A natural osteoarthritis treatment is what more and more people seek the answer in combating the slowly-debilitating condition of their joints. How to treat osteoarthritis the natural way when your options are either anti-inflammatories and pain medication or surgery? Billions of people suffer from osteoarthritis world-wide. There is no cure for osteoarthritis as of yet as it is not a disease but a condition which worsens over time if we don't do anything about it to stop it. Let's take a closer look.
Our arms and legs are interconnected with each other and the trunk of the body through joints. These joints are responsible for flexion and extension, some even rotation. The proper functioning of those joints can be negatively affected through accidents and injuries, overuse and anatomical imbalances, but even through acidosis (too much acidic buildup) restricting movement.
The cushioning device (blue area on picture) within the joints which are filled with synovial fluid degenerate and the debilitating symptoms of osteoarthritis start. This usually begins with cracking sounds within the joints, followed by inflammation and pain and the degeneration of cartilage. Joint flexibility will decrease and surrounding muscles begin to harden.
Millions of people seek an effective osteoarthritis treatment. Unfortunately, to this day there is no official cure for osteoarthritis. Sometimes, physical therapists can offer assistance in correcting misalignment and therefore relieving stress on the joints. It is always a good start to look at the anatomy of the joint to prevent further damage. Muscles can get shortened over time. Relengthening them and strengthening the oppositional muscles can take a lot of stress off your joints. In addition there are medical specialists who offer injections of hyaluronic acid into the affected joint. Medical studies showed the positive effect hyaluronic acid has on our joints as it lubricates and increases cushioning. Unfortunately, it doesn't last for a very long time.
Several medical studies were performed where patients were given eight ounces of pure aloe vera juice daily on a regular basis. After one month into the study patients reported increased joint flexibility. Inflammation and pain had been reduced significantly as well.
Because of pure aloe vera juice's detoxifiying effects, build-up around joints were removed with the regular use of it. Pure aloe vera gel has over 250 healing compounds, one of them being acemannan. It is actually the only vegetarian plant that naturally carries acemannan. Sometimes acemannan is referred to as the fountain of youth ingredient. When it comes to joint health, regular intake of pure aloe vera gel has shown to increase joint lubrication offering our joints assistance in preventing further damage. More research findings can be found here.
But pure aloe vera juice doesn't just clear joints of build-up, it lubricates them and nourishes them with important nutrition. It also cleanses our digestive tract so nutrients can be absorbed into the blood more effectively. This of course has an effect on the health of our joints as well.
Since I wanted to test aloe vera myself to find out if the claims to be an effective osteoarthritis treatment are true, I decided to pick a perfect candidate: an ex-professional hockeyplayer who was suffering of advanced osteoarthritis of the knee. Since I knew that the fluids found within the cushioning device of the knee joint contained hyaluronic acid I decided to combine aloe vera juice with hyaluronic acid.
The hockey player had encountered many hits during his career and had damaged his right knee not just once. He lost flexibility of the knee joint. His knee would become severly inflammed and would be in pain usually after skiing, hiking, biking or just walking. He had opted for knee replacement surgery before I convinced him to participate in my own study.
During the research study he drank 6 ounces of pure aloe vera gel every morning and took two hyaluronic capsules per day, one before lunch and another one before dinner. His diet remained the same. Two weeks into the study he started noticing a difference in the flexion of his knee. The swelling had decreased as well. We measured his flexion and compared it again two weeks later. After four weeks he was able to continue with athletic activities without pain and inflammation. He was able to bend his knee past the 90 degree angle.
We then stopped both nutritional supplements for two months. The pain started to slowly return but his flexion remained good and he showed almost no signs of inflammation. We then tried the hyaluronic capsules alone for two weeks but there were no signs of improvement. Then we restarted him on aloe vera juice which had improved his condition again. Aloe Vera Juice has a very cleansing effect, removing build up. Further, it lubricates joints offering cushioning and protection.
