If you often experience pain and inflammation in the joints, you are probably suffering from arthritis. This degenerative disease wears away the cartilage of a joint causing inflammation and irritation of the synovial lining which is responsible for joint protection and lubrication.
But when arthritis affects the joints of your hands it will make the daily tasks a nuisance, especially if you use your hands doing a lot of repetitive tasks such as typing. For instance, my grandma suffers of hand arthritis, and I saw her struggling opening a jar of pickles. It tears me up! However, she managed to control this affection using some home remedies and doing some simple hand task such as washing the dishes or knitting.
How to keep hand arthritis under control?
Even if medical treatments are helpful, you should know that some home remedies and lifestyle changes may also reduce the symptoms of hand arthritis:
- Aquatic Exercises
- Hot And Cold Therapy
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Hand Exercises
Apply Ginger Poultice
3-inch piece of fresh ginger
How to prepare:
Peel and finely mince the ginger root and mix it with enough olive oil to form a paste. Apply the paste to the painful joints and wrap your hands with a piece of gauze or a bandage. Plastic wrap will work, too. Leave it to act for 15 minutes, then rinse.
Make Your Own Capsaicin Cream
- Mix 3 tablespoons of cayenne powder with 1 cup oil (coconut, grapeseed, almond oil, etc.)
- Heat ingredients in a double broiler for 5-10 minutes
- Stir in 1/2 grated beeswax and continue to stir until it is melted completely
- Chill mixture in refrigerator for 10 minutes, stir
- Chill for another 10-20 minutes and stir again
- Put into glass mason jar with tight lid
- Keep refrigerated. It will last for 1-2 weeks
- Apply mixture to pain up to 4 times a day for up to a week