Alternative Therapies


PLEASE NOTE: The alternative therapies that follow are provided as information only and many have not been clinically proven in controlled clinical trials. The National institute of Health is currently conducting clinical trials on many dietary supplements and alternative therapy treatments. Please consult the FDA (www.fda.gov), National Institute of Health (www.nih.gov) and other reputable websites for further information. Castiva™ has included these therapies as information only and encourages you to consult with a qualified health care practitioner prior to beginning any new supplement or therapy.

Certo. Pectin used for making jams and jellies, mixed with purple grape juice has shown promise for relief. The proportions are 8oz. of purple grape juice combined with 1-2 tablespoons of Certo. Diabetics should look for unsweetened grape juice.

Curry contains powerful antioxidants that may reduce pain and inflammation for arthritis sufferers.

Garlic appears to relieve some forms of arthritis pain. The sulfur contained in this product has been reported to benefit sufferers.

Grapes also contain boron and their skins contain a compound that blocks the inflammation that causes arthritis.

Milk is good for you. You've probably heard this since you were a child. It is the calcium in milk that helps keep our bones healthy as we age. It reduces your risk for acquiring osteoporosis. If you're not fond of milk, try yogurt, ice cream or cheese. If none of these works for you, choose calcium tablets from your local pharmacy.

Nuts, particularly almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts contain boron, a mineral that keeps bones strong and healthy, thus helping to prevent arthritis.

Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids can help with joint health. Omega-3 can be found in supplement form or in fish such as salmon.

Prescription Medications:

Not Your Only Options

Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are most commonly used for the pain and inflammation of arthritis.

Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate
A recent medical study found this supplement, made from the shells of crabs, lobsters and shrimp, to be a significant benefit for patients with moderate to severe knee pain. Bear in mind that this supplement should be viewed as a long-term approach. Remember that you didn't develop your arthritis overnight, so give this supplement time to work (typically 12 to 18 months for maximum benefit).

Water
Yep, mom was right. That old adage of 8 glasses of water a day is a good idea. You probably didn't know, but some of your joints, like the discs in your spine, have no blood supply. So the way they stay healthy and thick is through proper nutrition and proper motion. Water and diet will help with nutrition.

Exercise

Yes, There's that word again. Time to get moving.

Before beginning any exercise regimen, you should check with your doctor to determine if you are healthy enough for the program you have in mind. This is extremely important if you are over 40, have heart disease, hypertension or have not exercised on a regular basis recently.

Stepping Out
Yes, step outside and walk around the block. This form of fitness is free, can be done almost anywhere and provides the weight bearing exercise needed to keep your bones in shape without the impact of running or jogging. Once you have successfully conquered this endeavor and feel you want to proceed, consider switching to jogging or running - again in moderation until you feel successful with your program. Just remember that the stress of jogging and running can be a cause of arthritis, so moderation and consent from your physician is key. Can't get outdoors? Consider a treadmill in the privacy of your home. Remember, you won't accomplish much using that treadmill for drying your laundry! Step on there and get some exercise.

Biking
This activity puts minimal strain on your joints and can be done in the comfort of your home or outside on bike paths and roads. After several sessions, take the liberty of finding trails with small hills or increase the level of incline on your stationary bike. This form of exercise is not typically recommended for people with osteoarthritis of the knees and hips because of stress placed on those joints. Alternate activities to consider for such patients are the use of a stationary exercise bike or an elliptical training machine. Again, remember this equipment will only work if you actually USE it.

Water
Water Is For More Than Drinking. Water therapy is probably the most appropriate exercise for arthritis sufferers, since there is minimal pressure exerted on joints. In fact, water therapy is often one the first things recommended following spine, knee or hip surgeries. With swimming, more than 2/3 of the muscles in your body are used, giving you a very good workout. Water aerobics are offered at many YMCA's and is ordinarily performed in warm water pools. Don't live near a YMCA? Try a whirlpool mat in the bathtub. Make do with whatever resources you have. Gentle range-of-motion and flexibility exercises are incorporated and pain relief is often found to last for several days following this therapy.

Your Exercise Choice
The type of exercise you select is a personal decision. Find one that you feel comfortable with, for your type of arthritis. Start in moderation and do not proceed until you feel comfortable doing so. Remember, exercise should not hurt, but should benefit your condition. That old "No Pain, No Gain" motto definitely does not apply to arthritis. Listen to your body. Just getting out and getting moving is a great start. Inactivity, such as hours spent in front of the TV leads to slowing of the metabolism and even overeating. Maintaining a healthy weight, proper exercise technique, Chiropractic, Osteopathic and Massage therapies can help with proper motion.