Eleven million people suffer from osteoarthritis, a common
form of arthritis in which cartilage, the "cushion"
between bones, is gradually worn away. If the cartilage wears
away, the bones begain rubbing together, causing considerable
pain. In fact, pain relief is the top priority for most osteoarthritis
patients, often considered as important as treating the disease.
Acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol) is a frequently used pain reliever,
although upset stomach is a potential side effect and many
people can be allergic to it. A study in the American Journal
of Pain Management explored the possibility for an alternative
‹ a homeopathic preparation ‹ to relieve osteoarthritis pain.
Patients received either a liquid homeopathic preparation
or acetaminophen for one month. Results showed that the homeopathic
treatment was slightly more effective than acetaminophen,
and that more than half (55%) of the patients reported pain
relief of 40% or greater, compared with only 38% of the acetaminophen
is a system of healing that emphasizes the use of small doses
of different natural substances. Your chiropractor can tell
you more about homeopathy and about some of the reasons why
you should consider non-drug alternatives for treating your
Shealey CN, Thomlinson RP, Cox RH, et al. Osteoarthritic
pain: a comparison of homeopathy and acetaminophen. American
Journal of Pain Management, July 1998: Vol. 8, No. 3,