Article by Angela Haldane
Q. My friend has been trying glucosamine with chondroitin for aches in joints, she has found it has not helped with pain in the hand/thumb joints but has in ankle, what do you think what could she try?
A. In a naturopathic consultation I can outline a diet to optimise mineral health and reduce inflammation. I would also recommend a specialised formula available as practitioner range which is designed to improve joint/cartilage function and reduce further degeneration of the joint capsule.
There are also some excellent herbal formulations which help with the discomfort of joint pain. Options can be discussed in your appointment.
These are available from your registered medical herbalist (MNZAMH) or naturopath. Consultations available online and in person – see home page to make a booking.
Try to eliminate any food intolerances, this can markedly improve joint inflammation also. Allergy test
Fish oils which are rich in omega 3 are also good for reducing pain and inflammation.