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Knee Pain Remedies

Posted by Christina (Halifax, Ns Canada) on 06/19/2016

I have been drinking horsetail for my torn ligaments and bad knees due to missing cartridge and horsetail healed me. I bought the tea in a local health food store for a very affordable price (20 teabags for $2.60). In the summer I pick my own horsetail, wash it, dry then crush and keep in jars (that's good for 1 year). Drink the tea for medicinal use 2-3 times daily for a month then take a break for 2 weeks and start again. I noticed the benefits right away. If you are pregnant or nursing, don't take it internally (use the hair wash or bath instead). Horsetail also strengthens your immune system. It is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant, coagulant, demulcent, diuretic and astringent activity.

Collagen and Calcium Hydroxyapatite Supplements
Posted by Tom (Livingston, Tx) on 05/30/2016 64 posts

I had knee bone on bone rubbing and taking 1 capsule mornings of chicken sternal/sternum collagen type 2 cured the bone on bone over several months. Improvement occurred within days. I will always take it. It didn't heal my non-painful shoulder.

I also take 1 capsule evenings of the calf bone concentrate "calcium hydroxyapatite" because it feeds the bones and teeth and has type 1 collagen which feeds the ligaments and tendons. I will always take it, although I still have a small amount of bending knee pain but it's no worse.

I also think I would have sensitive teeth if I didn't take calcium hydroxyapatite.

Some joints never heal with supplements, but I think the skeletal system still needs feeding and maintenance with these two supplements.

Posted by Scott (Tampa) on 05/05/2016

Been using Borax (mule 20 team) for about 2 weeks. I had pretty bad knee pain. Almost all my knee pain is gone. I have Osteoarthritis in the knees (both) and now the left knee feels like the right knee. I am 50 yo. I take the normal recommended dosage of 1 teaspoon of concentrate. Concentrate is made from 1 tsp Borax with 1 litre of distilled water. I do this for my whole family including my children. Borax is a salt and is no more toxic than table salt. Both will kill you if you take enough of them. Good luck to all and get rid of Fluoride!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne Wrap
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 04/19/2016

Dear Vanessa,

When I use Apple cider vinegar as a wrap, I get a flannel cloth and pour apple cider vinegar on it. I wrap the ankle or knee with the cloth, cover with plastic wrap, then an ace bandage or cohesive tape. If I were to add cayenne, I would just sprinkle on the amount I would sprinkle on food onto the Apple Cider Vinegar cloth. We have used Apple Cider Vinegar wraps overnight many times for sprains. My kids don't mind because they know they help! Even if you end up smelling like salad.

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne Wrap
Posted by Vanessa (Rockingham, Western Australia) on 04/18/2016

I have a sore knee which I can't seem to get better. How much of each ingredient did you use to make up your mixture? Or do you just make it up as you go along? I already take ACV to help with my carpal tunnel but am willingly to use its benefits to help with my knee. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks, Vanessa

Cold Showers
Posted by Laura (Bucharest, Romania) on 02/28/2016

I don't think it is the time, it is just the water...I have also noticed that after shower with warm or cold water, no matter the time of the day, the pain goes away.

Gelatin Powder
Posted by Liz (Boston, Ma) on 12/25/2015

I can practically guarantee you, that once you lose the weight, your knee issues will be a thing of the past.

I gained a lot of weight during/after the birth of my daughter many years ago, and oh knees were always aching. It took me a couple of years to finally get the weight off, and once I did, *voila* more knee pain!

The same was true of a co-worker who suffered with "bad knees". He was very overweight and ended up having weight-loss surgery. When he was within 10lbs of his goal weight, I asked; "How have your knees been?" (I already knew what he would answer.) He said; "They never bother me at ALL now! "

While you're losing, be kind to your knees and do a lot of walking instead of squats, etc. In the meantime, I used to find that massaging castor oil on my knees helped a lot as well. It's also helped the sore knees of many of the friends I've recommended it to as well.

