Arthritis in hands is also referred to as “Degenerative Arthritis of Hands’’. It is one of the most common forms of osteoarthritis. It is a condition characterized by pain and joint inflammation. It is caused by factors such as damaged cartilage, growth of bone spurs on the edges of the joints, obesity and injury.
An individual suffering from the problem may exhibit symptoms such as weak grip, difficulty in moving the affected joints, swelling, stiffness, fatigue and mucus cysts forming at the end of fingers. This problem can be relieved with the use of different types of natural cures.
Natural Cures for Arthritis in Hands
Epsom salt is also known as “Magnesium Sulfate’’ and can be used in the treatment. An individual can put epsom salt (2 to 3 teaspoons) in a bowl containing lukewarm water and soak his/her hands in the solution for 15 to 20 minutes to reduce the pain, swelling and stiffness resulting from the problem.
Warm coconut oil can be mixed with a few pieces of camphor and rubbed on the hands to relieve the pain and stiffness within a short span of time. Massaging a mixture prepared with the use of warm coconut oil and aloe vera gel on the hands multiple times in a week can also provide effective results. Frequent application of a paste created by mixing coconut milk, turmeric powder and crushed cumin seeds on the affected joints can treat various symptoms of the joint disease. A glass of coconut water can also be consumed on a daily basis.
Consumption of food items rich in vitamin C and vitamin E such as apple, cauliflower, grapefruit and sweet potato can help in reducing the risk of cartilage damage and inflammation resulting from the problem. Intake of food items containing omega-3 fatty acids can relieve the joint pain within a reasonable period of time.
Fiber rich fruits and vegetables such as raspberry, orange, banana, raisins, green turnip, artichoke and carrot can be consumed to reduce joint stiffness and pain. An individual should not consume animal products such as beef, chicken, pork and meat. Intake of whole grains should also be reduced.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties of horsetail can prevent the growth of bone spurs which may result in the joint disease. Further, it can also help in nourishing the joint cartilage. A cup of horsetail tea can be consumed several times in a day to obtain the desired results. Intake of the extract obtained from horsetail leaves on a daily basis can also provide relief.
Performing different forms of hand exercises on a daily basis can help in curing various symptoms associated with the joint problem. Some effective exercises include bending the fingers, bending knuckles, making a fist, stretching fingers and finger walking.
These exercises should be practiced for 15 to 20 minutes. Strengthening exercises like crumple paper, squeeze a lemon and softball can also help in the treatment of arthritis in hands. These exercises should be performed multiple times in a day.