How To Use Castor Oil To Treat Knee Pain

Did you ever get fed up of going
to the doctor again and again, only to come back with an untreated knee
pain? Knee pains are troublesome. Sometimes the medications aren’t
effective, and the pain only gets worse. So isn’t there a better
alternative to this issue? Yes, there is. And it is castor oil! Castor
oil can relieve many conditions. It is antibacterial, antiviral and
antifungal. Castor oil is widely used topically, to treat a variety of
painful conditions like arthritis, sciatica and back pain. Many people
with recurring knee injuries and people, who suffer from the aforesaid
conditions, swear by the efficacy of castor oil. Do you also want to see
how effective castor oil can be in treating your knee pain? Then just
use it! But before that, read this amazing post below!

How Effective Is Castor Oil For Knee Pain?

Usually,
castor oil is applied topically to joint pains, sciatica and knee pain
to help ease the pain and provide relief. You can apply a bit of hot
castor oil directly to the knee joint and leave it on for maximum
benefits, or you can make a castor oil pack. Let’s look at what we need
for a castor oil pack and how to go about making one!

What Do You Need To Make A Castor Oil Pack?

  • High-quality castor oil (preferably pale yellow cold-pressed oil)
  • A heating pad or a hot water bottle
  • Plastic wrap, cellophane tape, plastic sheet, cling film or an empty bin-liner.
  • Three ‘1 square foot’ pieces of cotton or wool, or a piece large enough to cover the knee.
  • An old towel.

How To Prepare:

  1. Take the cloth and soak it in hot water.
  2. Pour some castor oil on it, but make sure the oil is not dripping from the cloth.
  3. Position the cloth on the sore knee, wrap it up with the cling film to hold it in place.
  4. Consider
    wrapping cellophane to prevent oil from spilling on to the sheets.
    Alternatively, consider using the old towel to prevent oil spills.
  5. Leave on for 6 to 7 hours.

This castor oil wrap for knee pain will provide long lasting relief. Soon, knee pain won’t be slowing you down any longer (1).

So, How Does The Castor Oil Pack Work?

  1. Castor
    oil packs usually increase the number of lymphocytes. The T-cell is a
    type of lymphocyte that helps increase cell-mediated immunity. The
    castor oil pack increases the total T-cell count within a 24-hour
    period. Lymphocytes usually defend the body, creating antibodies for
    pathogens and toxins.
  2. T-cells are a type of WBC, designed to
    repel disease. The T-cell identifies and kills viruses, bacteria, fungi
    and in some cases even cancer cells. Castor oil packs boost the healing
    of injuries sustained. The only thing to note is that castor oil should
    always be applied to the wound, where the skin is not broken (2).
  3.  Recently,
    pharmaceutical organizations came up with a less sticky, non-oily
    version of castor oil. Castiva arthritis pain relief is a lotion that
    provides all the benefits of a castor oil pack. It has been recorded as
    equally effective in combating knee pain. It is available for sale
    online on many websites (3). Many pharmacies also stock Castiva, and you
    can get it from either source. It is made from a castor oil base.

Castiva
can be either a cooling or a warming formula. Capsaicin is what lends
chillies their signature hot flavor. The warming formula in capsaicin
has long been used to treat joint pain. Combining capsaicin with castor
oil is a popular way of treating knee pain.

The cooling lotion of
Castiva is equally effective, yet it has a different chemical
composition than the warming lotion. It contains methyl
salicylate/menthol. Menthol is known as a cooling agent, and on being
combined with castor oil, it forms Castiva cooling lotion. You can buy
it online; it’s usually a tad expensive than the warming lotion (4). A
recent study on castor oil has helped determine the efficacy of castor
oil for knee joint pain treatment (5).

Castor oil is
used to treat a plethora of diseases. We looked at how castor oil can
help provide relief from knee pain and arthritic complaints. So, if your
knees aren’t what they used to be, and you have more than frequent
‘just the odd niggle’, you may want to consider using castor oil to ease
the pain.

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