Joint pain has long ceased to be a problem in the exclusive elderly population. Like many ailments, arthritis, radiculitis and other diseases of the musculoskeletal system are rapidly growing younger and are affecting an ever wider circle of the population. For the treatment of sore joints, horseradish is popular along with drug therapy in the form of tablets and ointments.
This perennial plant in various variations is used to relieve inflammation, pain and swelling from a diseased area. Is it possible for everyone to use horseradish for medicinal purposes, and what dangers there may be when using it - we will find out today.
Benefit and harm
This perennial plant has a very powerful composition, which explains its popularity in folk medicine.
The benefits of horseradish for joints:
- nicotinic acid (vitamin PP) reduces pain and improves joint mobility;
- folic acid (vitamin B9) also relieves pain and protects nerve endings from damage;
- antioxidants prevent the destruction of joint tissues and cartilage tissue;
- ascorbic acid (vitamin C) strengthens bones and joints, promotes the absorption of calcium by bones;
- phytoncides (natural antibiotics) fight inflammatory ailments of infectious origin;
- retinol (vitamin A) helps to restore the connective tissue of cartilage;
- pyridoxine (vitamin B6) prevents the loss of collagen and prevents salt deposition;
- pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) relieves pain and inflammation caused by arthritis;
- essential oils improve blood circulation, remove toxic substances and relieve pain;
- minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus) provide strength and strength to bones, cartilage and muscles;
- resins relieve inflammation, suspend the development of the disease;
- glycosides (natural biologically active substances) regenerate the cartilage tissue of the joints;
- mustard oils relieve pain, reduce inflammation and relieve swelling.
Important! All valuable compounds, penetrating through the skin, immediately enter the inflamed joint. It is believed that it is the compresses that have the most effective therapeutic and analgesic effect due to the prolonged presence of the healing composition on the affected area.
However, such a rich composition is not exclusively beneficial for everyone.
The harm of horseradish in the treatment of joints:
- mustard and essential oils have a powerful irritant effect, so a horseradish compress can cause a strong allergic skin reaction or a burn;
- a large amount of essential oils, even when applied externally, can provoke a jump in blood pressure, therefore, treatment of joints with horseradish is dangerous for hypertensive patients.
You can read about the benefits and dangers of horseradish here.
It is prohibited to use horseradish for medicinal purposes:
- during pregnancy and lactation;
- during an exacerbation of chronic diseases;
- with hypertension;
- in the presence of diseases of the kidneys, liver, stomach and intestines.
Do not apply a horseradish compress to places where there are cuts, abrasions, bruises and wounds.
What joint diseases can be cured?
Diseases that horseradish fights:
This perennial plant effectively fights against sciatica and arthrosis, even advanced forms of arthritis are treated thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect on the affected area.
Horseradish compresses do an excellent job of removing salt and toxic compounds from joints.
When is it necessary to go to the doctor?
Joint pain can be evidence of the development of a serious disease, therefore, for the treatment of joints, an appointment with a doctor and examination is mandatory. The base of treatment is made up of conservative methods, folk remedies are intended only to supplement the therapy prescribed by the doctor. Horseradish compresses for joints will be of maximum benefit only in combination with the measures of traditional medicine and only in the case when such a method of treatment is approved by the doctor.
Self-medication without a diagnosis usually leads to a deterioration in the condition of the joints, the transition of the disease to a chronic form, as well as to severe pain and limitation of joint mobility in the future.
Step by step instructions: how to treat?
For example, we will analyze the methods of treating the knee joint with horseradish for various diseases.
- To treat arthritis, you will need a raw root of the plant, which is grated.
- The gruel is wrapped in natural fabric (cotton, linen) and applied to the sore knee for 2-3 hours.
- The compress must be fixed with an elastic bandage.
The grated root of the plant will save the knee joint from arthrosis, steamed in water.
- you need to grate the root;
- place in a saucepan;
- pour water and bring to a boil;
- the gruel must be squeezed out, wrapped in a dense cloth and applied to the sore knee, fixed.
When treated with hot water, horseradish loses its irritating properties, so this bandage can be worn for a long time without the risk of irritation or burns.
For treatment, you will need a fresh horseradish leaf.
- the sheet must be scalded with boiling water and applied to the sore knee;
- cover on top with plastic wrap and fix with an elastic bandage;
- to improve the effect, it is recommended to wrap the compress with a woolen shawl or scarf and leave it overnight.
A horseradish-based product effectively removes salt from the affected area. To achieve the maximum therapeutic effect, such dressings should be applied daily for a week.
Relieves inflammation and severe pain in rheumatism with fresh juice from horseradish root. The root must be chopped in a meat grinder and squeezed. The resulting juice must be rubbed into the sore knees 3 times a day for 1-2 weeks until the pain disappears.
Removal of edema
The knees swell in response to severe stress or injury. Liquid accumulates in the area of the affected area, the skin turns red, and a feeling of discomfort appears.
To relieve swelling, you need horseradish root:
- the product must be boiled until soft;
- form a cake out of it and wrap with a cloth;
- horseradish must be applied to the swollen knee while hot and fixed with a bandage or bandage.
Keep the compress until it cools completely. The swelling will subside after 3-4 hours.
- To relieve pain, take a fresh horseradish root and an apple, grind it in a meat grinder.
- The gruel is wrapped in natural fabric and applied to the knee, fixing it with a bandage.
- Such a compress is left for 2-3 hours until the pain disappears.
Attention! After applying the horseradish compress, you need to carefully monitor your feelings. If there is a strong tingling or burning sensation, the compress should be removed immediately.
Horseradish is called a universal remedy for all diseases affecting the joints. It is considered so useful and effective that many people, without consulting a doctor, prescribe their own treatment with this plant.
However, not all representatives of traditional medicine welcome this method of treatment, believing that horseradish has only a symptomatic effect. For joint pain, it is important to consult a doctor for qualified treatment, and use compresses from horseradish root or leaves as an auxiliary therapy.
On the pages of our site you will find many articles about this wonderful plant. Read about how tinctures are made, which are popularly called horseradish, and also learn about all the beneficial properties of horseradish leaves and roots.
Read more about the benefits of horseradish for joints in the video below: