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Medic for Arthritis in Hands

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Arthritis in the hands is the most common type of arthritis. It occurs as a result of the breakdown of the cartilage that support the bone structure.

Since we use our hands and fingers in most activities, arthritis in the hands can be a cause of discomfort and uneasiness. Swollen fingers, joint inflammation, stiffness and pain are some of the symptoms of hand arthritis.

Advancements in the medical field have led to the development of many methods for controlling the various arthritis symptoms. Along with medications, you can also try some easy yet highly effective natural remedies to improve the condition of your fingers and hands.


arthritis in hands remedies

Here are the top 10 home remedies for arthritis in the hands. Also, consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

1. Ice Pack

Cold therapy is good for those suffering from hand arthritis. You can use ice packs, a plastic bag filled with crushed ice or a bag of frozen vegetables.

Regular application of ice packs on the affected hands and fingers will lessen irritation and reduce soreness. However, it is important to bear in mind that different people may respond differently to cold therapy.


Simply put the ice pack on the affected area for a few minutes and then repeat. Continue this home treatment for about 20 minutes, several times a day.

Apply the cold compress to only one or two joints at a time, and be sure to put a thin towel between the ice pack and the skin to prevent frostbite.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory and alkaline-forming properties that help reduce pain and stiffness in the hands from arthritis.

  • Drink a glass of warm water mixed with one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and some honey every day.
  • Alternatively, mix one-quarter or one-half teaspoon of cayenne pepper in one cup of warm apple cider vinegar. Soak the painful joint in it for about 15 minutes and then rinse it off. Repeat daily until you see improvement.

3. Ginger

Ginger contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce arthritis pain and inflammation. You can add this herb in your foods and also drink ginger tea to derive its benefits.

To make ginger tea:

  1. Cut up a small piece of ginger.
  2. Boil it in one cup of water for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain and drink this tea two or three times a day until you get relief.

4. Honey and Cinnamon

The combination of honey and cinnamon powder is a good natural way to treat arthritis in hands and help relax stiff muscles due to their excellent healing properties.


cinnamon and honey remedy for arthritis in hands

Also, honey has antiseptic qualities, while cinnamon has good anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

  1. Mix one tablespoon of honey and one-half teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
  2. Eat this mixture every morning on an empty stomach for several weeks or until you get encouraging results.

5. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is good for reducing the stiffness, inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. It is a rich source of magnesium which is important for bone mineralization; most arthritis patients have demineralized bones. Moreover, magnesium helps decrease nerve pains.

  1. Mix two cups of Epsom salt in warm bath water
  2. Soak your hands in it for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Do this three times a week for several weeks or until you are satisfied with the results.

6. Oil Massage

There is a strong connection between olive oil and inflammation caused by arthritis.

use olive oil to treat arthritis in hands
Relieve Arthritis Pain in Hands with Olive Oil Massage

A special compound known as oleocanthal present in olive oil helps prevent the production of pro-inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes.

  • Olive oil can be used as a massage oil for your hands and fingers. Add a few drops of lavender oil to two to four tablespoons of warm olive oil and massage the affected area with gentle strokes to alleviate discomfort and inflammation.
  • You can also use olive oil for cooking food to help reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

Medic for Arthritis in Hands was last modified: October 7th, 2018 by Top10HomeRemedies

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74 thoughts on “Medic for Arthritis in Hands”

  1. I am really glad to come across such a useful and awesome post. I was being searching for such valuable home remedies that would be helpful for arthritis in hands. The symptoms of arthritis can be controlled up to some extent.

  2. i just started suffering in my wrist according to the dr’s. I’m in construction so I need something that will work quickly and effectively. Please help!!!!

    1. This may sound weird but i know someone who works in construction and rubs his arthritic hands with wd 40 a few times a day. Hes told me it has done alot for him. Olive oil may help you.

    2. I had dequervains syndrome
      Tried everything only thing that worked after 18 months of extreme pain was surgery to free caught nerves tendons etc
      Believe wrists damaged due mostly to heavy lifting etc nursing for close to 50 years

  3. I’ve been suffering with hand,wrist and elbow pain and inflamation for a few years now. Ive had 7 operations including tendon release, wrist and thumb fusion and ligament repairs in both sides. I am still struggling with severe inflamation showing on an ultrasound scan and they are now saying that after all these operations my main problem is the inflamation itself which is causing the pain. Please can you help me find a cure for inflamation!
    Many thanks


    1. Wendy, ice therapy is great for inflammation. Ice with a wet wash cloth around it for 20 minutes then nothing for 40 minutes. Then repeat. I feel its the most effective method and doctors always recommend it. Don’t use heat though because it causes more inflammation and don’t use ice longer than 20 minutes at a time because you body will feel as though its freezing and then in turn causes your body to make heat in the area which is what you want to avoid.

    2. I know what your talking about. I’ve had tendon release surgery which cured the burning but my fingers and hands are still swelled, going on 2 yrs. I’ve had every blood test, x-rays, and MRI’s. Nothing comes up positive. They say I’m pristine! I also have ganglion cysts on the top of my wrists. If you have any cures let me know. I’m drinking apple cider vinegar and taking curcumin tablets. No change yet.

      Thank you

      1. I just wanted to verify WHAT kind of apple cider vinegar you are using. The regular stuff you buy in the regular part of the store doesn’t work. You have to have the ac vinegar that has the “mother” in it. Braggs works wonderfully. I have noticed it helps my arthritis to a degree..but it helps GERD/acid reflux 100% taken twice a day (can add warm water/honey to taste). 2 Tbsp. twice a day.

        1. Hi Laura, just read your post that the apple cider vinegar helped you with GERD & acid reflux? I suffer from that as a result of taking too much ibuprofen, so much so that I went to the ER. How much do you take & how often?

          1. Kelly, just saw your post! Please stop taking ibuprofen now. I took it so long and so much for my fibromyalgia pain because I did not have proper medication. When I had to do an endoscopy, the doctor found five “5” ULCERS! Proper medication will not cause ulcers.

    3. Wendy, I’ve read and heard of great results from drinking pure cherry juice. I’ve also heard that the number one thing for inflammation is turmeric. I would recommend looking up turmeric use for chronic inflammation. If you are taking prescription or over the counter anti inflammatory medications I would take a very close look at those as they may be be doing more harm than good over the long run. (If nothing works well enough a fast or cleanse always brings the body intense healing and makes it more receptive) if you have belly fat I would suggest also checking to see if you have candidiasis as it can cause and exacerbate a myriad of problems including inflammation.

      Have faith and keep trying! I hope you find your way and end up writing a success story that helps a lot of people! 🙂

    4. If you Google Update Magnesium you will see how good Citrate Magnesium is for the body. Try to avoid all dairy products. Then make smoothies with leafy green vegetables and apples

  4. I’m beginning to have RA in my hands, feet, and many other parts of my body. It seems to have progress rapidly. The pain in my hands grew from occasional to chronicle within two months. I will try some of the home remedies and, if they work, will post result here!

    1. Hoitt, I have noticed the same thing. I wake up every morning with pain and stiffness in my hands and left wrist. Also, in one knee. This has only occurred in the last few months. I would be curious to know if you have tried any of the remedies and which ones worked the best. I have been debating about getting a hand wax therapy bath. A young teacher friend of mine swore by his that he had to use every morning before school for his hand arthritis. The wax baths are not cheap, though.

      1. I have been looking for some one that has what im going through and u sound like what i are going through is the same as I so can u tell me more about what happen with you it happen to me in the last 2 months and not it has not gone away ans i wake up with swelling and pain in bolth my hands every morning now i feel like im getting it in the back of my knees any one that has the same problem please me and tell me ur story i dont have insurance to go to the docter and no money to pay for one am at a loss with what i should do or if it is serious i know this is not a site for this kinda question just feelin lucky i guess

        1. The swelling and pain in your hands in the morning sounds like carpal tunnel syndrome. I had it in both wrists and experienced the same problems every morning. I was able to relieve the symptoms for quite a few years by purchasing a brace for each wrist to wear at bedtime. This was at the suggesting of my chiropractor, and it did work until my job made the problem too severe to treat this way and I had to have surgery. Also, vitamin B-100 complex is very good for nerve issues when taken every day. Good luck, and I hope you get relief.

    1. I suddenly felt temporary numbness on my right hand fingers while operating a computer mouse. This happened after I engaged my right hand in performing a heavy work-chopping woods single handed. Henceforth, there was swelling and pain. On the third day someone advised me to take honey with cinnamon powder in an empty stomach. After exactly five days. no more pain and swelling. As of this moment my fingers are almost cured. They’re back to normal without any medical intervention.

    2. Jane, I definitely have had good results; however, in addition to these awesome suggestions, I have done more.
      Aside from the suggestions on this post, you should stop eating the following: all refined foods such as pasta, sugar, salt, cookies; also stop eating: coffee, beans of any kind, corn, tomato, watermelon, potato, wheat, bell pepper, eggplant, fried foods, beef and pork. It is far better to eat lean protein foods like wild -not farmed – fish and organic chicken as well as turkey. Eat white meat products that do not contain nitrites and sulfates.
      I have rheumatoid arthritis in all of my joints and I have been able to control most of the symptoms with a strict diet regular exercise. I started exercising slow until I was able to run on the elliptical machine 3.5 miles 5 days a week. But it took me a long time to get to this point.

