​One of the most effective natural treatments for pain relief is anti-inflammatory tea. Tea has a lengthy history, but it has not always been available throughout all social classes.

One historical account places the first usage of tea about 5000 years ago in China. Since the beginning, the beverage was believed to have medicinal properties and was recommended for incorporation into a pain-alleviation diet. However, tea plants were scarce and tea drinking was considered an elite activity, so it was only available to the royal family and other wealthy people at the time of the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD). The popularization of tea did not occur until the Tang Dynasty (618 AD – 907 AD), when the government began to promote cultivation and widespread sales of the plant.

Now, the extraordinary health properties of tea are available to everyone. Different types of tea are more powerful for treating certain types of health maladies. Here are four of the best teas for treating pain in the joints and other areas of the body:

Green tea

Green tea is probably the best-known anti-inflammatory tea. Rich in antioxidant polyphenols, studies suggest that green tea could decrease the likelihood of rheumatoid arthritis, as well as decreasing its symptoms. Note that green tea does contain caffeine, although at a relatively low quantity: an average cup has 24-45 mg of caffeine, compared to 95-200 mg in a cup of coffee (per the Mayo Clinic).

Ginger tea

One of the other most helpful teas for pain is ginger tea. This tea is made by boiling ginger root to release its antioxidants. Be cautious with this type of tea: excess intake can lead to heartburn. You should also seek medical guidance about drinking ginger tea if you are taking a pharmaceutical drug for any circulatory system disorders.

Celery seed tea

Celery seed has been used in India for thousands of years to minimize pain and swelling in the joints. You can use it within your pain-alleviation diet by grinding up celery seeds and boiling them.

Alfalfa tea

One of the other strongest teas for pain is alfalfa tea. Alfalfa has proven effective at the treatment of health conditions ranging from allergies to hypothyroidism to hypoglycemia. Keep in mind that you should consult your doctor prior to consumption if you take a blood-thinning medication or have any autoimmune disorder.

Steps toward a pain-free lifestyle

Herbal tea is just one way to approach the treatment of pain. At Pain Stop Clinics, we utilize a multi-disciplinary healthcare model, providing our patients the expertise of a diversely focused team of pain management professionals. Get a free consultation today.

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