Traditional treatment of arthritis of the knee

For the treatment of arthritis of the knee joint, folk remedies are used both for oral administration and for external use. These are homemade ointments, alcohol and oil tinctures, compresses, applications. They have a mild analgesic, decongestant, anti-inflammatory effect. And herbal teas and decoctions of medicinal plants soothe, tone, improve the quality of sleep.

Indications for the use of traditional medicine for arthritis of the knee joint

The main goal of the treatment of knee arthritis is to suppress the inflammatory process occurring in it. Therefore, traditional healers recommend the use of products containing medicinal herbs, fruits, roots, flowers. In their chemical composition there are many bioactive substances that can stop inflammation. Along with it, other symptoms of arthritis gradually disappear, which are also indications for the use of traditional medicine:

Thanks to the warming effect of rasters and compresses, the range of movements increases. The feeling of stiffness, limitation of mobility, which often occurs in patients with arthritis when walking, disappears.

The effectiveness of treatment with alternative methods

In the acute and subacute period of the course of arthritis, folk remedies are not used. Their therapeutic effect is not enough to stop strong, piercing, burning pains. And the use at this stage of warming rubbing and compresses will cause an increase in the inflammatory process, its spread to healthy tissues.

Folk remedies can cope with weak pain and stiffness at the stage of remission of arthritis of the knee joint. Such symptoms often occur when the weather changes, hypothermia, increased physical exertion.

Folk remedies and recipes

Despite the skepticism of representatives of official medicine towards folk remedies, some of them are successfully coping with their task. During cooking, you should strictly adhere to the recipe, do not exceed the recommended amount of ingredients.

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Compress is a medical dressing for the knee joint. In folk medicine, the so-called mixture of ingredients, which is superimposed on a painful area. A plastic film and a dense fabric are placed on top of it to enhance the warming effect. The bandage is fixed on the knee with a gauze or elastic bandage. If the mixture does not contain turpentine, essential oils and other ingredients with a locally irritating effect, then the compress can be kept on the knee joint all night.

3-4 tablespoons of blue, red or black cosmetic clay are placed in a bowl and begin to add hot water in small portions. The result is a mixture of the consistency of thick sour cream. It is applied layer-by-layer to a sore knee with a wooden spatula, left until completely solidified.

Based on cabbage and honey

A young small cabbage leaf is well rubbed between the palms until drops of clear juice appear. Lubricated with honey (best buckwheat), applied to the joint for 1-2 hours. Instead of cabbage, leaves of burdock, plantain, horseradish, and fern are used.


A couple of handfuls of chopped oatmeal are poured with a glass of boiling water for 30 minutes, cooled to a temperature of 40 °. If necessary, unabsorbed water is drained, and a thick slurry is applied in a thick layer on the knee for 1 hour.

Kefir compress

Since the evening, 100 tablespoons of oatmeal are soaked in 3 ml (about half a cup) of warm kefir of any fat content. In the morning, the mixture is heated, 30 g of thick honey is added. Stir, spread with a thick layer on the sore joint.

From chalk and dairy products

White chalk is ground to a powder. With constant stirring, warm kefir, fermented baked milk or varenets are introduced in portions until a thick mixture is formed. A round thick cake is formed from it and placed on the knee until completely dry.

From horseradish

The peel is cut from the young roots of horseradish, and the core is crushed, soaked in hot water for 20-30 minutes. Squeeze plant material, add a couple of tablespoons of thick sour cream or honey, apply to painful areas.

Fern leaves

Fresh young fern leaves are ground until gruel formation, coarse fibers are removed. With constant stirring, add a drop of essential oils of mint and thyme, a tablespoon of peach cosmetic oil. Distribute the mixture on the knee, hold for 2-3 hours.


For the preparation of rasters, usually use vodka with a strength of 40 ° without dyes, flavors, food additives. It is successfully replaced by 90-96% medical ethanol, previously diluted with distilled or purified water 1: 1. Do not immediately grind the skin of the knee. First, a drop of liquid should be gently rubbed in the wrist. If after 30 minutes redness and swelling do not appear on the skin, then treatment can be started. Instead of vodka and alcohol, people with sensitive, prone to irritation skin can use vegetable oils – olive, sunflower, corn, and linseed.

