Painful joint conditions are very common. The most common are Rheumatoid Arthritis (an inflammatory condition) and osteoarthritis (a wear and tear condition of the joints). But in reality there are many more. Some less common ones are Psoriatic Arthritis or Ankylosing Spondylitis or even ones with even more bizarre names like Lupus Erythematosus. The field of rheumatology (i.e. joint diseases) is very broad. All these conditions share the common symptom of joint pain. Some also have associated joint stiffness and joint deformity. All of them are a degenerative joint disease because they destroy the lining of joints.
The primary approaches to treating these conditions should focus on three main areas.
One is to provide anti-inflammatory agents to decrease inflammation and pain. Inflammation is the primary cause of joint damage in the majority of these conditions.
The second approach is to provide the building blocks of joints so that the joints can be rebuilt. The best natural treatments that fall in the first category (and which are supported by the best research) are: Curcumin (from Turmeric), Devil’s Claw, and Boswellia. All three are strongly anti-inflammatory, but take a while to take effect. So the key is to continue daily treatment for a longer period of time.
For faster relief, use fish oils, especially the ones high in EPA content. EPA is strongly anti-inflammatory. Other faster acting ingredients are White Willow Bark and Bromelain.
The best approach is to take a product that has fast acting and slower acting ingredients together. With fish oils, you may have to take them separately from other supplements for best results. Also, remember to consumer Ginger both in your diet and as a supplement.
To provide the structural components of joints, the best supplements are collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. The former provides strength to joints, and the latter two provide flexibility and the smoothness to joint surfaces. All these qualities are important for proper joint function.
Finally, you should not resort to over the counter medication like NSAIDS (e.g. Ibuprfen) or steroids. At the very lease, try to minimize their use. These are definitely unhealthy.
These are the tips for natural and healthy treatments for degenerative joint disease.