Some anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-arthritic and depurative plants are of great help in supporting conventional treatments.

Rheumatism encompasses about two hundred different diseases.

The most commons are:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • The drop.
  • Tendon rheumatism.
  • Bursitis.
  • Low back or muscle pain.
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis.

Measures such as taking care of your diet, sitting well, not carrying heavy objects, wearing comfortable shoes and practicing exercise contribute to preventing or mitigating the pain crises, which many people suffer in the cold months.

Another help is made up of medicinal plants. These are some of the most effective against rheumatic pain.

Devil’s claw in osteoarthritis

Devil’s Claw is a great herbal resource for chronic or partially chronic rheumatic problems.

It contains iridoid glycosides such as harpagoside, which inhibits the generation of prostaglandins-synthetase, enzymes that intervene in the inflammatory process. Also c soul the pain.

PROPERTIES:

  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Anti-arthritic.
  • Antipyretic.
  • Analgesic.
  • Uricosuric diuretic.
  • Antispasmodic.
  • Colagogo.
  • Purifying.

WHEN TO:

In osteoarthritis it provides progressive relief without the side effects of some synthetic anti-inflammatories.

It is also indicated in other musculoskeletal conditions such as bursitis, fibrositis, fibromyalgia, low back pain and, to a lesser degree, rheumatoid arthritis.

USED PARTS:

The secondary roots, which are cut into slices.

HOW IT IS TAKEN:

  • In capsules or tablets, in doses to be set by the specialist.
  • It is also found in tincture, liquid extract and dried plant for decoction.
  • It can also be combined with meadowsweet, yarrow , cat’s tail and licorice , in equal parts ; Two tablespoons of the mixture are boiled in half a liter of water for 4 minutes, let it rest for another ten and strain. It is taken during the day.

Arnica, a great pain reliever

Arnica blocks the action of cytokines – which provoke the inflammatory reaction – and inhibits the migration of polymorph nuclear leukocytes – immune cells – from the affected area.

PROPERTIES:

  • Painkiller
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Antiseptic
  • Healing.
  • Vulnerary.

WHEN TO:

To punctually reduce pain from trauma or dislocationfrom inflammation of the tendons or synovial bags (bursitis), or from joint inflammation in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

In neuralgia, low back pain and contractures, an arnica massage can offer great relief.

USED PARTS:

The flower heads, when blooming, and to a lesser extent the rhizome.

HOW IT IS TAKEN:

  • The most usual is to apply it in cream or ointment on the painful and inflamed area, two or three times a day.
  • You can massage the affected area with an infusion of arnica combined with meadowsweet and chamomile, or apply the fresh plant – flower heads or crushed roots – in the form of plasters.
  • It is also found in liquid extract and tincture.
  • It should never be ingested.

Friar chaplet to relieve gout pain

This aromatic Mediterranean plant helps slow or reduce uric acid build-up in the joints.

PROPERTIES:

  • Urisocosuric diuretics.
  • Purifying.
  • Antiedematous.
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Laxative.

WHEN TO:

In gout and other rheumatological conditions, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

USED PARTS:

The dry leaves.

HOW IT IS TAKEN:

  • In decoction, mixed with dandelion, birch leaves, lespedeza and star anise.
  • Two heaping tablespoons of the mixture are boiled in half a liter of water for two minutes, let it rest and strain.
  • They drink two cups a day on an empty stomach, the first when getting up and the last one hour before dinner.

Boswelia versus rheumatoid arthritis

The boswellia, highly appreciated in Ayurvedic medicine, contains boswellic acid, capable of inhibiting the action of leukotrienes, which affect the immune system and activate inflammation of cartilage.

It also lubricates and makes the cartilaginous structure more flexible, reduces inflammation and calms pain.

PROPERTIES:

  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Painkiller
  • Purifying.

WHEN TO:

In rheumatoid arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness, and loss of joint function.

USED PARTS:

Gum resin.

HOW IT IS TAKEN:

  • In capsules or tablets, consulting well with the rheumatologist on the dose, which is usually around 350 mg of boswellic acid daily.
  • The gum resin is also marketed as is, which can be taken with an apple: a cut is made near the peduncle, a teaspoon of resin is poured into it, and the fruit is roasted in the oven. 

Guayaco for muscles

This South American tree is very effective in relieving muscle pain.

PROPERTIES:

  • Diuretic.
  • Detoxifying
  • Analgesic.
  • Anti-inflammatory.

WHEN TO:

In myalgia or muscle pain due to overuse, in contractures, cervical tension and low back pain.

It can reduce inflammation in osteoarthritic processes and favor the elimination of uric acid, which relieves gout.

USED PARTS:

The sapwood or inner bark of the trunk.

HOW IT IS TAKEN:

  • In decoction, associated with horsetail, ginger and marshmallow, at the rate of one tablespoon of the mixture per cup. They take two glasses a day, on an empty stomach.
  • The essential oil is applied in massage on the painful area.
  • The liquid extract or tincture are also taken, in doses to be set by the specialist.

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