      1. Question for Ed: You recommended stop drinking coffee altogether or just cut back! Is there a web site that someone can find out more about the nutritional side of controlling the symptoms of RA! Thanks

    3. I drink boiled ginger tea whenever I have mild pain in any area of my body. It absolutely works. That’s the only thing I knew about but I ran out in the middle of a flare up so I’m looking for an alternative…I think I’ll try a few of the others at the same time…I have epsom salt, honey, cinnamon and olive oil in the house already.

  5. Stiff morning hands troubleshooting: I found a thread that links taking fish oil supplements and sudden morning hand pain. I have experienced this in the last 2 months. I too, wake with stiff hands unable to fully make a fist. Lots of people shared how they just started a new fish oil brand. I stopped taking mine for three days with no change in stiff fingers. So that was not it.

    Is working in soil a common denominator? Can soil fungus enter a crack or cut in skin?

    Things I have done to possibly bring this on: LOTS of hand work in garden, lifting rocks, digging, scrubbing, sanding… (but I have done these for years without problems.??? I am athletic 53)

    I used to eat X-virgin coconut oil popcorn with sea salt very often in evening during cooler weather and do not eat much coconut oil in summer. It might be a connection. XV Coconut oil is very healthy and maybe I need more.

    I do have a thought that it might be a vertebrae out of place in cervical spine. I think this might be the cause because of the hard work I’ve been doing, my shallow breathing (like reduced lung capacity) and my arms get heavy if I fall asleep with them over my head.
    I just started taking 2 T apple cider vinegar with 1 T raw honey in 8oz warm water each morning and night. Too early to call.

    1. I was told by my chiropractor to NOT sleep with your arms over your head..you have to really pay attention to it as it cuts off the blood flow to your hands/arms and then when you lower them you make your heart work harder to catch up with the extra blood flow all of a sudden..so try to stop doing that and a vertebrae out can really cause the pain and breathing issues also. Now I am reposting what I wrote to someone earlier as it is the same response in regards to apple cider vinegar..I just wanted to verify WHAT kind of apple cider vinegar you are using. The regular stuff you buy in the regular part of the store doesn’t work. You have to have the ac vinegar that has the “mother” in it. Braggs works wonderfully. I have noticed it helps my arthritis to a degree..but it helps GERD/acid reflux 100% taken twice a day (can add warm water/honey to taste). 2 Tbsp. twice a day.

  6. I’m going to try the soaking in hot water for my hands and wrists, they give me so much pain. These remedies are simple and I will be trying more of your remedies. What’s your suggestion that would help to relieve the inflammation and pain in a person with R.A ?

  7. I have had some success with Emu oil. When I say some ,is because the stiffness has not entirely vanished but has significantly reduced and so the pain associated with it.

  8. I have lived with arthritic pain in the hands for about 5 of my 80 years.
    Something I observed was that when I worked on my bike and my hands were covered with grease, that my pain was minimal and I had no middle finger lockup.
    Realizing that vaseline is also a mineral oil derivative, I tried it and have been using it ever since. The common Vix or equivalent ointment, containing aloe and eucalyptus oil is significantly more effective and longer lasting than just vaseline . A very sparing application on all knuckles before bedtime does wonders.

  9. I know this sounds crazy but I rubbed stomach acid onto my hands and the acidic properties slowly eroded the arthritis out of my hands and after a year my arthritis was gone, my pain is gone and i have never felt better

    1. Not crazy, resourceful I would say, I also would love to know how to obtain stomach acid. To be free of pain, able to ware gloves & yes not the constant embarrassments of having hands that have becomes disfigured would truly be a joy. Thank you for the sharing knowledge.

  10. Sometimes pain can also be caused from lack of Magnesium (tablets taken internally) .Just Google and research Magnesium and how it may help with aches and pains.

  11. I swear by my grandma’s recipe for arthritis hand cream. Put a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide into around 8 ounces of hand lotion, mix well. Apply on sore joints as much as you want. Test it first on a small area in case of sensitive skin. The peroxide helps lower the tension of the joints and provide relief from the pain.

