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Herbal Tea for Arthritis Pain

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Michelle Lawson began her professional writing career in 2010, with her work appearing on various websites. She emphasizes alternative approaches to health-related issues. She is certified as a Sports Nutritionist by the International Fitness Association. Lawson graduated from ATI College of Health with honors, earning her associate degree in medical assisting.
Herbal Tea for Arthritis Pain
Ginger tea may reduce inflammation associated with arthritis. Photo Credit ginger spice image by Neelrad from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Approximately 50 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arthritis occurs when one or more of your joints, such as your knees, wrists or part of your spinal column, become inflamed. Arthritis pain is commonly treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS; however, herbal teas made with herbs that have anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce pain due to inflammation. Speak with your doctor before using herbs to treat this or any health condition.

Causes

Arthritis pain is the result of damage to your joints. Osteoarthritis is the type of arthritis that occurs when your joints are damaged due to wear and tear, causing your bones to grind and leading to pain. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system attacks your joints, causing the synovium to become inflamed, swollen and painful.

Ginger

Ginger has been used since ancient times as an herbal remedy to treat an array of conditions such as nausea, diarrhea and upset stomach. The anti-inflammatory properties contained in ginger make it beneficial for treating arthritis pain and inflammation, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Study results on the effectiveness of ginger on arthritis pain are mixed; however, several people suffering from osteoarthritis who participated in a study experienced less pain after taking ginger extract twice per day than those taking the placebo, according to the university.

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Uses

Ginger is available in the form of dried ginger root, capsules, extracts and tinctures. Daily ginger use should not exceed 4 g, and that includes ginger ale and ginger food products. To improve arthritis pain, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends making an herbal tea using between 2 and 4 g of ginger per day.

Possible Interactions

Ginger may have adverse effects when used in conjunction with certain medications or other herbs. If you are taking blood-thinning medications, it is recommended that you use ginger only under physician supervision. Ginger may lead to mild side effects such as indigestion, heartburn and upset stomach. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop using the herb and consult your doctor.

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