Updated: May 27, 2020
Naturopathic medicine can help minimize the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
Osteoarthritis is a wear and tear disorder and the most common form of arthritis, affecting 1 in 6 Canadians (nearly 5 million). It is a degenerative disease that worsens over time leading to joint pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion because the cartilage surrounding the ends of your bones gradually deteriorate causing bone on bone contact. There is currently no cure but there are ways to manage symptoms.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the immune system attacks its own tissues. This results in inflammation, swelling and pain in and around joints. Usually, the hands and feet are affected first but it can progress to any joint. The cause is unknown but thought to be due to viruses or bacteria. Although it is a chronic condition, there are natural therapies that can be beneficial for helping the body heal, which can compliment your existing treatment plan.
Gout is an inflammatory arthritis caused by an accumulation of urate crystals usually in the big toe, but it can affect any joint. Uric acid is produced as a result of purine breakdown, substances found in your body as well as the food you eat. Gout was once known as “the disease of kings” because it was associated with rich foods including meat. One of the first targets of a gout treatment plan will include dietary changes, along with supplement recommendations.