You may get afflicted with pain in various parts of the body and reasons can be numerous. It can be caused by an accident induced injury or muscle strain. Athletes may get hurt in knee and other body part while playing. Other causes may include vehicle related or fall related injuries. No matter what the cause is, it is quite important that you seek treatment for pain in knee or any other body part.
Treatment options for knee pain
There are a number of treatment options available for alleviating and healing knee pains. The most relevant options are:
- Medication for reducing and eliminating the pain.
- Spray and gel based products to be applied externally on the affected body part.
- Herbal and natural extracts.
Out of these alternatives, applying tried and tested herb and natural extracts involve least risk of side effects. If the pain is not severe or other medical complications are there, castor oil can be applied for treating cases of knee pain.
Using castor oil for knee pain treatment
From ages, castor oil has been used by medical experts and others for a number of medicinal purposes. It is extracted from seeds of a plant known in the scientific community as ricinus communis. The areas of uses include constipation, skin conditions, weak immune system, etc. The consistent viscosity of this oil ensures it remains liquid even in freezing temperatures.
Castor oil pack is used to alleviate several types of joint pains including knee pains. The oil packs contain ingredients that work on bone spurs and strained muscles. It is better to use cold-pressed oil. You may also apply a small amount of warm castor oil directly on knee joint.
How to make a castor oil pack to treat pain
You will require a number of ingredients to make a castor oil pack for relief from joint pains.
- Quality cold-pressed oil with a yellowish hue
- Plastic wrap
- Heating pad
- Medicated cotton
At first, you have to soak the cloth in warm water. Put a small amount of oil in the cloth. Now place the cloth on your knee and wrap it with care. You may also use cellophane to thwart oil spillage on bed or floor. Leave the knee like this overnight or for at least 8 hours.
In recent times, several pharmaceutical organizations sell a lighter and non-oily type of castor oil which is known as castiva. If the stickiness of castor oil repels you, you can try this variant. It can be found online too.
Understanding castor oil’s role in alleviating joint and knee pain
It has been proven that, castor oil enhances the amount of lymphocytes and T cell one type of lymphocyte is affected by its application. These cells enhance toxin reduction and enhance the immunity level in the body. So, application of castor oil pack basically speeds the healing of injuries in body parts. You can apply castor oil on your knees in the evenings and allow it to work overnight for the desired results. It can be applied for a couple of days or more, based on the condition of joint or knee.
Cautions while applying castor oil for pain reduction
While castor oil application, may yield good result for eliminating knee and other joint pains, some precautions should be taken.
- Castor oil should not be applied on your joints or knee, if the skin is broken.
- Lactating mothers and women who have conceived should not use it.
- If you suspect there is any case of bone fracture or severe pain, seeking medical intervention is recommended. At times, sore joints may indicate onset of critical ailments.