Everyone is different and this is certainly true when using nutritional therapy for osteoarthritis. Sometimes these differences are obvious – helping someone in their 80s with advanced arthritis is different from someone in their 40s who have had their first joint niggles.
Other differences though are not so obvious. In some people joint pain is more from inflammation, while in others more from the actual joint deterioration. This series of columns looks at some personal stories and the methods we used to bring improvements.
I have just spoken with someone with advanced osteoarthritis. He is in his 80s and has long-term osteoarthritis in his ankles, knees and hips which caused significant pain with restricted mobility. He rated his discomfort at 7/10 and being faced with steady deterioration.
He was already doing some positive things through supplements with a good Omega 3 and a joint supplement. What we did was to fine-tune his programme and introduce an anti-inflammatory eating programme.
The main supplement component was to lift chondroitin sulphate to over 1000mg daily combined with curcumin and glucosamine. This is much higher than in many joint products. After only two months he now rates his pain at 2/10 down from 7/10. He is both surprised and delighted having lived with this for a long time.
Our body, including our joints, is equipped with powerful healing processes which can be overwhelmed fighting a disease. The first goal of nutritional medicine is to get these working again.
Once these are activated the body can then set to work trying to heal the problem. In the case of my client, the supplements played a huge role in stimulating this often latent healing force. For more information give me a call or email firstname.lastname@example.org You can read back issues at www.abundant.co.nz
John Arts is a qualified nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on 0800 423 559. To read more go to www.sunlive.co.nz