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Posted this elsewhere (on a non-health oriented board) and thought is might be of interest here as well.

The first items I'll mention are those I can attest to from personal experience--NEEM and BOSWELLIN. The rest are recommended alternatives. What works best for one person isn't necessarily the optimal treatment for another.

NEEM has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for untold ages, and is still very common in India. There's such a multitude of benefits from the leaves, bark, and oil that it's often referred to as the "pharmacy plant." It's a potent anti-inflammatory, has antimicrobial properties, soothes GI problems (excellent for reflux), and is a fine insect repellent (that's not harmful to your skin), among others. I've tried 2 different preparations, from the same company. The one they harvest and manufacture themselves was good, but stopped working after a while. The more complete and more concentrated one that they import from India is nothing short of terrific. Takes time for full effect. You can speed it a bit by taking 2 perls a day for the first week, then going to 1. When I began it, one area of arthritis showed rapid dramatic improvement. The other area--really severe, from an old injury--took about 5-6 weeks. A huge bonus is the lack of GI problems, because neem actually helps in that area.

Neem Tree Farms: Click on "Supplements" on the left-hand menu, then scroll down to Organix Supercritical Neem Extract. You'll also see options providing information about neem.

For their fantastic insect repellent, click on "Skin and Nails" and scroll all the way to the bottom. A real plus with this company is how efficient and how NICE they are!

BOSWELLIN comes as a supplement, and in a topical cream--which is what I use. This plant has anti-inflammatory and anti-pain properties. Rub it on injuries, sore joints, etc, as needed. I use the one made by Nature's Way. Most health food stores have it.

ZYFLAMEND by New Chapter is a blend of spices and herbs that are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It's a documented COX-2 inhibitor.It comes in several versions. They also have TurmericForce, which some people use on its own for joint pain--as well as other things. Some feel it's an excellent supplement for preventive use as well. This linked page includes links to all of their "supercritical" products--scroll down for TurmericForce and the Zyflamend items--and also explains what "supercritical" means. (I tried the regular Zyflamend, but the spices upset my stomach. Wow--heartburn, but i tend to be vulnerable to that.) I know people who swear by Zyflamend.

Metagenics makes Kaprex: It's very expensive. I found it useless, but some people swear by it.

FISH OIL is highly anti-inflammatory, and very good for arthritic joints, for Crohn's disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc. Filled with anti-oxidants too. Good for general health.

GLUCOSAMIN/CHONDROITIN is extremely beneficial for about 60% of people with joint problems. epic4health makes an excellent and reliable one. They also have a two-item joint support program that I think is worth trying: They're an on-line or phone order company--very fast, efficient, good prices.

And....exercise as best you can. That helps too.

Good luck!!

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