How to Manage Arthritis and Reduce Its Progression

Arthritis is a condition that cannot be reversed, but there are treatments available to help slow its progression and manage the pain it causes. While it is not possible to prevent arthritis, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing it. Treatment plans are tailored to each individual and may include acupuncture, turmeric tea, and strength and stability exercises. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAC (a licensed naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist) explains that acupuncture can be an effective way to reduce pain and improve mobility.

It works by increasing blood flow to the area, which helps reduce inflammation, speed healing, and may reduce pain. Studies have shown that acupuncture can help relieve pain by improving the body's nervous system, which can boost the production of pain-reducing endorphins. Following a prescribed treatment plan and frequency will help the joint heal in the long term and increase range of motion. Lisa Richards, nutritionist and author of the Candida Diet, suggests turmeric as a natural anti-inflammatory compound.

Turmeric has been shown to reduce chronic pain, mitigate joint pain, and improve quality of life for people with various forms of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. It is also known for its antioxidant potential, which helps fight free radicals and remove toxins from the body. A cup of turmeric tea contains approximately 1 teaspoon of turmeric, with a safe dose being 400-600 mg per day. Therefore, it is recommended to drink 2-3 cups a day before each meal for optimal absorption.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the United States. To prevent arthritis from becoming debilitating, people should focus on keeping their bodies strong by doing strength and stability exercises and keeping their bodies flexible.

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