Top 6 Natural Remedies for Arthritis Pain

2. Diet

Diet and exercise are the one-two punch of all healthy lifestyles, especially for people with arthritis. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a degenerative form of arthritis, like osteoarthritis, or an immune-related disease, like rheumatoid arthritis, diet can play an important role in managing your condition.

One study from 2017 examined the effect that diet and exercise might have on overweight patients with osteoarthritis in the knee. The researchers found that those who underwent a diet and exercise program compared to just an exercise program alone had significantly lower inflammation markers after losing weight over an 18-month period.

This study highlights the correlation between diet, weight loss and inflammation. People with arthritis may experience fewer inflammatory symptoms by losing weight via diet and exercise.

But diet has other benefits for arthritis management too. Like exercise, a proper diet also helps to reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases that commonly co-occur with arthritis. A healthy and balanced diet also ensures you’re getting enough essential nutrients needed to maintain strong bones, muscles and organ systems.

While diet is highly personal, there is some universal advice that arthritis experts promote. A diet that rich in omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber has been shown to reduce inflammation and disease activity.

3. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice based on the belief that the human body contains an energy life force called Qi, which gets blocked at certain points throughout the body. According to the tradition, by stimulating these blockages with inserted needles, your vital energy begins to freeflow, alleviating the symptoms you were feeling.

While acupuncture hasn’t been heavily studied in a scientific context, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence provided by patients that acupuncture does help relieve specific symptoms, including arthritis pain, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Today’s limited scientific research supports that there may be several mechanisms involved in acupuncture’s effectiveness. Rather than Qi energy, scientists agree that inserting acupuncture needles at specific points throughout the body does send nerve signals along the spinal cord and into the brain, where pain-killing neurotransmitters are released.

A handful of studies have found that an acupuncture program has offered significant pain-relief among arthritis patients. Many people who undergo acupuncture report no only that it improves their direct arthritis symptoms (pain, inflammation and stiffness), but it also improves other issues, such as fatigue and poor sleep quality.

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