Earlier this year, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare re-published a report: ‘Medication Use for Arthritis and Osteoporosis’ as published by the Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia on May 10, 2010.
This report not only detailed prescription medicine use, but also over-the-counter complementary use ingredients, with some very positive findings.
The report said: “Complementary Medicines are commonly used as primary interventions for arthritis and osteoporosis.” The term ‘complimentary medicines’ was used throughout the report for natural substances the body requires for good health and of course for good bone and joint health.
The study found that in fact natural alternatives (our preferred term for ‘complimentary medicines’), are used more and more for all sorts of joint pain and inflammation as the preferred choice of prevention, care and even repair.
The report brings together data on the use of medications for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis from the 2004-05 National Health Survey (NHS) and the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) General Practitioner (GP) activity surveys from 1998-99 to 2007-08.