Weather-Induced Joint Pain; Body Aches from the Cold & Rain reduced with Natural Medicine




Weather-Induced Joint Pain; Body Aches from the Cold & Rain reduced with Natural Medicine

What makes the weather affect joints when it's rainy, humid, or cold? And how do you reduce or eliminate the pain?

By Mark Zuleger-Thyss


A short review of the following agents can be found below

Aloe vera, Borage oil, Boswellia, Capsaisin, Cat’s claw, Fish Oil, Gelatin, Ginger, Glucosamine, Green Tea, SAM-e, and Turmeric.






Why did the man with the trick knee go to the mathematician …? His knees were giving him problems he couldn't solve.

- Anonymous




Pluviophile? Fascinated by the Sights and Sounds of Rain?

As the winter thaws, people everywhere dream of getting outside and working on their gardens, hoping to reap the perfect tomato plant and soak up some long-awaited sunshine.

The transition that flows from winter to spring brings out the sunshine. It's warmer, plants and flowers of all types start popping out of the ground, and animals give birth, too. Fertility is everywhere.

Who doesn't love the return of spring and the pitter-patter of a lovely rain shower? No sound is more therapeutic than Water's splashing, drizzling, and dripping, feeding your gardens and filling small ponds.


Rain's Multiple Personalities

But the rain has more than just these few comforting sounds as parts of her personality.



Never to be forgotten and always wanting to show awesome power, 

rain may reveal herself to be a real “frog-strangler” when raining cats and dogs is just not enough.





The rain can symbolize unhappiness and melancholy—awash with sadness, sobbing, and crying into her sleeve.

She is sometimes stormy, wet, dark, and oppressive, bringing clouds and gloominess. She often teams up with a cloudburst and rages with violent blasts of wind, causing shipwrecks and even death.

Starting with a misty mizzle, then offering a spectacular finish, she shows her rage with fits of deluges and flooding, then continuing pelting down, bucketing down, and raining very laboriously, determined to make a splash with weighty pixels—sheets of rain.

Rain may also exhibit foreboding and, on the other hand, even represent rebirth. She can also be seen as a life-giving source required for plants and animals to grow and for you and me to prosper.



Benefits of Drinking Enough Water

Ensure your body gets enough water throughout the day to keep your joints well-hydrated. The joints of your knees, hips, elbows, etc., are 80% water and require some attention, too.





Only a Pluviophile would understand

Rain allows us to feel our feelings better.

Lovers of rain enjoy the fresh smell and the sensation when drops touch their skin. Pluviophiles love looking up to the sky with their hands wide open to welcome the cold drops from the clouds.

Researchers say we love rain and other water noises because we perceive them as non-threatening.

Water's simple and repetitive sound allows us to rest our overstimulated brains. It induces a state of mild meditation found in a few other settings. A similar effect can be found in listening to ocean waves or a babbling brook.

Rain's white noise allows us to relax and even brings out our inner creativity.



The Onset of Pain & Stiffness

Indeed, rain has many sides to her personality; and sometimes, the cold and rain can cause atmospheric pressure to drop. And as soon as your body detects this change, your soft tissues swell up. As a result, fluid in the joints expands.

Unfortunately, the expansion and contraction around the joints can irritate your nerves and cause pain. 



Don't Rely on Glucosamine!

"Patients think taking it [Glucosamine] as a pill will rebuild joints," "Unless you inject it into the joint" - there's no way of getting it into your joints," "But some people say they get some pain relief in the short term."

- Eric Matteson, M.D., an emeritus chair of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.






Arthritis treatment is a $140 Billion business in the U.S.

Another reason for increased arthritic pain could be because the change in atmospheric pressure causes your tendons, muscles, and scar tissue to contract and expand. 

Your pain may also occur because worn-out cartilage in the joints allows exposed nerves to respond to changes in pressure.

