Whether it’s a pain caused by an old injury, a twitch in a muscle from working out, or arthritis from a life well-lived, knee pain is miserable. Pain in one of the biggest and most used joints in the body can make daily activities nearly unbearable.
Although knee pain is a miserable condition, it is a very common medical complaint. Knee pain can be found in everyone ranging from small children or the elderly, but it is more common in women than in men according to medical experts.
Knee pain can be found in various places throughout the joint ranging from pain in the bony structures to wear and tear in the muscles and ligaments. Dislocation and breaks can occur in the knee joint as well, and some knee pain is caused by chronic conditions such as lupus.
In addition to stiffness of the joint, other knee pain symptoms may include redness, noticeable swelling in one area or the entire knee, numbness in the knee that may or may not extend to the entire leg, and difficult standing or walking. Whatever the pain, and whatever the cause, many treatments, including these home remedies, can help treat the condition.
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White Willow Tree Bark
Way before there was aspirin, there was white willow bark. Greek physician, Hippocrates, even wrote about its medicinal uses back in 5th Century B.C., although he didn’t know yet why exactly it worked. It wasn’t until the 1800s that scientists figured out why white willow bark was so effective as a pain remedy. They discovered that it contained salicin, similar to acetyl salicylic acid found in aspirin.
In the body, salicin is converted into salicylic acid, an ingredient similar to the active ingredient in aspirin. Because salicin is naturally occurring and is converted to medicinal salicylic acid after passing through the stomach, it is much less irritating to the body and has fewer side effects.
How are some of the ways to consume willow tree bark for pain? Keep reading to find out the answers!
Scientific studies show that willow tree bark can be more effective for reducing pain from osteoarthritis than aspirin. Studies show that those who consumed willow tree bark to relieve hip and knee pain was a marked improvement after just a few doses.
White willow tree bark can be found and taken in capsule form, but many people prefer to drink it as a steeped tea. Simply add two teaspoons of powdered or chipped willow tree bark to one cup of boiling water, and you have a pain soothing tea to sip on. You can add lemon or honey to taste if you prefer because the tea can be quite bitter. To get optimum results, drink the tea twice daily.
This home remedy is full of soothing minerals that relieve knee pain. What is it? Click ‘Next’ for the answer.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Due to its alkalizing effect, apple cider vinegar is an unlikely super pain reliever. Often, knee pain is caused by harmful toxin and mineral build-ups within the joint. Apple cider vinegar can help dissolve those build-ups as well as restore lubrication to the joint; both things that help reduce knee pain.
Deficiencies in minerals can also be a cause of knee pain, and apple cider vinegar is full of minerals that your body needs. It contains potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, and calcium, just to name a few. The super vinegar also contains beta-carotene, antioxidants, and acetic acid which help protect joints from tissue damage.
Why don’t most medical doctors believe apple cider vinegar is a true remedy. Keep reading for the surprising answer!
With the medical history of apple cider vinegar rooted in folklore, most medical practitioners brush the effects of the liquid to the side. However, naturopathic doctors and health enthusiasts know it’s a worthwhile traditional remedy.
Apple cider vinegar can be taken by mouth directly or mixed with another liquid such as honey. It can be mixed with water or juice to make it easier to go down. Some people believe it works best by soaking affected joints in a bath mixed with apple cider vinegar, while others rub it directly onto the joint in a massaging motion, often mixed with olive oil.
This pepper contains a component known for its warming, pain-relieving properties. What is it? Click ‘Next’ to find out!
We’re sure you’ve heard of this remedy before, but do you know how it works? Cayenne pepper is often seen in pain relieving creams that you can buy at the store, but you’ll probably see it listed as capsaicin rather than cayenne pepper. Capsaicin is found in cayenne pepper and works as an excellent pain reliever.
Capsaicin produces a warming sensation when applied to the skin that gives it natural pain-relieving properties. Capsaicin helps inhibit a component called Substance P. Substance P is involved in sending pain signals to our brain, and because capsaicin interferes with it, it minimizes the pain we feel.
What are some simple ways you can use cayenne peppers to ease your pain? Keep reading for the surprising answers.
Although it is only a temporary fix, for someone needing quick pain relief, cayenne pepper is a very good option. You can make your remedy by drying cayenne pepper, crushing them, and adding them to olive oil. The mixture can then be rubbed into your knees for relief. Be careful to keep the mixture away from your eyes and test it on a small area. Some people are sensitive to the heat of capsaicin.
The hotter the pepper, the more heat you will get from the remedy, that’s why cayenne is a great option. They’re readily available at most stores and are easy to prepare. Some stores even offer cayenne pepper already in powdered form. If you aren’t keen on trying to make your own, capsaicin is readily available in OTC creams and gels.
This pesky lawn flower can be made into a pain-relieving tea. What is it? Click ‘Next’ for the shocking answer.
Exceptionally high in Vitamins C and A, dandelion leaves can help clear toxins out of the blood and repair damaged tissue. Some studies show dandelion leaves have anti-inflammatory properties due to the linoleic acid they contain.
Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that is used by the body to regulate the body’s immune responses as well as suppress inflammation. Although there are many ways in which dandelion leaves can be used to treat pain, one of the most common is in the form of tea, but be warned, it’s really bitter!
Because this leaf is bitter, what other way can it be used to help ease joint stiffness? Keep reading!
To make the tea use a teaspoon of dried leaves steeped in one cup of boiling water. You may mix it with honey or another sweetener to make it more palatable. Dandelion leaves can also be enjoyed in a salad mixed with a dash or two of olive oil.
If you’d prefer not to ingest this bitter leaf, try massaging your joints with dandelion oil or a massage cream containing dandelion oil. Massaging the oil directly onto sore joints can help apply the anti-inflammatory compounds directly to the irritated tissues creating fast relief.
This yellow and orange spice commonly found in Indian food is also a pain reliever. What is it? Click ‘Next’!
Turmeric has been known as a natural and effective pain reliever for centuries. This orange and yellow spice, famous as a flavorful addition to Indian cuisine, contains curcumin that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine compared curcumin with ibuprofen for pain relief of knee osteoarthritis. Surprisingly, the curcumin was as effective at relieving pain as the ibuprofen. Research has found that taking curcumin daily for up to three months is safe.
What is one dangerous, and possibly deadly, side effect of turmeric use? Keep reading for the shocking answer!
Although a safe, efficient pain-reliever, turmeric has one side effect that warrants caution with its use. Turmeric can sometimes cause blood not to clot as quickly as it should, therefore, it is best to stop using it at least two weeks before any surgery. It should not be mixed with other blood thinners, such as warfarin.
To reap the benefits of turmeric, mix one-half teaspoon of turmeric into a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for ten minutes then add honey to taste. It can also be added to milk or taken in capsule form.
This tangy fruit isn’t just a good addition to quench your thirst. It can also relieve pain. How? Click ‘Next’!
Known for its high Vitamin C content, lemons are also full of antioxidants and other nutrients. This indispensable little fruit is full of vitamins A, C, and B, as well as magnesium, folic acid, phosphorous, potassium, and calcium; all of which fight free radicals and tissue damage.
Nearly half of the beneficial nutrients found in lemons are contained in the peel, but because of the bitter peels taste, it often ends up in the trash. The peel contains ingredients like lemon oil, citronella, several forms of acid, pectins, and much more.
How can the peel of a lemon be used to treat painful knees? Keep reading for the pain-relieving answer.
The peel itself can be used as a strong antiseptic and can be rubbed on joints for almost immediate relief. The ingredients in the peel help relax blood vessels and produce an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces painful sensations in the joint tissue.
To use lemons as a remedy, the citric acid can help break down uric acid crystals that are painful when they settle in a knee joint. Uric acid crystals form when your body isn’t able to rid itself of the extra uric acid. You can dilute the juice of a lemon in a glass of water and drink it several times a day to enjoy the tiny fruits pain relieving benefits.
This salty mineral is well known for its pain-relieving properties. What is it? Click ‘Next’ to find out the answer!
The main components in Epsom salt are magnesium and sulfate, and although they may sound scary, those compounds are wonderful substances. These naturally occurring minerals have been used for centuries to relieve pain. Magnesium is the main mineral in Epsom salt that offers the most healing benefits.
Soaking your swollen, painful knees in Epsom salt helps combat inflammation because the magnesium helps reduce swelling. Inflammation in your body causes a depletion of magnesium, and when soaking in Epsom salt, those depleted stores are filled. Taking an Epsom salt bath is one of the most common and effective ways to get magnesium into your body.
What are your best options for restoring your depleted magnesium levels? Keep reading for the surprising answers!
Magnesium can be found in pill form as well as in some creams or massage oils, but what is more relaxing and comforting than a warm soak in the bath tub? When Epsom salt is mixed with water, it dissolves and releases the healing powers of magnesium.
To enjoy an Epsom salt soak, simply place a cup or two of the healing salts in warm water and swirl it around until it dissolves. Sit back and relax in your tub with your painful knee joints covered. Soak for at least 15 minutes to reap all the healing benefits.
This mineral is responsible for over 300 biomechanical responses inside our body. What is it? Click ‘Next’ for the answer!
Although it’s something our bodies need, we can’t make magnesium ourselves. Over 300 hundred different biomechanical responses in our body need magnesium to properly function, including our muscles and joints. Without it, our nerve endings can be overstimulated, causing stiffness and pain.
Magnesium helps our bones mineralize making them harder to stand up to the wear and tear our knee joints endure. It also helps relax muscles, reduce inflammation, and ease the pain in our joints. Studies show that people who take a magnesium supplement have higher bone density and less joint pain.
What is the recommended daily intake of magnesium for men and women? Keep reading for the surprising answer.
The recommended intake of magnesium for men is 400 to 420 mg per day and 310 to 320 mg per day for women. Many people who suffer from chronic joint pain suffer from abnormally low magnesium levels, and there are several ways to up your magnesium intake.
