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2023 Author: Alfred Shackley | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 13:14
Many people are faced with the problem of joint pain. This is especially true for older people. Such formations often occur in the area of the knee joint.
General description of the problem
Many reasons can cause knee pain. These include physical fatigue of the body or the development of a disease with similar symptoms.
The most common joint diseases are arthritis and arthrosis. These diseases are easy to recognize by their pain.
With arthrosis, the pain of the knee joint appears during movement and subsides with a calm state. The load on the leg occurs when walking, squatting or climbing stairs.
With arthritis, joint pain occurs when the leg is at rest. Especially sharp pain in the knee joint worries at night, more in the morning.
Painful sensations arise as a result of vascular changes. Disruption of blood circulation leads to "twisting" of the knees. Severe pain is caused by the inflammatory process, which begins as a result of the accumulation of fluid. Periarticular muscles affect the condition of the knee joint. Their poor development also leads to impaired movement of the articulation.
The cause of pain may be an injury that did not manifest itself before. Minor damage to the knee joint can cause the development of the disease over time.
For diseases of the knee joint, complex treatment is carried out. Initially, it is aimed at relieving acute pain. Then, drug treatment is prescribed, which is carried out in conjunction with physiotherapy procedures.
Drug therapy consists of taking medications that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Some drugs that promote tissue repair have certain contraindications. Therefore, only a doctor should prescribe a course of therapy.
Physiotherapeutic procedures for inflammation of the knee joint include ultrasound, laser therapy. Depending on the patient's condition, acupuncture sessions, massage and other alternative methods are prescribed. It is possible that the knee joint can be treated with folk remedies, which can significantly alleviate the state of health.
Many plants have medicinal properties. One of them is birch. From a medical point of view, this is an amazing plant. For medicinal purposes, its bark, roots, birch bark, buds, leaves, juice and even catkins are used. Birch sap is especially appreciated. The period of its collection lasts a short period of time, but as a result, all its medicinal properties are acquired by the leaves.
They can be harvested all summer, but the most useful plants are those that are harvested before the first half of June.
During this period, they contain the greatest amount of nutrients. You need to collect raw materials in a basket. If not, you can use a paper bag.
After harvesting, the leaves must be spread out to dry. The blanks should be stored in paper bags or cardboard boxes. Dried birch leaves can be treated for no more than two years. After two years of storage, the healing properties are lost.
Treatment with birch leaves is used for leg edema, gout, rheumatism and heel spurs. They are also very effective in relieving knee inflammation. Usually, treatment is carried out in a comprehensive manner, combining external poultices and a decoction for oral administration. The therapy can be carried out both with fresh leaves, and dry, which were harvested in season.
Treatment with birch leaves
You can remove the inflammation from the knee joint with the help of birch leaves. This is a proven method that has been passed down from the older generation.
Recipe number 1
The recipe is very simple. It is necessary to place the prepared raw materials in a saucepan or bucket and pour boiling water. Cover the container with a lid on top and leave for up to twenty minutes. Then take the leaves out of the container and apply on the sore joint in several layers.
The procedure must be carried out quickly, while they have not cooled down. On top of the medicinal plant, you need to place a cotton cloth, cellophane and wrap it in a warm scarf. This creates the effect of a warming compress. In this state, you need to stay for 40-45 minutes every 3-4 days. With a strong exacerbation, the wrapping is carried out daily, and the procedure time increases to 2-2.5 hours.
Recipe number 2
In addition to compresses, which are used to warm the knee joint, decoctions from birch leaves have proven themselves well.
To prepare the drug, you need to pour 10-12 leaves with half a liter of boiling clean water and heat it on fire for 8-10 minutes. Then, after half an hour, strain the broth.
Take a quarter cup three times a day with meals.
Recipe number 3
The fastest recovery of the knee joint can be achieved by taking healing baths. For this procedure, you need to prepare a decoction of birch leaves in a deep bowl and let it brew. Then add the prepared solution to the bathing water. It is recommended to take a bath for about 20 minutes. Then wipe off and go to bed under the covers. It is advisable to carry out the procedure before bedtime.
Recipe number 4
In folk medicine, there is a recipe for a dry bath. This method is used to treat the knee joint. For the procedure, you need to prepare a high container. A small keg can be used. Put your leg into it and cover it with birch raw materials so that their level is above the knee joint. The procedure takes about an hour, after which the leg needs to be kept warm.
If difficulties arise in carrying out such a procedure, for example, there is no suitable container, or the required number of leaves, you can use a simpler option. You need to spread the fresh leaves in a thin layer on a towel or scarf and tie it around the knee joint. Then lie down under the covers, giving your leg peace. It is recommended to keep the compress for 1, 5-2 hours.
For any inflammatory processes, traditional medicine recommends treating with healing tea. Diseases of the joints are no exception. There are various collections of medicinal herbs, which include birch leaves. You can buy them at the pharmacy or prepare yourself. Herbal tea is brewed in a glass container and then filtered. It is not recommended to take medicinal tea before meals.
The collection of medicinal herbs can be:
- Birch leaves, St. John's wort, strawberries, chamomile;
- Birch buds, cherry stalks, nettle, linden;
- Birch leaves, bearberry, black elderberry.
The collection of medicinal plants is used for the preparation of compresses. To prepare the product, you need to pass birch leaves, black radish and burdock through a meat grinder.
Place the mixture on the inflamed area and wrap it in a warm scarf. Such treatment can help relieve acute pain and improve the general condition of the patient.
We must not forget that using traditional medicine methods, you can alleviate the symptoms of the disease. But the main treatment should be prescribed by a doctor, who should be contacted at the first manifestations of the disease.