Alternative Treatment for Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone or when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both. Calcium and phosphate are the two minerals essential for normal bone formation. Throughout youth, the body uses these minerals to produce bones. If calcium intake is not sufficient, or if the body does not absorb enough calcium from the diet, bone production and bone tissues may suffer. Drinking soda, as phosphorus actually leaches calcium out of the bone, and getting inadequate amounts of magnesium and vitamin D in the diet also contribute to the onset of this disease.
While there are a number of causes of osteoporosis, hormone deficiencies are the leading cause. Women, especially over the age of 50, are the most frequent sufferers of the disease. This is due to the loss of ovarian function and subsequent reduction in estrogen production that occurs at the time of menopause. Osteoporosis also may occur as a result of long-term treatment with oral steroids.
What are the Symptoms of Osteoporosis?
Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of osteoporosis but they do not address the root of the problem. By addressing the underlying causes of osteoporosis through better nutrition, natural supplements and natural hormone replacement, the progression of this crippling condition can be halted. And through Prolotherapy , a natural medicine therapy that strengthens structural weaknesses in the body, the pain and disability caused by osteoporosis-induced compression fractures can be alleviated permanently.
At Sunridge Medical, our highly-trained physicians are experts in providing an integrated approach to the treatment of cancer and chronic disease. Our treatment plans are individualized and involve both traditional and alternative medicines.
References on Osteoporosis
Banu J, Varela E, Fernandes G. Alternative therapies for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Nutr Rev. 2012 Jan;70(1):22-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2011.00451.x. PMID: 22221214. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22221214/
Osteoporosis is a medical condition that affects millions of men and women. People with this condition have low bone mass, which places them at increased risk for bone fracture after minor trauma. The surgeries and treatments required to repair and heal bone fractures involve long recovery periods and can be expensive. Because osteoporosis occurs frequently in the elderly, the financial burden it places on society is likely to be large. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has approved several drugs for use in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
However, all of the currently available agents have severe side effects that limit their efficacy and underscore the urgent need for new treatment options. One promising approach is the development of alternative (nonpharmaceutical) strategies for bone maintenance, as well as for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
This review examines the currently available nonpharmaceutical alternatives that have been evaluated in in vitro and in vivo studies. Certain plants from the following families have shown the greatest benefits on bone: Alliceae, Asteraceae, Thecaceae, Fabaceae, Oleaceae, Rosaceae, Ranunculaceae, Vitaceae, Zingiberaceae. The present review discusses the most promising findings from studies of these plant families.
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