Arthritis plant based alternatives

Arthritis is a common condition that inflames the lining of joints or tendons, causing extreme pain and restricting mobility. While there is currently no cure for arthritis, physiotherapy, painkillers, and NSAIDs are usually prescribed to help manage symptoms. Recently, plant based arthritis treatments have also emerged as a popular option amongst patients in the UK, due to their efficacy in relieving pain and inflammation.

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8 million

people in the UK have osteoarthritis, and 10 million have arthritis.

1 in 5

patients in the UK on plant-based treatment plans are treating arthritis

66%

of arthritis patients said their sleep improved with natural alternatives

51%

of RA patients said arthritis plant-based treatments improved their pain

“The Releaf+ subscription simplifies the entire process of my medical cannabis treatment.“

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Nigel, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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Symptoms

Joint pain

Joint stiffness

Joint tenderness

Restricted movement

Inflammation of the joints

Muscle wasting

Weakness

Warm, red skin over joints

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from arthritis. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

In some cases, the progression of arthritis can be slowed using certain medicines like disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), but typically patients are prescribed analgesic painkillers and anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) to help manage their symptoms, or offered physiotherapy, and sometimes even surgery.

Methotrexate

Sulfasalazine

Co-codamol

Naproxen

Diclofenac

Prednisolone

Use our eligibility tool to find out if arthritis plant-based treatments may be suitable for you.
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A word from our specialist

"Many conditions that lead to chronic pain often respond poorly to conventional pharmaceutical medications. More and more is being understood about how the endocannabinoid system interacts with the more well known pain pathways to work synergistically with these conventional medications. Chronic pain comes with a variety of associated symptoms such as poor sleep, fatigue, brain fog and reduced appetite – all of which treatment with medical cannabis can improve."
Dr David Tang

Chronic Pain Specialist

How do plant-based treatments affect arthritis?

The natural compounds contained in these plant based treatments are able to interact with the receptors in our bodies when they gain entry to the bloodstream, and are able to modify or alter the signals and messages being sent around the body, allowing them to regulate inflammatory responses and pain perception. 

Although research in this field is still ongoing and is still in the infancy stages, this new type of arthritis treatment has received very positive feedback. Patients taking a plant based approach to arthritis care have reported notable benefits including improved sleep, reduction in pain and inflammation, and an improved quality of life. 

Our specialist doctors can recommend plant based arthritis treatments to patients who have been struggling to manage their symptoms with conventional options, and support them along their new, natural healthcare journey. To find out if this course of treatment could be suitable for you, fill out our free online eligibility checker today. 

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