Something that I have found that has really worked for me is 1/4 tsp of turmeric each day. I have arthritis in my right hand and it gets worse during gardening season. So in looking for something else, I came across an article that suggested turmeric's efficacy in the treatment of arthritis and thought what the heck, I'll give it a try. Within three days I noticed a difference in how my hand was feeling. I've been taking it now for three months, pretty much every day and while I can still feel the arthritic changes in my hand, the inflammation that would cause swelling and discomfort and stiffness is no longer an issue. And I've noticed no side effects. Oh yeah, and my uncle who is a farmer and has bad shoulders, has tried it and he reported good results too. Worth a try. For the first couple weeks I did take it twice a day, but then backed off to once per day.