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How to Reduce the Pain from Arthritis with Glucosamine

Glucosamine is the most popular supplement for joint support and it’s also well established to be an effective treatment for joint-related conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  There is an ongoing debate, however, about which form of glucosamine works better and is more efficient – sulphate or hydrochloride.

It should be stressed that the active ingredient in any glucosamine product is only the glucosamine element, and that the hydrochloride or sulphate acid salt is purely a delivery vehicle.  Therefore, the amount of glucosamine present in 1500 mg of glucosamine salt will depend on the amount of ‘vehicle’ present and whether additional salts are included in the supplement. In short, the benefits delivered by a product will depend on its purity and stability, and this is where the two salts differ.

The simple answer is that they both fare equally in their actions; the majority of early trials and studies have primarily used glucosamine in its sulphate form, rather than hydrochloride, purely because of availability at the time.  Not surprisingly, much of the data has rested on the actions of glucosamine sulphate.  Only more recently has glucosamine hydrochloride been able to stand its ground and the results from several well conducted trials demonstrate that hydrochloride is as efficient as the sulphate form (Houpt et al, 1999; Qiu et al, 2005; Zang et al, 2007)

The hydrochloride form of glucosamine is more concentrated than sulphate and contains substantially less sodium per effective dose. Glucosamine sulphate is stabilised with sodium chloride – more commonly known as table salt – and can contain as much as 30% sodium. Given that we are advised to reduce our salt intake, this is a consideration for individuals who want or need to reduce their dietary intake of sodium.

The content of other salts will also affect the dosage needed to achieve the relevant amount of glucosamine.  For example, given that the upper limit of glucosamine is set at 1.5 g per day, you would need to consume around 2g of glucosamine sulphate to equal the benefits of 1.5g of glucosamine hydrochloride.This is because glucosamine hydrochloride is naturally stable and requires no added salt or other preservatives.  Simply put, glucosamine hydrochloride provides the same benefits as that of glucosamine sulphate but because of stability and purity it is actually more efficient and better value in the sense that it delivers the actual amount of glucosamine as stated on the product label.

Additional nutrients that support joint health

Glucosamine has certainly been in the limelight when it comes to joint health, and we now know why glucosamine hydrochloride may be the preferred form; however, we must not forget the other ingredients for a beneficial joint supplement regime. For healthy sprung lubricated joints, there is much more than taking a glucosamine supplement alone, so read on to be aware of the most important vitamins and minerals which target joint integrity.

It may be inevitable that our joints are going to wear out to a certain extent as we age, leading to inflammation and pain in some individuals in the form of arthritis, but fortunately specific nutrition can provide joint relief by protecting cartilage (which covers the bone surfaces), reducing inflammation and replenishing surrounding joint tissues.

Whether you simply want to protect your joints against possible future damage due to high activity levels or a genetic risk, or if you already have arthritis or some form of joint damage, optimizing your nutritional status specific to joint health may be beneficial for you. The following nutritional advice is everything you need to regulate inflammation, and to ensure adequate nutrient supply to support healthy synovial fluid, cartilage, collagen, bone density and other joint tissues.

As arthritis is an inflammatory condition and as inflammation is also involved in joint damage, the key in reducing symptoms of joint discomfort is to first reduce this inflammatory response. Keeping inflammation under control will enable joint damage to be kept to a minimum, and will allow the body’s natural healing process to function properly.

Omega-3 EPA is the active ingredient found in fish oil which supports anti-inflammatory processes in the body. Eating oily fish is, therefore, one of the top nutritional tips for reducing inflammation in your joints. Not only is fish consumption much lower than the recommended levels, the dose of omega-3 EPA acquired from eating fish may not be optimal, as toxin levels in fish (e.g. methyl mercury, PCBs and dioxins) means we are unable to safely eat large enough quantities. To ramp up your anti-inflammatory EPA levels, high dose EPA can be taken from concentrated fatty acid supplements. Standard fish oil contains only 18% of the active ingredient EPA, whereas fish oil supplements can concentrate the EPA to up to 90%, allowing a high dose of EPA to have a powerful beneficial effect on pain and inflammation in joints.

