Joint pain has always been associated with arthritis, which is an inflammation of the joints and it can be afflicting as the body parts’ movement happens every second even when we are sleeping. The joint pain or arthritis include part of the joint, ligaments, tendons, muscle and the cartilage. It is recorded that almost 40 million people in the United States suffering arthritis with 1.8 million from them with Rheumatoid Arthritis. There are over 100 types of arthritis with several types commonly happen among us which are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout and Fibromyalgia. Joint pain is very common when you are suffering from arthritis, together with the stiffness, swelling and redness as part of the symptoms and arthritis happened when the flexible connective tissue in your joints namely cartilage is reduced than the normal amount.
There are several types of herb and spices that can be used as an alternative remedy to beat your joint pain as they are proven scientifically. Zingiber officinale Roscoe (Zingiberaceae) or widely known as ginger is the rhizomes part of the Zingiber officinale plant. It has been used traditionally as medicine plants over years. It was proven scientifically in 1982, with ginger consumption, it can relieve the joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. In that study, four new compounds were isolated from the ginger and it all showed the potential inhibitory effect to lessen prostaglandin synthesis, which is the source of inflammation. The ginger also showed its effect of inhibiting prostaglandin and leukotriene biosynthesis which support the anti-inflammatory action. The ginger also plays an important role against some diseases like asthma, diabetes, stroke and constipation as it contains phytochemical ingredients.
Aloe barbadensis or aloe vera is known for its healing function for skin aches such as small cuts, stings of insects, bruises and swelling, poison ivy and eczema. Compounds such as anthraquinone, anthracene, cinnamic acid and anthranilic acid found in the aloe vera are responsible as the anti-arthritis and powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Aloe vera also applied as a blood purifier, diuretic, uterine tonic, laxative, fever reliever as well as antibacterial and antifungal. Acemannan and glucomannan are two polysaccharides found in the aloe vera plant which give benefits to the inflammation. This also includes accelerates tissue regeneration, enhance and stimulate the immune response and boost the white blood cells.
Black pepper or peppercorns is a native of the South India region and has been cultivated in tropical countries such as Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Black pepper has a woody, aromatic and pungent aroma with a fiery flavour. Piperine is the bioactive compound obtained from the black pepper which can decrease the arthritic symptoms in carrageenan-induced acute paw arthritis. It also boosts the secretion of gastric juice, relieves nausea, headaches and helps with poor digestion.
Other than that, turmeric is also considered among the most effective herbs to prevent the inflammation of joint pain rather than reduce the pain. It is originated in India and China and been cultivated in several countries including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Jamaica and Peru. It contains volatile oil, starch grains, resins, and curcuminoids. Curcumin, the main component of curcuminoids acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and as for that, it has been adopted in wound healing, hepatoprotection (an ability to protect the liver from damage), and neuroprotection. The Indian Allepey is considered as the high-quality rhizomes as it has the highest content of curcumin than any other rhizomes. In vivo curcuminoid evaluation showed that it can diminish both acute and chronic inflammation by 75% and 68% respectively. Daily administration of 4 mg total of curcuminoids can prevent joint inflammation of arthritis.
Green tea or scientifically known as Camellia sinensis Linn is originated from the mainland of China, South and Southeast Asia. Active compounds inside the green tea are polyphenols (catechins and flavonols), caffeine and essential oil and the most substantial catechin in epigallocatechin which is the powerful antioxidant. Green tea contains with the abundance of epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG) in which the scientists from the University of Michigan found can lessen the inflammation and joint pain by limiting the production of certain molecules in the immune system.
All these plants and herbs are a remedy which has been in practice as a multipurpose healing agent. The use of herbs and spices to cure the joint pain has been proved by reliable pieces of evidence and followed by support from other research findings. With various active compound in the plants which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, benefits us to cure the joint pain naturally and reduce the inflammatory from happening.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: February 12, 2019 | Last Modified: November 27, 2019
- Kaur A, Nain P, Nain J. Herbal plants used in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: A review. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2012.
Kadhim J M, Kaizal A F, Hameed I H. Medicinal plants used for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: A review. International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research. 2016.
Bhupinder K, Reena G, Gupta M. Natural products in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. International Journal of Green Pharmacy. 2017.
Wadekar J B, Sawant R L, Patel U B. Rheumatoid arthritis and herbal drugs: A review. The Journal of Phytopharmacology. 2015
Charles DJ. Antioxidant properties of spices, herbs and other sources. Springer 4. 2013.