Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. There are different types – degenerative (Osteoarthritis) and autoimmune (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and other conditions), each of which causes debilitating pain in the joints.
Traditional Medical Approach
Anti-inflammatory medications, Advil and COX-2 inhibitors such as Celebrex and others, can have potent serious side effects. Some of these anti-inflammatory medications actually prevent the joints and cartilage from repairing itself.
My Alternative / Homeopathic Medicine Approach
There are natural anti-inflammatory medications available. Some are imported from Germany and can be quite effective. These products are extremely safe. Natural pain relievers often can be substituted for prescription drugs. There are natural substances, such as glucosamine, that contain building blocks for the regeneration of cartilage.
Additionally there are other natural substances which inhibit the breakdown of cartilage. Food sensitivities and allergies can inflame the joints. Some patients benefit from successfully identifying and eliminating foods which cause joint inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases are often treated with very strong medications with severe side effects. Low dose antibiotics which control microorganisms in affected joints have been a proven, effective treatment for these types of arthritis.