Arthritis is the term used to describe a condition that causes inflammation in joints, producing pain, swelling, and stiffness. Arthritis can be the result of an injury, aging, infection, gout, or autoimmunity, and can generally be split into two categories: degenerative and inflammatory. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, and all of them are miserable. Standard treatments for arthritis are prescription pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, ointments containing counterirritants which interfere with the transmission of pain signals, corticosteroids, and immune-modifying drugs. Many herbal supplements and natural treatments exist, but not all of them are effective. Here are ten natural treatments for arthritis that do have science backing them up.
An enzyme found in pineapple, bromelain is known to have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling after surgery or injury. Recent studies show that it is also a powerful weapon against joint pain and potentially more effective than NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen.