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Osteoarthritis

Naturopathic Causes and Treatment of Osteoarthritis

osteoarthritisOsteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that is caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilage of one or more joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a "cushion" between the bones of the joints. Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs more frequently as we age. Before age 45, osteoarthritis occurs more frequently in males. After age 55 years, it occurs more frequently in females. Osteoarthritis commonly affects the hands, feet, spine, and large weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees. From a naturopathic perspective there is a plethora of dietary, lifestyle and supplement and herbal medicine advice that will address the causes of osteoarthritis, alleviate the symptoms and halt the progression of the disease. See Also Carahealth Arthritis & Gout Relief and Carahealth Pain Relief

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Managing Osteoarhritis Naturally

arthritis Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Degenerative wear and tear changes occur over years of use. Damage to the cartilage results in the release of enzymes that destroy the collagen matrix. This results in pain, swelling, stiffness and restricted mobility. Conventional treatment often results in a reduction of pain but has little effect on the arthritic process. There are side effects associated with the use of these medications such as gastrointestinal upsets, headaches and dizziness. An important and unmentioned side effect is that aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen inhibit collagen matrix synthesis. This means that taking these drugs inhibits cartilage formation and accelerates cartilage destruction therefore accelerates the progression of osteoarthritis. Certain changes in the diet and nutritional supplements and herbal medicine is effective to reduce pain and inflammation and even halt or reverse the progression the disease. See also Carahealth Pain Relief and Carahealth Arthritis and Gout Relief.

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