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Home Remedies Work For Old Knee Injury?

Posting Date: 12/25/2000

Q: I am a 44-year-old male with an old knee injury. About a year ago it was causing me great pain and I had it examined.

The doctor checked the X-ray and told me that I had essentially no cartilage left. The soreness after playing tennis or other activities was from bone banging on bone. He prescribed Vioxx, which didn't do much for me.

After reading your book on herbs and home remedies, I have been using the following combination: Boswellia, turmeric and glucosamine. I have been very pleased with the results. The pain in my knee is under control.

Would it help to add the gin-soaked raisin remedy? For various maladies, you list a variety of herbal and home and folk medicine remedies. Is it okay to try combinations of them as I did?

A: Boswellia and turmeric have been used together in India for centuries to relieve pain and inflammation. Glucosamine is more recent but studies have shown it is helpful for arthritis.

We don't know whether adding gin-soaked raisins to other natural arthritis remedies would enhance effectiveness, but we can't think of any serious hazards.

Combining home remedies is an experiment. It makes sense to try them one at a time first.