Arthritis is one of the most common ailments among the American population, causing people great pain and suffering. It is a disease approaching epidemic proportions, affecting approximately 350 million people worldwide and nearly one-third of the adult population of the United States in some form. Ranging from slight joint stiffness at one end of the spectrum to crippling, debilitating pain at the other, it is generally accepted to be the leading cause of movement limitation and disability. Arthritis has been around for so many centuries that it is considered by most people to be a part of growing old or a consequence of physical injury. Arthritis is in fact a far more complex disease than is generally known. Arthritis deserves and receives a great deal of research and medical attention. There are hundreds of drugs, procedures, and medical aids and devices directed at coping with the many manifestations of arthritis.


Arthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints. Literally meaning inflammation of one or more joints, any area of the body where two bones meet, it causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and throbbing on a daily basis, all of which contribute to the further destruction of joints. Along with joint inflammation, arthritis is frequently accompanied by joint pain, referred to as arthralgia. When cartilage becomes worn, exposed bones can rub together causing these painful symptoms. Osteoarthritis and arthritis can affect any joint, including those throughout the spine. Are you willing to take that chance?


There are many forms of arthritis - over one hundred and growing. The forms range from those related to wear and tear of cartilage (such as osteoarthritis) to those associated with inflammation resulting from an over-active immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis). Together, the many forms of arthritis make up the most common chronic illness in the United States. Additionally, such diverse conditions as systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, fibromyalgia, and numerous others are considered to be types of arthritis by medical authorities.


Given this degree of complexity, certainly no one agent alone could ever be expected to manage or cure "arthritis" in its entirety. Successful management involves the use of substances which can ease inflammation of the joints while simultaneously stimulating the metabolism to create new cartilage of the joints. But to date, there has not been one such treatment available to the public.


Telling attributes of arthritis are pain, swelling and limited mobility of one or more joints. Osteoarthritis, for example, usually progresses very slowly, with symptoms emerging years after onset. Additionally, symptoms can disappear for months at a time before reappearing again.


It is important to remember that although arthritis is considered to be an illness of advanced age, it is not, in fact, an illness associated exclusively with old age. It can develop at any age.


Most often arthritis affects the joints of the neck, the lower back and the extremities. The basic symptoms of arthritis (pain, heightened sensitivity, swelling of the joint and the subsequent limited mobility) emerge during usual daily activity: walking upstairs, bending down, during exercise, etc. As arthritis progresses, it makes daily activity harder and harder, to the point where pain prevents the patient from accomplishing simple tasks due to the movement necessary to do them.


It is of utmost importance for the patient to learn all about this disease, but also to do as much as possible to the help in its prevention and slow its progression. Helpful steps include weight reduction as well as regular exercise to help maintain the mobility of inflamed joints and preserve their range of motion. Although the aforementioned steps are considered to be extremely helpful in treating arthritic joints, they unfortunately, are not enough to eliminate pain and allow one to resume a regular, pain-free lifestyle. Luckily, there exist natural substances possessing anti-inflammatory powers and stimulating the metabolism of cartilage of the joints which help in the successful treatment of arthritis. The most effective of these substances is Astrum®!