Joint pain is usually caused because of injury in the tendons or ligaments in the joints. Joint pain can also be caused by arthritis, sudden weakness in the body, low calcium levels, general fatigue due to physical strain and by external injury. For older people, joint pain comes along with the age.
Few initial stages or symptoms are:
- Redness, swelling or tenderness in the joints
- Reduced range while moving
- Warmth in the joints externally
Sometimes pain might be caused because of severe fever or hospitalization. When the pain in joints are treated in the initial stages, it is easy to recover. When the pain increases and becomes unbearable, the recovery will be slow. There are many herbs that can help to reduce the pain and strengthen the muscles. Nocchi is one of the herbs that is used to treat and reduce joint pain.
Health benefits of Nocchi leaves: Nocchi leaves have anti-inflammatory properties in it, that helps to treat pain internally and externally. This leaf can be crushed and applied externally or mixed with suitable ingredients and consumed internally. This herb not only cures joint pain, it also cures and treats swelling, headache, reduces congestion, melts mucus and treats small wounds.
When the paste of the leaf is applied externally on the swelling, nocchi leaf reduces swelling and soothes the strained muscles. The extract and essential oil from the herb, penetrated the skin and treats inflamed tissues, cartilages and ligaments that cause joint pain.
Nocchi leaves are called in various names in different parts of the world. They are botanically called as Vitex Negundo. Nocchi leaves are available in different colors and all types contains the same health benefits. When you cannot find fresh nocchi leaves, there are herbal stores that sell dried leaves and powdered nocchi leaves. They contain the same medicinal properties too.
The Chinese Pharmacopoeia prescribes the fruit of Panjghust (Vitex negundo) in the treatment of reddened, painful, and puffy eyes; headache and arthritic joints.
Liu, C., Tseng, A. and Yang, S. (2005) Chinese herbal medicine: Modern applications of traditional formulas, CRC Press, 2005.
The leaves of V. negundo have been used in the Philippines in reducing inflammation, rheumatic swellings of the joints and testes due to gonorrheal epididymitis.
QUASUMBING, E. 1978. Medicinal Plants of the Philippines. Katha Pub. Co., Quezon.
In Malaysia, the leaves of V. negundo are traditionally used to treat asthma, fever, headaches as well as arthritis.
BURKILL, L. H. 1966. A Dictionary of the Economic Products of the Malay Peninsula. Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Kuala Lumpur. Volumes I & II.
Follow the instructions in this DIY to treat and cure joint pain.
- 10 Nocchi leaves (Chinese chastetree)
- 10 ml Water
- To treat joint pain, you need nocchi leaves and little water.
- Separate the leaves from stem and clean it.
- Add the cleaned leaves to a blender.
- Add little water and blend it.
- Ready to use.
- Clean the affected area with warm water.
- Apply this paste on the joint.
- Leave it for 30 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water.