing easy things around the house, going to bed early, sometimes sleeping late. We just aren’t as active so treating the pain is easier. You can tolerate more stiffness, too.

But how do you handle the pain and stiffness? How long can you take NSAIDs without upsetting your system and getting sick to your stomach? Do you switch to Tylenol whent the stomach pain starts? And then you have to be careful about how much and how often or risk hurting your liver. There is no easy solution. It seems like everything you can take for pain has a big price tag. Stomach ulcers, liver failure or addiction to stronger relief like Oxycodone or Codeine. Way too much to worry about when you’re just trying to get moving again and everything hurts.

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Osteoarthritis Fix: Pine Bark Extract

It has been long known by herbalists that Pine Bark Extract can be used as a home remedy for arthritis. Clinical trials have recently confirmed this, finding that Pine Bark Extract can reduce overall knee osteoarthritis symptoms by 20%, and lower pain by 40%. This is the third clinical trial on Osteoarthritis treatments by Pycnogenol, the manufacturers of Pine Bark Extract. They achieved their results using the French Maritime Pine tree extract. You can check out their product online at Pycnogenol.

Are you one of the many sufferers of this condition? I am. I have had severe Osteoarthritis for over 10 years, mainly a result of other conditions I suffer from that contribute to the destruction of cartilage. In fact, the CDC has estimated that 34% of all adults over the age of 65 are affected by osteoarthritis, and that 26.9 million adults in the U.S. had osteoarthritis in 2005.

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“Computer Wrists” Ginger Compress

From the Care2 website. This is a great herbal remedy that works. I should know… I have carpal tunnel syndrome and it works for me!

Ginger is a natural circulatory stimulant and anti-inflammatory herb that has been used for centuries, both internally and externally, in folk medicine.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an injury associated with repetitive motion. Those who work long hours at computers, musicians and others may be susceptible to this ailment. Good ergonomic posture is critical to protecting yourself; it is worth consulting with an expert about proper equipment, and placement of your keyboard.

If you are concerned that you might have carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important to get a professional diagnosis and treatment plan.

This warming compress will help to relieve pain….

1 piece fresh gingerroot
2 quarts boiling water
St. John’s wort oil


1. Grate fresh gingerroot and tie it in cheesecloth.

2. Put the ginger into the boiling water. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

3. Cool to a warm but comfortable temperature.


1. If the skin on your hands and wrists is very sensitive, apply a think layer of St. John’s wort oil to the area around the wrist before you apply the compress.

2. Remove the cheesecloth with the gingerroot. Dip a clean hand towel into the ginger water. Wring out the excess liquid and apply the comfortably warm cloth to the tender wrist area.

3. Cover with a dry towel to insulate the heat.

4. Rewarm every 5 minutes, as desired.

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Herbal Remedies For Arthritis

Throughout history, before medicine and, indeed, during the development of the practice of Medicine, people discovered and used Herbs for healing purposes. Many of our modern “miracle” medicines are merely retooled herbal recipes. Most medicines, in fact, are originally modeled on the properties of plants and herbs. Until they are reformulated into chemicals which make it easier to handle and mass produce, these medicines are nothing more than natures green stuff.

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