Gelatin Powder
Posted by Simone (Central America) on 12/24/2015

Thank you for confirming this. I recently bought a box of Gelatin and been eager to hear how it works for knee problems. I feel from my bike few yrs ago and it mess up my knee cap and I had some shots too. However due to the exercise those squats and lunges irritated it and my ligaments around my are started to ache and swell. Now the swollen is less but every time I walk up the stairs to my work it hurts even on the weeks when I don't workout. I am 27 yrs old and my highest weight was 280 pds and have lost 50pds so far. So I find this so heartbreaking because I been unable to do any lower body workouts due to my knee pain. I just hope this really helps me. I feel so old. :(

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Laura (Orange County, Ca) on 10/23/2015

Arthritis in Knee:

I put ACV in homemade organic chicken soup. After one bowl of it my knee stopped aching. ACV is amazing stuff.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Lannie (Seattle, Wa) on 09/16/2015

I was having immense pain on my left knee which I knew the cause of. I had a knee surgery on my right knee for the same reason & same pain a few years back which was due to osteochondritis dissecans.

Pain to the point where I'd cry and fall if I made the wrong movement. Even if I didn't move my leg I'd feel a pinched nerve ache. It was just BAD.

I had forgotten about blackstrap molasses and what my mother & grandmother would tell me about it. Though their recipe contained a glass of regular temp water, a tbsp of apple cider vinegar & a tbsp of blackstrap molasses. LITERALLY, the next day the pain was nearly there. 2-3 days later I was able to walk pretty normally. I'm sure I won't even need surgery anymore!

Y'all should look into Apple Cider vinegar as well as Blackstrap Molasses. These two put together are life savers.

Baking Soda
Posted by Abdul Aziz (Islamabad, Pakistan) on 08/16/2015

HY! I have pain in back of my left knee, and I am using ACV for for general detoxification, but I think it didn't have any effect on my knee, now I will try your remedy, but not sure what to do wth boil water exactly describe, thanks.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne Wrap
Posted by April (Baltimore, Maryland) on 07/11/2015 1 posts

I have used this site for years but I had to make a statement on the Apple Cider vinegar and pain. Its AMAZING and it's real. Apple Cider is the magical natural elixir. I read many posts about people using Apple CIder to help with swelling and pain.

So I had been having swelling in my right foot during the middle of the day for about the past two weeks. The swelling would go down overnight when I slept except the last week it had been swollen first thing in the morning. And then my knee started to hurt. I turned to this site and read about Apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper.

I wrapped my ankle and my knee with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper and coconut oil. I did it once I was ready for bed. I used a towel to sleep on and to wrap my knee with. I put the mixture on my knee wrapped the towel around my knee and wrapped it all in plastic wrap. For my ankle I made the same ingredients but this time I just wrapped it in plastic wrap. I eventually fell asleep. But I woke up when I felt the heat of the cayenne pepper on my skin.

The cayenne pepper did make this heat up in a few hours and I had to take it off. I massaged the residual in my skin. Next morning took a shower but the difference was a 100% decrease in pain. In addition, 3 days later still feel great. Apparently Apple Cider is so good you can just rub it on your skin. I read an article that it was good for varicose veins and you can massage it on the area where you have issues and you will see a difference.

Gelatin Powder
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 05/19/2015

Dear Jane,

A friend uses the Great Lakes brand. I think it fits what you are looking for. You can get in from amazon.

~Mama to Many~

Gelatin Powder
Posted by Jane (Jefferson City, Mo. ) on 05/18/2015

I am looking for a place to buy gelatine that doesn't come from animal products that contain the hormone rBST. I want to try it for my knee pain. Can anyone tell me where to find this?

Gelatin Powder
Posted by Bliss (Brooklyn, Ny) on 04/28/2015

I recently started using gelatin in a fun way--making Knox blox (Knox is a gelatine brand in the US). Take 1 pack of Jello or other sugar-free gelatin, add 2 packets (2 tablespoons) of unflavored gelatin, add 2 cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Then pour into a 7x7 pan (I have a Corning Ware casserole dish and cool for one hour. Slice into 20-25 block and eat with your fingers. You can use Jello with sugar, but I prefer the sugar free. You can also use fruit juice for flavoring, then you need 3 tablespoons or packets of unflavored gelatin. It's great and a quick way to eat a lot of gelatin. Not only great for your joints (it's made of melted cartilage), it's also great for your skin, hair and nails.

Gelatin Powder
Posted by Helen From Houston (Houston Tx) on 01/21/2015

The OP mentions telling Knox about the cure but they weren't interested.

