Osteoarthritis (OA) is an inflammatory joint disorder. It is the most common form of arthritis and frequently affects hands, knees, hips, and spine. As many as 90% of individuals over the age of 40 show degenerative changes on x-ray; however not all of these individuals have symptoms. OA can be localised to one or two joints or generalised to three or more joints.
Poor diet, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, insulin resistance and hypothyroidism are all amongst the risk factors for OA. For this reason, diet, weight and lifestyle will be addressed first and foremost when seeking treatment for OA at Sowelu. With that said, trauma on or near the joint and repetitive stressful use, accounts for a portion of cases and for this reason it is important to include anti-inflammatory herbs and nutrients to support regeneration of cartilage and joint tissue. The use of these supplements will decrease pain in as little as 3-6 weeks. However it is important to remember the speed and rate of pain reduction will depend on both the severity of symptoms at which you are experiencing and your own commitment to your health and the program.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic inflammatory auto-immune disease and because of this, your treatment plan for RA will address the immune system. Your treatment plan will include diet and lifestyle advice to reduce inflammation, reduce any excess weight, reduce stress and strengthen the gut after possible damage caused by steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. It will also include high potency anti-inflammatory herbs. These assist in the reduction of the inflammatory mediators in RA, support in the day to day pain management and reduce long term progression of the disease. At Sowelu we use supplements that are a proven safe alternative to NSAID medication.
In addition to diet, lifestyle and herbal medicine recommendations, nutritional supplements to reduce pain and inflammation and support healthy connective tissue, joint, bone and cartilage formation may be prescribed. Your current state of health will determine the duration of treatment and the extent of your results, however when following this treatment plan, you should expect to see some pain relief in 3-6 weeks. The primary aim when treating RA is to slow the progression and reduce the duration and severity of flair ups.