Prepare Mag: August 2018 - page 13

From an alternative standpoint, there are various treatments
for joint pain caused by arthritis. Glucosamine supplements
are popular. It should be noted that glucosamine sulfate
preparations have more evidence for their effectiveness than
glucosamine hydrochloride. Take 1,500 milligrams once a day
on a regular basis.
Glucosamine, when paired with chondroitin sulfate
800-1,200 milligrams a day, has been shown to possibly slow
progression of some arthritic conditions.
Two teaspoons of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar mixed
with a teaspoon of honey twice a day is a time-honored
treatment. Other oral supplements reported to be effective
against joint pain are:
•Turmeric powder
•Soybean Oil
•Avocado Oil
•Rose hips
•Fish Oil (no more than 3 grams per day)
•Selenium
•Bathua leaf juice
•Alfalfa tea
For external use, warm and cold compresses are useful.
Warmth increases blood flow to the joint, while cold
decreases inflammation and swelling. Other options include:
•Capsaicin ointment or cream
•Use Arnica essential oil on affected areas (good for muscle
aches as well)
•Apply warm vinegar to aching joints.
•Mix powdered sandalwood into a paste; it has a cooling
effect when rubbed on a joint.
A number of other modalities may alleviate the pain of
arthritis and improve range of motion. Acupuncture,
massage therapy, and physical therapy may alleviate muscle
spasms. Electricity delivered by a device known as a TENS
(Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit may be
helpful. Others suggest magnets applied to injured joint.
These are just a few of the many alternative remedies
available. Do your own research and make your own
conclusions.
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