I also take a turmeric (cucumin) supplement, although it's for an autoimmune condition, not arthritis.
I take an incredible variety of supplements - you can check my Nutrition Tracker, since I've got them all listed there, beginning with "supplement". I can't advise anyone to adopt my chosen supplements, since I'm taking them for things specific to *my* health, but it's worth researching them for your own possible use.
Primarily, my "use" is to help my dysfunctional immune system to heal itself, and to reduce symptoms of Raynaud's and leaky gut. My autoimmune condition is "limited scleroderma sine"... which most no one has every heard of. It's fairly rare.
As to your mom... I agree that functional medicine would probably be a good option, if you have a practitioner locally and can fund it. Typically, insurance companies won't pay for anything but traditional Western medicine. I wholly believe in the more complete approach of FM... and in traditional Chinese medicine as well. Any therapies of that nature see health as a more complete picture, and augment the body's own ability to heal itself, if we can just quit meddling and disrupting it. If you Google™ "functional medical practitioner" for your locale, you might find one close by. Be prepared to possibly be put on a wait list! We're on one now.
If you want some informative reading in the meantime, there's a book I'm reading now called "Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution", and I'm finding it very useful. It's ©1998, so it's not right on the current cutting edge... but it's still chock-full of great possibilities to consider. You might even find one in your local paperback trade store or library.
Good luck helping your mom with her pain.
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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