Arthritis symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, restricted movement, and inflammation, according to the NHS.
The condition affects people of all ages, including children.
There’s currently no cure for arthritis, but there are ways to relieve symptoms, and slow down the condition’s progression.
“Arthritis symptoms can keep you from going about your everyday activities,” said medical website Healthline.
“The pain and inflammation may still persist despite medical intervention.
“To get relief, more and more people with arthritis are seeking a natural approach by using herbal remedies.”
Make these five diet and lifestyle changes to relieve your arthritis symptoms.
Add more turmeric to your diet
Turmeric is the yellow spice that’s added to curry.
Its active ingredient, curcumin, could help to relive arthritis symptoms, studies have claimed.
“The most active ingredient in turmeric is considered to be curcumin, which is known to be one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatories there is,” said Axe.
“The potential anti-arthritic effects of turmeric include inhibition of joint inflammation, reduction in oedema and/or swelling and slowed periarticular joint destruction.”
Reach a healthy weight
If you’re overweight, losing a few pounds could help to relieve some arthritis pain, according to nutritionist Dr Josh Axe.
“Additional body fat strains joints, but accumulated fat itself can also cause problems to joints that are already sensitive and partially damaged.
“Fat does more than just sit on your body — it’s also an active tissue that creates and releases hormones and chemicals.
“Some of these promote inflammation and can contribute to worsening arthritis all over your body.”
Use aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is one of the most commonly used herbs in alternative medicine, said Healthline.
Using aloe vera gel on affected joints doesn’t have any side effects, and should be safe for arthritis patients, it added.
“Known for its healing properties, it’s popular for treating small skin abrasions.
“You may already have a bottle of aloe vera gel in the medicine cabinet from a past sunburn. This same type of product may be applied topically to soothe aching joints.”
Eat more omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids are usually found in oily fish.
Also coming in supplementary form, the fatty acids have been shown to reduce joint stiffness and pain.
“Another fatty acid that can help is gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA,” said Healthline.
“It’s found in the seeds of certain plants such as evening primrose, borage, hemp, and blackcurrants.”
Get a massage
Having regular massages could help to relieve joint pain and inflammation, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Knees, feet, hands and wrists could all benefit from massages, it added.
“Regular massage of muscles and joints, whether by a licensed therapist at a spa or by self-massage at home, can lead to a significant reduction in pain for people with arthritis.
“Regular use of the simple therapy [could lead to] improvements in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall function of the joints.”