Home Remedies for Arthritis in Hands

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Arthritis in hands is the most common type of arthritis. This kind of arthritis happens when there is the breakdown of the cartilages that support the bone structure. Since we use our hands and fingers for doing most of the activities, arthritis in hands can be a cause of discomfort and uneasiness. Swollen fingers, joint inflammation, stiffness along with pain are some of the symptoms of of hand arthritis.

Due to the advancement in the medical field, there are many methods for controlling the various symptoms of arthritis. Well, along with medications, you can also try some easy but highly effective natural remedies to improve the condition of your fingers and hands.

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Here are top 10 home remedies for Arthritis in Hands.

1. Honey and Cinnamon

The combination of honey and cinnamon powder is a good way to treat arthritis in hands due to their excellent healing properties. Honey has antiseptic qualities, while cinnamon has good antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. When both honey and cinnamon are used together it helps in relaxing the stiff muscles of the body. Those suffering from finger arthritis must take a mixture of one tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder on daily basis. It is advisable to eat this mixture every early morning on empty stomach.

2. Olive Oil

There is a strong connection between olive oil and inflammation caused when suffering from arthritis. There is a special compound known as oleocanthal present in olive oil that helps in preventing the production of pro-inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. So, when olive oil is used for cooking food, it helps a lot in reducing the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. At the same time you can use olive oil to massage your hands and fingers. For massaging, make a mixture of warm olive oil and lavender oil and massage the hand with gentle strokes to alleviate discomfort and inflammation.

3. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is a rich source of magnesium that helps in improving the usage of oxygen and at the same time it prevents hardening of the arteries and blood clots. Simply soaking your hands in warm water mixed with Epsom salt for half an hour daily can help in reducing the inflammation and will give you much relief from muscle cramps and pain. At the same time you can also add two handfuls of Epsom salt and one handful of rock salt along with fennel oil and juniper oil in warm water to soak your hands for fifteen minutes daily. This remedy will also help a lot in reducing the stiffness, inflammation and pain associated with arthritis.

4. Potato

Potato has anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties that can help a lot to treat hand arthritis. You can prepare potato juice by cutting a medium-sized potato into thin slices, without peeling the skin and then put the potato slices in cold water overnight. Next morning strain the solution and drink the water on an empty stomach. When this raw potato juice is consumed daily, it will give you relief from pain and the joints will become more flexible. Else you can extract the juice of a medium sized potato and dilute it with some water before drinking it. This remedy is not for those suffering from diabetes.

5. Castor Oil

Castor oil has powerful medicinal and curative powers. The medicinal component known as Ricinoleic Acid present in castor oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This is why castor oil helps a lot to get relief from arthritis pain. Take any castor oil and apply to the affected area and gently massage it twice a day in order to reduce the pain. Else boil two tablespoons of castor oil and then add it into a glass of fresh orange juice. Drink this juice before eating your breakfast daily and within weeks you can notice improvement in your condition.

6. Garlic

Garlic is another effective ingredient that can be used in the treatment of arthritis in hands. It contains an anti-inflammatory property which helps in lot in reducing the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. At the same time garlic contains a substance known as allicin which helps the body to suppress the growth and reproduction of micro-organisms that can worsen the symptoms of arthritis. On regular basis, you can eat garlic, either in raw or cooked form as per you according to individual preference. Else take a few garlic cloves and heat them up with some mustard oil. Once the oil comes to room temperature apply it on your fingers and gently massage it. Repeat the process several times a day to get quick relief.

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  1. I am really glad to come across such a useful and awesome post. I was being searching for such valuable home remedies that would be helpful for arthritis in hands. The symptoms of arthritis can be controlled up to some extent.

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  2. i just started suffering in my wrist according to the dr’s. I’m in construction so I need something that will work quickly and effectively. Please help!!!!

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  3. I’ve been suffering with hand,wrist and elbow pain and inflamation for a few years now. Ive had 7 operations including tendon release, wrist and thumb fusion and ligament repairs in both sides. I am still struggling with severe inflamation showing on an ultrasound scan and they are now saying that after all these operations my main problem is the inflamation itself which is causing the pain. Please can you help me find a cure for inflamation!
    Many thanks

    Wendy

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    • Wendy, ice therapy is great for inflammation. Ice with a wet wash cloth around it for 20 minutes then nothing for 40 minutes. Then repeat. I feel its the most effective method and doctors always recommend it. Don’t use heat though because it causes more inflammation and don’t use ice longer than 20 minutes at a time because you body will feel as though its freezing and then in turn causes your body to make heat in the area which is what you want to avoid.

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    • I know what your talking about. I’ve had tendon release surgery which cured the burning but my fingers and hands are still swelled, going on 2 yrs. I’ve had every blood test, x-rays, and MRI’s. Nothing comes up positive. They say I’m pristine! I also have ganglion cysts on the top of my wrists. If you have any cures let me know. I’m drinking apple cider vinegar and taking curcumin tablets. No change yet.

