Like any machine, over time our bodies wear down. Joints are especially susceptible to wear and tear because of the movement and pressure that are necessarily applied to them. Joints are where two bones meet. They are connected with ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to each other and the surrounding muscles.
The knee joint is the largest in the human body. It handles a tremendous amount of stress as it allows lower body mobility while supporting the upper body. Over time, the cartilage at the end of the bones that form the joint can deteriorate. In addition, there are fluid sacs in the knee capsule to keep the joint lubricated. These bursae can become irritated or inflamed if injured, resulting in bursitis.
There are many potential causes for knee joint pain:
- Osteoarthritis – a chronic condition that occurs when the cartilage between bones breaks down
- Rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease that affects joints, causing swelling
- Bursitis – inflammation of fluid sacs either in front or directly behind the kneecap
- Immuno-inflammatory conditions
- Tendonitis – inflammation of tendons
- Gout – a form of arthritis in which uric acid accumulates and crystals of it settle in a joint
Fortunately for our knees, there are natural remedies to reduce inflammation and ease the pain.
See also: anti inflammatory foods
4-Ingredient DIY Knee Joint Pain Remedy
The following recipe with 4 ingredients is a knee joint pain relieving rub. It contains effective anti-inflammatories and analgesics. Let’s look at what’s in it.
Cayenne has been used by Native Americans for millennia for pain relief. Capsaicin is a phytochemical in this spicy pepper that relieves pain through a variety of mechanisms. First, capsaicin blocks chemical pain transmitter “substance P” from reaching the brain.
Second, when applied topically, it penetrates the skin to defunctionalize fibers that respond to pain stimuli. Through the skin, capsaicin stops nerves fibers from feeling pain and transmitting it.
Lastly, capsaicin prevents pain from spreading to other areas. One study of an 8% concentration of capsaicin patch applied for pain management found that a single 1-hour application was effective in reducing pain for up to 12 weeks. (1)
The capsaicin in cayenne is also effective for inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Cayenne works to relieve inflammation when taken internally as well. Click here for a recipe for an Anti-inflammatory honey turmeric cayenne tonic.