EPA is able to reduce inflammation by converting into hormone-like substances called prostaglandins which hinder inflammatory effects. The opposite effect is produced when consuming omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA) (mostly found in grain fed meats), therefore some omega-6 fats can actually increase inflammation in the body. EPA from fish displaces AA in the cell membranes, therefore supplementing with EPA can also help to reduce your inflammatory fatty acids, explaining why the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 EPA are so powerful. Interestingly, there is one type of omega-6 fatty acid called GLA (gamma linolenic acid) which, alongside EPA, actually enhances the anti-inflammatory effects. Omega-6 GLA is found in evening primrose oil, therefore a supplement combining concentrated omega-3 EPA from fish oil and omega-6 GLA from evening primrose oil is the most effective way of controlling the body’s inflammatory response.

Glucosamine – how it works

Back to the important topic of glucosamine: this should always be included in a joint supplement, especially for anyone doing regular impact training, or for anyone with arthritis.

Glucosamine is a natural substance made in the body and makes up compounds called proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans. Cartilage is made up of these compounds, therefore they are required to cover and protect bones in the joints, providing lubrication and shock absorption. Glucosamine also prevents deterioration of joints and supports other joint structures including tendons, ligaments, and discs.

Glucosamine intake, therefore, may offer protection as we age, as glucosamine production is reduced with age, and needs are also increased during high levels of activity. Supplementing with glucosamine has been shown in review studies to reduce pain, improve mobility and preserve joint integrity.

Combining glucosamine with omega-3 EPA allows the glucosamine to provide these beneficial results, whilst also offering an anti-inflammatory state in the joint to further speed up the positive effects of pain reduction and prevention of further damage.

If you want to take your joint health to the next level by optimizing vitamins and mineral levels required for bone health, calcium, magnesium and vitamin D are at the top of this health list.

Calcium is well known for its role in bone structure, and low levels of calcium can increase the risk of developing osteoporosis. Calcium does not, however, act on its own to support bone density; calcium works simultaneously with magnesium and vitamin D to achieve optimum bone health. Vitamin D supports the absorption of calcium, and magnesium works synergistically with calcium to provide the joint structure. With a deficiency of any of these vitamins or minerals, joint health may be compromised and arthritis may consequently progress faster.

Vitamin C and zinc

Powerful antioxidants, vitamin C and zinc help to protect joints from damage by ‘mopping up’ free radicals. Free radicals are produced in the body as a result of pollution and other stressors such as refined foods containing pesticides. Low levels of free radicals are fine for our health, although high levels, frequently a result of our modern lifestyles, can cause excessive damage to joint tissues over time. Vitamin C is also used in the production of collagen, which provides a structure of connective tissues to hold joints in position. Zinc is also required for growth and repair of tissues surrounding the joints and also supports the function of enzymes required to build bone matrix.

References

Houpt JB, McMillan R, Wein C, Paget-Dellio SD.  Effect of glucosamine hydrochloride in the treatment of pain of osteoarthritis of the knee. J Rheumatol. 1999 26:2423-30.

Qiu GX, Weng XS, Zhang K, Zhou YX, Lou SQ, Wang YP, Li W, Zhang H, Liu Y. A multi-central, randomized, controlled clinical trial of glucosamine hydrochloride/sulfate in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2005 85:3067-70. Chinese.

Zhang WB, Zhuang CY, Li JM, Yang ZP, Chen XL. Efficacy and safety evaluation of glucosamine hydrochloride in the treatment of osteoarthritis  Zhonghua Wai Ke Za Zhi. 2007 45:998-1001.

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What is Glucosamine & Chondroitin?

Glucosamine and chondroitin are popular natural treatments for joint pain. They are frequently sold together as a single joint health supplement; however, they are two different substances. Both have an effect on the cartilage in the body’s joints, but in different ways. While you can take the two supplements separately, there is a growing amount of research that suggests they may be best when used together.

Glucosamine

Glucosamine is found naturally in the body, particularly in the cartilage: it is one of the building blocks of cartilage and is also found in the fluid that lubricates the body’s joints. Glucosamine’s job in the body is to generate cartilage production and repair. It can also be manufactured and sold in supplement form — this type of glucosamine often comes from animal cartilage. There are several varieties of over the counter glucosamine, including glucosamine sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride and n-acyl glucosamine. Many people take glucosamine for joint health, often in combination with the related supplement chondroitin.