      Thank you
      Mary

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      • I just wanted to verify WHAT kind of apple cider vinegar you are using. The regular stuff you buy in the regular part of the store doesn’t work. You have to have the ac vinegar that has the “mother” in it. Braggs works wonderfully. I have noticed it helps my arthritis to a degree..but it helps GERD/acid reflux 100% taken twice a day (can add warm water/honey to taste). 2 Tbsp. twice a day.

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  4. I’m beginning to have RA in my hands, feet, and many other parts of my body. It seems to have progress rapidly. The pain in my hands grew from occasional to chronicle within two months. I will try some of the home remedies and, if they work, will post result here!

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    • Hoitt, I have noticed the same thing. I wake up every morning with pain and stiffness in my hands and left wrist. Also, in one knee. This has only occurred in the last few months. I would be curious to know if you have tried any of the remedies and which ones worked the best. I have been debating about getting a hand wax therapy bath. A young teacher friend of mine swore by his that he had to use every morning before school for his hand arthritis. The wax baths are not cheap, though.

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      • I have been looking for some one that has what im going through and u sound like what i are going through is the same as I so can u tell me more about what happen with you it happen to me in the last 2 months and not it has not gone away ans i wake up with swelling and pain in bolth my hands every morning now i feel like im getting it in the back of my knees any one that has the same problem please contact me and tell me ur story i dont have insurance to go to the docter and no money to pay for one am at a loss with what i should do or if it is serious i know this is not a site for this kinda question just feelin lucky i guess

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  5. Has anyone tried any of these remedies and gotten results from them.

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    • Felixberto Yalung August 5, 2013, 3:09 am

      I suddenly felt temporary numbness on my right hand fingers while operating a computer mouse. This happened after I engaged my right hand in performing a heavy work-chopping woods single handed. Henceforth, there was swelling and pain. On the third day someone advised me to take honey with cinnamon powder in an empty stomach. After exactly five days. no more pain and swelling. As of this moment my fingers are almost cured. They’re back to normal without any medical intervention.

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  6. Stiff morning hands troubleshooting: I found a thread that links taking fish oil supplements and sudden morning hand pain. I have experienced this in the last 2 months. I too, wake with stiff hands unable to fully make a fist. Lots of people shared how they just started a new fish oil brand. I stopped taking mine for three days with no change in stiff fingers. So that was not it.

    Is working in soil a common denominator? Can soil fungus enter a crack or cut in skin?

    Things I have done to possibly bring this on: LOTS of hand work in garden, lifting rocks, digging, scrubbing, sanding… (but I have done these for years without problems.??? I am athletic 53)

    I used to eat X-virgin coconut oil popcorn with sea salt very often in evening during cooler weather and do not eat much coconut oil in summer. It might be a connection. XV Coconut oil is very healthy and maybe I need more.

    I do have a thought that it might be a vertebrae out of place in cervical spine. I think this might be the cause because of the hard work I’ve been doing, my shallow breathing (like reduced lung capacity) and my arms get heavy if I fall asleep with them over my head.
    I just started taking 2 T apple cider vinegar with 1 T raw honey in 8oz warm water each morning and night. Too early to call.

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    • I was told by my chiropractor to NOT sleep with your arms over your head..you have to really pay attention to it as it cuts off the blood flow to your hands/arms and then when you lower them you make your heart work harder to catch up with the extra blood flow all of a sudden..so try to stop doing that and a vertebrae out can really cause the pain and breathing issues also. Now I am reposting what I wrote to someone earlier as it is the same response in regards to apple cider vinegar..I just wanted to verify WHAT kind of apple cider vinegar you are using. The regular stuff you buy in the regular part of the store doesn’t work. You have to have the ac vinegar that has the “mother” in it. Braggs works wonderfully. I have noticed it helps my arthritis to a degree..but it helps GERD/acid reflux 100% taken twice a day (can add warm water/honey to taste). 2 Tbsp. twice a day.

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  7. I’m going to try the soaking in hot water for my hands and wrists, they give me so much pain. These remedies are simple and I will be trying more of your remedies. What’s your suggestion that would help to relieve the inflammation and pain in a person with R.A ?

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  8. I have had some success with Emu oil. When I say some ,is because the stiffness has not entirely vanished but has significantly reduced and so the pain associated with it.

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  9. kelaniya bandara October 24, 2013, 5:01 am

    no,1 and 9 very good.

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  10. Tried the Epsom salt and OMG does it work. Going to use every day. Pain free right now and.

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  11. I have lived with arthritic pain in the hands for about 5 of my 80 years.
    Something I observed was that when I worked on my bike and my hands were covered with grease, that my pain was minimal and I had no middle finger lockup.
    Realizing that vaseline is also a mineral oil derivative, I tried it and have been using it ever since. The common Vix or equivalent ointment, containing aloe and eucalyptus oil is significantly more effective and longer lasting than just vaseline . A very sparing application on all knuckles before bedtime does wonders.

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  12. I know this sounds crazy but I rubbed stomach acid onto my hands and the acidic properties slowly eroded the arthritis out of my hands and after a year my arthritis was gone, my pain is gone and i have never felt better

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  13. Sometimes pain can also be caused from lack of Magnesium (tablets taken internally) .Just Google and research Magnesium and how it may help with aches and pains.

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  14. Honey and Cinnamon have done wonder for my father.

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