5 Old-Fashioned Arthritis Remedies Your Ancestors Used

If you or someone you love suffers from arthritis, you know how debilitating the pain can be. Stiffness, loss of joint function, and swelling are some of the common symptoms.

Although doctors aren’t exactly sure why some people get arthritis and others don’t, it’s believed that both environmental factors, as well as hereditary, play a role. Environmental factors can include injury, obesity and overuse.

Most drugs fall short of our expectations. It makes you wonder about our ancestors and what they used for this common ailment. Believe it or not, besides just “toughing it out,” our ancestors relied on herbs to relieve their symptoms.

Here’s a closer look at the five most common herbs that our ancestors used to deal with the pain and swelling of arthritis:

1. Licorice

Not the candy, although real licorice candy does get its flavor from this herb. Licorice acts similar to cortisone, but

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