When someone is going through knee joint pain, the first thing one does is dependent on pain killers. But before you step out to visit a pharmacist and pop some pills, try considering the natural remedies.
1: Heat and cold compression
Both heat and cold compression work as an anti-inflammatory. But the treatment you choose depends on the type of pain you have. Heat relaxes muscles and improves lubrication, leading to a reduction in stiffness. For better results, you can use a hot water bottle or a warm pad. Ice can also be a good option at the end of a long day if your knee becomes inflamed. You can wrap an ice cube in a cloth and apply it to the affected part.
Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce inflammations. This herb is rich in a compound called gingerol, which is anti-inflammatory. Topical application of ginger oil, as well as drinking ginger tea, can help. You can also brew ginger in hot water, with honey & lemon. Drink 2- 3 cups a day until the pain eases.
Turmeric is a magical spice with excellent health benefits. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidants properties. It contains Curcumin that is an anti-inflammatory chemical found in turmeric with a lot of antioxidant properties. Its root slows the progression of rheumatoid arthritis, which is one of the causes of knee pain.
For instant relief, boil a half teaspoon each of ground ginger and turmeric to a cup of water for 10 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste and drink this 'tea' twice a day.
Tulsi or holy basil is known for its magical effects on rheumatic arthritis. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. Tulsi also works in relieving joint pain and pain associated with arthritis. You can drink Tulsi tea 3-4 times per day for knee pain relief.
5: Essential oils
Massage with essential oils can give you instant relief from joint pains. As per some studies, ginger and orange essential oils work well in getting rid of knee pain. It releases stiffness and reduces pain in the affected part.
6: Cayenne pepper
This red and strong spice contains a specific compound called - capsaicin, which acts as a natural painkiller. It temporarily uses up substance P-a brain chemical that stimulates pain receptors which redirects nerves, so you don't feel pain in the joint. You can apply its paste to the affected area for instant relief.
7: Epsom salt
Epsom salt acts as an anti-inflammatory to reduce joint pain and swelling. It contains magnesium and sulfate that are both powerful pain-relieving agents. You can put a spoon of Epsom salt in your bath water and soak yourself in it for 30 minutes.