Chondroitin

Chondroitin is a similar substance that is also found naturally in the body’s joints. Like glucosamine, it plays a role in maintaining joint health. Chondroitin is important for cartilage production, which keeps the surfaces of the joints moving smoothly as they rub together. It also helps the cartilage absorb fluid, which is vital for cartilage health and may prevent some destructive enzymes from breaking cartilage down. Chondroitin is generally available as chondroitin sulfate. Over-the-counter chondroitin also comes from animal sources. Chondroitin is often combined with glucosamine, though it can be purchased on its own in supplement form.

 

Uses for Each

Both glucosamine and chondroitin play important roles in joint health. Combined, they are some of the more common supplements taken by people with arthritis. However, separately they are also being researched for their roles in controlling the symptoms of other chronic diseases. For instance, chondroitin may help with the treatment of bladder infections. Glucosamine may also reduce some of the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Research for these other uses of glucosamine and chondroitin are preliminary but do show potential.

Team Effort

Both glucosamine and chondroitin impact the body’s cartilage and joint fluids, though their effects vary slightly. This may explain why they are often marketed together as a single supplement. Research reviewed by the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests that glucosamine and chondroitin work best for arthritis treatment when used as a team.

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7 Natural Spices for Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Relief

For thousands of years, cultures from around the world have been successful in reducing joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis through the use of natural spices and herbs and although it is safe to say that no one spice is going to cure your arthritis or joint pain, part of a successful treatment plan is to focus on a full spectrum of treatments as each on their own may not lead to significantly measurable results – but together they combine to reduce the problem.

Ginger

Gingerol is the compound in ginger that gives it flavor and some of its anti-inflammatory properties. Elements in ginger were found to reduce the action of T cells, immune cells that can add to systemic inflammation, in an analysis published in the July 2015 issue of Phytotherapy Research.

Try stir-frying with ginger or eating fresh pickled ginger. Galina Roofener, a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist at the Cleveland Clinic, agrees that ginger can be a beneficial part of your plan to control arthritis symptoms and recommends working with a trained herbalist.

Turmeric

Animal studies have shown that essential oils of turmeric have anti-arthritis properties. In a review published in January 2013 in The AAPS Journal of curcumin, the active ingredient that gives turmeric its yellow color, researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that this natural remedy may have antibacterial and anti-cancer properties, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that could help with rheumatoid arthritis.

“Both turmeric and curcumin, two parts of the same plant, have very strong anti-inflammatory activity and can be used for the treatment of inflammation, especially joints,” Roofener says. But she cautions that turmeric is also a blood thinner and should be avoided in large doses if you take a blood-thinning medicine.

Green Tea

Green tea contains polyphenols, says Dr. Jonas, which could aid in reducing inflammation and protecting joints, according to research published in December 2014 in Arthritis Research & Therapy. Evidence from animal studies suggests that polyphenols, which are rich in antioxidants, may suppress the immune response. That could be important because rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the dysregulation of the immune system leads to inflammation in the joints, causing pain and swelling, Jonas says.

Cinnamon

In China and India, cinnamon bark is used to make natural remedies such as medicinal powders and teas. “Cinnamon may have some properties that fight inflammation,” Roofener says. “Cinnamon is a hot herb. It’s very useful for aches and pains, especially when they are worse with cold or cold weather.” Researchers who published an analysis of the phytochemicals in cinnamon that help reduce inflammation theorized that cinnamon could be used for inflammation if the right concentration is determined. The findings were published in Food & Function in March 2015.

“Although fine on your cinnamon bun, if it’s overdosed, it might not be safe for pregnant women,” Roofener warns. Larger doses of the spice could interfere with blood clotting and blood thinner medications. For RA inflammation, cinnamon may be a good option, but in moderation. Powdered cinnamon can be added to oatmeal or even oranges for a delicious and healthy dessert.

Garlic

Fresh garlic can liven up any dish and may help ease rheumatoid arthritis pain. A study published in August 2013 in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology noted that garlic has significant anti-inflammatory effects because it inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory substances known as cytokines. But the study found that heating garlic extract significantly reduced its anti-inflammatory properties.

