According to the CDC, 24% of Americans have Arthritis. That is 1 in 4 of us suffer from stiffness and pain in one or more joints that seems to worsen with age. There are different causes of arthritis that include wear and tear from overuse and/or age, illness or infection.
pH balance and diet plays a big part also. We do not often pay much attention to our pH balance but it is valuable information. A good pH level is 7.3 – 7.45. pH is a valuable marker anyone can check at home with pH strips. In general, an acidic pH is an accommodating environment for inflammation and disease including arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and more. Diet and stress level are two factors that determine the body’s pH which tell us how acidic vs how alkaline we are. We tend to enjoy acidifying foods like coffee, meat and sugar perhaps more than we should. A slightly alkaline pH is best. Some easy ways to help balance pH levels include starting the day with lemon water, increasing alkaline forming foods into the diet, and reducing stress.
Medications are certainly available for arthritis and most are simply anti-inflammatories. The obvious choices include Ibuprofen, Motrin, Celebrex etc. and although they relieve pain, they do so by blocking enzymes that are trying to get our attention with pain and swelling. The problem is these enzymes also do good things like protect the stomach lining. Ongoing use may not be the best option. However, there are supplements that help reduce inflammation that do not have side effects. Herbal anti-inflammatories such as curcumin, turmeric, boswellia and others are finally getting attention! So, what else can be done to help reverse and manage arthritis? Mother Nature has a few more ideas for you. Beyond the internal herbal arthritis treatments, there is better news…
Topical applications of herbal remedies formulated for pain management can be
an excellent choice for arthritis for a few reasons.
Treating localized pain transdermally or topically, (be it arthritic hands, knees or shoulders, muscle strain, sciatica etc.), is always worth a try. This is true for a few reasons. Herbal topicals for pain and arthritis are very effective especially when formulated by herbalists who know their plants with potent organic ingredients and specific carrier oils to ensure absorption. The skin is very absorbent and absorbs nutrients deep under the surface. An effective topical for pain should alleviate pain pretty quickly without taxing the digestive system with extraneous ingredients.
It could be safer, quicker and at least as effective as internal anti-inflammatories. Also, when using herbal pain relievers topically, the tissues themselves are being addressed, not just the body’s reaction to the inflammation itself.
CBD has made its way into the hands of many people suffering from arthritis and other aches and pains for good reason. CBD is great for many issues why? Because it helps the body achieve homeostasis. What is homeostasis? It is the optimal balance the body is always seeking across all systems. Much like pH., the body is always trying to level itself out. Aren’t we all! However, when CBD is mixed with complementary herbs for a specific function, it becomes a powerhouse. Be Rooted Botanicals makes a product called Molly’s Cream and arthritis is one of the most common applications for this pain relieving anti-inflammatory cream.
I have arthritis in my back neck and shoulders. My doctor recommended your (Molly’s Cream) CBD cream with arnica. It has done wonders for me. When I rub it on the pain is gone within 10 minutes! I've never been one for pharmaceuticals drugs so this is a wonderful. Thank you so much. G.A.
Relief from arthritis symptoms could be as easy as rubbing CBD, arnica, St.John's wort and other pain relieving herbs on affected areas. Try Molly's Cream!