      1. Deborah, it’s written in the original post: one tablespoon of honey mixed with half a teaspoon of cinnamon.

      2. Deborah – the ratio is right there in the article:

        “Mix one tablespoon of honey and one-half teaspoon of cinnamon power & have on an empty stomach every morning “

  12. Hi i am suffering for numbness of my finger 5 weeks tell now and lucky to found this site,And im trying now to ake the Honey and Cinamon .i wish it’s getting better if i will continue to take it untill the numbness and fingers sore gone…thanks for this site !!more power!!

  13. Hiii…i m 25 yrs …bt m sufffering from RA …m taking treatment from 2 yrs for this bt no effect of treatment ..my pain and swelling progress very fast..m taking methotraxate drug from 2 yrs…plzzz help me……

  14. An EXCELLENT old home remedy that works for many people with Arthritis is soaking raisins in gin. Please google this remedy as well as the directions on how to make it and how many to eat every day.

    In addition, eating dark cherries every day works for many people too.

  15. I use organic apple cider vinegar with mother & honey every day and it does seem to be working. I have osteoarthritis in my hips. I do yoga everyday too which help. I keep away from refined foods and gluten.

  16. Thanks for all the different tea drinks or other remedies from spices in our kitchen shelves and how to prepare them. Much appreciate it.

  17. The easy to follow and practice the remedy which seems to have worked is honey and cinnamon. I am going to try it myself ‘ along with keeping the fingers in salted hot water

  18. Have been trying the cinnamon and honey regime and in just 3 days my hands swelling and weakness have improved greatly. Woke up this am and could pick up a glass of water…..with one hand and no pain. I am a believer!

    1. I have been having this pain in hand and fingers,pain is so bad ,i cant sleep .thank for suggestions will certainly try cinnamon and honey

  19. I have an appointment today to have some help with the pain and swelling in my hands. After reading the above comments, I am also going to try some of them, starting with the cinn. and honey.

  20. I’m suffering with pain in my right hand. Feels like someone is twisting a knife in my finger. Will try honey and cinnamon today.

  21. This is a very good tips, since I am having quite a stiff hands……….& I am going to massage my customers tonite…….I need a strong hand, not a stiff hand….

  22. Hi folks,
    I haven’t seen any comments from acoustic guitar players. I play very often. My left hand (the fretting hand) has several fingers that won’t bend like they use to. I often wake with numb fingers and it is getting worse. Many of the remedies mentioned sound good, but I’m a bit lazy and hoped to see if other guitarist’s have zeroed in on a preferred remedy. Thanks…from Beans

  23. ICE PACKS … not! Cold makes arthritis even worse. Don’t take my word for it. Just visit/live in a damp, cool, wintry, location and tell me how your hands feel; and then take a week in a hot dry place, like Arizona or Mexico and you tell me.

    Even now, October 25/15, Ontario Canada, the minute the September cold begins to hover in, my hands and parts of my body begin to stiffen and ache; even place hands for example in a hot tub at work while preparing a bath for those I support…soooooo nice…and it is the heat that relieves any pain and brings my fingers back to normalcy.

  24. Im experiencing numbness of my fingers every morning..
    Tnx i found dis site,,
    I will try this honey and cinnamon .hope it will work.

  25. I need all the help that I can get as my hands are almost conquered by Rheumatoid Athritis. I massage them daily with a mixture of coconut oil with four squares of camphor dissolved in the oil. I can now try some of the above home remedies as all my medications have bad side effects on my kidneys and liver. Thanks for the help.

  26. I just had surgery on my hand 6 weeks ago for arthritis in my thumb. Dr said I would pain free after it is healed. I just got the cast off today and I can’t move my thumb. I have no feeling in the top of it. Do you think the Epsom salt soak would help. I start therapy next week

  27. I have been diagnosed with RA past 12yrs now, i am 30 yrs now. I am already on Ayurveda meds, and now shall start with these remedies too, as the Ayurveda meds havent seem to show immense effect so far, though i have stopped consuming nonveg, and alcohol for nearly couple of months. I hope these remedies will help me reduce the hand joints inflammation and get my grip back.

  28. I just read the posts above and suffered many years with GERD and acid reflux. Then I read a homeopathic article that said fresh pineapple will “cure all”. In my case it has. Haven’t taken any OTC or script for it. Always have fresh pineapple in the frig. I keep canned slices just in case. However, now seldom use. Hopes this help.

  29. Wonder if some of the food that we think make arthritis and allergies worse, is the one sprayed with round up and other chemicals. I will start using organic see if it helps.

  30. Severe pain and swelling in wrist and on top of foot. Doctor suggest Tylenol for Arthitis, this does not help. I can hardly walk, please please help with home remedy. Thank you

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