Garlic can be added to many types of foods, including roasted vegetables, stir-fries, and sandwich spreads.

Black Pepper

Peppers are widely used to fight pain and swelling in traditional natural remedies. For instance, capsaicin, the substance that gives hot peppers their heat, is used in gels and creams as an arthritis treatment, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Research published in August 2010 in the journal Natural Product Communications found that many of the anti-inflammatory properties found in capsaicin are also found in black pepper.

Willow Bark

Willow bark has been shown to help reduce markers of inflammation, according to research published in April 2013 in Phytotherapy Research. When researchers gave a willow bark extract to 436 people with rheumatic pain or back pain for three weeks, they saw a significant reduction in pain, according to a report in the August 2013 issue of Phytomedicine.

One Last Word

Adding herbs and spices to your diet for their anti-inflammatory properties is typically very safe as long as you haven’t had any type of allergic reaction in the past.  It should be also pointed out that some spices should not be taken if you are pregnant.

If you are taking natural spices or herbs for treatment purposes, it’s always a good idea to put a space of at least two hours in between taking them and your Doctor prescribed medications.

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The 10 Dietary Causes of Joint Inflammation

As we continue our battle against chronic joint pain, we’ve learned through our studies that ongoing pain is in many cases caused by inflammation in the body as a result of a complete imbalance in our bodies which is fundamentally caused by a poor diet. Everything from MSG to grains can be having a significant effect on your body.

When we isolate joint pain to a patient’s diet, we often see many common denominators in their diet. In this video, we discuss the top ten causes of joint inflammation.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine for Stiff and Aching Joints

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With the baby boom generation heading into its late 60’s, many people are starting to suffer from stiff and aching joints. Big business certainly knows about us. All you have to do is look at the shelves of a pharmacy to see the myriad pain relief medications available. Why has this happened to us, and how best can we help ourselves? A lifetime of exposure to the elements, along with excessive exercise and a weaker immune system than when we were young can all contribute to pain as we age. Looking at myths and realities, my answers come from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

I remember as a child in England being told not to sit on the damp grass because I would get arthritis, or on the radiators in the classroom at school because I would get piles. I think the radiator threat was a bit steep because they were the only source of heat on bitterly cold days! It can be so cold and damp in England and I remember we were prone to chilblains – a medical condition that is often confused with frostbite.As it turns out, those childhood instructions were spot on. TCM

As it turns out, those childhood instructions were spot on. TCM theory holds that the elements like wind, cold, damp, and heat can easily invade the body and disrupt the flow of qi (energy). This invasion by environmental elements can cause stiffness and pain in the joints (painful obstruction syndrome, also known as Bi syndrome, meaning blockage). Any joint can be affected, especially those in the hands, arms, shoulders, feet, knees, and lower back.

Wind and the Flow of Qi

In a healthy person, the qi moves freely through the body, like a car traveling along a highway. However, at an accident site on the highway, the flow of traffic slows and stops, resulting in a traffic jam. Likewise, a network of channels carry qi through the body but if a pathogen like damp or cold gets into a channel it blocks the flow of qi, especially as it manoeuvres around a joint, causing swelling and pain. These pathogenic factors can invade the body from outside via the mouth, nose or body surface, causing disease.

According to TCM theory, environmental wind can easily invade the body from the outside. For example, if you take a walk on a cold, windy day without properly covering your neck, you will most likely get a headache or an earache from the wind.  A
‘statement of fact’ in TCM teachings states: “Wind is the chief of the one hundred diseases”. Wind is often the vehicle that carries climatic factors into the body, and wind causes havoc, literally moving the pain from joint to joint. The characteristics of wind invading the body are sudden onset

The characteristics of wind invading the body are sudden onset of symptoms, movement from place to place and, in some cases, paralysis. If there is accompanying dampness, the joints will be swollen and feel heavy with a dull ache. If there is dampness and heat, the joints will swell and feel heavy and hot. Invasion of cold is perhaps the most painful because cold contracts and the pain can be quite excruciating.  These exterior pathogens can enter the body after swimming, working in a damp environment, wearing damp clothes, sitting on the damp ground, or walking in cold wind without appropriate protection.

