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What 3 Health Conditions Should You be Watching in 2014?

As we head into 2014, what are the health conditions appearing most prominently on the radar of consumers, researchers, and even governments?  What new ingredients are seeing promising clinical study results? And what old standby supplements are no longer performing as well as they used to?

As working Americans are pushed by employers to do more with less, Baby Boomers continue to grow older, and everyone suffers from the everyday stress of life, several health conditions have surged to the forefront of clinical research. Read on to discover more about how consumer interest in brain cognition, sleep disorders, stress relief, read more…

The Effectiveness of Commiphora Mukul For Osteoarthritis of the Knee: An Outcomes Study

Betsy B. Singh, PhD, Lakshmi C. Mishra, BIMS, PhD, Sivarama Prasad Vinjamury, MD (Ayurveda),Nanette Aquilina, DC, Vijay J. Singh, BA, Neil Shepard, BA

Abstract
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a debilitating, slowly progressive and degenerative disease of diarthroidal joints affecting men and women as they age.1 It is the most common form of arthritis affecting approximately 70-80% of the aged population worldwide, and is the second most-common form of disability in the United States.2 Although it affects both men and women, women are more likely to be symptomatic. In the Western world, OA ranks fourth in health impact among women and eighth read more…

Stinging Nettle Cream for Osteoarthritis

Charles Leiter, PharmD; Thomas Bush, MD

Abstract
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disease and one of the oldest documented chronic diseases of humans; archaeologists have found changes typical of osteoarthritis in prehistoric human bones.1(p51) The malady’s antiquity is further evidenced by the plethora of remedies reportedly used by aboriginal peoples for relief from the pain of “rheumatism.” The Native American people known as the Ohlone, formerly inhabiting the central coastal region of California where our research was conducted, utilized at least 12 different herbs for painful joints. Among these Ohlone medicinal plants, we selected stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, read more…

Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatory Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Cathy Creger Rosenbaum, PharmD, MBA, RPh; Dónal P. O’Mathúna, PhD; Mary Chavez, PharmD, FAACP; Kelly Shields, PharmD

Objective • To review efficacy studies of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory dietary supplements used to manage osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and make conclusions about their place in therapy. Glucosamine, chondroitin, and methyl sulfonyl methane were excluded.

Data Sources • A literature search was conducted using MEDLINE (1996 through January 2009), EMBASE, Cochrane Library, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, and Natural Standard, with bibliographic review of relevant articles. Cited studies from before our search range were included if they represented the only published human read more…

Acupuncture Treatment For Osteoarthritic Pain And Inflammation Of The Knee

Adarsh M. Kumar, PhD, and Xue-lan Wen, MD

Abstract

Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese art and science of healing, is now accepted in the scientific community as one of the effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory modalities. The main principle of the therapeutic effect of acupuncture is the stimulation of selective acupoints, situated along meridians in the body. Stimulation is initiated by inserting needles of specific length and thickness. Performing acupuncture on specific points is believed to restore bodily functions by promoting the natural flow of vital energy throughout the system. Energy becomes obstructed in “dis-eased” body systems that are exposed to unavoidably read more…

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