Inflammation in the joints at the points where cartilage joins bone meeting bone is called arthritis. Inflammation always occurs regardless of the type of arthritis or the cause. Using prescription drugs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen is the typical answer to keeping the level of pain lower but these treatments all have side effects. They do not aid in healing the joints.

View the list to learn about some of the natural remedies that both help with pain and healing the inflammation.

Arnica DMSO

For topical pain and stiffness relief from arthritis or other inflammation, arnica is in creams like Penetrex® with arnica Montana flower extract and DMSO added as a penetrating agent to get into deeper tissues.


Bromelain comes from the juice and stems of pineapples, a mixture of proteolytic enzymes that help inflamed tissue, and digestive enzymes. These enzymes help with protein digestion and bromelain is used in Germany to reduce swelling after surgery.

Organic Sulfur

Organic sulfur is best in crystals also known as flakes. New agricultural techniques have decreased the natural sulfur level found in eating produce. Sulfur is a precursor for two amino acids necessary to bone and joint health called chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate.


Turmeric is an herb know for fighting inflammation with its ingredient called curcumin that can be purchased as a supplement. Instead just cook a cup of the spice with a half cup of water a couple minutes and keep in the refrigerator. Try a spoonful daily to see how it helps.

White Willow Bark

White willow bark has been around for centuries using salicin in it to relieve pain, known as acetylsalicylic acid or aspirin. It can be hard on the stomach and cause ulcers if taken too often.