Holistic Ways to Treat Swelling and Inflammation in Joints

Many things we are exposed to in our everyday lives cause inflammation in our bodies, particularly in our joints.  It’s important to recognize this problem, and to take steps to alleviate it.  I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite holistic remedies for inflammation below.

Herbs:  Cayenne, ginger root, horsetail, yucca, oak bark, marshmallow root, lobelia, skullcap, comfrey root, gravel root, flax seeds, devil claw, white willow bark, wintergreen oil, peppermint oil, arnica flowers, St. John’s wort, calendula, garlic, onions, echinacea, dandelion, celery, cats claw, red raspberry, wild yam– Use liquid tinctures, veggie capsules, teas, or salve.  No gelatin capsules.

Apple cider vinegar:  Use only organic or Bragg’s.

Enzymes:  Make sure they are food-based, vegetarian digestive enzymes.

Treatments:  Chiropractor, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais method, massage therapy, reflexology, acupuncture, physical therapy, soft tissue specialists, Rolfing.

Water:  Drink only filtered or distilled.  80-150 ounces per day.

Foods:  All organic whole foods, fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables.  Stop all dairy, reduce animal protein, no soda, no caffeine, use only olive oil, cook in only glass and stainless.

Supplements:  Make sure they are food-based only.  Good sources are alfalfa, spirulina, chorella, kelp, all greens like spinach, barley, and wheat grass, orange/lemon peel, rose hips, coenzyme Q10, alpha lipoic acid, MSM.

Exercise:  Work with a personal trainer who specializes in functional training.

Stress:  Find a way to deal with stress, because if you are under too much stress, none of the above  solutions will be enough to prevent inflammation.  Use meditation, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga–find a way to relax and let go of stress.

Essential oil:  Young Living brand is best.

Baths:  Saratoga mineral bath or Epsom salt bath at home with Young Living essential oil.

Inversion Table:  Not everybody has access to one, but it’s a great treatment for inflammation in the joints.

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