He reported that the aloe vera had a much greater effect on the health of his knee than the hyaluronic acid if compared with each other. But at the same time he felt even greater relief when both products were included in his daily regimen. This is probably because aloe vera juice doesn't only cleanse, lubricate and nourishes but it acts as a turbo-boosting engine transporting additional supplements to their intended destination at super speeds. This means that the benefits of hyaluronic acids were doubled.
Osteoarthritis treatment with pure aloe vera juice: Aloe Vera Drink Gel comes with a long list of positive health benefits. Besides the many health benefits, aloe vera juice has been known to cleanse the body of build-up, not only within the intestines but also build-up around joints. In addition, one of the key ingredients in aloe vera juice, acemannan, is a sugar molecule which has been shown to lubricate joints and keeping the cushioning devices moisturized and pliable. A damaged joint can therefore be lubricated, build-up removed, faciliating movement, increasing flexibility and decreasing pain.
Osteoarthritis treatment by adding hyaluronic acid: The Hyaluronic Acid we had used during the trial was a unique form of low molecular hyaluronic acid, with moisturizing and lubricating properties, plus ginger oil and Turmeric. Hyaluronic Acid is a special protein that our bodies produce to lubricate and cushion our joints and muslces, as well as to insure adequate skin hydration. As we age, our bodies produce less and less hyaluronic acid. With this in mind, our joints can lose their natural lubrication, and our skin appears rough and dry.
Osteoarhtirits Treatment with pure MSM Gel: MSM Gel can provide soothing relief with pain and discomfort associated with osteoarthritis. MSM stands for Methyl Sulfonyl Methane. It is an organic sulfur found in almost all living organisms. In fact, sulfur is the third most abundant substance in our body. It is a vital building block of joints, cartilage, skin, hair and nails. MSM Gel can be massaged into the affected areas without worries. There are no side-effects because it is organic sulfur. Along with aloe vera gel, it will provide you with soothing relief and can enhance your healing experience. Research studies done with MSM Gel have shown decreased pain and increased mobility.
Now, we did not use MSM Gel on the affected knee. Aloe Vera Juice naturally contains some organic sulfur, so does bee pollen (a superfood), for instance. Nevertheless, organic sulfur is an important component of healing. Is is often forgotten or not mentioned but it is more abundent in our body than magnesium
Massage Therapy for pain management: Massage Therapy is an effective tool in reducing pain and spasm associated with osteoarthritis. It can remove painful trigger points and relengthen shortened and hypertoned muscles, a nice compliment to the nutritional osteoarthritis treatment as outlined above. Visit How to treat osteoarthritis with massage to learn more and to get a brief but precise explanation of the different stages of osteoarthritis from the viewpoint of a manual therapist.
Osteoarthritis can cause a lot of pain, and when the body is in pain it does experience some stress. With this in mind it is only normal to seek an osteoarthritis treatment plan that provides fast result. However, the treatment plan as outlined above is a completely natural approach at cleansing the build-up from within the joint, lubricate it and nourish it. This takes time. While some people will notice a difference in only two weeks, other might have to be patient for a longer time. It all depends on the severity of your arthritis, how acidic your body is, in other words how much harder your immune system has to work, how much there is to clean. It takes time to lubricate the joints and nourish it. So considering all this and understanding that we are all unique individuals, the healing time can vary from person to person.
Now, one fact I have not mentioned yet that can further increase the health of your joints is your diet. Do you eat a lot of food that creates more acids than alkalines? Do you drink enough water? Do you go for walks regularly?
Watching your ph levels and adding a superfood to your diet can further increase the health of your joints. Two superfoods that go well with aloe vera juice are bee pollen or barley grass. They are loaded with nutrition, and you can rest assure that you will feed your body an abundance of wholesome nutrition, including sulfur.
I do encourage everyone to keep a journal so they can compare from time to time. Make sure you measure your flexion and take pictures of your knee or the affected area so you can again compare it.
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