Side effects, drug-company recalls, and potential health risks from conventional arthritis pain relief medicines prompt many sufferers to turn to alternative arthritis pain relievers. Some of these include glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, SAMe, boswellia, and turmeric many of which are available as both dry and liquid supplements.
Glucosamine, harvested from the shells of crabs, lobsters, and shrimp, purportedly slows down cartilage damage and offers a degree of joint pain relief comparable to that of aspirin or ibuprofen.
Chondroitin, another naturally occurring substance, provides elasticity to cartilage and is extracted from the cartilage of marine animals such as sharks. It impedes enzyme activity that breaks down joint cartilage and also offers mild-to-moderate arthritis pain relief.
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a natural source of sulphur, which is essential in producing collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin and other antioxidants necessary to provide joint fitness.
SAMe (S-Adenosyl-Methionine), yet another dietary supplement, originates naturally in the body and is both produced and consumed in the liver. Therapeutic usage of SAMe delivers osteoarthritis joint pain relief as reliably and as potently as celecoxib, according to one double-blind cross-over study.
Boswellia comes from the tree of the same name found in the Middle East, Africa, India, and Asia. The resin of this tree is used both topically and in pill form to treat both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, and is sought after because of its ability to ease joint pain and inflammation without irritating the stomach when taken orally.
The herb, turmeric, contains a substance called Ã¢â‚¬Å“curcuminÃ¢â‚¬Â that has long been a traditional anti-inflammatory used in many Eastern countries not only as an arthritis treatment, but also for many other maladies such as indigestion, insect bites, urinary tract infections even liver disease. Turmerics natural anti-inflammatory activity compares in strength to that of both steroidal and nonsteroidal drugs, some of which are known to have potentially dangerous side effects.
Alternative arthritis pain relievers have been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, but Western countries have just recently begun to take these alternative arthritis relief medications seriously. Of course, its always wise to check out any arthritis medicine with your doctor before taking it. The bottom line? Be open-minded, but use your common sense!