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1.Chondroitin
Chondroitin sulfate is a naturally occurring substance in the body. It is a major constituent of cartilage the tough, elastic connective tissue found in the joints. Based on the evidence of preliminary /tnp/pg000907 doc 21861 double-blind studies , chondroitin is widely used as a treatment for /tnp/pg000268 doc 21505 osteoarthritis , the typical ar...
Score: 99%
 
2.Osteoarthritis
In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in joints has become damaged, disrupting the smooth gliding motion of the joint surfaces. The result is pain, swelling, and deformity. The pain of osteoarthritis typically increases with joint use and improves at rest. For reasons that aren't clear, although x-rays can find evidence of arthritis, the level of pain a...
Score: 88%
 
3.Pentoxifylline
Pentoxifylline, a drug that makes the blood less "sticky," is used to increase blood circulation in conditions such as intermittent claudication (a possible complication of atherosclerosis in which impaired blood circulation causes severe pain in calf muscles during walking or exercising). Based on chondroitin s chemical similarity to the anticoagu...
Score: 88%
 
4.Heparin
Heparin is a very strong blood-thinning drug that is delivered by injection. If you receive heparin, make sure you check with your doctor before taking any type of supplement. Based on chondroitin s chemical similarity to the anticoagulant drug heparin, it has been suggested that chondroitin might have anticoagulant effects as well. There are no ...
Score: 87%
 
5.Glucosamine
Glucosamine, most commonly used in the form glucosamine sulfate, is a simple molecule derived from glucose, the principal sugar found in blood. In glucosamine, one oxygen atom in glucose is replaced by a nitrogen atom. The chemical term for this modified form of glucose is amino sugar . Glucosamine is produced naturally in the body, where it is a k...
Score: 87%
 
6.Mesoglycan
Mesoglycan is a type of substance found in many tissues in the body, including the joints, intestines,�and the lining of blood vessels. Chemically, mesoglycan is related to the blood-thinning drug heparin and the supplement /tnp/pg000473 doc 21661 chondroitin . Unlike chondroitin,�mesoglycan is�primarily used to treat diseases of blood vessels. Pre...
Score: 86%
 
7.TMJ Syndrome
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a disorder involving the two joints (one on each side) that attach the lower jaw to the skull. These two joints open and close the mouth, and are located directly in front of each of the ears. In TMJ syndrome, the area around the temporomandibular joints becomes chronically tender and inflamed. Symptoms inc...
Score: 84%
 
8.Interstitial Cystitis
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a severe, chronic inflammation of the bladder that's both disruptive and painful. Many more women than men suffer from the condition of the 700,000 people with IC, 90% are female. The symptoms of IC are notoriously variable and can differ from one person to another, or for one person from day to day. People with IC usu...
Score: 82%
 
9.Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Traditional NSAIDs block COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes that the body uses to manufacture substances called prostaglandins. Since COX-1 prostaglandins are stomach-protective, blocking this enzyme is associated with gastrointestinal toxicity, a known side effect ...
Score: 81%
 
10.Herbs & Supplements
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