In this health video you will learn the how you can take natural arthritis treatments with regular medication.
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Raena Morgan: What alternative treatments interfere with what your doctor recommends for arthritis? Dr. Todd Ferguson: Most of the treatments, natural treatments used, don’t interfere with medications. And that’s, the goal of a natural is interactions. So, we make sure that they are not interacting. Some herbs can interact with medications, but those aren’t the ones we are using. Usually it is complementary and so the natural treatments are very safe and effective and very rarely interfere with medications. Now, that something things in general can interfere with most medications, say for instance, can bind up medications and so you don’t want to take them up at the same time. But in general, no, most herbs, most nutrients aren’t having, they are not interfering with the medication. Some may not be as effective while a person is on a medication. Raena Morgan: Okay. Dr. Todd Ferguson: For instance, if you are doing a laser therapy on your joints, they have done studies using, at looking at people using laser therapy and corticosteroids at the same time. And corticosteroid alone, lower inflammation and some pain. Corticosteroids with the laser lower as pain inflammation more, but it is not as much of an affect, as you would expect if they want it on the corticosteroids. In other words, the laser is more effective when there is not something like corticosteroids are important hard if you’re doing corticosteroids adding the laser on board is even more effective than corticosteroids alone. So, its not that it’s a contraindication, its just you may not get as much benefit as you are hoping for although the benefits are more than if you are doing the drug alone. So, if anything at often times that treatments are complimentary and help each other out to be overall more effective treatment. Raena Morgan: Very good, thank you. Dr. Todd Ferguson: Thank you.