Dandelion tincture

A liter jar is filled with fresh whole leaves, stems, yellow dandelion flowers. Roots cut into small pieces are added. Tamp the raw materials to half the volume of the tank, fill the neck with vodka. Insist in a dark cool place for 5-6 weeks.

Angelica Tincture

100 grams of crushed angelica rhizomes are poured into 500 ml of pure medical alcohol. Tincture is removed in a dark and warm place for 1-2 months, periodically mixed. Do not filter, but take the right amount of funds for rubbing into the knee for pain.

Tincture of joster

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A liter container of dark glass is filled by a third with the fruits of the joster. Pour vodka to the neck, if desired, throw a couple of pods of red hot pepper. Leave in a warm place for 1-1,5 months, shake the jar every day for better extraction of bioactive substances.

Complex grinding

As soon as the first young leaves and flowers of medicinal plants begin to appear from mid-spring, they are collected and stacked fresh in a container of 2-3 liters. Each portion is poured with vodka or diluted alcohol. By the end of summer, the jar is completely filled with plantain, coltsfoot, shepherd’s bag, burdock, horseradish, calendula and other useful plants. And after a couple of months, the tincture is ready to treat arthritis.

Propolis Based

To prepare tincture in a glass container with a volume of 200 ml put 10 g of crushed propolis, fill it with completely pure alcohol. Leave in a dark place for 2 weeks, shake the jar 1-2 times a day. Before rubbing into a sick knee, the tincture is diluted with warm water in a ratio of 1: 1 or 1: 2.

To make ointments, you need a porcelain or wooden mortar with a pestle. When mixing fatty components with tinctures, decoctions, water infusions, the products quickly exfoliate. Therefore, for thickening, it is advisable to use lanolin, which is sold in the prescription and production departments of pharmacies. It is mixed with the liquid until a specific crackle appears, and only then is the fat base added. This ointment does not exfoliate, it is well stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. Without lanolin, the shelf life of the product is 5-7 days.


A handful of fresh young leaves of sweet clover, St. John’s wort, dandelion is ground into mortars until a thick slurry is formed. Add a tablespoon of honey and cosmetic almond oil. Without ceasing to mix, injected in small parts 100 g of medical vaseline. To prepare a better ointment, pour 100 ml of boiling water over a teaspoon of dried herbs of sweet clover, St. John’s wort, dandelion, insist 2 hours, filter, squeeze the dry residue. The liquid is triturated with 30 g of lanolin, and only then the rest of the ingredients are added.

Based on celandine

Fresh aerial parts of celandine are washed, dried with a paper towel, and crushed. A half-liter jar is filled with vegetable raw materials to half, any vegetable oil is poured to the neck. Insist in a dark place for a month. Then, either simply rub the product into the knees for pain, or prepare an ointment. 3 tablespoons of celandine oil is mixed with 100 g of oily baby cream, 2 drops of essential oils of juniper, rosemary and pine are added.

From hellebore

Caucasian hellebore is a poisonous plant. Therefore, be sure to use medical gloves when preparing the ointment, and after applying it, wash your hands thoroughly with soap. A teaspoon of hellebore powder is mixed in a mortar with the same amount of mustard powder. 50 thick honey, jojoba oil and petroleum jelly are added.

Based on hop cones

50 g of hop cones are ground until smooth, add a tablespoon of flaxseed oil and freshly made mustard. Without stopping mixing, injected in small portions of 100 g of butter. If desired, you can add a teaspoon of tincture of red hot pepper. Such an ointment will not only eliminate pain, but also warm the knee well.

Means for oral administration

For the treatment of arthritis of the knee joint, folk remedies are used that have anti-inflammatory effects. But you can cook them from plants officially recognized as medicinal. Herbs growing only in a certain area, not included in the pharmacognosy reference books, cannot be used. Such treatment can provoke adverse reactions from the digestive tract, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

Herbal tincture

In a dark glass jar put 2 tablespoons of dried plant material dandelion, St. John’s wort, chamomile, elecampane, ledum, bearberry. Add 5 berries of juniper, hawthorn, rosehip, cranberry, barberry. Pour a liter of vodka, leave to infuse in a dark and warm place for 2 months, periodically shaking the container. Take 5 drops 2 times a day after meals, after dissolving them in 100 ml of water.

