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OsteoCombo, A New Generation of Herbal Supplement for the Bone Health
The benefits and effectiveness of the pharmaceuticals for osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and joint pain have been well established. However, many people cannot tolerate some of those drugs well because of their side effects, not to mention the opioid epidemic now declared a National Emergency.
OsteoCombo may prove to be a valuable safe alternative for those who cannot tolerate well any of the side effects from taking their current medication. Developed and refined over the years by our founder Dr. Jing Liu, OsteoCombo has proven to be one of the favorites of our patients.
To make OsteoCombo, we have carefully chosen seven herbal extracts, which include drynaria, tumeric, white willow bark, notogingseng, boswelia, epimedium, and ginger. See below for further information on why they are on the list.
Drynaria extract（50% flavanoids)
Drynaria is a Chinese herb historically known for promoting the healing of bone fracture and arthritis for over one thousand years. The name of the herb in Chinese "Gu Sui Bu" literally means "mending broken bones". In ancient time, It was a first line medication for the bone fracture, as well as joint injury and inflammation.
Modern research suggests that the herb may benefit people with osteoarthritis due to its anti-inflammatory and bone healing effects. Studies also demonstrate that drynaria can accelarate the calcium absorption of the bone, increasing bone density and reducing bone loss from taking adrenal hormone therapy and/or the lack of estrogen. It was also shown to promote growth of chrodrocytes (cartilage cells).
One of the complications of diabetes is osteoporosis as the result of elevated blood sugar. The flavonoids in Drynaria are shown to promote osteoblast cell growth in bone marrow which is damaged by high glucose explosure in diabetics. It was also reported that the flavonoids of drynaria can prevent and treat rheumatoid arthritis. In fact, a standardized extract of drynaria has been an approved prescription drug in China for many years.
Interestingly, Drynaria showed effects on preventing or reversing the destructive loss of gums and alveolar bone in periodontal disease in quite a few studies. Gum disease involves a significant loss of alveolar bone, resulting in increased loosening and eventual loss of teeth. Drynaria has also been shown to promote the growth of the periodontal ligament, which is important not only for the dental health but for a list of other health issues. The recent research reveal that advanced gum disease may play an role in heart disease, diabetes, stroke, prostate enlargement, mouth and throat cancer, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. The unique actions of Drynaria on gum diseases and periodontal ligament open up a new window for alternative approach on dental health as well as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
Since drynaria extract is an approved drug in China, it was subject to substantial safety tests and proven safe. However, we would not suggest women either with breast or ovarian cancer or with high risk of these cancers, to take the product, due to the fact that drynaria may have estrogen like effect. Its effect on these cancer types has not been established but we would like to err on the cautious side.
Turmeric (95% curcumin)
OsteoCombo contains a standardized turmeric extract of 95% curcuminoids. Hundreds of research studies have well established the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. For example, in a study of patients with arthritis in their knees, two grams of turmeric proved to be more effective than 800mg of Ibuprofen. Patients of the turmeric group had greater levels of satisfaction compared to the ibuprofen group. The results showed that turmeric extracts are as effective as ibuprofen for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis, but with fewer gastrointestinal complaints.
Notoginseng (10% saponins)
Panax notoginseng is a species in the ginseng family, and it is referred to in English as notoginseng. It is called Tian Qi in Chinese medicine. The word panax means "cure-all" in Latin. Notoginseng was used as a rescue medication in the battlefield for a variety of injuries for hundreds of years in China. The herb began to get recognized internationally for its reliable hemostatic property for wound healing during the Vietnam War. It is one of very few herbs in nature that can help with either bleeding or blood clot situations. Its anti-inflammatory, energy and circulation-promoting effects have been well studied. Notogiseng belongs to the non-toxic herb group in Chinese medicine.
Can OsteoCombo be taken along with Glucosamine/Chondroitin?
The 2006 Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) showed conflicting results on these two popular supplements that arguably have helped many patients. The study of about 1,600 people with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee found that glucosamine and chondroitin did not reduce pain in the overall group. But it did seem to lessen pain among those with moderate-to-severe OA. Through our clinical experiences, OsteoCombo can be used synergistically with glucosamine and chondroitin without any reported side effects.