Diseases and conditions affecting the joints can be debilitating. You need your joints to do even the most basic physical function, including turning when asleep. We shall look at some alternative treatments for arthritis in this post.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 50 million Americans are reported to have some form of arthritis. These include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia. These numbers are expected to rise to 67 million (age 18 and up) by 2030. Taking medications every day, sometimes several times a day, is any normal person’s idea of fun. Neither is surgery. Many are in search of alternative treatments for arthritis.
Now, nothing works for everybody, and in some cases, medication and/or surgery may be the only way to go. Information on this page should not be taken as medical advice and consulting your doctor is always a good idea, even with natural remedies.
With that said, below is a video about a promising alternative arthritis treatment. The good thing is, this treatment costs less than surgery and you can avoid the weeks or months of post-surgery rehab.
Supplements And Other Natural Arthritis Remedies
Fortunately, Mother Nature has provided us with various time-tested remedies for many conditions, including arthritis pain. Once largely frowned upon, even disdained, by the mainstream medical profession, natural remedies are gaining their deserved respect. Here are a few natural arthritis remedies and supplements:
Green lipped mussel: The New Zealand green lipped mussel, (Perna canaliculus), a shellfish, has been found to have anti-inflammatory compounds that can help alleviate arthritis pain. If you are allergic to shellfish you should only try this under supervision or advice of a healthcare professional though. According to WebMd, New Zealand green-lipped mussel is used for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and asthma. It has also been found to be effective in alleviating arthritis signs in dogs (NCBI).
Glucosamine and chondroitin: Perhaps the most tested supplement for arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis, is glucosamine and chondroitin. The two are natural substances are found in in cartilage. In one study, participants with moderate to severe pain reported significant pain relief than the placebo (NCCAM). Some studies have reported conflicting results. It is therefore recommended to discontinue glucosamine/chondroitin if no significant improvement is noted after three months of use.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: One can almost expect these essential fatty acids to be mentioned in just about anything health-related, and positively for that matter. Most studies on Omega-3 and arthritis have focused mainly on rheumatoid arthritis. One study indicated that had positive effects for people with this condition and can help reduce long-term requirement of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The easiest way to get these acids is by taking a good quality fish oil supplement. For vegetarians and vegans, flaxseed oil might do although not as beneficial as fish oil.
We shall be bringing you more info on natural arthritis supplements and treatments on future posts. Keep watching this site.