Concerns about the toxicity and side effects of pharmaceutical drugs have fueled interest in complementary approaches to managing osteoarthritis symptoms, with some dietary supplements also claiming to actually treat the underlying condition. Foremost among these are glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate. Although the two sometimes are taken together, this review will focus on the use of glucosamine sulfate alone.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania have found that patients who take prescription drugs along with herbal supplements have few adverse reactions. Results of their study were published in the March 22 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.