Arthritis is one of the most common medical conditions for which people seek alternative or natural remedies. Why? It’s obvious that conventional treatment options for osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis are simply inadequate. Despite this, there still exists a fair amount of skepticism as to whether or not natural arthritis remedies actually work!
In terms of conventional treatment options, the outlook is fairly bleak. Typical options simply offer some degree of temporary pain relief. You can talk to your doctor about taking pain medication such as acetaminophen, or if you’re healthy enough to handle the side effects of NSAIDS, you might try those. After that, you can get joint injections for certain joints such as the knee with options including corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid. Steroids actually destroy your joints while providing pain relief, so there a last ditched option prior to joint replacement or other forms of surgery.
Alternative treatments include popular choices such as glucosamine sulfate, s-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), or devi’s claw extract. For a detailed discussion of the science behind these supplements see more by Dr. Jarret Morrow here.