Hebreden's Nodes
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Natural Remedies for Hebreden's Nodes

on Sep 23, 2023| Modified on Sep 23, 2023
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Heberden's nodes are bony swellings that form at the distal (farthest) interphalangeal joints of the fingers, typically the last joint near the fingertip. They emerge due to osteoarthritis and signify long-term wear and tear of the joints.

While they can be unsightly and sometimes painful, the presence of Heberden's nodes does not indicate a severe health risk. Nevertheless, they can be a source of discomfort, making it important to explore possible natural remedies.

Supplements for Heberden's Nodes

Glucosamine and Chondroitin 

Often recommended for osteoarthritis, these compounds can help repair cartilage and reduce the pain associated with Heberden's nodes.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Found in fish oil and flaxseed oil, omega-3s are known to reduce inflammation, which might be beneficial in alleviating pain from Heberden's nodes.

Turmeric and Curcumin 

Turmeric contains an active compound called curcumin, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties. This can be consumed as a spice or taken as a supplement.

Green Tea

Rich in polyphenols, green tea is said to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Regular consumption might assist in reducing symptoms.

Natural Remedies for Heberden's Nodes

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

ACV is a popular home remedy for a myriad of health issues. For Heberden's nodes, some believe that its anti-inflammatory properties can help. Mix equal parts ACV and water and apply to the affected area using a cloth. Another method is to mix a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water and drink daily.

Epsom Salt Baths 

The magnesium sulfate in Epsom salt can reduce pain and inflammation. Dissolve a handful of Epsom salt in warm water and soak the affected fingers for about 15 minutes.

Aloe Vera 

This plant has anti-inflammatory properties and can be applied topically. It soothes and reduces pain, making it a natural choice for many with joint pain.


Renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can be incorporated into one's diet or applied as a paste (mixing ginger powder with a little water) on the affected area.

Continue reading below to learn which supplements and home remedies have helped Earth Clinic readers with Heberden's Nodes.

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Posted by jholl (Louisville, KY) on 09/22/2023

I have three fingers affected by Hebreden's nodes. They are essentially bone spurs on the top joints of the fingers. The only solution I have found is taking a daily vitamin K2 capsule every night. They are greatly reduced now. From what I understand, the K2 redistributes calcium from the soft tissues where it is not supposed to be to the bones where it belongs. I think this would also hold true for calcified blood vessels too.