Natural Remedies for Arthritis Waianae HI

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.

Martin Ira Leftik, MD
(808) 834-5333
1467 Ala Paumula Street
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1966

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Eiichi Furuta, MD
(808) 372-5825
469 Ena Rd Apt 1208
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kyushu Univ, Fac Of Med, Higashiku, Fukuoka, Japan
Graduation Year: 1989

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Lawrence Chung-Ning Wong, MD
(808) 394-0160
157 Hoolako Pl
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kyoto Univ, Fac Of Med, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto, Japan
Graduation Year: 1948

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Panu Limpisvasti
(808) 528-4577
1520 Liliha Street
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Kara S Yamamoto
(808) 983-8394
1319 Punahou St
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Eiichi Furuta
(808) 945-3719
1441 Kapiolani Blvd. #2000
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Mary Ann Antonelli, MD
(808) 586-7460
1356 Lusitana St Fl 7
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1970

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Mohamed M Aboyoussef
(808) 522-4522
888 S King St
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Donald Ames Person, MD
(808) 433-6709
1 Jarrett White Rd
Tamc, HI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: Tripler Army Med Ctr, Honolulu, Hi

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Kristine M Uramoto, MD
(808) 537-2211
550 S Beretania St Fl 4
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1992

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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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