There are two species of Boswellia that are commonly used as medicines. These are Boswellia serrata and Boswellia carteri. Boswellia serrata is the one we use in the pain away product. Another name for it is Indian Frankincense. Almost everyone would have heard of Frankincense before. It’s commonly found as a type of incense. It was also a gift of great value given to the baby Jesus by the wise men. It has well known effective and potent anti-inflammatory activities. It reduces stiffness, pain and inflammation of the joints. Chemically it contains a compound known as boswelic acid. This compound acts by inhibiting an enzyme known as 5-lipoxygenase. The inhibition of this enzyme stops one of the major biochemical pathways involved in inflammation. The beauty is, unlike most of the common anti-inflammatory drugs used to help arthritis sufferers, it only inhibits this one enzyme. As a consequence we see all the positive anti-inflammatory effects and none of the negative ones like ulceration and bleeding from the bowel. Not only do we not see the negative bowel effects, this herbal product will actually heal ulcerations of the bowel. As such it is, in fact, also a recommended treatment option for colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. Signs of colitis are typically seen as frequent straining to defecate but only small amounts of feces are passed.
Native to southern Africa, devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is named for the miniature hooks that cover its fruit. It is found most commonly on the South African Highveld and is believed to cure a variety of illnesses. . It has secondary roots, or tubers, that grow out of the main roots. The roots and tubers are used for medicinal purposes. Devil's claw contains iridoid glycosides, substances believed to have strong anti-inflammatory effects. Harpagoside is highly concentrated in devil's claw root and has been shown in some laboratory studies to have potent pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. It was introduction to Europe from Africa in the early 1900s. Since then dried roots have been used to reduce pain and inflammation. In fact, mounting evidence suggests that devil's claw root may help relieve pain and inflammation in animals with arthritis and other painful disorders. Several studies have found that taking devil's claw for several months substantially reduces pain and improves physical functioning.
What Glucosamine Does As a natural dog food supplement, glucosamine can soothe the symptoms of arthritis in dogs. Glucosamine supplements work to restore and regenerate your dog's damaged joints. They also have anti-inflammatory properties. Glucosamine for dogs can be used as a preventative measure in elderly dogs who are at high risk for arthritis. Glucosamine supplements for dogs can help treat the symptoms of dogs already suffering from arthritis. Within two weeks to thirty days, you should notice that your dog has become more lively and active. Some owners report a full recovery from symptoms of arthritis.
MSM is a natural sulfur-containing compound produced by kelp in the ocean. Sulfur is stored in almost every cell in the body. The highest concentrations are found in joints, hair, skin, and nails. MSM is claimed to be an antioxidant, cell rejuvenator, and joint healer. MSM is reported to enhance the structural integrity of connective tissue, and help reduce scar tissue by altering cross-linkages which contribute to scar formation. MSM has been promoted as having powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties, blocking the pain perception in certain nerve fibers before the pain impulse reaches the brain. MSM may fortify the body's natural barriers against allergens. MSM may help to decrease allergic symptoms by strengthening the integrity of the mucous membrane tissues.