Drugs do not address degeneration of the joints

Attached are 2 of my slides presented at the recent International Conference on Sports and Exercise medicine (2013) held in Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia for health care professionals. I was speaking on Phytotherapy for soft tissue injuries as compared to modern medicine. 

Practically every doctors in this conference speaks on how to repair injuries with surgery, joint replacement, physiotherapy for joints recovery and no one was talking about degeneration of joints and prevention. Initially the conference committee hesitated to invite me as my focus is on the drug less way. Thankfully, they did. Looks like they wanted a more broad perspective in this area. I congratulates their courage and the openness of the doctors in KL. 


For those who exercise (which is good in moderation) very often and particularly for those who are sports men and women (dancers, runners, swimmers etc.), phytomedicine offers protection in joint degeneration, prevention of injuries and even improves performance.

You can save yourself from the above if you learn how to protect yourself and save yourself from chronic arthritis and inflammation and even sudden cardiac death.  Don’t wait till you need a joint replacement. 

Not only is the safety of NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) being questioned, but… they do not address degeneration of the bone and cartilage tissue, nor do they stop the progression of disease.. Extended use contribute to worsening the condition by increasing destruction of the joint tissue. … COX-2 selective inhibitors have little to no effect in reducing levels of leukotriene (LTB4)…. 

There is increasing evidence that complementary therapies are helpful in treating pain, particularly herbal medicine targeting specific peptides and receptors (Dr Russell Vickers, University of Sydney).  


Andrews, C. (2005). Nutritional & Herbal Management of Osteoarthritic Pain: An alternative to NSAIDS. A Nutritional Perspective, 11, 1-3. 

Vickers, R. (2007). Pain Management. The Journal of Complementary Medicine, 6(4), 9. 



About sliew

I am a practicing Medical herbalist and doctor of naturopathy from Singapore.
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