Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I am getting older and my knees are beginning to stiffen up. Is there a natural way to take care of this inflammation and arthritis?
A: As we age, our joints begin to manifest the wear and tear we have put them through over the years. I recommend you take up tai chi as a regular daily activity; it is a moderate but very energizing exercise. Tai chi comes in many forms, and a daily practice of 30 minutes can help retain the flexibility of the joints, lubricate them, and help strengthen the muscles and tendons surrounding the joints. There are also many herbal and acupuncture remedies in the traditional Chinese Materia Medica (Chinese herbal database), which can be adjunct to support your joints. I suggest consulting a licensed acupuncturist/herbalist to obtain a specific prescription.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao products helpful for Arthritis: “Arthritis/Joint”, “DuraBone”, and “Enduring Youth”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.