Black elderberry tincture

2 handfuls of dried berries of black elderberry are put in a jar, pour 500 ml of vodka or diluted alcohol. Insist 3-4 weeks in a cool place, protected from direct sunlight. The resulting dark aromatic liquid is not filtered, but a small amount is poured into a glass bottle. The longer elderberry fruits are in vodka, the more useful the remedy is. It is taken 10 drops once a day, dissolved in half a glass of warm water.

Lingonberry broth

5 tablespoons of dried leaves and lingonberry fruits are placed in a small pan. Pour a liter of hot water, bring to a boil, simmer for 20 minutes. Cool under a lid, filter. Take 50 ml up to 3 times with meals with a tablespoon of honey. It should be borne in mind that lingonberry broth has a pronounced diuretic effect.

Bay laurel

5-7 large bay leaves are placed in a pan, pour 4 cups of hot water. They allow the liquid to boil, languish under the lid on the lowest heat for 40-60 minutes. Cool, filter, take 100 ml 2-3 times a day after meals. Traditional healers recommend, when languishing, add a pinch of cinnamon – a spice that cleanses the body of toxins and toxins.

Herbal Decoction

Pour a teaspoon of dried herbs of hypericum, oregano, thyme, lemon and peppermint into a pan. Pour a liter of hot water, simmer under the lid on a small fire for 20 minutes after boiling. Cool, filter. Such a herbal decoction is recommended to eliminate anxiety, anxiety, improve mood. With a poor psycho-emotional state, it is taken in 3 tablespoons up to 4 times a day. Using a decoction before going to bed promotes good sleep and quality sleep.

Healing baths

Therapeutic baths are recommended for patients with arthritis of the knee joint in the absence of severe pathologies of the heart and blood vessels. Water procedures carried out 1-2 hours before bedtime eliminate painful sensations and a feeling of heaviness in the legs, and have a relaxing effect. The bath should be taken no longer than 30 minutes, and then you need to rinse under the shower and rub well with a hard towel.

Bath for the treatment of arthritis of the kneeFeatures of the healing procedure
SalineIn 2 liters of hot water, 200 pure sea salt or with phytoextracts of medicinal plants are bred. The resulting concentrated solution is poured into warm bath water
HerbalIn a thermos pour 3 tablespoons of dried herbs of St. John’s wort, chamomile, elecampane, pour a liter of boiling water. After 3 hours, cool, filter, add to bath water

Recommendations of specialists

Before using folk remedies, especially for internal use, it is necessary to consult a doctor. He will study the composition of the ointment or decoction, evaluate its safety and possible therapeutic effectiveness. If folk remedies are used after the main therapy, at the stage of remission, then rheumatologists usually do not mind such treatment.

But they definitely give some recommendations:

  • you can not take tinctures, infusions and decoctions at the same time as pharmacological preparations or bioactive additives;
  • you need to use only one folk remedy, otherwise the likelihood of undesirable chemical interaction increases.

If any symptom of a local or systemic adverse reaction occurs, treatment should be discontinued. The development of allergies is usually indicated by shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness, redness and swelling of the skin. In this case, it is necessary to take a tablet of an antihistamine drug (Suprastin, Tavegil, Tsetrin) and immediately seek medical help.

Contraindications to traditional medicine

Folk remedies are strictly forbidden to use for the treatment of children, pregnant and breastfeeding women. With concomitant arthritis of the knee joint pathology of internal organs (liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract), it is undesirable to use tinctures, infusions, decoctions, herbal teas. Compresses, ointments, baths are contraindicated for abrasions, cracks, burns, infectious and allergic rashes.

Shishkevich Vladimir

Shishkevich Vladimir, orthopedic and traumatologist, project editor-in-chief ExpertNews. It specializes in the treatment of diseases in orthopedic, traumatological, vertebrological profiles