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Hi, my name is Bob Linde. I'm an acupuncture physician and registered herbalist at Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies. Today, I am going to talk to you about herbal remedies for joint pain relief. So, there's many, many herbs that can be effective for a variety of different types of joint pain. What oftentimes would decide, as to which herb you may take, is the type of pain that you are receiving, whether it's osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis. And there's many different types of rheumatoid arthritis. It may be due to injuries, it may be due to weight. And many other reasons why a person might be having some joint pain. So, once we've ascertained that, we can choose the right combination of herbs. One of the neat things about traditional Chinese medicine, not only can we find herbs that are helpful for certain types of joint pain, but we can even use herbs to guide it to a particular area of the body. So, we might use something like an herb called duho to guide it to the lower part of the body and affect the knees. We might use a combination of other herbs to guide it to the upper part of the body. Head to the hands or to the neck. So, we can really do some magical stuff with the different herbs. But one that I often times will add into any herbal formula that's a great anti inflammatory and is showing great promise through current medical research is one called devil's claw. That's oftentimes found in Africa. This one is a strong root that doesn't taste very good so I oftentimes recommend that people find in a capsule form in order to ingest it. So, although we can get it fresh and we can go ahead and try to make a decoction out of it, I think it's best to find at your local herb store in a capsule. And to follow directions as they are on the bottle. It can be difficult for some people on an empty stomach, so I do usually recommend that people take it with a little bit of food. So far there hasn't been a lot of side effects associated with this and it's really showing some great promise the longer that you use it. So, go ahead and find some devil's claw at your local health food store, and go ahead and see if it's right for you. This is Bob Linde at Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies, talking to you about herbal formulas for joint pain. So please, enjoy your herbs.