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Managing Osteoarhritis Naturally

See also Carahealth Pain

and Carahealth Arthritis and Gout

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 can reduce pain and inflammation and even halt or reverse the progression the disease.

Naturopathic treatment of osteoarthritis

  • Conduct a solinaceae challenge
  • Reducing inflammatory foods
  • Promoting anti-inflammatory foods.
  • Losing weight

The Solanaceae Challenge

The Solanaceous family has been shown to also inhibit collagen matrix synthesis, thereby preventing the cartilage from regenerating. Give up potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum and chilli for 2 weeks. On day 13 have three glasses of tomato juice. If your joints get worse then continue to avoid tomatoes. Test the other foods in this family, one each day.

Eventually you may need to either completely avoid these foods or not consume these foods on a daily basis. For example have tomatoes only once a week and have sweet potato instead of potato. Please consult a naturopath for more details.

Foods to avoid

Reduce foods rich in arachidonic acid such as red meat, milk and cheese. These foods will increase inflammation and pain in the joints. Reduce consumption of processed food.  Avoid foods from the solanaceae or nightshade family such as potato, tomato, eggplant, chilli, and capsicum. Reduce intake of tea, coffee and alcohol

Foods to increase

Increase consumption of tuna, herring, sardines and mackerel, whole grains, tofu and fruit and vegetables. Ginger and tumeric are both strongly anti-inflammatory. Increase consumption of alkalising foods such as green leafy vegetables, millet, and brazil nuts. Increase filtered water consumption. see also Carahealth Water Filter

Nutritional supplements for osteoarthritis

Omega 3 essential fatty acids – decrease inflammation and pain.

Glucosamine – Is a precursor to proteoglycans, which is like the mortar of the collagen that the calcium, magnesium and phosphorus stick to. Dose1000mg 3 times a day.

Vitamin A, C and E – have been found to protect the cartilage by stabilising proteoglycans.

Herbal medicine for osteoarthritis

Please see also Carahealth Pain

Carina is available to lecture for your group or institution on this subject.

Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu. is a practitioner of 11 years, complementary medicine lecturer of 4 years and mother of six in Galway, Ireland who practices what she teaches.

For an appointment call Carina directly on 083 34 66 333.

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