Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative disorder characterized by a breakdown of joint cartilage. The most common causes of osteoarthritis are obesity, age, joint injury, and a genetic defect in the joint cartilage. Conventional treatments for osteoarthritis include codeine and corticosteroids. Unfortunately, this approach can cause serious side effects and will not address the underlying cause of the condition.
What is Osteoarthritis?
1. Dietary Changes
In the natural treatment of arthritis, diet is crucial. To reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, you must clean up your diet. Eating a minimally-processed anti-inflammatory diet will slow the progression of the disease through sound nutrition and weight loss.
One of the primary nutrients used in the natural treatment of osteoarthritis is vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is also responsible for the formation of two important components of cartilage; collagen and proteoglycans.
Good dietary sources of vitamin C include organic red bell pepper, guava, oranges, broccoli, and green, leafy vegetables. It is recommended that those with osteoarthritis consume 200 milligrams of vitamin C daily.
Foods rich in beta carotene and vitamin D3 are also excellent for those with this debilitating joint condition. Be sure as many foods as possible are organic, fresh and only lightly cooked as overcooking foods reduces their nutritional content.
Slowly wean off of junk food and replace it with healthier fare such as organic vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, chicken, fish, and healthy fats like coconut oil and butter. You should notice a difference within a month.
Probiotics are for more than just regulating your digestive system. They have also been shown to reduce the inflammation associated with this painful condition. Adding a high-quality probiotic supplement to your diet can help boost your immune system, which encourages your body to heal itself naturally.
3. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids such as krill oil has been shown to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Krill oil contains a powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin, which destroys the free radicals associated with chronic disease. Studies have shown the effects of omega 3 oil supplementation are felt within the first 7 days with increased results after 14.
4. Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is real medicine in the treatment of osteoarthritis and other chronic pain conditions. Massage therapy relaxes muscles, encourages detoxification, improves immune system function, and enhances movement and range of motion. Massage therapy is especially effective when combined with essential oils such as clove or peppermint, as they are natural analgesics.
Acupuncture is an Eastern healing modality that uses fine, hollow-point needles to release energetic “blocks” in the body. While this treatment doesn’t work directly on the osteoarthritis itself, it has been shown to stimulate the immune system and relieve pain and inflammation by helping your body heal itself.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from osteoarthritis, these natural tips can facilitate healing without the side effects associated with prescription drugs.
Dr. Craig A. Maxwell is an Oseteopathic Physician at “AskDr.Maxwell.com”
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