Arthritis natural therapy using dietary supplements and home remedies
Treatment with natural herbs and over the counter pills, arthritis medication information and how to reduce your need for NSAIDs
October 20 2016

Arthritis, more specifically osteoarthritis, is a common rheumatologic disorder. It is estimated that 40 million Americans and 80 percent of persons older than 75 years are affected by this degenerative joint disease. Although symptoms of arthritis occur earlier in women, the prevalence among men and women is equal. The diagnosis s largely clinical because radiographic findings do not always correlate with symptoms.

What causes this joint disease and arthritis?
The exact cause of arthritis is not fully understood. Multiple factors (e.g., heredity, trauma, and obesity) interact to cause this disorder. Any event that changes the environment of the chondrocyte has the potential to cause osteoarthritis. Although usually occurring as a primary disorder, osteoarthritis can occur secondary to other processes. The pathophysiology of arthritis involves a combination of mechanical, cellular, and biochemical processes. The interaction of these processes leads to changes in the composition and mechanical properties of the articular cartilage. Cartilage is composed of water, collagen, and proteoglycans. In healthy cartilage, continual internal remodeling occurs as the chondrocytes replace macromolecules lost through degradation. This process becomes disrupted in arthritis, leading to increased degenerative changes and an abnormal repair response.

Meniscal tear
Damage to the meniscus in the knee joint may lead to arthritis in middle-age and elderly patients. The meniscus is the wedge of cartilage in the knee that stops the end of the femur (thighbone) rubbing directly on the top of the tibia (the main shinbone). The meniscus is actually two structures on each side of the knee joint.  Arthritis & Rheumatism 2009.

Natural therapy for arthritis
The most commonly used alternative or complementary nutrients for osteoarthritis are glucosamine and chondroitin. Several other nutrients and herbs may potentially help reduce symptoms of arthritis. Yoga is helpful.
Devil’s claw herb used for arthritis relief along with cat’s claw.

Many Nutrients have been found to be helpful in Arthritis. These Include the following found in Joint Power Rx:

Because joint pain is so debilitating, Glucosamine and Chondroitin alone are often not enough. This powerful joint formula includes several additional herbal extracts and nutrients that play a role in joint health.  

Boswellia serrata extract can be purchased.
Chondroitin sulfate is available for sale. You can buy
Chondroitin-Sulfate here.
Glucosamine sulfate or hydrochloride.
Lipoic acid or alpha lipoic acid. You can find
Alpha-Lipoic-R-50 here.
MSM pill, you can purchase
MSM supplements at this online health supplement store.
Curcumin pill, you can purchase
Curcumin supplement online.
Some people think CMO is helpful.
This product is not formulated to treat

Phytother Res. 2012. Mechanisms of olive leaf extract-ameliorated rat arthritis caused by kaolin and carrageenan. China-Japanese Joint Institute for Medical and Pharmaceutical Science, Dalian Medical University, No. 9, West Segment of South Lvshun Road, Dalian, China. Olive leaf extract (OLE) has antioxidant and antiinflammatory actions.

Chondroitin useful in Arthritis
Back in the mid 1990s the America public became aware of effective nutritional alternatives to standard medical drugs for the treatment of arthritis. Glucosamine was the first nutrient that became popular. Since then, many other nutrients and herbs have been promoted, including chondroitin. Chondroitin sulfate is a major constituent of cartilage providing structure, holding water, and allowing other molecules to move through cartilage—an important property, as there is no blood supply to cartilage. In degenerative joint disease, such as osteoarthritis, there is a loss of chondroitin sulfate as the cartilage erodes. But, few studies have looked at the long-term benefit of oral chondroitin supplements. In a study performed at University of Genova Medical School, in Italy, 12 individuals with arthritis of the hands were treated with 800 mg/day of chondroitin sulfate plus naproxen, and compared to 12 others who were given naproxen only. Naproxen is an anti-inflammatory medicine similar to Motrin and sold over the counter as Aleve. X-rays of the hands were done at the start of the study and again after 24 months. In both groups, degeneration of joints showed a general tendency to increase over time, however, the damage was much lower in those treated with chondroitin sulfate plus naproxen than in patients taking naproxen alone.

I have gout and arthritis and was wondering if there is research information regarding taking tongkat ali herb with glucosamine and chondroitin since I don’t want to take a prescription medication for erectile problems.
Tongkat ali should not interact with glucosamine and chondroitin.

Common risk factors for arthritis
Age older than 50
Obesity (weight-bearing joints) since additional weight puts pressure on joints and results in premature deterioration of cartilage tissue
History of immobilization
Injury to the joint
Joint hypermobility or instability
Prolonged occupational or sports stress
Diet (see study below) — the types of fat we consume may have an influence.

People with arthritis seem to have an elevated rate of depression, but the disorder goes untreated more often than not.

What is the standard medical treatment?
Acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications remain first-line traditional drugs for the treatment of arthritis. Salsalate (Disalcid) or choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate) are good alternatives. Agents such as cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors (COX-2) and sodium hyaluronate joint injections offer new treatment alternatives. Complementary medication for arthritis use has also increased.  An increase in blood pressure may be more likely when the painkiller Vioxx rather than other similar drugs are used to treat arthritis.
Arcoxia is a prescription medication pain killer that works as a COX-2 inhibitor.

Creams used for this condition
Celadrin is a proprietary blend of special fatty acids promoted for its ability to decrease joint pain.
Topricin cream anti-Inflammatory pain relief

Does a homeopathic preparation for arthritis joint pain relief work? I have a product in mind called Topricin cream.
We have not seen any studies with homeopathic preparations for arthritis joint pain.

Is pascalatie clay of benefit in this musculoskeletal condition, any information? What about Lyprinol asthma and arthritis medication?
We have not studied the role of pascalatie clay in joint health.