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Alternative Treatments for Arthritis

Alternative and complementary therapies list for Arthritis:

Alternative treatments, complementary therapeutic options, or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly helpful for Arthritis may include:

  • Potassium
  • Glucosamine sulfate
  • Chondroitin sulfate
  • S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe)
  • Acupuncture
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Mahanarayan oil
  • Guggul
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • LNA (alpha-linolenic acid)
  • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
  • DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
  • GLA (gamma-linolenic acid)
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Avoid hydrogenated oils
  • Acupressure
  • Hara breathing
  • Mind-body exercise
  • Relaxation
  • Vitamin C
  • Heat compress
  • Ice compress
  • Snug-fitting gloves
  • Capsaicin
  • Wintergreen oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Exercise
  • Weight training
  • Juniper, lavender, cypress and rosemary oil in Epsom salt bath
  • Lavender and cypress oil in Epsom salt bath
  • Ginger chicken soup
  • Snake oil (contains high percentage of EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid)
  • Ayurvedic cleansing program (panchakarma)
  • Ayurvedic herbal remedies
  • Triphala tea
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. aspirin or ibuprofen)
  • Vinegar steam
  • Chinese folk remedies
  • Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan Chinese herb
  • Chinese medicine
  • Chinese patent herbs
  • Avoid activities that put pressure on joints
  • Stretch joints frequently
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Wrap wool scarf around stiff joints
  • Electric heated gloves
  • Exercise in heated pool
  • Hand exercises in warm water
  • Stay warm through the night (e.g. electric blanket)
  • Avoid or redesign tasks that involve a tight grip
  • Tie loops around hard to grip handles
  • Self-fastening shoes and other clothing
  • Guided imagery
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Real Willard Water (antioxidant)
  • Salba seeds and salba seed oil
  • Gin-soaked raisin remedy
  • String beans
  • Garlic-topical
  • Potato juice-topical
  • Gluten-free diet
  • Steeped parsley drink
  • Apple cider vinegar with meals
  • Devil's claw
  • Horseradish and boiled milk poultice
  • Yucca supplement

Unlabelled Alternative Drug Treatments

These alternative drug therapies have been listed by various sources as possible alternative treatments for Arthritis:

  • Hydroxychloroquine - mainly used to treat refractory arthritis associated with Lyme disease
  • Plaquenil - mainly used to treat refractory arthritis associated with Lyme disease

Warning About Alternative Treatments

Always check with your doctor or qualified medical professional before using any alternative or complementary treatment, or before stopping or changing any other treatment to use alternative approaches. Some treatments or preventatives may be of dubious value, and certain alternative treatments can be dangerous in some cases.

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