Natural Remedies for Arthritis Boise ID

Osteoarthritis is an unwelcome guest in the knees, hips, and other joints of 20 million Americans. This chronic disease, caused by the breakdown of joint tissue, generally sets in after age 40 and is the most common source of physical disability in adults. Read on for more information on treating arthritis and foggy memory.

James Edward Loveless, MD
(208) 383-0201
600 Robbins Rd Ste 100
Boise, ID
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1986

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Steven Richard Ecklund, MD
(208) 887-9500
Boise, ID
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1985

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Dr.Steven Ecklund
(208) 433-0232
222 North 2nd Street #115
Boise, ID
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1985
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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James Robert Polk
(208) 367-3104
1055 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Peggy Ann F Rupp, MD
(208) 322-1920
901 N Curtis Rd Ste 404
Boise, ID
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1980

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Dr.William Knibbe
(208) 383-0201
600 W Robbins Rd # 100
Boise, ID
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1976
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Francis Joseph Dega, MD
(208) 342-2365
1500 Promontory Rd
Boise, ID
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1960

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James Robert Polk Jr, MD
(208) 367-3104
1055 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: St Alphonsus Reg Med Ctr, Boise, Id

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Francis Joseph DeGa
(208) 422-1000
500 W Fort St
Boise, ID
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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James Robert Polk, MD
(208) 367-3104
1055 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1976

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Healthy Solutions - Natural Rx Replacements to Treat Arthritis and Foggy Memory

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By Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH

Aching knees? Instead of NSAIDs, try glucosamine and Phellodendron amurense.

What’s the problem?
Osteoarthritis is an unwelcome guest in the knees, hips, and other joints of 20 million Americans. This chronic disease, caused by the breakdown of joint tissue, generally sets in after age 40 and is the most common source of physical disability in adults.

What do doctors prescribe?
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the go-to medication for doctors treating osteoarthritis. NSAIDs come with a parcel of potential GI troubles, including nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and ulcers, as well as headache, bloating, and kidney and liver failure.

What’s a natural alternative?

A combination of 1,500 mg of glucosamine and 1,200 mg of chondroitin is as effective as one of the most expensive NSAIDs (Celebrex) for moderate-to-severe knee pain of osteoarthritis, according to results from a National Institutes of Health study involving more than 1,500 patients.

If you’re still not getting relief from your pain, you might consider trying a promising new option: an extract from the plant Phellodendron amurense (sometimes found under the name “Nexrutine” on supplement labels). Preliminary results show it may significantly ease pain and inflammation. For those who want to try it, 750 mg a day is a good place to start.

Foggy memory? Instead of Aricept, try Chinese club moss.
What’s the problem?

Memory starts an inexorable decline as early as the 20s, although it’s not usually noticeable until after age 60. The most extreme form of memory loss and mental confusion, Alzheimer’s disease, affects four and a half million Americans.

What do doctors prescribe?

Aricept (donepezil) belongs to a class of drugs known as cholinesterase inhibitors; it helps memory by promoting communication among nerve cells in the brain. “With cholinesterase inhibitors, the most common side effects are nausea, upset stomach, and diarrhea,” points out Daniel Kaufer, MD, director of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina.

What’s a natural alternative?

“Chinese club moss has been used in China as a folk remedy to enhance mental abilities,” notes Dr. Kaufer, and “there have been a few small studies showing positive effects in patients with dementia and one small study in Chinese high-school students showing that they may have had benefit in doing their homework.” The National Institute of Aging funded a new national clinical trial, led by Dr. Kaufer, to test just how well Chinese club moss (also known as huperzine A) preserves mental function in older adults with dementia. Results from this study aren’t quite in yet, although Dr. Kaufer shares that “huperzine A seems to be generally well-tolerated and that some subjects seem to be doing better on it.” Huperzine A from Chinese club moss acts as a cholinesterase inhibitor; most studies have used 100 to 200 mcg taken several times a day.

Author: Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH

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