Eucommia is acrid and balanced. It mainly treats pain in the lower back and knees, supplements the center, boosts the essence qi, fortifies the sinews and bones, strengthens the will, and eliminates genital damp itch and dribbling urine after voiding. Protracted taking may make the body light and slow aging.
The efficacy of curcumin for osteoarthritis patients was evaluated by giving 200 mg daily of curcumin to half of patients. After 3 months, those taking curcumin were able to walk with no pain for over four times as long as before taking curcumin. The patients in the control group saw much less improvement.
The purpose of a recent study was to determine the effect of glucosamine and chondroitin on the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee. The results of this meta-analysis suggest that daily administration of glucosamine and chondroitin over two to three years may delay the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee.1
A scientific paper published in this week’s Canadian Medical Association Journal recommends adults double their intake of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Health Canada suggested in 2002 that adequate daily vitamin D intake is 200 international units, while older adults require a minimum of 400 IUs. New guidelines published in the medical journal recommend daily supplements of 400 to 1,000 IUs for adults under age 50 without conditions affecting vitamin D absorption. Adults over 50, meanwhile, should take between 800 and 2,000 IUs a day.