Joint pain occurs when there is physical discomfort where two or more bones meet to form a joint. Joint pain can occur for a variety of reasons. This includes overuse of the joints via strains and sprains. It can also occur from an underlying condition such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, and gout. The pain can be mild or it can be severe depending on the cause and symptoms. Fortunately, there are remedies that can help ease the everyday symptoms of joint pain.
If you are experiencing specific joint pain, such as knee pain or pain from arthritis, this ointment can help alleviate the pain.
Arnica montana (also known as wolf’s bane) is a rare European plant in the sunflower family. Used for many years in traditional medicine, arnica is used to relieve arthritis pain, inflammation, bruising, sprains, and as a fungicide. While toxic in high doses, topical arnica is generally regarded as safe and is available commercially in ointment form.
Arnica can be purchased in ointment, liniment, or tincture form. Use as directed on the package, and do not exceed recommended amounts. Compounds in arnica have been shown to relieve pain and inflammation, similar to the arthritis medications in the NSAID family.
Arnica should not be taken internally, as severe gastrointestinal problems may result. Arnica may cause skin irritation, particularly with prolonged usage. Stop use if you experience symptoms such as blisters, peeling or other skin conditions. Do not use arnica on open wounds. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider before using arnica.
There are other alternative treatments for joint pain, such as upper cervical chiropractic. This gentle treatment can help alleviate joint pain, arthritis, and other joint conditions.