Natural anti-inflammatories to aid arthritis during the cold season.

Winter is often harder on people with arthritis as their pain worsens, so the last thing they need during the colder months is treatment doing them more harm than good.

Glen Gillard, a practicing naturopath with over 30 years experience and two clinics in Brisbane says the winter season can bring certain problems in managing arthritis.

“Cold weather may sensitise the pain fibres in the joint capsule, and make the sufferer more sensitive to pain,” Mr Gillard says.

“People tend to exercise less and eat more, leading to weigh gain which adds to extra pressure to the joints, particularly the spine, knees and feet which bear a lot of the body’s weight.

“If sufferers are exercising less in winter and their joints remain immobile, they cannot effective remove waste and gain nutrients so they seize up.”

A study published in the Nutrition Journal has shown natural anti-inflammatories made from botanical sources are just as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).

The pilot study compared the botanical based ingredients in Cararthron to an NSAID and a placebo in subjects with symptomatic osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.

The results showed that Cararthron was superior compared to the NSAID and placebo in reducing stiffness and improving mobility, as measured by the Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) functional impairment and stiffness scores.

The study also established that Cararthron was equivalent to the NSAID in reducing pain, as measured by the WOMAC pain score.

NSAIDs are commonly used as pain and inflammation reducers for people with arthritis, however concerns over their safety when taken with other medication has caused alarm amongst health professionals.

A Danish study of over 1 million people revealed an increased heart attack and stroke risk from use of most NSAIDs.

Participants using NSAIDs had a 91 per cent increased risk of cardiovascular death, and a 29 per cent increased risk of fatal or non-fatal stroke following use of a common over the counter anti-inflammatory drug.

Cararthron contains potent antioxidant bioflavonoids derived from standardized extracts of Scutellaria baicalensis root and Acacia catechu heartwood, both used for their anti-inflammatory properties.

The revolutionary anti-inflammatory relief product, Cararthron , has already helped thousands of Australian arthritis sufferers.

Australian distributor Dr Andrew Chew says there are more than 100 types of arthritis with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis the two most common types.

“Finding the right anti-inflammatory and pain relief is paramount and unfortunately for most people taking NSAIDs can be a major risk to their health and even increase the chance of heart attack or stroke,” Dr Chew says.

“Cararthron may provide an effective anti‐inflammatory and analgesic effect to benefit joints affected by arthritis and may also help protect against the signs of cartilage degeneration.”

“If given the choice between a naturally sourced anti-inflammatory relief product and a NSAID product, I’m sure consumers will make up their own mind what is best for them.”

Mr Gillard says Cararthron is an ideal alternative to drugs and a safe herbal remedy with clinically proven efficacy and no known side effects over long-term use.

“It’s wonderful that complex aches and pains can be modulated to the point where better health and quality of life can be achieved for the afflicted individuals,” Mr Gillard says.

“I believe when the immune system becomes overly reactive after excessive pain and inflammation, it can only reset and repair itself when it has the right food, nutrients clean water and air, and rest to be able to disarm a virus.”

“This is because its energy is focused rather than burning itself out fighting the inflammation that seems to rage in these types of diseases for many individuals

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