Arthritis – Alternatives to Steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

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First stop – check allergies and sensitivities – almost everyone who suffers from rheumatoid or osteoarthritis have food or chemical allergies or sensitivities that make their symptoms flare up. The most common food allergies are to wheat and dairy.

Chemical and environmental sensitivities can include gas and exhaust fumes.

Try avoiding these examples for one month to see if they contribute to the problem.

Take a look at your diet – are you eating a balanced diet? Too much refined sugar, cakes, biscuits, pastries and sweets, too many stimulants, tea, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol and excessive chocolate, too much protein and fat, are all strongly associated with arthritic problems

Also a lack of vital vitamins and minerals and vital fatty acids could precipitate joint problems.

Natural Pain killers.

Omega 3 fish oils.

Fish oils can be converted in the body to counteract inflammation. An effective amount a day is two to three capsules (1,000mg of EPA and DHA) Cod liver oil is the richest source of omega 3 fats and has been shown to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis

Turmeric, boswellia, ashwagandha, hop extract and ginger all help to reduce the over production of leukotrienes that cause pain and inflammation.

Turmeric – contains the active compound curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory actions. Trails on arthritic patients showed it to be similarly effective to the anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects. You will need 500mg, one to three times a day.

Boswellia – also known as Indian frankincense, or its botanical name of Boswellia Serrata – is proving to be a very powerful natural anti-inflammatory. Boswellic acid (the active ingredient within the plant) appears to reduce joint swelling, improves and restores blood supply to inflamed joints, provides pain relief, increases mobility, improves morning stiffness and prevents or slows down the breakdown of the components of cartilage. Available in tablet or cream form – ideal dose – 200 to 400mg, one to three times a day, cream is especially useful in the treatment of localised inflammation. Click here

Ashwagandha – a promising natural remedy used for hundreds of years as part of Ayurvedic medicine in India. Trialled against hydrocortisone which produced a 44% reduction in symptoms, ashwagandha produced an 89% reduction, Try 1000mg per day. Click here

Hop Extract – Called IsoOxygene is one of the most effective natural pain killers.

This works as well as any pain killing drugs but without the associated stomach problems. You will need about 1,500mg per day. Click here

Ginger – also an anti-inflammatory, as well as being rich in antioxidants ( good for the immune system) 500 – 2000mg per day, alternatively, eat 1cm (half inch) slice of fresh ginger a day.

Also consider Aloe Vera Drinking Gel with Glucosamine, MSM and Chondroitin

Aloe Vera drinking Gel

Aloe Vera Forever Freedom –  Aloe has long been recognised as a valuable nutritional drink, it is also an effective carrier for the supplements listed below helping  to make them more effective, taken daily a practical way to maintain healthy connective tissue and protect your joints against wear and tear. Recommended 120 mils once a day ideally before food. Click here

Glucosamine – Originally thought to just reduce the pain of arthritis, it is now proven to actually help rebuild cartilage, thereby reversing bone damage, so if you have any joint problems from injury or arthritis, glucosamine could help to repair the damage as well as relieving pain.

MSM – Stands for methyl sulfonyl methane, which is a source of the essential mineral sulphur. Sulphur is involved in many key body functions, including pain control, regulation of inflammation, detoxification and tissue building. Extraordinary results are being reported in terms of pain relief and relief from arthritis by supplementing MSM daily.

Chondroitin is a substance that occurs naturally in the connective tissues of people and animals. As a supplement in higher doses than is found naturally, chondroitin is a popular treatment for osteoarthritis. The evidence that chondroitin helps with osteoarthritis is mixed. A number of studies seemed to show that it is effective. Researchers found that chondroitin appeared to reduce pain, increase joint mobility, and decrease the need for painkillers.

thSummary.

Try to keep fit and supple, see an osteopath or chiropractor once a year, for advice on exercise and movement.

Reduce meat consumption to avoid excessive protein.

Reduce stress and keep stimulants to a minimum

Eat a diet rich in minerals from seeds, nuts and root vegetables.

Check for possible food allergies

Recommended additional reading – try “Say No to Arthritis” by Patrick Holford

Do not stop any existing medication without consulting your doctor; it is also advisable to discuss alternative medicines with your doctor before you start taking them.