Many conditions can lead to painful joints like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains and other injuries. Nowadays joint pain(arthralgia) is a very common problem in old age as well as in adults.
Knee pain is the most common complaint, followed by hips pain and shoulder pain but joint pain can affect any part of the body, from ankles to feet, shoulders and hands.”Studies indicate that 19.3 % of young adults in India are obese and this leads to a primary risk factor for future joint pain and arthritis”.
Joint pain is the hindrance to day to day activities. The pain and inflammation can persist despite medical intervention. To get relief, more and more people with joint pain are seeking a natural approach by using herbal remedies. Certain herbs have anti-inflammatory properties that can actually help with joint pain. There are herbs in Ayurveda which treat inflammation, cleanses the blood and strengthen the body.
Herbs beneficial in Joint pain:
Harjor (Cissus quadrangularis)
It supplies abundant calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C.It interferes with mucopolysaccharides and collagen synthesis which enhances bone formation. It also speeds up the healing process on the fracture site. Having anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antioxidant properties it helps in managing arthritic pain and osteoporosis.
Sahijan (Moringa pterygosperma)
It is a rich source of vitamin A, B, C and E, amino acids, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium. It provides complete nutrition to bones. It is beneficial in osteoporosis, fractured bones, arthritis and muscle pain.
Motha (Cyperus rotundus)
It reduces muscle spasms and has mild tranquillizing qualities. It helps in relieving pain and boost the healing process. It improves immunity and also helps in losing weight.
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
It has anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-stress qualities and helps to increase stamina and muscle strength. It improves stress-related gastrointestinal issues. It reduces inflammation and improves joint mobility.
Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
It is commonly known as Giloy. It is a strong immunomodulator and eases arthritis, gout, rheumatic disorders and inflammation. It rejuvenates the body and balances tridosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). It is a rich source of calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper and zinc.
Rama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
Rama Tulsi increases muscle strength and stamina, it relaxes the central nervous system. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. Rama Tulsi not only helps the body adapt to stress but it also promotes energy and endurance.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric is a rich source of natural curcuminoids (Phytonutrients). Turmeric balances tridoshas i.e, Vata, Pitta and Kapha Dosha. It boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation, improves digestion, supports comfortable movements of joints, bones, and overall skeletal system.
Triphala contains three herbs Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki. It balances tridoshas. Amla is a rich source of vitamin C which helps in the production of collagen, it also contains calcium and other micronutrients which are useful for bone health.