Last Modified on May 28, 2016
Treating osteoarthritis requires a holistic approach that incorporates exercise, rest and natural supplements. The inclusion of exercise in a treatment regimen enhances circulation while rest, when appropriate, relieves the joint. Additionally, certain supplements offer anti-inflammatory treatment and relief.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is described as joint pain and damage associated with aging joints, injury and obesity. The most common symptoms of the condition include joint pain and stiffness. Creaky joints and swelling are also common of osteoarthritis. Areas commonly affected include the hands, wrist, neck, back, knee and hip.
Natural Treatment for Joint Pain
Treating joint pain involves a multifaceted approach that treats the condition from all sides. Exercise paired with appropriate periods of rest aid in regulating circulation of the joint as well as relieving pressure. Supplements, including omega-3s and glucosamine, also help treat the condition by limiting and reversing inflammation.
Exercise serves as an effective treatment for osteoarthritis in a number of ways. Continuing to use the afflicted joint enhances circulation, offers repair and often aids in weight loss. Gentle exercise is best including such programs as yoga and tai chi.
It is also important to rest the affected joints as necessary. Resting the joints is typically appropriate for treating pain associated with sudden, acute symptoms. Cold packs and heat pads also aid in rest treatment and promoting healing.
Supplements serve as a third component of an osteoarthritis treatment regimen. The key for treating joint pain via supplements is selecting anti-inflammatory supplements including omega-3 fats, turmeric, ginger and vitamin C. Glucosamine is another well-known osteoarthritis cure.
One of the most common forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis is generally caused by aging joints, injury and obesity. Effective treatment options, however, relieve stress on the joints as well as reduce inflammation that causes pain.
Remedies for Osteoarthritis
The Popularity of Osteoarthritis Remedies - Full List
|Apple Cider Vinegar||3||2013-06-27|
|Black Cherry Juice, ACV, Turmeric||1||2010-03-23|
|Cetyl Myristoleate Supplement||1||2009-11-07|
|Chronic Dehydration Theory||1||2008-08-18|
|Cinnamon and Honey||2||2011-05-05|
|Cod Liver Oil and Super Greens||1||2007-09-18|
|Diet and Exercise||2||2007-03-15|
|DMSO, Castor Oil||0||2012-04-04|
|Gluten-Free Diet, DMSO||1||2013-09-27|
|Heberden's Node Remedies||0||2013-08-08|
|Honey and Royal Jelly||0||2014-04-07|
|Improved Diet, Sunshine, H2O2 Inhalation Method||1||2007-12-03|
|Omega 3 Oils||1||2011-08-09|
|Turmeric, Ginger and Cinnamon||0||2014-11-24|
I've tried apple cider vinegar with honey for 3 months for osteo arthritis in my hands. So far non beneficial at all. Does anyone out there have any ideas to help? I can't sleep at night the pain and inflamation is terrible. Thanks in advance.
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Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
Posted by Alittlebitsassy (Langley Bc, Canada) on 01/14/2010
Better But With Side Effects:
I have been taking 1 TB ACV in either 8 oz juice or water 2x daily for the past month now. I have osteoarthritis in both my knees and they ACV has helped immensley with the pain and inflammation. The only problem I have noticed is that I am getting some bad stomach pains and also racing of the heart this past week or so. Has anyone else encountered this problem while taking ACV? Thank you!
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Posted by Taqi (Hamilton, NZ) on 07/19/2008
OSTEOARTHRITIS: I'm male 62 and have suffered osteoarthritus at lower back areas. Have just started with 4 tsp ACV + 1 tsp manuka honey dissolved in a glass of luke warm water taken twice a day. In only couple of days I experienced better morning wake up as well as had better sleep during night. I couldn't yet be clear on the dosage of baking soda. If you can give me feedback it will be good. Thanks.
Another question: Pl suggest dosage for my grandson aged 6 who has sensitive allergy to nuts and some dairy products. Also suffers off and on chest congestion. Like to keep in touch with you. Thanks for your time.