Consequently, this creates pain in joints with arthritis. Reduced temperatures may also cause the fluid in the joints to thicken and feel stiff.





This discussion explored how joint pain and achiness can be caused by cold temperatures and rain, but there are many other reasons and different names for the pain you are experiencing.

Your achiness might come from old injuries, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, inflammation, scar tissue, or weather induced. The pain and stiffness in your knees, shoulders, or hips can be a considerable burden.

Everyday movements can feel like a severe struggle. Unfortunately, finding a long-term solution for joint pain can be tricky since so many things could be causing it. For the 15 million Americans who suffer from arthritis, for example, joint pain is a chronic condition that needs to be managed.

If you reject the long-term use of painkillers, which can come with unpleasant side effects, you are not alone. Some herbal medicines may have side effects, too, and you must do your research and talk to your doctor to avoid potential problems.

You might like to try herbal remedies for joint pain. Others might want a massage or even acupuncture. Some foods and other natural products, edible or not, can help with stiff joints and lack of strength.




Here are Some Treatments that have shown Promise 

Natural Products | Edible, Non-edible, and Topical Remedies found in the Home


Aloe vera | An antioxidant with properties that may reduce inflammation, like the way nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen do. You can buy aloe vera in an oil form and apply it to the skin.


Borage oil | Comes from the starflower (Borago officinalis plant), and contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which can help regulate immune responses. Because rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which the immune system has gone awry and is damaging healthy joints, it may be helpful. One review found that GLA oils, such as those found in borage oil, can help reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain.


Boswellia | Also known as frankincense, has anti-inflammatory properties. It provided relief to 60%-70% of users, according to a review of several small studies. It comes in cream or tablet form.


Capsaicin | A compound taken from chili peppers. It works mainly by reducing Substance P, a pain transmitter in your nerves. It can be effective in reducing pain and tenderness in affected joints, and it has no major safety problems. With the depletion of substance P in the nerve endings, local pain impulses cannot be transmitted to the brain. Capsaicin can be applied as a cream, gel, or patch, and can temporarily relieve joint pain by blocking pain transmission.


Cat’s claw | A substance which comes from a tropical vine, has also been studied, with some evidence that it can help with arthritis pain and inflammation. It should be taken in small quantities and not used by pregnant women.


Fish Oil | Fatty acids in fish oil help people with morning stiffness, painful joints, and a lack of strength in the hands.


Gelatin | Natural gelatin ha collagen and may help relieve joint pain and inflammation. Add natural gelatin to fruit juices or take a collagen supplement.


Ginger | This wonderfully tasty spice aids with joint health. It has similar anti-inflammatory properties to ibuprofen and has shown promise for reducing joint swelling in a few studies. Take as a mild tea by putting four slices of fresh ginger in a cup of boiling water.


Green Tea | Has anti-inflammatory properties and appeared in at least one study to help with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


SAM-e | S-adenosylmethionine may help relieve pain and inflammation and may even stimulate cartilage growth. Some studies have shown it working effectively in patients with osteoarthritis.


Turmeric | Popular in India, turmeric is used in Ayurvedic medicine. Curcumin, the yellow compound in turmeric, is one way to treat arthritic pain.



Common Solutions | What you can do to ease the Pain


Stay active
Use exercises like yoga, Pilates, and swimming, which put less pressure on the joints, to build muscle strength.
Begin exercise gradually
When you want to exercise or jog outdoors, start with stretches that will warm up your muscles first. 
Stay hydrated
When you're dehydrated, your sensitivity to pain increases.
Try Acupuncture
Is an ancient practice that involves using super-thin needles to stimulate strategic points on your body. In the U.S., acupuncturists are licensed to perform and prescribe a few modalities including bodywork, nutrition, and herbs and minerals to promote, maintain, and restore health.






If you expect aches and pains due to pending weather, be proactive.

Talk to your orthopedist about taking anti-inflammatory medication. You can also use glucosamine to reduce joint stiffness.





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