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8 Natural Remedies for Joint Pain

Joint pain is extremely common, especially as you age. Sometimes the pain can be constant, other times it can come and go.

If you experience any soreness or pain in your joints, it’s best to give your doctor a visit before trying any of these natural home treatments. They know your condition the best, so consult your doctor for suitable remedies that you can try!

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#1. Acupuncture

It is a traditional form of Chinese medicine and it’s completely natural! Using super-fine long needles, it helps to correct the flow of energy – also known as ‘qi’ in the body which will help in alleviating pain.

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#2. Herbal supplements

Herbal supplements are packed with organic traditional chinese medicine (tcm) herbs that can help in joint pain.

风湿关节痛片 is formulated to help relieve pain by expelling the wind or dampness in the joints and improve blood circulation at the same time. It also helps in reducing swelling.

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#3. Hot and Cold therapy

Both therapies work differently, but they are effective in reducing joint pain. If there is swelling in your joints, apply cold therapy.

Cold therapy helps by restricting blood vessels, slowing down the blood flow and in the process reduces the swelling and numbs the pain. Remember to limit the cold therapy for just 20 minutes! If you experience stiff joints or aching muscle, heat therapy can help to relieve stiff joints.

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#4. Ginger tea

Ginger has inflammatory properties that help to reduce swelling. In Chinese tradition, ginger is believed to be able to promote blood circulation. This brings healing properties to the affected area. Boil slices of ginger in water and add honey to taste! 

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#5. Massage

Tuina and massaging on affected areas can help to soothe joint pain. It is believed that massaging can reduce the productions of neurotransmitter substance P, which is thought to be related to the transmission of pain.

However, do consult your doctor or therapist on how to massage before trying it on your own. Other than bringing physical relief to the affected area, massage also reduced stress and boost serotonin levels, improving your mood.

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#6. Weight loss

If you have recurring joint pain in your knees or weight-bearing joints, it’s might have something to do with your weight! Cut down some kilos to reduce the stress your weight puts on your weight-bearing joints.

However, instead of rigorous exercises such as running which will further worsen your joint pain, opt for aqua or light exercises that will not strain your joints any further. Aqua exercises are extremely helpful as the buoyancy of the water helps to support the body weight.

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#7. Tumeric

Usually used in cooking curry, did you know tumeric has the property to reduce enzymes and proteins that promote inflammation?

Studies have shown tumeric to be effective against swelling and pain! In a study, participants who ate tumeric as compared to those who took ibuprofen increased in their mobility more. Add half a teaspoon o tumeric to your meals daily for pain relief!

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#8. Morning sun

Soak up some morning sun to boost your vitamin D levels! Vitamin D plays a role in producing collagen in the joints, which helps to protect the joints. Go out for a walk in the morning for just 10-15 minutes for your daily dose of vitamin D!