Bell’s Palsy, according to TCM theory, is exterior wind-cold attacking the channels of the face which disrupts the flow of qi and blood in the channel. The symptoms can be pain, paralysis, numbness and difficulty in closing the eyes, as well as difficulty eating or smiling. The onset is sudden (one of the characteristics of wind) and is often mistaken for a stroke. When I studied in China, I saw a lot of these cases in the hospital – patients would come in after riding their bikes to work in the bitter wind and cold, a common form of transport. As well, bus and cab drivers who drive with their window open are prone to Bell’s Palsy because the wind attacks the face.

A person with a strong constitution is less likely to suffer from joint discomfort, whereas someone with a weak immune system may not have strong enough qi to protect the body from external path-ogens. According to TCM there are various kinds of qi, one being defensive qi. The job of this qi is to control the opening and closing of the pores, and defend the body against external factors. People with weak defensive qi need to take extra care to eat well, wrap up on cold days, and get plenty of rest.

The Role of Diet

Painful joints may also develop from internal causes. One of the most important things we can do to help ourselves is to ensure we have a healthy diet. Chinese medicine suggests that each person’s diet should vary according to their specific needs. The general idea is that anyone with weak digestion, gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea and a feeling of coldness should avoid raw vegetables, salads, cold drinks an too much fruit. Raw foods certainly have more enzymes, but a weak digestive system is unlikely to absorb these enzymes.

The concept of the spleen in Chinese medicine is that it absorbs nutrients like a sponge and sends these nutrients around the body. The spleen and stomach work synergistically, with the spleen energy moving up and the stomach energy moving down like passing elevators. If one gets stuck, the other gets stuck. If the spleen is weakened by poor diet, it loses its  ability to absorb nutrients and instead becomes waterlogged and soggy, creating ‘dampness’ (mucus). This in turn obstructs the stomach energy from moving down and it goes up instead, causing hiccuping, burping, and a ‘stuck’ feeling.

If a person already has excess yang in the body (yang energy is hot as opposed to yin energy that is cold), this ‘dampness’ will quickly turn hot and become ‘damp-heat’.  Damp-heat is similar to a bog with the hot sun beating down on it; it begins to steam.

Gout and Arthritis

One of the most painful diseases caused by wind, damp, and heat is gout. This can be directly attributed to improper diet as well as external influences. Gout causes sudden and severe pain and tenderness in the affected joint, most often the big toe. In Chinese medicine it is described as ‘tong feng’ or ‘painful wind’. Rheumatoid Arthritis, usually manifesting as inflammation of several joints, can be a severe impediment of the flow to the joints that causes them to swell and bones to become deformed.

The practitioner needs to determine whether the patient has an organ or channel syndrome. For example, pain in the face, shoulder, wrist, or knee is more likely to be a channel problem and then it’s a matter of locating the right channel to treat. Pain in the low back and knees could indicate a kidney problem and so the kidney needs to be treated. TCM diagnostic procedures utilize the tongue and pulse, as I’ve written before, to open up the book of the body to the practitioner. These pulses will reveal what kind of syndrome the patient has and where the problem lies.

Treating the Root and the Branch

The main thrust of any treatment is to dispel what is causing the problem and to get the qi moving. For example – if there is ‘dampness’, the spleen needs to be treated; if there is ‘exterior wind’, it needs to be expelled; and if there is ‘cold’, the body needs to be warmed to dispel the cold. Needles manipulated in acupuncture points along the channel help to direct the qi in the direction it needs to go – like a traffic cop directing traffic! Wind is a cause of so many diseases that there are perhaps more wind points than just about any other kind.

The practitioner may also use:
1) cupping (glass cups are heated and applied to the body – very good for warming and expelling wind), or
2) moxibustion, made from mugwort leaves (Artemisia Vulgaris), which treats and prevents disease by applying its heat to points or certain locations on the body and, of course,
3) herbs. We have literally hundreds of herb combinations that can be combined to treat the root as well as the branch of the disease.

For home use, if you are feeling very cold: slice up some fresh ginger root, boil it for a few minutes and drink the mixture throughout the day. Eat warm or even hot spicy food, if your stomach can handle it, and drink warm drinks. And first thing in the morning, drink hot water with a few drops of fresh lemon juice and a couple of shakes of turmeric, which is good for inflammation.

