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Where Does It Hurt?

Back & Neck

The spine runs from the back of the neck to the lower back and can be painful and stiff from problems such as arthritis and muscle stress.

Shoulders

These ball-and-socket joints move in almost all directions. Shoulders are prone to arthritis injury and fracture.

Elbows

Elbows can be affected by arthritis and repetitive use that can mean ongoing pain and stiffness.

Hips

These ball-and-socket joints move in almost all directions. Arthritis and osteoporosis can mean pain, stiffness or fracture.

Wrists, Hands & Fingers

Wrist, hand and finger joints are among the most important joints for performing daily activities.

Knees

The largest joints in the body, like the knees, are vulnerable to injury and arthritis.

Ankles

The ankle is a complex joint with many moving parts, making it vulnerable to injury and arthritis.

Foot, Heel & Toe

As the foundation of the body, feet bear the brunt of the weight. Arthritis and impact-related injuries are common in feet.

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Supplement and Herb Guide

Find out all you need to know about certain supplements and what they do for people with arthritis.

Black Currant Oil

Black currant seed oil is obtained from seeds of the black currant.

Borage Oil

Oil from the seeds of the borage plant.

Boswellia

Also known as Indian Frankincense

Bromelain

Group of enzymes found in pineapple that break down protein.

Capsaicin

The highly purified, heat-producing component found in chili peppers.

Cat's Claw

Dried root bark of a woody vine that grows in the Amazon rain forests.

DHEA

An androgen steroid hormone naturally produced by the adrenal glands.

DMSO

A colorless, sulfur-containing organic by-product of wood pulp processing.

Evening Primrose

The seeds of a wildflower, containing gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).

Fish Oil

Oil from cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, halibut and cod.

Flaxseed

Seed of the flax plant, containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Ginger

The dried or fresh root of the ginger plant.

Ginkgo

Leaf of the ginkgo biloba tree, native to East Asia.

GLA

Omega-6 fatty acid in evening primrose, black currant and borage oils.

Glucosamine

Major component of joint cartilage; derived from the shells of shellfish.

Melatonin

A hormone produced by the pineal gland.

MSM

Organic sulfur compound found naturally in fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.

Pine Bark

The extract made from the bark of the French maritime pine tree.

Rose Hips

Made from the seed pods of roses.

Sam-e

A naturally occurring chemical in the body.

St. John's Wort

The St. John’s wort plant is native to Europe and grows wild in the U.S.

Turmeric

A yellow powder ground from the roots of the lily-like turmeric plant.

Valerian

The dried root of the perennial herb valerian.

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