Researchers investigating the use of shark cartilage to treat cancer also experimented with arthritis patients. Several clinical trials have proven the effectiveness of shark cartilage in treating arthritis.
In one study conducted in early 1970s, arthritis patients suffering from severe pain were given cartilage injections. Following three to eight weeks of cartilage injections, of the 28 patients in the study, 19 reported "excellent" improvement, six rated their improvement as being "good" and three did not respond to the treatment. Of more importance was the observation that the relief lasted from six weeks to more than a year, and there were no toxic effects.
Another study involved 10 patients bedridden with osteoarthritis. Following three weeks of receiving shark cartilage orally, eight of the 10 were able to leave their beds and move around with relative ease.
In a larger-scale study, 147 patients were given either cartilage extract or a placebo. Those who received the placebo were also encouraged to use various medicines when their pain flared up. Five years later, the cartilage group reported a drop of 85 percent in pain scores, compared to a 5-percent drop in the placebo group. The cartilage group also had less joint deterioration and lost less time from work due to pain.
The results from these and other clinical trials suggest that shark cartilage may help to reduce or relieve pain in 60 percent or more of those suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. People with other forms of arthritis have also benefited.
One should begin to notice a lessening of pain and/or swelling within two to three weeks after beginning the shark cartilage. In cases where symptoms are not reduced within four to five weeks, the cartilage will probably not be effective.
Dosage: Take 1 gram of dried shark cartilage be taken daily for every 15 pounds of body weight. Reduce the dosage to 1 gram for every 40 pounds of body weight when the cartilage has begun taking effect.
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