Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects the cartilaginous tissue located at the ends of the joints, especially the hips, knees and spine. Accelerated destruction of cartilage in the elderly over time leads to wear of the bone beneath the cartilage, and the membrane containing the fluid to lubricate the joint. As a result, the joints become painful and swollen, so they function less well.

Over time, a small abnormal growth of bone at the edge of the joint, called a bony growth, or osteophyte, can contribute to the loss of joint movement. These growths can even break and clog the joint space between the bones, causing even more pain and damage. Premature onset of this disease can be caused by a previously acquired fracture of the joint, and similar deformation or damage to cartilage tissue. Unlike other forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis does not affect the internal organs.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain in the joints during various activities that cease during rest, swelling and stiffness, contraction or twitching of the surrounding muscles. Severe osteoarthritis affects three times more women than men.


- Do not use herbal remedies until the diagnosis of the disease is confirmed
- Avoid eating meat, salt, denatured and fabricated foods, strong spices, sugar, chocolate and sweets, or foods that contain too many carbohydrates, and eat more vegetables instead
- Reduce excess weight if it is excessive to reduce pressure on the joints
- Avoid alcohol as it causes contraindications if taken with antirheumatic agents
- Instead of strong painkillers, gently flex your joints
- Swim because there is less strain on the joints in the water
- Take extra vitamin B and trace elements that have a beneficial effect on bone tissue (copper, manganese, sulfur)
- In acute inflammation, apply cold compresses over the joints, and in chronic inflammations, apply warm compresses, especially with the addition of clay
- Washing the body in fruit vinegar in the direction of the heart
- Apply compresses of mashed cheese, potatoes, mustard, trine and bran
- Drink teas made from horseradish and elderberry, linden flower, nettle, celosia, blackcurrant, thyme and birch leaves
- Baths with the addition of essential oils of lavender, eucalyptus, marigold, sandalwood, common juniper, ginger, thyme or add sulfur to the bath
- Apply hot pepper or harpagophyte cream three times a day
- Exercise lightly regularly
- Acupuncture
- Bandages


When the pain becomes unbearable visit a doctor.