Arthritis / Gout
Arthritis and gout are inflammatory conditions of the joint(s) that is characterised by pain, swelling, stiffness deformity and reduced mobility in the joint(s).
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease and involves the deterioration of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. The once smooth surface of the cartilage becomes rough resulting in friction. The cartilage begins to break down, and the normally smooth sliding surfaces of the bones become pitted and irregular. The tendons, ligaments, and muscles holding the joint together become weaker and less flexible, and the joint itself becomes deformed, painful and stiff.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder a self-attacking-self disease in which the body’s immune system improperly identifies the synovial membranes that secrete the lubricating fluid in the joints as foreign. Often the bone surfaces are destroyed as well . The body replaces this damaged tissue with scar tissue , causing the normal spaces within the joints to become narrow and the bones to fuse together.
Conventional treatment is usually with nonsteroidal (NSAID) anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
A natural approach would be to identify any underlying inflammatory factors, such as food intolerances, traumas, over-use, poor-use, infections and to reduce these through dietary, supplemental and lifestyle changes.
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