Our body is made of a large number of bones. When two of these bones meet it’s called a joint. Each bone is covered with a thick tissue called a cartilage at the point where they meet. The cartilage acts as a cushion by protecting the bones from damage when it rubs against each other during movement.
When the cartilage gets weak and damaged it causes the bones to rub against each other hence causing severe pain and swelling and in extreme cases difficulty in the movement of the joint. Osteoarthritis is the name given to this form of joint disease.
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis which only affects the joint and movement unlike rheumatoid arthritis which causes damage to both the joints and certain internal organs.
Osteoarthritis occurs mainly in the elderly although those in their middle age and younger are also known to suffer from the disease if they are:
- Have a defect or injury in the joint
- Have joints which are not properly developed are also at risk of suffering from Osteoarthritis
- Straining the joints while playing sports or when doing certain jobs can also cause Osteoarthritis.
Listed below are some home remedies which can be used to treat Osteoarthritis.
Epsom Salt for Osteoarthritis
Add 1 cup Epsom Salt into a warm bath and soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes. The Epsom Salt will soothe the pain. Do this treatment 3 to 4 times a week.
Add ½ cup of Dead Sea Salt into a warm bath. Soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes. Do this treatment 3 to 4 times a week for best results.
Apply a later of Dead Sea Mud on the painful joint and allow to completely dry before rinsing off with warm water. The mud contains healing ingredients which help to reduce the pain and swelling.
Turmeric Paste for Osteoarthritis
First compress the joint area for 5 to 10 minutes with a bowl of warm water which has 1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt added to it. Then apply turmeric paste on the area. To make the turmeric paste mix 1 teaspoon turmeric powder with a little water.