Arthritis is one of the leading causes for disability in the United States. It is an inflammatory condition of the joints that currently affects approximately 58 million adults, with an estimated increase to 78.4 million by 2040. This inflammation is characterized by pain, stiffness, and a reduced range of motion with regards to the arthritic joint(s).
It is a complex problem, in fact according to the Arthritis Foundation “Arthritis is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint. One thing is for sure, your joints don’t get better with age unless you help them.
Most doctors will tell you that it is impossible to slow down the deterioration of the joint and say it is impossible to repair the damage naturally. Not True!
If all you do is take Ibuprofen or analgesics and steroid injections then I agree with the doctors. Steroid injections actually speeds up the deterioration of the joint the more frequently they are done. NSAID’s Ibuprofen such as Motrin can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Ibuprofen may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding and kidney damage. Analgesic Acetaminophen such as Tylenol has a warning about liver damage. All these treatments reduce the inflammation of the joint and many people get great relief, however they are not repairing the joint.
How much deterioration, how long it’s been going on and what kind of arthritis affects the outcome of any natural remedies.
With age related arthritis there is a deterioration of the cartilage, the cushion between the ends of two bones forming the joint, such as the knee, hip, spine or fingers. The connective tissues that surround and support the joint, such as ligaments, tendons and muscles are usually affected as well. This often causes pain, swelling and stiffness.
The difficulty is there are numerous causes for arthritis, which many can overlap and there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions.
Osteoarthritis is often referred to as degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis, and is the most common chronic condition of the joints. Sports, repetitive motion jobs, and aging are typical contributing factors.
Auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid, psoriatic and lupus occurs when the immune system over-reacts and attacks the joints or connective tissues. Polyarthritis is most often caused by an auto-immune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, amyloidosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus erythematosus. It can also be caused by a bacterial or viral infection such as Lyme disease, chikungunya virus and Ross River virus. Lyme disease is a well-known bacterium that can cause devastating long term joint problems.
If you have diabetes, you're at increased risk of various bone and joint disorders caused by chronic inflammation, decreased circulation and nerve damage to the joint. Charcot’s joint also called neuropathic arthropathy and is seen typically in the feet and ankles in people with diabetes.
Knowing what type of arthritis you have can help determine what natural treatments can be most effective. For all types of arthritis is important to give your body the proper nutrients to help it repair the joints. Their purpose is to:
- Repair the cartilage cushion between the joints, as well as decrease inflammation.
- Decrease inflammation
- Improve joint lubrication
- Decrease stiffness of surrounding connective tissues
Glucosamine Sulfate & Chondroitin sulfate are well known for repairing the cartilage between the joint. Glucosamine is a natural sugar compound found in joint cartilage that protects the joint and reduces inflammation or swelling. Chondroitin is a structural component of cartilage that gives cartilage its nutrients, fluidity, and elasticity. It is responsible for the water retention of the cartilage, which is important for pressure resistance.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist and works by acting as a cushion and lubricant in the joints and other tissues. HA has in numerous studies demonstrated pain reduction and physical function improvement with very low toxicity. A study published in the Oct-Dec. 2015 Muscles Ligaments Tendons Journal HA permits tendon gliding, reduces adhesions, creates better tendon architectural organization and limits inflammation.
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethan) is a naturally-occurring sulfur compound found in fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, fish, and grains. Studies have shown that MSM significantly reduces inflammation in your body and inhibits the breakdown of cartilage between the joints. A study in 100 people over the age of 50 found that treatment with a supplement containing 1,200 mg of MSM for 12 weeks decreased pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints, compared to a placebo. The group receiving the supplement also reported improved overall quality of life and less difficulty walking and getting out of bed. MSM is considered safe and is generally well tolerated, although people with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis should not take it.
Curcumin Meriva (Jarrow Forumlas) is the active ingredient of the herb tumeric, It reduces pain and inflammation throughout the body as well as stiffness related to all types of arthritis. It reduces joint pain and swelling by blocking inflammatory cytokines and enzymes. Evidence suggests curcumin may suppress the body’s response to tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a chemical produced by the immune system that causes inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and other arthritic conditions.
All these supplements can be taken individually or together. There are numerous combination formulas for arthritis. In order for any of them to work you need quality ingredients. The supplement formulas I have found to be highly effective both personally and with my patients are Osteomove and Plus CBD Oil!
Osteomove (Natural Factors) combines all the elements listed above and more to help prevent or reverse the damage from arthritis. Generally I suggest to start with 2 tablets 2 x a day for at least 2-3 months to see noticeable improvement. If the arthritis has been there a long time or is very severe (needing joint replacement) it may take a bit longer. However, if you want to start slower with a lower dose and work up to a higher dose that’s fine. It just might take a little longer to feel the benefits you want. Once you are feeling great then you can decrease the dosage and see what works for you as maintenance. Best of all you can take Osteomove indefinitely to maintain healthy joints because joints don’t get better with age without help.
Plus CBD OIL (CV Sciences) Hemp Cannabidiol (CBD) is one type of cannabinoid as compared to its cousin marijuana, that doesn’t get you high because it must have less than 0.3 THC present. Research confirms one of the primary benefits for arthritis sufferers is its positive effect on pain. In a study published in the December 2017 journal “Pain”, researchers found CBD could prevent osteoarthritis pain and joint neuropathy because it decreased joint inflammation and served as a protectant to the nerves. I usually suggest starting with 10mg 1x day for a month and if needed increase the dose slowly, until you find relief. You can also use topically the Plus CBD oil balm either 50mg or 100mg 2 x day or more often if needed. You don’t need to apply a lot of the balm to get benefits. Caution: Hemp CBD is not legal in all states and can show up positive in testing.
As always check with your healthcare professional about your arthritis concerns. Appointments (either in office or telephone) with Holistic Practitioners are available at the Tree of Life Wellness Center call 508-336-4242.
Jane Jansen Holistic Practitioner
Host of Holistic Healthline Radio
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