Did you know that you can forecast an oncoming storm by the way you feel your pains and aches? It is actually better than a weatherman’s forecast. The weather can really affect your joints, particularly those suffering from arthritis. According to researchers, the barometric pressure decreases with increased humidity, temperature and elevation. This decrease of barometric pressure triggers joint pain.
An experiment found out that pressure in the hip joint can actually throw off the hip joint’s bone by one-third of an inch. Another experiment found that almost two-thirds of people suffering from chronic pain actually believe that there is a connection between changes in weather and pain.
According to The Guardians, theories about the link between weather and pain are not new. In more than 2,400 years from the time when Hippocrates linked illnesses to changing seasons, lots of home remedies in treating chronic joint pain were developed by doctors, care takers, and pain sufferers.
1. Gin Soaked Raisins
Gin was used against the bubonic plague during the medieval England. It is recommended to soak golden raisins in gin. Let the liquid evaporate. Eat the raisins daily to prevent the pain.
2. Onion Tea
People in Eastern Europe relied on the antioxidant properties of onions in relieving arthritis pain. Just peel a slice of large onion, boil it for 20 minutes in 1 ½ cup of water. Strain the liquid and add lemon, honey or ginger to taste. Drink it hot.
Aside from being tasty, this Mediterranean herb is also anti-inflammatory. Add the herb, dried or fresh, to meat, vegetables, and meat. You can also consume it as a hearty tea by boiling it in water.
4. Ginger Tea
Ginger fights arthritis pain. For best results make your own ginger tea by simmering slices of it for 15 minutes in a cup of boiling water.
Lavender’s soothing aromas and pleasant smell can change the perception of pain. It reduces the stress hormone known as cortisol thus, making your feel less aware of the pain and relaxed. Peppermint, rosemary, and marjoram can also reduce pain.
6. Cayenne Cream
Cayenne contains capsaicin that reduces the substance that transmits pain signals to the brain. Mix a few dash of ground cayenne and 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil. With the use of gauze, apply the cream daily to your aching joints.
7. Walk Barefoot
This remedy can reduce pressure on knee joints. But if you cannot go barefoot, you can use a pair of shoes that can mimic the foot’s heel contour and a natural arch.
Cloves have anti-inflammatory properties that can interfere with the bodily process that can trigger arthritis. It also slows down the damages to the cartilages and bones because of its antioxidant properties.
Now that you know the link between weather and joint pain is real, be proactive. When you know a weather system is coming, use these home remedies to prevent and treat joint pain.
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