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In this condition, the joints become stiff and painful, with a loss in the range of movement.
Stiffness and pain are intermittent, usually occurring in the early morning, after rest periods, during damp weather,
and during or after strenuous activity.
In addition, the bones may develop palpable knobs.
The joints of the hand, knees, hips, and the spine are most commonly affected.
In osteoarthritis, the cartilage covering the ends of the bones begins to wear away.
This causes the rough surfaces of the bones to rub together at the joint, bringing on the symptoms associated with the disease.
The main causes of osteoarthritis are:
· Damage to joints brought on by lifelong usage
· Family history of arthritis
· Fractures and other injuries
Hormonal imbalances caused by hypothyroid, diabetes, and high estrogen levels can worsen this condition,
so they should be treated accordingly.
Aspirin is often used to relieve pain and swelling in arthritis.
However, the relatively high dosage of aspirin required to be effective is toxic and can lead to ringing in the ears,
stomach irritation, and, eventually, an acceleration in cartilage destruction.
Because of the nature of this disease, permanent relief will always require lifestyle changes, including improvement in
the quality of the diet, having regular daily bowel movements, and exercising.
Daily bowel movements are essential for the elimination of waste products, which aggravate the inflamed joints.
Avoiding or treating obesity is extremely important because the added weight means increased stress on weight bearing joints.
The Following Supplements Are Used For Arthritis and Can Be Taken Until Symptoms Improve:
The Proper Diet For Osteoarthritis Will Include The Following:
Herbs Used For Osteoarthritis:
Devil's claw can sometimes relieve joint pains.
To make a tea, add a cup of boiling water to 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the powdered root.
Let the tea steep covered for 10 minutes; drink 1 cup daily.
You can also take it as a tincture.
Take 1 teaspoon of the tincture 3 times per day.
Alfalfa leaf extract - For women who suffer from osteoarthritis.
Physical Therapy Measures For Osteoarthritis:
Acupuncture has proven very effective in treating arthritis.
Homeopathic remedies are useful in relieving the pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
A constitutional remedy is often the best approach for dealing with chronic conditions.
Please be advised: This information is provided for personal interest.
As every individual case is different, it is essential that a certified health professional be consulted before initiating any treatment regime.
Should you wish to discuss the specifics of your case you can contact Dr. Comas (416) 515-8493
or e-mail: Dr-Comas@NaturalMedicineSolutions.com