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Many of the natural ways are simple, like using heat and ice packs. Others, like acupuncture, need a trained pro.

How Heat and Cold Help. Cold curbs joint swelling and inflammation. You can apply an ice pack to the affected joint. You don't want to overdo cold treatments. Apply the cold compress for 15 minutes at a time with at least a 30-minute break in between treatments. Heat relaxes your muscles and spurs blood flow. You can use a moist heating pad or a warm, damp towel. Many people like using microwaveable hot packs. Don't go too hot. Your skin shouldn't burn. You can also use heat therapy in the shower. Let the warm water hit the painful area on your body. That may help soothe it. A hot tub is a good way to relax stiff muscles.

Can Magnets Improve the Symptoms? Magnet therapies come in a variety of forms, such as bracelets, necklaces, inserts, pads, or disks. You can find them at most natural food stores. Most research on magnets has been done in people with joint problems. In people with knee and hip joint problems, some early studies have shown they improved joint pain better than a placebo.

What About Mind/Body Therapies? They can help you manage stress. They're also good for sleep and pain management. Deep breathing: Take slow breaths from your belly. It can calm you and pull you back from stress. Progressive muscle relaxation: To do this, tighten and then relax the muscles in different parts of your body. You can work your way down the body, starting with your face muscles, followed by your neck, arms, chest, back, belly, legs, and feet. Or work your way up from your feet. Breathe in as you contract your muscles. Breathe out when you let go.

Visualization: This can help reduce stress and pain. With this exercise, you close your eyes, breathe deeply, and picture yourself in a quiet, peaceful place.

Meditation: This technique can be as simple as focusing on your breathing and just noticing each inhale and exhale. It doesn't require any spiritual beliefs, and it's not about being super-calm. Anyone can do it, and only a few minutes can make a difference. Your mind will almost certainly wander. That's OK. Just return your attention to your breath, or whatever else you choose to focus on.

Tai chi: This slow, gentle martial art is easy on your joints. It can help with flexibility and strength, too.

Acupuncture: This traditional form of Chinese medicine uses super-fine needles to stimulate energy pathways called "meridians" in the body to correct imbalances of energy, or "qi." There's not a lot of research specific to joint problems. But studies do show that acupuncture helps with pain, especially back pain. It may also help with joint problems.

Are There Safe natural products? A few studies show some benefit for certain natural products. But the research is still in its early stages, so the bottom line isn't clear yet. The most promising natural products include:

Fish oil. Several studies have shown that fish oilsupplements may help reduce morning stiffness with joitn problems. Fish oil appears to be safe when used appropriately.

Thunder god vine. A few studies have shown a drop in inflammation and tender joints in people with joint problems who take this herb. A study found that symptoms improved more with the use of thunder god vine.