COX-2 Controversy Fuels Interest in CAM Therapies For Arthritis

University of Maryland’s integrative center looks at acupuncture; Chinese herbs, glucosamine, MSM and bromelain also considered.

Arthritis afflicts more than 20 million Americans each year. “It is one of the most common disorders that we face,” said Brian Berman, M.D., director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland. “But the treatments that we have often don’t deliver adequate pain relief, nor are they always safe, so people are looking for other alternatives.” Fortunately, he concluded, “There are possibilities out there.”

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