As we age, most people are prone to develop hand arthritis, making easy tasks such as tying the shoelaces or typing a real challenge.
The hand and wrist have small joints that work together to produce motion and when these joints are affected by arthritis even a small activity can look as climbing a mountain. Actually, these tiny joint are protected by a cartilage and over time this cartilage wears down. That’s why arthritis is also known as “wear and tear”.
Can hand arthritis be cured?
There is no treatment for any type of hand arthritis, however there is a treatment which focuses on relieving pain and underlying the condition. So, as soon as you experience pain the wrist and fingers, you should knock at your doctor’s door in order to set a proper diagnosis.
Lately, I experienced pain in my left index finger. It was a mild, diffuse pain that came and gone and when the weather dropped in thermometers it was getting worse. I could bear the pain until I woke up one day with a swollen and painful finger. So, I ran to my doctor’s cabinet and after a few investigations I was diagnosed with arthritis in hands. I’m 32, by the way!
Hence, my doctor prescribed some over-the-counter treatment, but he also recommended combining them with hand exercises and some useful natural remedies.
The most important thing is to exercise daily and the following video has the perfect hand exercises to keep arthritis under control:
The second most important thing is to apply topical cream and ointments to relive the pain. So, the best and most known natural topical ointment is Cayenne Pepper:
You Will Need:
– 3 cups of grapeseed oil
– 3 tablespoons of ground cayenne
– 1/2 cup of beeswax
– 3 tablespoons of turmeric
– 2 tablespoons of ground ginger
– A double boiler
Mix together 3 tablespoons of ground cayenne, 3 tablespoons of turmeric, and 2 tablespoons of ground ginger. Add this to 3 cups of grapeseed oil in a double boiler and stir until mixed thoroughly. Warm over medium heat for 5-10 minutes and then add in 1/2 cup of beeswax. Stir until the beeswax has melted completely and everything is blended together, and then remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes take it out and whisk it together and then refrigerate for another 10, blending it once more at the end. Put in a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid in the refrigerator, where it will keep for 1 ½ weeks. Apply as needed for pain, but with this cream, rub in as much as you can and then let it dry before rinsing off. The turmeric will really stain.
How To Use:
Gently massage it into each aching joint. The little bit of stimulation helps get your circulation pumping and circulates blood through your joints. This gets much needed oxygen and nutrients to them, which is especially good for osteoarthritis.
And the last important thing is to apply the Ice/Cold Therapy whenever your joints get inflamed:
Applying ice to swollen joints for 10 minutes at a time can help reduce swelling. The ice should always have a protective covering, such as a cloth, to prevent skin damage. Heat therapy can sometimes help to ease stiff joints. Placing the hands in a tub of warm water can help.