TCM Guidelines for Diet – ‘Resolving Damp’ Foods Note – The following foods and herbs help to remove mucus (‘dampness’) from the body:

  • Fruits – should be eaten sparingly and not first thing in the morning
  • Vegetables – celery, pumpkin, scallion, alfalfa, leafy greens, turnip, kohlrabi, asparagus, mushrooms, bok choy, broccoli,
    cauliflower, cabbage, snow peas, turnip. (in smaller quantities: millet, rye, oats, barley, quinoa, corn, basmati/wild rice)
  • Meat – chicken
  • Fish/Seafood – various fish (not fatty)
  • Dairy – small quantities  of goat’s milk/cheese, rice milk, egg whites
  • Seeds/Nuts – pumpkin, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds
  • Oils/Condiments – olive, flax seed, raw honey, stevia, almond butter

CULINARY AND MEDICINAL HERBS:

  • Herbs to Resolve Damp-Cold: sage, paprika, turmeric, garlic, pepper, ginger, cinnamon, thyme, cardamom, fennel, cumin,
    caraway, rosemary, basil Herbs to Resolve Damp / Heat: nettle, licorice,
  • Herbs to Resolve Damp / Heat: nettle, licorice,
    mint/peppermint, lime/lemon
  • Herbs to Resolve Damp / Cold / Heat: green tea
  • Herbs to Resolve Damp / Cold: ginger and jasmine tea
  • Foods to Resolve Damp / Heat: mint/peppermint tea, lemon balm/lime, pear juice

Sugar Cravings
It is important, whether you have damp-cold or damp-heat, to start the day with a warm, cooked breakfast and avoid raw vegetables and salads as they are hard to digest. This helps to strengthen the spleen to reduce dampness. It is common for people who suffer from a weak spleen to have quite strong sugar cravings. Of
course, if you indulge in sugar you make the spleen weaker.

Besides, it’s not the kind of sugar that your spleen is asking for – what it really wants is the natural sweetness in foods. The colour associated with the spleen is yellow, so incorporating yellow vegetables like carrots, squash and sweet potatoes will help with the craving. Carrot ginger soup will be a treat for your stomach.

In the short term, if the craving for sugar is intense, eat a teaspoon of hard honey (you can get more on the spoon than with the runny kind). Sip on a hot drink and slowly suck on the honey like a sweet. You’ll be amazed at how it helps. Also, have protein such as chicken, fish, beans, lentils,  or peas with every meal, and do not drink while eating food. If you feel hot and have hot, swollen joints you can still eat warm, cooked foods but stay away from the hot, pungent spices, alcohol, greasy foods and sugar! Try instead food and drinks that strengthen the yin and have a cooling effect – peppermint tea, aduki beans, potatoes, avocados and kidney beans.

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How to Restore Mobility in Your Joints and Muscles Using Natural Treatments

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Learn how to treat chronic joint pain using natural, low cost and safe methods

One of the most common complaints I receive in my practice from middle-aged men and women – as well as seniors is what is the most effective way to treat chronic (constant) joint pain.  Prescription wise, the most popular treatment is something called Celebrex (the generic version is called celecoxib) which is used for the treatment of joint pain.
Celecoxib works by reducing the hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body but unfortunately does very little to cure or at least reduce the reason the joint pain is happening in the first place. This is an excellent example of how Western Medicine focuses on treating the symptoms and not the causes of a health problem.

” Unfortunately does very little to cure or at least reduce the reason the joint pain is happening in the first place “

From my perspective, chronic joint pain sufferers should focus on treating the cause of the pain and not simply try to mask the conditions that cause it.   In an overwhelmingly significant amount of joint pain cases,  the issue is caused by the breaking down of the cartilage in the patient’s bone joints and either result in painful, inflamed nerves, or in extreme cases the actual bones rubbing on each other and causing server pain.

The Best Treatment Plan for Chronic Joint Pain 

My focus of this article is to provide you with an effective game plan for treating your own joint pain that doesn’t have to involve potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Like many medical conditions, the right form of treatment is not always the pharmaceutical based choice.

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