Natural Arthrits Treatment

The Buzz About CherryFlex, AVOSOY, DONA and Other Natural Remedies for Arthritis Pain Relief



Matthew C. (Fibromyalgia)

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia three years ago. My rheumatologist told me about CherryFlex. I thought it was worth a try, and after just 3 or 4 weeks, I noticed improvement. I had decreased pain.  The fact that CherryFlex is natural was one part of my decision. While I would not have ruled out a prescription medication, the lack of significant side effects and the potential for benefit when combined with the fact that it is natural persuaded me to try it. 

I wouldn't say that natural is what I strive for in treatment. However, I will say that I am more comfortable taking a natural product than a prescription drug or most other over-the-counter treatments. If a natural product is generally as effective as some medications, I would definitely prefer to take a natural supplement. What I strive for is relief from symptoms. If that can be achieved in a natural product, I would definitely prefer that option. However, natural products, which are only minimally effective, if at all, would not be something I would consider.

In general, I would expect a natural product to be less effective than prescription medications. However, CherryFlex was recommended to me by my doctor with the understanding that the product had been useful in treating symptoms for his other patients. While offering no guarantees, he did stipulate that CherryFlex had relieved some of the symptoms I deal with as a fibromyalgia patient.

I was definitely willing to give CherryFlex a trial run to see if I noticed any difference. However, my expectations for almost every medicine—natural or prescription—are rarely high. This is due to the fact that every medication proves more effective for some people than it does for others. Some medicines, which have been touted as being very beneficial, are not always a good match for me. It is all a matter of trial and error. With each new medication, I am "cautiously optimistic." If it works, all the better. If not, I am less likely to be disappointed from elevated expectations.

CherryFlex was noticeably helpful in alleviating my "background" pain—the day-to-day pain which is noticeable but not excruciating. While it did not prevent or treat "flare-ups," it did allow me to significantly reduce the amount of Aleve and other mild pain relievers I had been taking. I would recommend trying it to anyone looking for an alternative to prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers.

My status did not change while taking CherryFlex. I still take neurontin and baclofen. However, I was able to significantly reduce the use of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Given the possible side effects from moderate NSAID use, CherryFlex was a safe and effective alternative for me. I would especially encourage those who are wary of the risk of bleeding associated with NSAIDs or who are intolerant of some of the pain relievers (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen) to try CherryFlex.

Sarah S. (Osteoarthritis)

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis about 10 years ago. My hips, spine, hands, and shoulders were painful. I hurt constantly. I had been on prescription meds that were taken off the market. Bextra had helped me so much. I was in so much pain after it was removed. I saw results pretty soon after beginning CherryFlex. I still have some pain but nothing like before. My hands are so much less stiff and less painful. One day I thought, “My hands aren't hurting. I think it must be the CherryFlex.”

My doctor recommended CherryFlex to me, and I felt I had nothing to lose by trying. The fact that CherryFlex is a natural product mattered to me. I strive for natural treatment, as much as possible. I am still using CherryFlex, and I believe it is still working. It’s all good—nothing bad!

I have not stopped other arthritis medications. I still take Celebrex, arthritis-strength Tylenol, and Ultram, plus the supplement DONA glucosamine.

Sally M. (Osteoarthritis)

"I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in 2002. I started using CherryFlex in the fall of 2007. Within two months, I noticed improvement, with less aching in my joints. I have never discontinued the dosage—primarily because I’m feeling too good.  I also take glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM. I take no prescription medications for my osteoarthritis but do also use Tylenol Arthritis. At one time, I took Celebrex, but since CherryFlex, I have not needed Celebrex.  When CherryFlex was first suggested to me, the fact that it was natural made it an easy decision to try it. I can say two good things about CherryFlex. It’s natural! And, it has worked for me! "

Kay T. (Osteoarthritis)

I have had osteoarthritis for 13 years, Sjogren’s syndrome for 24 years, plus celiac for more than nine years. I first heard about CherryFlex from a friend in Houston, and it was also recommended by my doctor a few months later. I began taking CherryFlex in the summer of 2006. Within just a few weeks, I noticed I needed less breakthrough pain medication.

