Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis Overview:

Osteoarthritis is a low grade inflammatory condition that leads to a loss of cartilage and synovial fluid in the joint.

 

Aetiology:

Can be caused by repetitive shock or exercise such as with normal wear and tear of age, or from athletics. 

 

Symptoms:

Aching pain in the joints

Loss of function

Onset is gradual (months to years)

Abnormal gait (if severe in hips or knees)

Typical distribution deformity

Symptom

Symptom

 

Therapeutic Aims:

1. Increase blood circulation into the affected area

Circulatory stimulants (Ginger)

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2. Alleviate symptoms of pain/inflammation management

Analgesics (Piscidia erythrina)

  • Sedatives
  • Antinflammatories (Salix alba, Guaiacum officinalis, Boswellia serrata, Harpagophytum procumbens, Dioscorea villosa)
  • Rubefacients

3. Maintain joint function, prevent further degeneration of joints, and enhance the repair process

Supplying carbohydrate molecules for proteoglycan synthesis and cartilage reconstruction (L-Glucosamine)

  • Remineralisation of calcified cartilage and bone junction (Urtica dioica)
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4. Encourage detoxification and enhance efficiency of other organs of elimination

Alteratives (Urtica dioica)

  • Diuretics (Apium graveolens)
  • Bitters (as needed)
  • Hepatics (as needed)
 

Diagnostic Considerations:

  • Nothing noteable on blood testing
  • Imaging
    • Xray
      • joint space narrowing
      • subchondral sclerosis
      • subchondral cysts
 

Differential Diagnosis:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Mechanical damage/trauma
 

Herbs For Osteoarthritis

 

Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: November 2017


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