Arthritis is an immune system condition that cause inflammation and pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common type, but rheumatoid arthritis, a rarer type, is more debilitating. Both affect an individual’s quality of life by causing symptoms and limiting everyday activities like walking. Often anti-inflammatory medications are used to control symptoms, but herbal remedies can also be effective. Always work with your doctor to determine if herbal remedies, such as cinnamon and ginger, are right for you.
When you have arthritis, and 27 million Americans do, the cartilage in your body breaks down. Cartilage is important for holding muscles, bones and joints in place. Without healthy cartilage, muscles and joints become painful, swollen and stiff,, especially upon waking up in the morning. Other symptoms include redness, heat and achiness. Knees, hands, fingers, hips and sometimes even shoulders are affected. Most individuals with the condition desperately desire relief from the pain the condition causes.
Ginger has long been associated with healing properties. One that is well-known is its ability to calm an upset stomach or stimulate digestion. Its ability to reduce inflammation is particularly helpful for those with either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger may also be a pain reliever. A study reported in "Arthritis and Rheumatism" in 2001 shows that pain and the amount of pain medication taken was reduced after ginger was administered to several hundred individuals with knee arthritis. Recent research conducted by the University of Miami’s School of Medicine reported in the "Osteoarthritis Journal" also supports the theory that ginger lowers pain symptoms.
Cinnamon is an herb that comes from a shrub originally found in Asia, but is now commonly grown in other areas of the world. It is an anti-inflammatoryand anti-rheumatic and that is why it is recommended for those with arthritis. A decrease in inflammation can reduce arthritis symptoms of pain and stiffness, according to OrganicFacts.com. To receive the benefits, you can use cinnamon in cooking, drink tea with cinnamon or even use cinnamon oil.
Ginger and Cinnamon
Ginger and cinnamon blend nicely together, so they both can be used in healthy recipes, beverages and herbal formulas. Ginger can be found in powders, capsules, tinctures, teas, oils and more. Yet if you have gallstones or issues with your gallbladder, ginger might be contraindicated. Cinnamon is derived from the plant's bark and leaves. Place cinnamon sticks in tea or beverages. Powdered cinnamon can be used in baking or added to applesauce or yogurt. Pregnant women should avoid too much cinnamon because of its ability to stimulate uterine contractions. Check with your doctor before supplementing with any herb.
- Rite Care Pharmacy: Ginger for Arthritis Pain
- Scientist Live: Australian Group Spearheading Research Into the Benefits of Ginger
- Arthritis Foundation: What Is Ostearthritis?
- "Arthritis Today" Magazine: Ginger
- "Arthritis and Rheumatism"; Effects of Ginger Extract on Knee Pain in Patients With Osteoarthritis; R.D. Altman, K.C. Marcussen; November 2001