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Complementary medicine is used in conjunction with conventional medicine. For example, aromatherapy can be used to help lessen a patient's discomfort following surgery. Alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. For example, acupuncture may be used instead of surgery for back pain that has been recommended by a conventional doctor.
Heal Your Aching Joints Without Meds
Special plant extracts and vitamins can reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis, as well as the number of harmful free radicals within the joint.
Inflammation is at the root of arthritis’ cause, whether it is osteoarthritis or rheumatoid.
In addition to supplements that reduce inflammation, natural products also can help repair the damage caused by arthritis. Millions take prescription medications, sometimes with devastating side effects, that only help ease their discomfort, when they could be taking natural substances that help heal their aching joints. For detailed information on supplements and their use, read my special report “Arthritis: Confronting Chronic Joint Pain”.
These supplements reduce inflammation:
This is one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory substances known. Its effects are comparable to steroids, without the harmful effects. All inflammatory arthritis problems arise from the activation of a special inflammation signal molecule in cartilage cells called NFkappaB, or NFKB. Curcumin inhibits this cell signal and suppresses destructive enzymes.
This is also a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. When combined with curcumin, it provides a powerful anti-inflammatory effect because they act on different inflammatory biochemical pathways. It also suppresses destructive enzymes.
Borage oil contains a high concentration of gamma-linolenic acid, which has significant anti-inflammatory properties. It also moistens mucous membranes and the skin.
Natural vitamin E (Unique-E)
Vitamin E, in natural form, has significant anti-inflammatory effects.
Buffered vitamin C (calcium/magnesium ascorbate)
Vitamin C not only is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory but also strengthens the tissues and the ligaments surrounding the joint.
A well-balanced supplement will deliver all the essential vitamins and minerals.
Magnesium citrate or citrate/malate
Magnesium supplementation has been shown to reduce inflammation, while a deficiency increases it. It not only slashes free radicals but also blocks the release of inflammatory cytokines.
Stinging nettle extract
This plant extract has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Recent studies also have found it to be very protective of the brain. It often is included in natural supplements used to treat chronic prostate problems because of its anti-inflammatory benefits.
But let me issue one word of warning: Curcumin and quercetin can cause your blood sugar to drop slightly. Although this is helpful to those with diabetes, it can be a problem if you have reactive hypoglycemia. Always take it with a meal.
Some of the most powerful supplements that help repair joints include:
The joint contains cartilage composed of complex glycosaminoglycans, which aid in joint health. One product that supplies this vital substance is hyaluronic acid. This is a component of connective tissue whose function is to cushion and lubricate.
Also called methyl sulfonyl methane, MSM is a natural form of sulfur found in living organisms. Its main benefits are a reduction of inflammation and the ability to penetrate many tissues, including joints.
Collagen type II
This is a major component in cartilage, and supplementation has demonstrated benefits in reducing pain and improving joint function.
Tart cherry extract
A number of studies have shown that concentrated extracts of tart cherries improve joint function and reduce pain and swelling.