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Arthritis is a condition that comes as a result of worn out cartilage making the bones to rub against each other; this causes pain. It is estimated that about 27 million American are suffering from this problem of arthritis. The pain and inflammation associated with this condition is so disabling and this has made more and more people trying to come up with the best solution. However, as some people have come up the right remedies, others have resorted to come up with fake drugs. The following are some of the best natural remedies that have been recommended by researchers and are thought to ease arthritic pain.

Weight Loss

This is thought to be the best natural remedy to arthritic pain; maintaining a healthy weight combined with losing weight is not the easiest thing to do. According to Dr. Laura Robbins, who is the senior vice president of education at the special surgery Hospital in New York, in every pound you shed there are 4 pounds of pressure that are eases out of the knees. Dr. Roy Altman, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine puts it that it is possible to ease arthritic pain by shedding 10 to 20 pounds of their weight. Physical activity is important to people suffering from arthritis. This exercise may include walking around the house or swimming laps. There are those people who could be thinking that physical exercise might make arthritis worse; but it is not the case as this will actually help to ease your arthritic pain. According to Dr. Altman, good exercise programs should include both aerobic exercise (i.e. swimming, walking, or biking) and strengthening exercises (i.e. isometric and isotonic exercises).


According to various research studies, the procedure of acupuncture is good in helping to relieve arthritic pain and disability. Dr. Altman puts it that there have been various trials of acupuncture which show that indeed this procedure is helpful in easing arthritic pain.


Various evidences have revealed that glucosamine is good in alleviating the pain associated with arthritis. However, for effective results there must be there the consideration of the type of glucosamine. According to Dr. Altman, there seems to be a lot of controversy about this idea of glucosamine and arthritis. He asserts that on the part of glucosamine sulfate, there is a lot of evidence to show it but that is not the case when it comes to part of glucosamine chloride. He says that this is why most of the products sold in the United States of America are all glucosamine hydroxide. However, there are no experimental trials to demonstrate that glucosamine hydroxide is essential to alleviating arthritic pain. Dr. Altman says that for better results using glucosamine sulfate, a patient needs to take 1,5oo milligrams of this compound every day. This resulted to better absorption in the body as compared to splitting the dose.


According to earlier studies, Chondroitin was found to have effective results when combined with glucosamine. However, more recent studies have shown the contrary. According to Dr. Altman, some studies suggest that arthritis progression can be slowed down by chondroitin but this has not been seen to help alleviate symptoms.

Other Supplements

Dr. Altman says that other supplements have also shown promising results, although its evidence isn't that strong. Alternatively, some Industry-funded studies have found the benefits of avocado, soybeans, and unsaponifiables (ASU). These are made from avocado and soybean oils to help patients with hip and knee arthritis. However, it is important to note that such studies aren't as reliable as the ones funded by non benefit.

Topical Remedies

According to Dr. Altman, creams and Strong-smelling mentholated rubs may make your skin tingle, although many have limited value for arthritis. He adds that there are some creams that are now available and have been proven to beneficial to alleviating arthritic pain. For instance, Diclofenac gel which is sold in the U.S. as Pennsaid or Voltaren Gel (available over the counter in Europe), has a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is good in easing the effects of arthritic pain in the elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, feet and hands. However, this has not been evaluated in arthritis of the spine, hip, or shoulder.

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