Natural Home Remedies for Treating Joint Cramps and Its Causes

Joint Cramps

Cramping of the joints is a common symptom experienced by the elderly and those who engage in strenuous activities. Those who are inactive and do not maintain a healthy lifestyle are also prone to experiencing joint cramps which are often accompanied by stiffness, locking, burning sensations, swelling, restricted movement, and deformation of the joints.

What Causes Joint Cramps?

  • Abnormalities in the processing of electrolytes which are needed for important bodily functions.

  • Deficiency in essential vitamins and minerals that bring about several disorders in the body. A lack of nutrients inhibits the normal functions of joint muscles. Vitamins E and B6 play a big role in enhancing the performance and strength of joint muscles. Deficiency of these vitamins can cause joint cramps.

  • Depletion of minerals, specifically magnesium and calcium, which results from unhealthy eating habits and intake of diuretic drugs.

  • Overusing a particular joint like those located in the feet.

  • Continuous stress and pressure exerted on a joint. A good example is the pressure exerted by weight to the ankle joint when a patient is obese or pregnant.

  • Dehydration

  • Muscle strain and injury of a certain body part which can involve a joint.

  • Inadequate blood supply brought about by certain medical conditions, trauma, and inactivity.

  • Depression which causes a change in endorphin and serotonin levels of the body.

  • Medical conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, gout, and infectious diseases like measles, flu, rheumatic fever, and mumps.

  • Genetic disposition

  • Aging process

Natural Remedies for Joint Cramps

  • Massage olive oil on the affected area and the rest of the body.

  • Apply black seed oil that has been slightly heated on affected area and massage intensely.

  • Drink a teaspoon of olive oil and black seed oil three times a day.

  • Clove oil can also be used and applied on affected parts.

  • Drink 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey mixed in a glass of lukewarm water.

  • Relax and soak in a tub of water that contains 2 cups of cider vinegar.

  • Ground 3 to 4 ounces of black pepper and combine it with 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and then strain. Apply the paste on the affected areas.

  • For feet joint cramps, soak feet in a pail of water that has been mixed with 1-2 tablespoons of salt. Soaking in a tub of water that contains one-fourth cup of powdered ginger and two-third cup baking soda can also help.

  • Apply papaya leaf that has been slightly heated on affected areas.

  • Apply grated ginger roots that are mixed with vegetable oil and massage for a few minutes.

  • Eat pineapple regularly. The fruit contains bromelain which aids in joint and tissue repair.

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