The Arthritis Foundation reveals that the weather really does affect our joints and people suffering from arthritis are even more affected by the weather changes.
According to the researchers, the main factor that triggers joint pain is barometric pressure, which decreases with increased elevation, temperature, and humidity. The researchers made one experiment which showed that pressure in the hip joint actually threw off the ball of the hip joint by one-third of an inch. Moreover, The Weather Channel reports about one research which showed that two-thirds of people living with chronic joint pain believe there is a link between pain and changes in weather.
However, the link between weather and joint pain is not something new. In fact, before 2,400 years, Hippocrates has linked some ailments to the changing seasons, which is why care takers, doctors, and pain sufferers have developed home remedies to treat chronic joint pain.
1. Gin soaked raisins. In medieval England, gin was used against the bubonic plague. According to the health line, people should soak golden raisins in gin, let the liquid evaporate and the eat the raisins on a daily basis to prevent pain from arthritis.
2. Onion tea. Due to its antioxidant properties, onions have been used by the Eastern Europeans in the treatment of arthritis pain. Health line suggests peeling and slicing a large onion and then boiling the slices in 1 1/2 cup of water for 20 minutes. Once boiled, strain the liquid, add honey, ginger or lemon for better taste and drink it hot.
3. Besides being tasty, it also has anti-inflammatory properties. Health line recommends to add the herb to fish meat and veggies. Another solution is to drink it boiled in water as a hearty tea.
4. Ginger tea. Ginger has the ability to curb the pain-causing chemicals part of the body’s inflammatory response which is why it Is similar to the drugs that fight arthritis pain. make sure to prepare your own ginger tea by simmering slices of ginger for 15 minutes in a cup of boiling water.
5. Reader’s Digest claims that smelling pleasant and soothing aromas like lavender can alter the perception of pain. lavender actually reduces the stress hormone cortisol thus making you feel relaxed and less aware of pain. Marjoram, rosemary, and peppermint are also known to reduce pain.
6. Cayenne cream. Capsaicin is the compound contained in cayenne which has the ability to reduce the substance that transmits pain signals to the brain. Prepare your own homemade remedy, all you have to do is to mix several dashes of ground cayenne with 2-3 tsp of olive oil. Use gauze to apply the cream to your aching joints several times a day.
7. Walk barefoot. Walking barefoot can reduce pressure on the knee joints. According to Reader’s Digest, you should always opt for shoes that mimic the foot’s natural arch and heel contour.
8. According to Reader’s Digest, the winter spice clove is an excellent anti-inflammatory that interferes with the bodily processes that trigger arthritis. Moreover, they are also rich in anti-oxidants which are extremely important slowing damage to the bones and cartilage.
Make sure to be proactive now when you know that there is a link between weather and joint pain. Use some of the abovementioned home remedies whenever there is a weather system coming in order to prevent and treat joint pain.