Many homeopathic remedies for arthritis have not been studied extensively to know whether or not they are effective; however, it has been shown that several herbs including aloe vera, boswellia, cat's claw, eucalyptus, ginger, green tea, turmeric and willow bark, can help treat symptoms of arthritis, according to Healthline. Before using any of these herbal supplements, Healthline also recommends that the patient speak to his or her doctor first.
Some herbal supplements react negatively with other medications so it is always best to consult a doctor. In addition to using herbal supplements, Healthline recommends adding in additional exercise for a reduction of symptoms. Getting massages and using ice packs or heat packs can also help alleviate symptoms.
Aloe vera is one of the better known herbs on the list and can help arthritis patients when they slather it on their sore joints and muscles. When used topically, there are no side effects. Aloe vera can also be ingested to help lower blood sugar levels and calm gastrointestinal problems.
Another great herbal supplement is boswellia. This herb has actually been shown to ease pain due to similar conditions in animals, though the study has not yet been tested on humans. It can also be applied topically or ingested. The herb is considered a great choice for arthritis sufferers because it is anti-inflammatory, reports Healthline. It is particularly helpful for those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis.