Alternative medicine

Glucosamine and chondroitin. These substances, found naturally in cartilage, are also available as over-the-counter dietary supplements. Both may help relieve the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee in some people. One U.S. government-sponsored study found that although glucosamine and chondroitin aren't effective for everyone, a subgroup of people with moderate to severe arthritis pain reported relief from taking this combination supplement.

Acupuncture. Research suggests that acupuncture may help relieve pain for some people. Traditional beliefs hold that acupuncture needles, accurately placed along meridians in the body, help to unblock the vital life force known as qi (pronounced "che"). Most medical experts believe that pain relief from acupuncture comes from the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins. If you'd like to try acupuncture, ask your doctor for a recommendation or check with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, which is an organization of physicians with additional training in acupuncture
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