The five best herbs for joint pain can be used as natural, safe and effective remedies for chronic or occasional pain. These herbs are available at most grocery stores or can all be found in specialty health food and drug stores.
- Ginger. A natural anti inflammatory herb, ginger can be used to ease pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It has also been effective in treating general joint and muscle pain. Ginger root can be taken in capsule or tablet form, eaten as a root or used to make teas.
- Cat’s claw. A woody herb that has long been used in South America to treat and prevent disease, the cat's claw is used to make a liquid extract that can be used to relieve pain. Small studies have shown that it can be effective in treating pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Cayenne Pepper. When applied to the skin, cayenne pepper can act as a natural anesthetic. It can be used topically on sore joints or muscles to help temporarily relieve pain. This treatment can be used for arthritis, bursitis and neuralgia, among other chronic conditions that cause pain.
- Nettle Leaf. Another herb that can naturally help to control inflammation, nettle leaf extract is an effective treatment for arthritis that has been used as a home remedy in Germany for centuries.
Peppermint. Peppermint oil is another good topical treatment for joint pain. It can also be effective in treating nerve pain. The oil penetrates the skin and can provide a natural, soothing relief.