Complementary Medicines are non-pharmceutical products used to treat illness. The most frequently recommended complementary medicines for inflammatory conditions like arthritis are Omega 3 Fish Oils, Chondroitinand Glucosamine.
Omega 3 Fish Oils
Fish Oils are among the most well-researched natural treatments for arthritis. They show strong evidence of providing relief for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and are known to improve symptoms of various inflammatory illnesses. Some studies show consistent use of fish oils can reduce reliance on conventional arthritis medications. For people who prefer a natural solution, Omega 3 is an excellent option without the side effects of synthetic medication.Omega 3 supplements offer health benefits to other parts of the body too.
Glucosamine is a building block of cartilage – the soft protective substance around our joints. It’s thought that glucosamine may be useful in treating OA, where cartilage has been worn down, and there is evidence to suggest it may slow the process of cartilage damage. Some encouraging studies suggest glucosamine may provide pain relief for sufferers of OA too, however most studies relate specifically to the knee joint, so more research is required.
Chondroitin is another component of cartilage found naturally in our bodies. Again, it’s believed that chondroitin may be effective at reducing the breakdown of cartilage and also repairing damaged cartilage. The ability of chondroitin to treat pain relating to OA is arguable, however, recent studies suggest that chondroitin in combination with glucosamine may be more effective at reducing (knee) pain in OA sufferers.
Green Lipped Mussel
Green Lipped Mussel is a newer complementary treatment for arthritis, showing early signs of success treating both OA and RA. This may be due to its high natural concentration of the Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, plus another fatty acid, Lyprinol. Lyprinol is said to be even more effective for reducing inflammation than fish oils. Green Lipped Mussel is a natural source of chondroitin too, which may contribute to its ability to ease arthritis symptoms.
Choosing a treatment for you
Most conventional medical practitioners are open to traditional and complementary arthritis treatments. If you suffer from arthritis, speak with your health practitioner about which treatment options are best suited to you.