By USA law Knox is forbidden to be interested. No food can be sold for health effects, only drugs are allowed that. If Knox were to advertise it's food as helping knee cartilage, they would be forced to stop selling it or spend $50-100 million on double blind clinical trials to prove the validity of the claim. That's what Congress decided, it's a food with no known health benefits or it's a drug that must undergo expensive trials before being sold; supposedly this rule protects us all from scams.

Knox is not the bad guy in this game. Sites like Earthclinic are how we find out what different foods might actually do good for us, bypassing the impossible $$$$ clinical trial requirement.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Kim (Danville, Il) on 12/17/2014

8% hydrogen peroxide: I loved all your info, good points, I am a new user. Knee pain has gone from 8 to 6 on pain scale which has improved my life in just a few days.THANK YOU.

Eliminate Aspartame and Artificial Sweeteners
Posted by Jim (Upstate New York, US) on 11/30/2014

I completely concur. I did a research article once on aspartame and it was published. My publisher got a threatening call from NutraSweet's lawyers! They seem to keep a number of lawyers on permanent retainer to try and squelch the consistent bad press about diet drinks that contain aspartame.

It is nasty, nasty stuff. Using the completely natural extract of stevia for sweetening will get you off any dependence on artifical sweeteners or sugar, for that matter.

Aspartame is unhealthy and will harm your body. The companies that produce it, including NutraSweet, know it is bad for you. They have to hire lawyers to try and suppress the truth from getting out! That alone should give you all the info you need to make a life-affirming choice for yourself or others.

By the way, my editor stood behind me and refused to retract the article or apologize for it. We never heard from those cretins again.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Richard (Nevada) on 09/12/2014

A company from Isreal called CartiHeal has something called Agili-C. It is like scaffolds, for regenerating cartilage in knees. They just got 4 patents this month, clinical trials there in Israel though. Hope the AMA allows this to happen, as real cures are forbidden-

Posted by Cab (Nunda, Ny) on 07/03/2014

I had that happen -- figured it was the vitamin C. I was doing high dose C, and liposomic which makes exponential absorption, so it could have equaled out to 40 to 60 grams a day, plus the MSM. Sometimes I'd take maybe 6 grams of C with some baking soda and the MSM with water. After a month of this I was having such severe heart pains and flutters if I tried to lay down I felt like I was going to have a heart attack and die. I now have spider veins that I did not have before, and I am still weakened and I have an aged appearance now I didn't have before. I don't know if it was the high dose C or the MSM or a combination of both. I think I'm lucky I'm alive. I have heard since that vitamin C is a complex, not an isolate, and should not be taken as an isolate. And I don't.

Knee Pain Exercise
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 04/03/2014

Grannymelva, I've found a little trick that has helped very well for knees: I walk with my toes slightly pointed inwards, which results in my toes pointing straight ahead, since I used to walk with feet splayed out to the sides.

Knee Pain Exercise
Posted by Grannymelva (Mountain Home, Idaho) on 04/03/2014

I have been doing knee exercises on my bed for at least five years now. I figured if it was good enough to strengthen my knee before knee replacement, it would be good enough to help the other knee so it would not need replaced. I like the leg lift in the air. I like the side leg lift swing. But, knee is acting up now. That is why I am checking out this site. And I am mid-70s.

Gelatin Powder
Posted by Grannymelva (Mountain Home, Idaho) on 04/03/2014

I've been taking Knox Gelatin to strengthen my finger nails. Never knew it might help my knees. Personally I think it is EXPENSIVE. It's about $8 a box here. That would not even last a week!

Castor Oil
Posted by Grannymelva (Mountain Home, Idaho) on 04/03/2014

I have used Castor Oil for a number of years. It really does relieve the knee pain.

Meniscus Pain Remedies
Posted by Karen (Westport, Ct) on 03/15/2014

Dear Gustavo,

A few things have helped my menisicus issues over the years: Omega 3 fish oil 2x/day, weight loss (anything over a certain weight triggers knee pain) and daily magnesium. Maybe one of these will help you too.

Meniscus Pain Remedies
Posted by Mike62 (Denver) on 03/14/2014

Gustavo: I cured my arthritis that I suffered from for many years making green smoothies from organic baby leaves. I walk 15 minutes then rest 5 minutes for 8 hours a day so I take a lot of stuff to keep my joints as loose as a goose, like skate liver oil. For immediate pain relief apply capsaicin cream.

