Joint and knee pain is incredibly common and can be caused by many different factors. A few of the potential causes are injury, arthritis, bursitis, the flu, mumps, and hepatitis. But because our joints absorb the impact associated with pretty much any kind of movement, they can also just get tired out from overuse.
Whatever the source, joint, and knee pain typically occurs when the body’s immune system triggers inflammation in the area. This reaction is meant to be protective, but in many cases adds to your discomfort because it slows down blood flow to the affected area.
The good news is that a diet rich in certain herbs can reduce chronic inflammation and soothe aggravating joint pain. In some cases, these herbs also work well when applied topically. We recommend experimenting with each one – unless you happen to be allergic, there are almost no side effects from their use, unlike many over-the-counter medications. You’ll also love that using these herbs has many benefits beyond joint care, especially #3!
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is good for so many ailments, most notably sunburn. But we’re here to tell you that it is fantastic for joint and knee pain as well. Aloe has an astonishing 75 active components, two of which (aloin and emodin) are actually natural pain relievers. It also contains plenty of anti-inflammatory compounds to get your blood flowing freely through those painful joints again.
Many people like to massage aloe gel into sore joints, but you can also take an aloe supplement by mouth. Capsules are an easy choice, but aloe vera juice is mild in flavor and mixes beautifully with smoothies. Just be sure to choose an aloe product that has been certified as pure by the International Aloe Science Council.
Note that people who take medication for diabetes, diuretics, or stimulant laxatives should speak with a doctor before starting an aloe vera regimen.
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