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Natural Arthritis Pain Relief without The Associated Risks of NSAIDS

6/23/2012 12:52:00 PM by Total Health Chiropractic Center

What if you could take a natural supplement for arthritis with
virtually no side effects, have the same of better relief than some
prescription medications, and have other promising health benefits?

recent study in San Diego presented at The World Congress on
osteoarthritis demonstrated a combination of Curcumin and Boswellia
extracts relieved knee pain better than Celecoxib (generic brand name
Celebrex®).  Turmeric is a member of the Ginger family and contains
Curcumin; the principal curcuminoid found in turmeric, is generally
considered its most active constituent.  When combined with Boswellia
extract the two products complemented well. 1,2,3

Subjects in the study were classified with moderate osteoarthritis
and joint swelling between the ages of 18 to 65 of both sexes.  One
group was given Celecoxib, 100 mg, two times daily for 12 weeks, the
other group was given 500 mg Curcumin and Boswellia two times daily for 12 weeks. 
At the end of the study 93% of the group treated with the herbal
combination reported improvement or elimination of pain vs. 79 percent
of the drug group and there were no serious adverse effects.  Blood and
Liver function was monitored throughout the study.  Also 93% of the
subjects taking the curcumin-boswellia supplement could walk more than
1,000 meters, versus 86% in the Celecoxib group.  The herbal group also
experienced improved joint movement with less crepitus.

Other comparative studies have demonstrated similar results and other
health benefits such as cancer prevention and  for co-treatment in
Cystic Fibrosis, and other inflammatory diseases.  It is believed
curcumin regulated Cytokine reactions involved in immune and
inflammatory responses. 2

Osteoarthritis is the most common arthritis in people over 55 years
of age.  It is estimated that 27 million Americans have osteoarthritis. 
To relieve osteoarthritic pain most people turn to Non Steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen or
Celebrex.  NSAID’s relieve pain but when taken long term, are associated
with gastrointestinal, kidney and heart risks and other possible
damage.  So the Curcumin / Boswellia extract combination could offer a
safer alternative to NSAID’s.

Caution should be used if you are pregnant or lactating.  You should
always check with your doctor before starting a new therapy and to
verify possible drug interactions.   I recommend a similar standardized
Turmeric and Boswellia supplement for my patients that fit the
definition of moderate osteoarthritis and other inflammatory diseases.


Curtis Haake D.C.

Health Coach

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