Meniscus Pain Remedies
Posted by Timh (Ky) on 03/15/2014 2073 posts

Gustavo: The best hypothesis at this point would be a chronic infection. If you have no metal medical device or part, Zapping will help. Borax, administered orally help w/ joint infection (read the cures section here on E.C. for more info). Magnet or light therapy may also help.

Meniscus Pain Remedies
Posted by Gustavo (San Fernando, California) on 03/14/2014

Hi, I've been having pain and a squeezing/pinching tenderness in the medial meniscus area of my right knee. I've had two arthoscopic surgeries over 21 months plus cortisone injections, euflexxa gel ingections, also prp blood injections and lastly bone marrow sten cell injections and I still have pain in the medial meniscus. Can you please advice me what to do to relieve and heal my knee from this terrible pain, tenderness and squeezing sensation. Thank you in advance for your help


Arthroscopic Surgery
Posted by Little Wing (Boston, Ma) on 03/13/2014

I had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee six years ago and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I waited a while to do the physical therapy I should've done sooner, so if your ortho recommends it, do it. Any small excercises they give you to do post-surgery, do those too. If you have a good surgeon, all should be well. It's an easy surgery with quick recovery. I was off crutches in a week. Follow all directions and you should be fine.

Arthroscopic Surgery
Posted by Tahiti (Maryland) on 03/13/2014

Thanks so much for your advice! It has been about four years since I had my arthroscopic surgery, and the 'benefits' have already worn thin. Once again I do have pain. I am eating healthier (sometimes), green juicing and taking supplements. I do need to lose weight though, and exercise. I am going to look into the PROLOTHERAPY to find out what it is all about! Again, thank-you for your concern and help! Tahiti

Arthroscopic Surgery
Posted by Earth Clinician (Salvador) on 03/12/2014

The problem with arthroscopic surgery is that as soon as the surgeon starts poking around in there damage is being done by the nature of the surgery itself. The long term effects are a very high likelihood for osteoporosis or similar due to the degradation of the meniscus.

If you can avoid invasive surgery I would strongly advise that you do so. Prolotherapy is well worth looking into if you can afford it.

There's a guy who wrote a book called something like 'how I cured my knee pain', who was told he would not be able to walk within a short number of years, but cured himself by exercising the joint rather than the muscles.

I would look into maintaining activity, increasing joint friendly activity and eliminating those activities that put your joint at risk.

Your diet is very significant as is your mental health and attitude. Eat healthy nutritious meals. Organic vegetables in plentiful supply. Avoid all processed carbohydrates. If you are overweight - lose it. All of these things will aid your overall health, and consequently the condition of your joints.

I hope this helps. I must add that I am not a doctor, and this is all just personal experience that I am passing on. None of the above should be considered as qualifed medical advice. Consult your physician.

Very best of luck to you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Spruce Moose (Logan, Utah) on 02/28/2014

It is possible that ACV caused your rash. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Consider that rashes are very common during rapid detoxification. I have seen this many times. It is likely that the ACV caused rapid detox. Consider using less ACV to start, but I'd stick with it and give it some time. ACV is the 3rd most popular remedy on this site. Be sure to use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

Gum Spirits and Peanut Oil
Posted by Gigi (Edison, Nj) on 02/20/2014

Mixed 1:4 ratio of gum spirits and peanut oil, massaged into knee, sprained from shoveling snow. Pain went away for four to five hours, reapplied. Pain went away completely in two days. You can feel the warmth penetrating, feels great.

Hemp Oil
Posted by Birdy (Iowa, Usa) on 12/01/2013

So I've gone thru all these ideas for helping my sore knee. It was feeling very sore (on the side, like a stiffness etc), and I was waiting for it to heal for several days. Instead of healing while walking up the stairs I actually heard it make a tear sound and that was 3 days ago. Severe pain. Tried several things, but decided to use a hemp lotion I have and it is all but GONE. It's just a Hemp moisturizer (that is not the brand name), with coconut oil, sesame oil, tea tree oil, calendula, cammellia, tocopherol acetate (e) and a bunch of other stuff. My point is that it eased the pain and made it more flexible and is healing better. Nothing else worked. I believe it needed the lubricant and I wanted you to know this works.

Knee Pain Remedies
Posted by Elaine (Ky, Usa) on 08/27/2013

An easy first try would be Apple Cider Vinegar rubbed into the knee several times a day, or wrap your knee with a cloth soaked in it over night. (Then wrap it with plastic wrap.) Castor oil, topically is also good for pain. It makes me think, "Bone Spur. " I would look up bone spur remedies on this website, too.