When I was in the hospital for a few days—approximately 6 months after starting CherryFlex—I didn’t have any of my supplements with me. I needed MSIR (morphine sulfate immediate-release) to tame the pain. As soon as I was able to go home and get back on CherryFlex, pain subsided within a few days. I also take Medrol, Carlson’s fish oil, DONA, and magnesium malate.

I am so glad to find a natural approach that can relieve my pain. Any time that I find a treatment that can reduce the amount of morphine required, well, my body is better for it. It mattered to me that CherryFlex is natural. Though I cannot only use natural products and treatments for arthritis, I like to use as many natural products and treatments as possible.



Maria H. (Osteoarthritis)

"My diagnosis is not simply arthritis. My condition is more complex. After having a lumbar/sacral/pelvic x-ray in December 2008 and again in June 2010, it was determined that I have lumbar scoliosis and pelvic torsion. In addition to taking DONA glucosamine, I take a natural anti-inflammatory medication. I believe the combination of both has helped to a degree. It took six weeks of glucosamine before I felt a difference in my joints—less pain and increased flexibility. I took it during the summer months, not the winter, when cold weather is known to bother joints. I also believe my improvement is associated with going to physical therapy."

Patricia K. (Osteoarthritis)

"I started taking DONA morning and evening about 4 weeks ago. Within 2 weeks, there was less pain and swelling in my right knee. After four weeks, there was less pain in my body and I began to feel pain free. It was remarkable because I live in a three story townhouse and often had to pull myself up the stairs, but now I can go both up and down normally with no help."

Avacado Soy

Laura L. (Osteoarthritis)

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis about 10 years ago and was treated with Celebrex and Protonix. My rheumatologist suggested I try avocado-soybean unsaponifiables (ASU). I started taking ASU about 8 or 9 months ago. I would say I felt an improvement after 3–4 weeks. The stiffness I experience on sitting and standing was not as great. I prefer natural remedies at this stage to pharmaceutical remedies with all of their side effects.

I had no expectations when starting ASU. The problem with natural or pharmaceutical medicines is that they work great at first, and then over time their effectiveness decreases. My discomfort is affected by my activity level as well as the bariatric pressure of the weather, so anything that I can take to make me move with greater ease or less discomfort makes my life better. Avocado soy seems to have helped with this, but I didn’t know what to expect from it. I felt when my doctor suggested ASU that I had nothing to lose by trying it. Anything that comes from natural products seems to be less harmful to the body than some of the other medications that I have to take.  

I continue to take ASU and Celebrex in combination—I have been able to control my symptoms with just the lowest dose available of Celebrex (100 mg). I feel the combination has helped with the stiffness that I experience with my arthritis. Since I have not stopped taking ASU since I started the supplement, I do not know if my symptoms would be worse without it.


Gail R. (Osteoarthritis)

"I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1986. My doctor told me about ASU (avocado-soybean unsaponifiables) in late 2009. My husband, who has some degree of osteoarthritis, and I began taking ASU about 9 months ago. I noticed decreased joint and tendon pain about 3 months after starting ASU. My husband also experienced improvement. My doctor explained that ASU was a natural product with a long track record in Europe. That helped me decide to try it. I have already been on many prescription drugs, and adding a natural product appealed to me. I felt I had nothing to lose by trying it but honestly was skeptical that I would benefit from ASU. My husband and I both still take ASU. I feel less joint pain, especially in my hands. But ASU cannot cure my rheumatoid arthritis, so I take prescription drugs, too. I have experienced no negative side effects from ASU." 

Vitamin D

Tony G. (Osteoarthritis)

"I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in October 2009. I was told by my doctor to take vitamin D after he did a blood test. After two weeks of taking vitamin D supplements, I had noticeable energy, memory, and motivational improvement. I am taking 5,000 to 10,000 units of vitamin D. I can say this with certainty: life has become more interesting and manageable with normal levels of vitamin D."


* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This arthritis book, Natural Arthritis Treatment - The Buzz About CherryFlex, AVOSOY, DONA, and Other Natural Remedies for Arthritis Pain Relief is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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