and NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
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• Do your hands ache when you get
up in the morning?
• Have you noticed you can’t move
around like you used to?
• Are you looking for alternatives to
the standard pain medications to
help you deal with arthritis?
If you answered yes to any of these
questions you may benefit from a
consultation with a Naturopathic Doctor.
In your area, contact:
In Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors are represented by the
Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
For additional information and resources on your health
and naturopathic medicine visit www.oand.org
Osteoarthritis often afflicts older adults and can be described as
the “wear and tear” form of arthritis. It occurs when the matrix of
cartilage in a weight-bearing joint demineralizes due to the body’s
natural declining level of glucosamine. This leads to brittleness
and the development of bone spurs as the body tries to stabilize
• Stiffness (especially in the morning)
• Painful and/or limited motion
• No signs of inflammation
• Occasionally only hands or knees are affected
• Rarely are all joints affected at once
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that may
affect the whole body. The joints that are typically affected include
hands, wrists, feet, ankles, and knees, but may include hips and
shoulders. This form of arthritis is considered an autoimmune
disease, which means that the immune system is attacking its
own tissues, in this case the joints, causing a constant state of
inflammation. The onset of rheumatoid arthritis has nothing to
do with “wear and tear” of the joints and is often observed to be
• Joint may be warm, tender and/or swollen, with almost constant pain and
• Joint deformities may become evident
There are many contributing factors to arthritis, including overuse, trauma to the joint, inflammation, or
age-related changes in the collagen repa