Arthritis Cream: A Successful Pain Relief Solution

By Alexander Clay

If you or one of your family members is suffering with arthritis then you may have tried various prescriptions and oral based treatments. It has been found that one of the best ways to relieve the pain and symptoms of arthritis is by applying arthritis cream to the affected joints. It is often believed that creams and ointments are preferential in some patients as they do not cause any damage to internal organs or produce ulcers of the stomach.

There are many different types of arthritis cream now available that can help the sufferer lead a more normal life. These can be either homeopathic or pharmaceutical based. Depending on the form of arthritis present, as well as the severity, it is important to use the correct ointment for your condition.

A well known and trusted ointment is made from the Arnica plant. Arnica is one of a group of plants that are members of the sunflower family. The properties have been known since the sixteenth century to be able to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis and other similar conditions. There are available in the market a few different preparations that contain extract of this plant.

Caster oil based creams have also been successfully used to treat arthritis. Such ointment should be regularly applied to the joints that are causing the pain to maximise the benefit. Tiger balm has been suggested to alleviate the discomfort caused by arthritis. It is one of many balms available that contain menthol, cloves, and camphor.

An ingredient contained in many prescribed arthritis creams is capsaicin. This is what is known as a "hot" treatment as it creates a burning sensation when applied. The active chemical is derived from the chilli plant. It works by activating nerve cells which then in turn send signals to the brain to release endorphins.

Successful pharmaceutical arthritis creams contain any one of a number of chemicals. These could include hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, and chondroitins. It is thought that these have the greatest benefit when combined with drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen which are classed as non-steroidal anti-inflammatorys.

Whichever cream is used it is always useful to fully research any possible side-effects. Certain preparations can cause reactions such as skin irritation, blistering, stinging, and in some cases inflammation. It is best to discuss any potential treatment with your GP so that you can be sure that the application is suitable for your body. It must be stated that any arthritis cream that is chosen should not be applied to areas of wounds, the eyes or the mouth. - 32188

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