Knee Pain Remedies
Posted by Nell (Ireland) on 08/27/2013

I get a sharp pain like I am kneeling on splinters of glass when I kneel. It is only on my right knee to the the right of my knee cap. Any ideas?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ian (Sanford, Fl) on 08/20/2013

Hyaluronic Acid helps with knee pain. Has anyone tried this ? Maybe ACV with a Hyaluronic acid supplement might be the magic combo. Ian.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Olive Oil
Posted by Mary (Kannapolis, Nc) on 08/17/2013

Jumped the gun on the olive oil/ACV rub. IT'S WORKING! Husband even cancelled his second Dr's appt. Is his first time with a home remedy. Thanks folks for all your ideas and successes.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Olive Oil
Posted by Mary (Kannapolis, Nc) on 08/12/2013

Read the post today about the olive oil and ACV for knee problems:

04/09/2006: Skyye : "Within the hour, a mix of ACV & Olive oil applied with cotton wool on the knee, massaged in after about 20 mins and the severe pain is gone. Also took 2 tbsp in a glass of water. No painkillers necessary!!!"

My husband hurt his knee last week, had a shot in the knee, no help. Was scheduled to see Dr again tomorrow. He massaged the mixture into his knee JUST ONCE and got immediate relief. Just used the massage mixture for a second time. Also mixed up 2 tbsp of ACV in water and is drinking that, too. AMAZING!!! Hopefully he won't need the Dr visit tomorrow.

Fish Oil
Posted by Susan (Carmel Valley, California) on 06/23/2013

Year ago I injured my right knee - the meniscus - working out. It was very painful for a few weeks, but I continued to exercise and it healed, but not completely. I can't do high impact workouts. I was travelling last week and forgot to bring my supplements with me. When I returned, I went for a walk in our hilly neighborhood. By the second small hill, the knee with the meniscus issue starting killing me and I limped home, barely making it up our driveway it was hurting so badly. My knee never gives me this kind of pain! Then I realized that what I stopped taking for the past week was my omega 3 fish oil capsules. I immediately took one and then 2 more the next day. My pain level went down 80% within a day and was back to my "normal" (that is, ocasional inflammation with fast recovery) within 2 days. I am amazed at how much the fish oil helps. I have taken fish oil regularly for years, but only now figured out that it's what has been helping my knee this whole time!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mama To Many (Middle, Tennessee, Usa) on 05/27/2013

I would agree that Apple Cider Vinegar may give a lot of help and won't hurt. I notice a difference in my back pain when I let up on using ACV.

Peppermint essential oil is good for pain and healing and so is castor oil. (I use these for lots of things if you read my other posts! ) Massage either into the pained area as needed.

Lots of water is also very good for pain. Symptoms for everything are much worse when your body isn't fully hydrated.

Sugar is very bad for pain and healing. (Too bad it is so delicious! ) Some honey is okay.

Hope you get some relief. My mother has terrible, terrible knees and I have watched her suffer since I was a girl, so I sympathize in that.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Courtney (Granite Bay, Ca) on 05/27/2013

Brenda - Since it's not a drug, there is zero risk. You have nothing at all to lose by trying it. If it doesn't work for you, you've lost nothing. And if it does work, HOORAY! :) That's the beauty of alternative/natural treatment. I have read many, many ACV success stories. You won't know if yours will be a success story unless you try it.

Go for it! :)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Brenda (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) on 05/27/2013

I have had 7 surgeries on my knees 4 on one and 3 on the other, I have no knee caps anymore, I can still walk but lately since the last surgery(aug 2012) I have so much pain at times it is unbearable, I am wondering does this apple cider vinegar really work and if so, will it help me cause I feel like I am on my last legs. I see a wheelchair in my near future if I don't do something soon. I will try anything.

Knee Pain Remedies
Posted by Dryvway (Sparks, Nv, U.s.) on 05/21/2013

I suffered an acute hyper-extension of the right knee at age 18. I am now 57. I had a world renown doctor do the surgery. The procedure was called "pull thru method". Since this surgery I have never had full bend. Now I have swelling and pain and 35% bend. Can this be corrected? Thank You for your time, dryvway

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