Posted on 26-12-16
Joint pain that occurs due to arthritis impacts the quality of your life. Joint pain can occur throughout the year but the winter and rainy months usually make it harder to bear the pain. People suffering from arthritis often complain how cold and damp weather conditions increase pain in the joints.
Dr. Binu T. Kuruvilla, AGM R&D, Curegarden tells you how weather impacts pain and how you can cope with it during winter.
Weather-related joint pain is typically seen in patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other arthritic conditions. It can affect any weight-bearing joint, but is most common in the hip, knee, elbow, shoulder and hand. These joints contain sensory nerves called baro-receptors which respond to changes in atmospheric pressure. Approximately 80-90 percent of patients with joint pain and arthritis are weather sensitive; the aggravating factors include cold climate, falling barometric pressure and increased humidity, especially during rainy seasons. Pain occurs because of retention of fluid (joint swelling) by diseased tissues thereby raising the intracellular pressure
It is important to protect yourself against biting cold and freezing wind. Conserving your body heat is essential to prevent joint stiffness and pain exacerbation. Flaring up of arthritis is usually seen in rainy, cold weather. Preparing the body to combat joint pain with the help of botanical remedies, for example, turmeric and boswellia holds the key to an effective and safe treatment.
Traditional remedies often employ turmeric and boswellia for treatment of arthritic conditions. Curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric and boswellic acids in boswellia (shallaki) are potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic agents. The combination offers complete anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting both COX and LOX pathways of inflammation whereas conventional NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are COX inhibitors only. Unlike NSAIDs, the safety of these natural products has been established due to the long history of their use. Curcumin and boswellic acid extracts are effective in controlling the symptoms and modifying the pathophysiology of arthritis.
*COX and LOX are metabolic enzymes.
The diet of people suffering from joint pain should include fruits and vegetables — in the form of salads, and, at least, two cooked vegetables. Food with omega-3 fatty acids such as fatty fish (salmon, herring, and sardines) walnuts, soy beans, flax seeds, etc also help to control pain and inflammation.
The body should be kept warm at all times. Taking a warm bath will also help to prevent stiff and painful joints. Joints should not be bandaged tightly as this limits movement and interferes with the free circulation of blood. Rest is advised when there is acute inflammation of the joints.
Curcumin and boswellia supplements can be used to boost joint health and reduce inflammation. Joint Rescue, a Curegarden product is a safe and clinically proven alternative for the treatment of joint pain and arthritic conditions.
Curegarden represents a dream. A dream of sharing a happier, healthier body and quality of life with the use of nature's best ingredients. Botanics, when extracted for their bioactive compounds, offer a most effective approach to improving well-being and quality of life. It is based on the belief that botanicals of the highest quality would have a positive effect — without any negative side effects — on people's health. Over the years,we have seen and experienced personally the wonderful benefits of these high quality botanical products and are delighted to share them with others.
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