Essential Oils and Arthritis: Your Best Options

Why Use Essential Oils? In most cases, the treatment of arthritis in traditional medicine is narrowed to the temporary management of symptoms. Anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers are usually prescribed to reduce the swelling and pain, thus increasing the range of motion. In severe instances, corticosteroids might be prescribed to reduce inflammation by suppressing the patient’s immune system. These treatments may have considerable side effects,

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Categories of Drugs Used to Relieve Osteoarthritis Pain

Osteoarthritis is a whole group of diseases that have a similar symptomatology. The disease is caused by the aging of the joints and deformation of the articular cartilage. The disease affects not only cartilage but also the nearby bones, ligaments, and muscles. You’ve probably heard complaints from elderly people about joint pain. There is nothing surprising in this. Indeed, pain and a gradual decrease in joint function are the main clinical manifestations

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Low Testosterone in Men and the Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Testosterone is known as the “typically male hormone” due to its ability to affect what we generally perceive as “manliness” - the amount of muscle mass in a man’s body and the way it is distributed, the body type, and even the performance in the bedroom. No wonder that having low testosterone levels inevitably leads to a decline in “manliness” and consequent problems regarding general health, relationships, and other spheres of life.

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Tips to Maintain Sexual Life with Arthritis

Arthritis is a common name for inflammatory joint diseases. The disease is widespread, and with time the incidence rate is increasing. Causes of Arthritis The causes of arthritis can be very different. Most often, the main reasons are infectious processes, allergic reactions, disorders in the work of the immune system, or mental traumas. One of the causes of arthritis is the natural wear of the joints. The provoking factors in the development of

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Less Obvious Arthritis Risk Factors

Arthritis is a fairly common condition - it is estimated that at least 50 millions of Americans are currently suffering from a particular form of arthritis. What exactly is arthritis? In a nutshell, it is a term that is often used to refer to a number of medical conditions which affect the joints, causing pain, inflammation, and discomfort. The most common symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, but various forms of arthritis can also

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Which Tests Should I Get to Check for Osteoarthritis?

We recently had a question asked to us via our Get Answers page and decided to share it: Their Question: I have been told I have osteoarthritis but have had no tests how do I know apart from the stiffness and the pain I have please. Our Answer: Thank you for your question about diagnosing Osteoarthritis. I hope this answers your question. Please let us know if you have any more questions. A doctor can usually tell a patient has osteoarthritis based

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Happy Feet

Our feet are marvels of engineering. Each foot contains about one-eighth of all the bones in our body and 33 joints, more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments that provide support, balance and mobility. Without this amazing design, we wouldn’t be able to walk upright, run or dance. The foot may be the root of osteoarthritis elsewhere in the body. A study of more than 3,400 men and women older than 40 found that those with osteoarthritis in their

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Tai Chi Improves Pain in Arthritis

A bad fall caused Karen Strum, a 37 year-old Internet Marketer, to develop osteoarthritis in her spine. After reading that Tai Chi could help ease her pain, she decided to try it out and it didn’t take long to get her hooked. “With Tai Chi, I am able to relax, even though it is stretching and strengthening my muscles,” said Strum, a Tampa Bay resident who began Tai Chi three years ago. “Many of my older classmates consider this their primary

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10 Super Foods to Fight Osteoarthritis

Imagine a super food — not a drug — powerful enough to help you fight osteoarthritis by decreasing inflammation, improving joint flexibility and helping ease pain. Did we mention that there are no side effects? You’d surely stock up on a lifetime supply. Guess what? These life-altering super foods are available right now in your local supermarket. #1 Bananas and Plantains Bananas and Plantains are high in magnesium and potassium which increases

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Portion Size Pitfalls: Restaurant Meals

When eating at many restaurants, it’s hard to miss that portion sizes have gotten larger in the last few years. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta describes on their website the research showing that people unintentionally consume more calories when faced with larger portions. This can mean significant excess calorie intake, especially when eating high-calorie foods. Here’s an important tip to help you avoid a diet disaster at a

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