My daughter cuts up fresh ginger and boils it in water to make a very strong brew. She keeps this in the refrigerator and uses a spoon or so of the juice at a time to make ginger tea, to which she adds a little honey. In addition to making the tea, I also buy candied ginger. Sometimes I nibble on it and sometimes I chop it up and add it and the syrup to vanilla ice cream. You can also buy ginger in capsules.
While ginger is a good anti-inflammatory, by itself you probably won't notice anything. Most times ginger for arthritis will be standardized -- ginger tea, by cooking the ginger, destroys most of the anti-inflammatory effect, though it retains it's usefulness in combating nausea and motion sickness. A better anti-inflammatory is turmeric, and usually ginger will be found in formulas combining standardized ginger with standardized turmeric. If you want to use non-standardized herbs, which are more natural, ginger is best used juiced and raw, but it's hard to get enough of it that way if you want to use it for inflammation as extreme as arthritis. Candied ginger is actually pro-inflammatory, because sugar increases inflammation and candied has lots of sugar in it. Not bad in and of itself for a healthy person, but not good for an arthritis sufferer. Two herbs used particularly for arthritis are devil's claw and boswellia. Another is yucca, but there are a lot of them. Proteolytic enzymes, those that digest protein, are also used, but taken apart for a meal. I'd take a look at Prescription for Nutritional Healing, and a good product to start with is Zyflamend by New Chapter.
Pt. II -- Other ideas are chondrointon and glucosamine sulfate, which help some, don't help others. Some also find help by avoiding foods in the nightshade family. Lots of research to do.
My mother has arthritis and drinks apple cider every day. Not apple juice. Also eating cherries helps.
In the 1950s, Norman Childers, Ph.D., found that eliminating certain vegetables (known as nightshade vegetables) from the diet could completely eliminate arthritis symptoms in many cases.
Nightshade vegetables include tomatoes, potatoes, peppers (including paprika, but not black pepper), eggplants, and tobacco.
According to Dr. Childers, nightshade sensitivity isn’t an allergy but actually a progressive loss of the ability to metabolize substances known as “solanine alkaloids,” which are found in all nightshade vegetables. there’s no test that can tell you if your arthritis will respond
to a nightshade-free diet. It’s a try it and see situation.
Other natural therapies, starting with glucosamine. Research shows that
it works by helping to stimulate the growth of new joint cartilage.
This is probably why there’s usually a three to four week delay
after starting treatment for pain relief to begin. I suggest 500 milligrams of glucosamine sulfate three times a day.
glucosamine might affect blood sugar control. If you do have diabetes, checking your blood sugar will tell you whether the glucosamine has enough of an effect to warrant not taking it.
Using 1,000 milligrams of niacinamide three times a day (it doesn’t work as well if you only take it once or twice daily). You should see some benefit
in three to four weeks. Many osteoarthritis
sufferers get complete relief of pain and swelling as long as they continue on with niacinamide.
Niacinamide doesn’t re-grow cartilage, so it’s best to use
glucosamine along with it.