Alternative therapies are increasingly being used a treatment option with less side-effects and by people who aren’t content to just manage their condition, but want to live healthily without the use of daily medications.
The top five therapies that people have used to beat their arthritis are:
1. Glucosamine Sulfate and Chondroitin Sulfate Supplements – these are natural substances produced by the body to help maintain healthy connective tissue and joints. Taking an extra quantity of them has been shown in various studies to prevent or lessen arthritis. For instance, a study in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders found that "Chondroitin sulfate, diacereine, glucosamine sulfate, avocado/soybean unsaponifiables and hyaluronic acid have demonstrated pain reduction and physical function improvement with very low toxicity, with moderate to high quality evidence." Although they looked at osteoarthritis, it is potentially useful for all types of arthritis.
2. Aloe vera juice – Drinking aloe vera juice regularly has been shown to reduce arthritic symptoms. Rubbing aloe vera gel into affected joints can also help. For instance, a study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found that topical aloe vera gel reduces inflammation. "Aloe vera preparations were evaluated for topical anti-inflammatory activity using the croton oil-induced edema assay. The results show that small amounts of A. vera given topically will inhibit inflammation induced by a moderate amount of irritant. In general, the decolorized Aloe was more effective than the colorized Aloe (with anthraquinone). A 47.1 percent inhibition of inflammation was obtained by 5 percent decolorized irradiated Aloe. These results may be used as a baseline to assess the biologic activity of A. vera in the treatment of inflammation by podiatric physicians."
3. Omega 3 – Omega 3 in the diet has been shown by numerous studies to reduce arthritic symptoms. A study in Arthritis and Rheumatism showed that regular, long-term intake of omega 3 improved the patients' arthritis. They were divided into three groups.