As discussed in the last slide, one way is to soak in Epsom salt, but magnesium can also be found in oil and cream forms. Magnesium oils and creams can be rubbed into sore, achy joints. Supplements are another way to consume magnesium, but it can also be improved through diet. Foods high in magnesium include dark leafy greens, legumes, and nuts.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this oil helps lubricate joints. What is it? Click ‘Next’ to find out!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Just the sound and feel of oil makes it seem like something that could be a lubricant for your joints and ease knee pain, and it turns out, it really does. A compound in extra-virgin olive oil, called oleocanthal slows inflammation enzymes just like aspirin or ibuprofen do. One and one-half tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil are equal to 200 mg of ibuprofen.
Unfortunately, not all olive oils are created equally. The olive oil needed to help with knee pain is extra virgin olive oil that is cold-pressed because heat destroys oleocanthal. The more ripe the olives are at pressing, the more oleocanthal level the oil will contain.
What kind of sensation can olive oil create in the back of your throat? Keep reading for the surprising answer!
Extra virgin olive oil can be taken internally to benefit from its naturally pain-relieving properties, but it can be rather high in calories. When ingesting olive oil, it can produce a peppery, almost stinging, sensation in the back of your throat, similar to what liquid forms of ibuprofen can do.
In addition to using the oil in your daily diet in foods, it can be massaged into sore joints for relief. Simply rub two to three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into achy stiff joints twice a day for optimal results.
This sticky resin is what’s left after boiling sugar, but also heals joints. What is it? Click ‘Next’ to see!
This cherished home remedy has been valued for its ability to treat painful joints and arthritis for years. High in minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium, it’s no wonder that blackstrap molasses makes a phenomenal home remedy.
Blackstrap molasses is what remains in the bottom of the pan after the third boiling of sugar syrup takes place. This process makes blackstrap nothing like the refined sugars we often use today. As a supplement, blackstrap molasses can help relieve joint pain due to its ingredients that regulate muscle and nerve function.
Blackstrap molasses has been used for a multitude of home remedies. Keep reading to find out what those remedies are.
This sticky syrup has been known to help all sorts of conditions including asthma, arthritis and joint pain, anemia, acne, menstrual cramps, and tumors. Use caution when adding blackstrap molasses to your diet as it is sometimes a very effective laxative.
Blackstrap molasses can be added to multiple recipes when cooking for a rich, tasty flavor. It can also be mixed in with warm water or milk and taken as a drink. Simply mix one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses with either milk or water and drink once a day.
This tasty treat isn’t your every-day home remedy for joint pain. What is it? Click ‘Next’ for the surprising answer.
Golden Raisins and Gin
We’re not recommending you make it a habit to go out and drink gin, but this interesting home remedy contains anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit your joints. The flavor of gin comes from juniper berries, and those berries are full of anti-inflammatory busting compounds. Pair that with some golden raisins, and you’ve got quite the pain-killer.
Golden raisins, and only golden raisins, require sulfides during processing to give them their characteristic yellow color. Both glucosamine and chondroitin contain sulfides as the compound that makes them beneficial to those suffering from joint pain.
How do you make a batch of pain-relieving golden raisins and gin? Keep reading for the surprising answer!
So how does this home remedy work? It really depends on how big of a batch you plan to make, and recipes have passed loosely through the hands of multiple generations, but generally the recipe goes something like this. Mix one cup of golden raisins with one-half cup of gin in a shallow dish, just enough gin to cover them. Cover the raisins with a towel and store them in a dark place until the liquid evaporates, usually around two weeks.
To save your freshly prepared raisin, you can move them to a jar and seal tightly with a lid. Keep in mind that results of your new home remedy make a few weeks to show results, but the recommendation is to eat nine raisins daily until optimal results are achieved.
This relaxing exercise is gentle and good for painful knees. What is it? Click ‘Next’ to find out!
Tai chi is a gentle, but powerful, way to release knee stiffness and pain, whether due to injury, age, or surgery. This Chinese healing and martial art has been passed on for decades. The common misconception is that you must have strong joints and be flexible to participate in the ancient remedy, but that’s simply not the case.
Boston researchers, after studying more than 200 adults with knee pain, concluded that tai chi is as beneficial to knee pain as going through traditional physical therapy treatment. The study was done because there had been no previous studies regarding the effectiveness of tai chi on joint health.
What are the few disadvantages of tai chi over physical therapy? Keep reading for the surprising answer.
Not only did the study conclude that tai chi was as effective as physical therapy, but the results of the 12-week tai chi sessions lasted for a full year. The emotional well-being, such as depression and quality of life, improved remarkably more than participants who only went to physical therapy.
The only limitation to tai chi could be the charisma of the instructors, so choosing the appropriate instructor is extremely important. Another disadvantage is that insurance typically will not cover the cost of tai chi, which for a total of 24 sessions could be around $450-$500.