Long before modern pharmacies with their shelves packed with literally row upon row of different brands of painkillers even existed, natural healers were devising strategies to treat one of the most common of all known diseases, arthritis. In fact, many of the remedies that are promoted by pharmaceutical companies today as state of the art are in fact either derived from or based on, time proven remedies that have been used for centuries .
At least one in five Americans will experience the pain and discomfort of arthritis. There is no proven cure for arthritis disease, but there are many different types of treatments for arthritis that can help relive symptoms.
Arthritis is actually a general term for approximately one hundred diseases that produces either inflammation of connective tissue or degeneration of articular cartilage. Cartilage is the substance that lines the joints, it prevents the bone endings from rubbing together and allows the joints to move in a fluid way.
As the cartilage gets worn down, the bones become exposed, resulting in pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Although most forms of arthritis are related to aging, in reality, this disease can also strike the very young.
Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis or, more popularly, as wear and tear arthritis. Osteoarthritis can affect all or some of the joints, symptoms include morning stiffness, which actually disappears within a half hour or so after rising, and pain and swelling of the joints.
In rheumatoid arthritis, the inner lining of the capsule that encases the joint, the synovium, becomes inflamed. The synovium grows and thereby destroys cartilage, bone, and adjacent structures. The widespread inflammatory proves also involves other tissue, such as blood vessels, skin, nerves, and muscles. The result is painful joints, loss of mobility, and generalized soreness and depression.
Although we know the harm that arthritis can inflict on the body, we do not fully understand the cause of this disease. Damage inflicted by free radicals is believed to be responsible for many of the diseases of ageing, including arthritis. Free radicals, in excess, can destroy cell membranes, the protective covering of cells.
Humans have developed mechanism that can protect against the formation of dangerous free radicals. Our bodies naturally produce many compounds that function as antioxidants and prevent oxidative damage to cells. They include vitamin E, Glutathione, selenium, and vitamin C.
As i mentioned, there is no magic bullet for arthritis. There are some effective treatments, but they are not without some risk. Noninfectious inflammatory arthritis diseases are typically treated with non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, that suppress inflammation by inhibiting synthesis of prostaglandin, hormone like substances that cause inflammation.
However, these drugs can be irritating to the stomach and can cause gastric bleeding. In addition, over time, their effectiveness can weaken. Other medications, such as cortisone, which are often prescribed for arthritis do relieve pain, but have such serious long term side effects that they cannot be used indiscriminately. Therefore, i recommend that people first try to treat arthritis with time proven natural cures that are safe, usually highly effective, and easy to use.