Alternative therapies used to treat arthritis
By DAWN COHEN
BALLINA naturopath Sally McCutcheon gets excited when you ask her about food and arthritis.
"There are so many wonderful things to eat that can help," said the Southern Cross University graduate.
"Arthritis is an extremely common condition that can cause inflammation.
"The worst thing about it is pain and stiffness.
"It can be caused by injuries or genes, or how your joints are arranged. Being overweight makes it worse.
"The cox-2 drugs relieve pain, but they don't address the cause of the problem in the first place.
"Diet and some herbal remedies can actually rebuild the body's resources."
She suggests patients change their diet while taking a herbal cocktail she tailors to suit each individual's needs after assessing the whole body's functioning.
The good news is: Eating the same old thing every day is out. A wide variety of foods are essential.
But fast food, fried foods, red meat, sugar, caffeine and excess alcohol can add to inflammation.
Lots of fruit with vitamin C helps ? preferably strawberries, kiwi fruit and blackberries rather than citrus. Her natural remedies often include glucosamine, devil's claw and celery seed.