Herbs And Spices To Improve Bone And Joint Health

Written by GHBY Team on Tue, 27 December 2022 — Fact checked by Dr. Jatin Bhide

Key Highlights

  • The Bone weakness affects the strength and flexibility of bone health.
  • NSAIDs, Corticosteroids, and DMARDs are the pharmacotherapy used for the treatment of arthritis
  • Herbs and spices show anti-inflammatory and/or anti-arthritic effects with minimal adverse effects.
  • Herbal medicine is recommended for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis for reducing joint pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness.

The burden of joint and bone pain is on the rise. It may be due to the factors of body weight, injury, activity levels, age, lifestyle, low calcium levels in our body, and genetics. No matter what the cause, seeking treatment is a necessity as the pain in joint diseases is unbearable.

Globally, up to 1% of the entire population suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. whereas more than 350 million people suffer from arthritis all over the world. It is impossible to comprehend the severity of these numbers but what’s possible is that we find better solutions to these problems.

Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoporosis, and low back pain are the four major musculoskeletal diseases acknowledged in prevalence by United Nations and WHO.

While medication, physiotherapy, lifestyle change, and sometimes surgery could be the suggested treatment for joint diseases, herbs and spices for better bone health have been in use for ages now in effective management of bone and joint pain.

Herbs and spices as remedies

In traditional medicine, bone healing using medicinal plants, and herbs are widely practiced. Studies depicted that herbs are found to boost up bone formation process and do not have any side effects.

Herbs and their supplements are safe, effective, and show anti-inflammatory properties thereby being used in treatments of osteoarthritis and RA.

A few examples of herbs for joint pain and bone health are: turmeric, bamboo, ginger, borage oil, red sage, red clover, horsetail, thyme, cat’s claw, eucalyptus, frankincense, aloe vera, cinnamon, thunder god vine, Gotu kola, oregano, basil, cilantro, parsley, lemongrass, dandelion, Withania somnifera, Boswellia serrat, etc.

1. Curcuma

Curcuma longa is a yellow perennial root used as a spice, also known as turmeric. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.


  • Orthopedic professionals are recommending turmeric in reducing arthritic pain.
  • A 2018 research showed that curcumin reduces pro-inflammatory cells and thus decreases chronic inflammation in RA.
  • The study reported that when curcuminoids used in combination with diclofenac shows a higher decrease in pain and improved tolerability in patients with osteoarthritis.

2. Bamboo

Bambusoideae is a tree beneficial in joint pain and arthritis.


  • Used in osteoarthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Antioxidants present in them helps in controlling different cause of inflammation

3. Piper longum

Piper longum (Long pepper) is a fruit, dried and used as a spice. The alkaloid piperine present in the fruit of P.longum is a remedy used for treating menstrual pain, chronic gut pain, and arthritis


  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties
  • In an in-vivo study, piperine was beneficial in alleviating symptoms of RA

4. Borage oil

Seeds of the Borago officinalis plant or starflower are a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6-fatty acid.


  • Improves symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • GLA helps stop joint inflammation
  • Prevents some of the body’s inflammatory responses

5. Ginger

Herbs and Spices for Bone and Joint Health

Zingiber Officinale, widely known as ginger is estimated to have relieved inflammatory symptoms.

Ginger acts similarly to COX inhibitors, and theory predicts that it can minimize the functions of several chemical components that enhance joint inflammation.


  • Gene expression alteration by ginger thereby reduces symptoms of RA.
  • Ginger combined with cinnamon and sesame oil might reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis.

6. Boswellia Serrata

Also known as frankincense, this herb exhibits anti-inflammatory activity.


  • Aids in reducing synthesis or preventing activation of inflammatory mediators.
  • Reduces knee joint gap and osteophytes are effects of Boswellia in arthritis treatment.

Best ways to use herbs and spices

Herbs and Spices for Bone and Joint Health

People with joint pain can use herbs or spices in a variety of different forms.

Some ways to utilize herbs and spices are listed below:

1. Capsules or pills

· Herbal supplements can be taken orally in form of capsules or pills.

· Those having problems in swallowing can dissolve them in water and have it.

· In capsules or pills, an active ingredient is present in the required dosage form to avoid the risk.

Boswellia serrata, and Piper nigraum capsule are available to improve joint health.

2. Infusion or teas

You must have had ginger tea or green tea. Ever heard about Rose hip tea and willow bark tea? Both herbal extracts have anti-inflammatory properties.

Rose hip tea is a source of Vitamin C and this phytochemical is found to be effective for both osteoarthritis and RA. Willow bark extracts ease pain in people with osteoarthritis.

How to make: Herbs can be dissolved in boiling water, to extract the active ingredients of herbs and consume them.

3. Creams or ointments

Various ointments or creams are available which contain herbs alone or in combination with other herbs to treat joint pain. They can be used to reduce joint swelling or stiffness and improves joint pain.

Aloe vera, eucalyptus, Withania somnifera, and Zingiber officinale are a few herbs used in the preparation of ointments or creams to treat bone and joint health.

  • Tinctures

The tincture is a concentrated extract form of herbal medicine and can be consumed in liquid form. Curcuma and ginger tinctures to ease pain in RA.

  • Oil

Aromatherapy means using essential oils for the mitigation of disease. Essential oils usually contain bark, leaves, stem, or peel of fruits and are scented. Oils from some herbs are used to reduce knee and joint pain from traditional days.

Cinnamon, eucalyptus, ginger, lemongrass, and frankincense are essential oils for joint inflammation.


Joint pain or bone disease very often restricts us from carrying out our day-to-day activities smoothly. Lifestyle change, diet, physical activity or exercise, and pharmacotherapy are the various treatment option available to diminish the pain associated with arthritis or other bone diseases

The addition of herbs and spices to your diet is recommended because of their inflammatory properties. Herbs and spices are proven as traditional natural another approach to pharmacology strategies. Herbs and spices contain ingredients that enhance bone growth and strengthen bones. Start using herbs or spices for better bone health in your diet to enhance the flavor of food and stay healthy.



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