There are those who say that bone pain does not exist, that what a person is actually feeling is joint pain, while others claim that they can detect bone cancer, fractures, and fissures by means of this pain.
There is no doubt among those suffering from bone pain that they can predict the weather according to their pain; days when it will rain or be very humid… Without a doubt, bone pain is a problem and a symptom that should be treated with the utmost priority.
Possible Causes for Bone Pain
Generally, when we say that our bones are hurting, the cause can be found in joint pain, such as is the case with osteoarthritis. This pain is produced by the progressive decay of the cartilage in the joints, which makes the bones grind against one another. Any joint can be affected by osteoarthritis: shoulders, hands, knees, hips, waist, neck, etc.
On the other hand, back pain, especially in the lumbar area, could be due to bad posture, lifting heavy objects, or nervous tension; as well as a herniated disc, for example, which if located in the lumbar area, will cause pain in the legs, as well as irritation in the lower back. When a herniated disc is located in the upper part of the back, the pain is transmitted to the shoulders and arms.
Tips to Alleviate Pain
It is possible to find home remedies for bone pain. For example, certain plants can help us alleviate this pain. Let’s look at:
- Meadowsweet: due to its chemical composition, it is an excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-coagulant, and diuretic. It is especially helpful with the elimination of kidney stones, urea, and uric acid. It shouldn’t be used in large quantities, nor for children, or with patients that should avoid anti-coagulants. It can be used in infusions by placing 2 grams of the dried flowers into boiling water, letting this rest, and then drinking it 4 times per day after meals. It is also possible to benefit from this extract by using local baths: for every liter of boiling water, add 25 grams of dried flowers. Meadowsweet can also be used in compresses on the affected joint.
- Horsetail: stimulates the creation of bone and connecting tissues, which promotes cartilage production in the corresponding joints. It also helps with healing fractures, fissures, and osteoporosis. Place this herb in boiling water, let it rest, strain, and drink at least one cup per day.
- Nettle: since it is a diuretic, it helps to eliminate the liquid that is deposited in the inflamed joints. Make a decoction of its roots for 10 minutes, allow it to rest, and drink 3 cups daily.
- For external use: massage the affected area with eucalyptus essential oils dissolved in water, at a proportion of 20 cc per liter; also with rosemary oils; or by directly applying chamomile oil to the affected area.
It’s important to remember to visit your family doctor if you are confronted with pain in the bones and/or joints. Herbs can be very beneficial for alleviating pain and for one’s health in general, but keep in mind that these will be even more useful when used under the guidance and supervision of a doctor.