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Glucosamine and Chondroitin, Really Help Reducing Joint Pain?

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are common ingredients in supplements for joint pain, specially people with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs as cartilage breaks down and it leads pain. Millions of American people have osteoarthritis.

According to Web MD, scientists have been researching benefits of glucosamine alone and together with another supplement called chondroitin for many years, but research results have been conflicting.

Some studies show the supplement reduces knee pain in people with moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis. However, it doesn’t seem to work as well in people who have mild knee pain, have had the condition for long time. Also, Glucosamine was not working for overweight patients with osteoarthritis.

More concerns were brought up with Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Last week, consumerLab.com was reported side effects of Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Possible side effects from Glucosamine and Chondroitin are

  • l  stomach upset,
  • l  mild to moderate drowsiness,
  • l  skin reactions,
  • l  headache,
  • l  increasing eye pressure in people with glaucoma
  • l  and because it is often derived from shellfish, may cause an allergic reaction.

Chondroitin sulfate may worsen symptoms in some people with asthma.

People on blood-thinning medication and on low sodium diet should be careful of taking Glucosamine and Chondroitin. ConsumerLab.com pointed that Glucosamine and Chondroitin seems to have anti-coagulant effect and can contain a significant amount of sodium in recent post.

For more information for side effects of Glucosamine and Chondroitin, visit Web MD or ConsumerLab.com(Learn More —>>> Click!!! ).

Acupuncture Can Really help Osteoarthritis?

Acupuncture treatment is considered a potentially useful treatment for osteoarthritis and numbers of researches are increasing and backing up effeteness of acupuncture treatment recently.

There is a fact that there is no cure for osteoarthritis currently exists. Treatment focuses on managing the pain and dysfunction associated with the disease. Guidelines for the medical management of knee osteoarthritis were established by the American college of Rheumatology (ACR) in 1995 and the European League Against Rheumatism in 2000. Both of these guidelines address nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic management of symptoms. Nonpharmacologic therapies are the preferred first line course of treatment.

Nonpharmacologic modalities mentioned in the guidelines include patient education, physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise programs. The 2000 update of the ACT recommendations also mentioned acupuncture as a therapeutic approach under investigation.

Acupuncture is based on the theory that vital energy, called Qi, flows through the body along pathways called meridians. There are specific points along these meridians, called acupuncture points, or acupoints, at which the qi may be accessed. Inserting needle into these points permits the practitioner to restore harmony to the system by rebalancing flow of qi.

According to acupuncture theory, pain will be caused by obstruction of qi flow in meridian channel,

“if the channels are free there is no pain. If the channels are obstructed there is pain.”

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