Wednesday February 22, 2017
Arthritis an informal way referring to joint pain (also referred to as arthralgia). There are over 100 different types of arthritis. When four or more joints are involved, the arthritis is referred to as polyarthritis. When two or three joints are involved, it is referred to as oligoarthritis. When a single joint is involved, it is referred to as monoarthritis. Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis.
Causes include injury (also referred as osteoarthritis) and autoimmunity (also referred as rheumatoid arthritis). Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage wears down until bone grates on bone. Rheumatoid is caused by an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the synovial membrane (a soft tissue that protects joints in the body) and can lead to bone loss.
Symptoms include pain and limited joint mobility followed by stiffness, swelling, redness and pain. Large joints like the knee can loose cartilage causing joint damage. When small joints are involved like the fingers and toes, there can be bone loss and/or bone growth shown resulting in knobby fingers and knuckles.
One thing you can do to help ease the pain is by ingesting magnesium. A benefit of magnesium is it relaxes muscles and nerve endings relieving stiffness and pain.
Another is linoleic acid. Limited studies have shown anti-inflammatory properties from linoleic acid. Linoleic is an essential fatty acid required by the body to regulate immune responses and suppress inflammation. You know what has linoleic acid? Noni!
Phytotherapy Research (24:38-42) published a study from the University Clinic in Hamburg in 2010, showing that preparations of noni “are effective in decreasing pain and joint destruction caused by arthritis.” The analgesic activity of noni fruit “reduced the pain sensitivity comparably to the central analgesic drug tramadol.
Another study published in Acta Pharmacologica Sinica (23:1127-1141) found that noni extract did not exhibit any toxic effects but did show significant anti-inflammatory and central analgesic activities. So significant, in fact, that it was estimated to be 75 percent as effective as morphine, yet totally safe and side-effect free.
Don't believe the studies? Read the below testimonial for yourself:
"I was very skeptical when I visited the noni farm a few months ago in Kauai, but this stuff has been a lifesaver. I was diagnosed with chronic arthritis in my neck before our trip. When I got back I was scheduled for shots, doctor's appt's and ultimately surgery. I started taking the Noni Fruit Leather and using this lotion on my neck and within a couple days I had 80% relief. After a week I was 100% free of pain. I've been using this for 3 months and I am still totally pain free and no more numbness/tingling in my fingers. I must say I have to take the fruit leather too...3-4 times a day (which I find to be the most effective of the products) but this icy hot is great to put on the area you have pain in. It also works if you put it on the bottom of your feet too (not sure why but they recommend it and it does seem to help!)" Sara L.