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Posted by Susan (Tampa, FL) on 01/03/2007
2 tsp honey, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar in 8 to 16 ounces of water 3 times a day cured my arthritis, back pain and allergies. I was in so much pain for many many years with severe back problems, and then 2 years ago was diagnosed with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. The dr. prescribed steroids, and 2 different immuno suppresant drugs and the side effects were horrible. I could hardly get out of bed in the morning, my joints and muscles hurt so bad, i also have fibromyalgia. I started this regimen about a month ago and saw immediate results. My hay fever has cleared up also. My sinuses are dry, usually I always have a bad post nasal drip problem. I feel more energized, and my body just feels good, like it is getting what it needs.
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Posted by Cathy (North Carolina)
I have been suffering for 2 years with bursitis and osteoarthritis in my hip. I have been on all kinds of medications for this, and it feels better as long as I don't stop my meds. I have been in so much pain that I could not hardly walk. I started taking ACV for 2 days now and my legs are not even hurting. I have so much more energy than I had before. This is so much better than medications.
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Posted by Goosebeans (Tulsa, Ok) on 03/23/2010
I have been suffering with osteoarthritis in my knees for years. After much research, I purchased Black Cherry juice concentrate and started taking 1 tbs 2x a day along with 1 tbs apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water. I also take turmeric capsules 400 mg 3x a day. I am on day 10 and the pain that usually wakes me up at night has disappeared. I still have some stiffness but the pains are gone....nothing short of a miracle for me. I love this website, you guys & gals rock!
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Posted by Ruth (Glendora, California, Usa) on 01/21/2012
EAT BLUBERRIES! They really work! I eat them every morning that I possibly can and noticed that it reduces both pain and redness and inflammation. You can skip days and still get a benefit once you build up the antioxidants in your blood.
Posted by Karen (Greenbank, Qld Australia) on 10/13/2008
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
Pat Coleby is Australian Animal natural care expert. Many books. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Cures based on mineral deficiencies in our soil caused by super phosphate/modern farming. Promotes use of Dollomite, Yellow Sulphur, Copper, Seaweed meal, Cod liver oil, rock salt & borax.
Been feeding my horses her diet for 4 years - NEVER GOING BACK to modern feeds. ALL problems gone with my horses.
Qld Itch is a copper defficiency,
worms are a copper deficiency,
lice/mites are a sulphur deficiency,
laminitus/founder is a magnesium &/or a calcium deficiency.
arthritus is a boron deficeincy.(Pat takes this herself & still runs a goat farm alone at age of 80+++- despite being diagnosed with osteo arthritus 30 years ago & told to buy wheelchair.
Can't recommend her enough - everything she says proves to be true - amazing woman - highly respected by CSIRO.
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Sydney, Nsw, Australia
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Ten Mile, Tn.
Posted by Penny (Fresno, CA) on 08/06/2008
Thanks so much! I appreciate the osteoporosis info, esp today! [Edit note: Penny is referring to blurb in our latest newsletter.]
By the way, you HAVE heard about boron for preventing and even reversing osteo-arthritis, haven't you?
Probiotics also rid me of sinus infections, but one needs to gradually work up to take them plentifully & regularly to be effective. A good idea, in my opinion, if one has allergies, IBS, sinus infections or otherwise compromised immunity. I read a scientific detailed report online stating that probiotics bond with carcenogens and "dance" them out of the body.
EC: We wrote Penny for more information:
8/6/2008: Penny replies, "http://www.glucosamine-arthritis.org/glucosamine/boron-arthritis.html
I think this might be a good link. I think there are others too.
Re; the probiotics, my nutrition guy said take 9mg preventatively. Said it is not fussy how it mixes with other stuff nor has to be TOP grade like MSM, but just not the Now brand, he said.
