Alternative arthritis treatment

The condition of arthritis affects more and more people every year and although there are several different forms of it, the most common is rheumatoid arthritis, which is a devastating autoimmune disease. Some other forms of arthritis include osteoarthritis and gout, which both involve severe cases of swelling and inflammation that is typical of the condition.

Arthritis is a very difficult condition to deal with because the swelling of the joints and connective tissue not only causes problems within the body, but it also can cause permanent disfiguration and/or other medical issues. Arthritis is generally marked by severe pain too, which makes it very difficult to live with.

Although arthritis is generally a chronic condition that cannot be cured, it can be treated with a combination of drugs and therapy. Although doctors can prescribe different medications and inject steroids into the joins to help alleviate the symptoms, there are also some alternative arthritis treatments that you can use.

It is very important to treat arthritis early and often to prevent permanent damage that could result in a disabling condition. One of the most popular alternative treatments for arthritis is a glucosamine-chondroitin supplement, which can help to repair the tissue in the joints. Research is clear in this regard and glucosamine-chondroitin is used for a variety of other conditions with similar symptoms.

You can also try using ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s) to reduce swelling and pain. However, I recommend that you keep the dosage to a minimum to keep your body from depending on them. If you stop feeling the effects of NSAID’s, then you might try alternating between different medicines to see if that helps.

Antioxidants have also been found to help slow down and stop the damage caused by arthritis. Some popular antioxidants are vitamin E and vitamin C, but you might also consider acai berry or pomegranate. Green tea is also very popular, but you can only drink so much tea in a day. That is why I recommend trying an antioxidant supplement to combine with your glucosamine and chondroitin pills. Even if they don’t work as well as prescription medications, you won’t have to suffer from the side effects that are so prevalent with them.

You might also want to consider detox products to help clear your body of toxic buildup. You can try milk thistle and dandelion supplements as your first course of action, as they are very effective for this. If that doesn’t work, consider trying some moderate exercise or activity, even thought it might hurt, to speed up your metabolism and help your body remove toxins on its own. You can also try fasting, although it is recommended that you only do so under the care of a doctor. Diets high in fiber, fruits and vegetables, and healthy proteins are also great ways to help clear up any unnatural toxins within your organs and intestinal tract.

Lastly, you might want to try a glutamine supplement to rebuild your stomach integrity, which can be easily degraded by a combination of NSAID’s and other medications. With Glutamine, you can ensure that your stomach repairs itself and digests food properly, which can help alleviate some of your symptoms.

Although arthritis is a painful and destructive condition, it is important to try and treat it naturally before you opt for strong steroidal medications that can cause more damage in the long run. Cortisone works great in the short term, but eventually those kind of treatments will destroy your joints. If you have any other questions about arthritis and alternative arthritis treatments, then you should see a doctor to take a look at all of your options.


Last updated on Jul 15th, 2009 and filed under Musculoskeletal Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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