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Posted by Lak (Nb, NJ, USA) on 04/26/2013
Where can I find posts/remedies for cervical spondylosis? Please guide me
EC: Lak, We don't have a page on Cervical Spondylosis just now, so the best we can provide are the remedies here on our osteoarthritis page. Does anyone have natural cures for degeneration of the cervical spine?
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Posted by James (Tucson, Arizona) on 11/07/2009
Osteoarthritis - I have had Arthritis for many years beginning as a teen doing sports. I always pretended it was just sore muscles in my back, but at age 66yrs old my Doc said my entire spine-top to bottom- was diseased.
Initially I went with cold gel pack followed by heating pad and 7 exercises given by a physical therapist. When that was not getting it done I got on the web and a naturopathic Doc, that I like, was recommending an essential fatty acid called cetyl myristoleate. Albino rats don't get arthritis and it's because they have this EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) in their systems. This was discovered by a Dr. Diehl in the 1960's. He worked for the NIH so he had the resources to find a way to produce this rare supplement and it has been offered on the market since 1991.
When I started it, I was in a bad way and feeling some hopelessness. It took approximately one month for me to get pain free. This is a typical time period. I use the product produced by a company owned by Dr Diehl's current family and this formulation is more expensive, but I believe it is the one that gives results. I'm currently doing a second month for good measure. They claim relief can last 2-3 years at which time you repeat. There are zero side effects but you must follow directions to use on an empty stomach and not close to caffeine. This was my salvation from disability!
"Cetyl myristoleate is the cetyl ester of myristoleic acid. It has multiple biological properties, including as an anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever, as well as being an immune system modulator..."
Posted by Cindy (Wichita, Kansas) on 08/18/2008
Water cannot do its thing without salt. Salt is number 3 on the list of things you can't live without. 1 and 2 are air and water. I suspect that if you do not take salt (preferably unprocessed sea salt) the body will break down the calcium in the bones to get at the salts they contain. I've done a lot of research on dehydration but have not seen this correlation anywhere. It is merely my suspicion due to the relationship between chronic dehydration combined with low salt intake teachings and the epidemic of osteoporosis. It is suspected that over 75% of people in the US are chronically dehydrated which means that 75% of the human bodies in the US are operating in emergency, water rationing mode. Sipping doesn't count and neither do other liquids. The body does not process other liquids the same way it processes plain water on an empty stomach. Water is used by every system in the body. Including the process it must go through to steal water from the colon. My personal rule of thumb is that any liquid that is not plain water belongs to the colon.
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Posted by Dave (Gantt, Al.) on 05/05/2011
I too have osteoarthritus Since I have been taking the honey and cinnamon I have had wonderful results that I never had with ANYTHING else I've tried I had a limp for 4 months was taking 10-12 Ibeprophen a day just to walk without so much pain! Since I've been taking it for two weeks my limp has dissapeared and no longer take any nsaids at all- honey and cinnamon has been a GODSEND to me.
I'm not saying everyone will have the same results but if it can just help one more person as much as it has me, I recommend TRY IT OUT
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Posted by Estel (Wheelersburg, OH) on 08/15/2008
I went to the doctor and they xray my knee and told me i had to have surgery because of osteoarthris. I heard about the honey and cinnamon for arthritis and thought i would try it. I drank it morning and night for 3 weeks and my pain was gone and i have more energy also. I have told many people about it and they are trying it too.
EC: Read more about cinnamon and honey here.
Posted by Rena (Mineral Bluff, Georgia, USA) on 09/18/2007
Cod Liver Oil and Super greens cured me of my Osteoarthritis in my right knee and my right shoulder in less than 9 months. The pain subsided within a couple of weeks, that is when I knew I was on to something. I took 1 tablespoon of the Cod liver oil, and 1 Heaping tablespoon of the greens daily. I will not list what brands I used, but please make sure they are of the highest quality you can find. I now live pain free, and keep up the practice several times a week for maintenance.
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