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About Actimas

 About ten million people suffer from arthritis in the UK and its estimated that 1 in 20 people suffer from fibromyalgia.

First base treatment for both these joint pain conditions is usually NSAI’s drugs. But the negative side effects of long term NSAI’s use are well known.

We wanted to develop a range of products for people who want to combine more natural treatments for their joint pain into their general pain management programme in order to hopefully reduce their reliance on medicated painkillers.

We spent several years searching for the ideal ingredient that would deliver effective results for relieving joint pain without the negative complications of medicated painkillers.

The key to relieving joint pain is to stop try and prevent or limit inflammation. With reduced inflammation comes less pain and better mobility and the whole area becomes more fluid and less stiff.

We looked for well-researched plant-based ingredients that did exactly this, quickly and effectively, while not causing any negative side effects.

Our sole aim was to make products that work and that people can trust and rely on as part of their daily pain management programme.

From this our Actimas range was born. Since its development we’re proud to say its helped thousands of our customers manage their joint pain and continues to do so through recommendations and reviews. 


How Actimas ingredients help with joint pain

We have three main active ingredients in our Actimas products that help to reduce joint pain and inflammation.

Celafen Muscle & Joint Rub

Our Celafen muscle and joint rub contains a clinically tested patented ingredient called celadrin ®, a special complex of esterified fatty acids (EFA’s).  

Celafen is a natural product that works by lubricating the cell membranes and repelling inflammatory chemicals responsible for the pain, stiffness and reduced mobility associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Celafen contains the ingredient celadrin, a group of cetylated fatty acids (CFA’s), which are naturally occurring fats. They include cetyl myristoleate, cetyl myristate, cetyl palmitoleate, cetyl laureate, cetyl palmitate, and cetyl oleate.

Recent studies have proved that applying creams containing these cetylated fatty acids directly to painful and swollen joints can have an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect.

There is some evidence to suggest that cetylated fatty acids, may help inhibit platelet aggregation via aspirin-like effects as well as inhibition of ADP receptor.

If combined with menthol, which is another ingredient in Celafen Muscle & Joint Rub, the effects are faster and more profound.

Several other pieces of published research, including two studies in the prestigious Journal of Rheumatology, have measured the effect that celadrin® has on joint pain and stiffness with convincing results. 

The researchers found that celadrin ® improved symptoms just 30 minutes after the topical cream was applied, which is significantly faster than most oral forms of pain relief for joint pain and stiffness. 

A published double blind, multicentre, placebo-controlled trial (the most scientifically validated) on 64 participants found that those using celadrin ® had more flexibility, fewer aches, less pain and were able to walk further distances than the placebo group after the nine-week trial period. 

Although Celafen works quickly, if used regularly it also has an accumulatively positive effect over time. The most effective results have been seen in people using the product for two months or more.


Boswellia and Commiphora Muscle & Joint Rub

Our Boswellia and Commiphora Joint Rub contains two ancient spices, Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense) and Commiphora Molmol (Myrrh).

These spices have been found in combination to be successful at relieving the pain of strained and stiff joints and can give similar pain relief as conventional painkillers, according to a UK trial by a doctor. 

The two spices, which have been formulated into our unique joint, have a long medical history of relieving joint pain. There have been over 20 published scientific studies carried out in India and China on these two ingredients in the last 15 years for the treatment of joint inflammation.

A UK trial using this unique combination was carried out by a GP from Devon on 30 of his joint pain patients, who says it's the first time he's come across the use of the spices in Europe for the specific treatment of joint inflammation.

In addition, a subsequent larger trial on 80 patients was carried out on Boswellia and Commiphora cream by another UK GP. It concluded that the cream had a statistically significant effect both on joint pain and stiffness. Of those on the trial 83% stated that they felt the cream helped them with their joint pain. 

Actimas products can and should be used every day as they work in a protective capacity to help minimise inflammation.

All Actimas products are free from parabens, perfumes MI and SLS and are 100% vegan. 


What is arthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) – is the most common form of arthritis. It usually develops gradually, over time. Several different joints can be affected, but osteoarthritis is most frequently seen in the hands, knees, hips, feet and spine. There is no known cause for osteoarthritis, but it is more common among women. OA can develop at any age, although it occurs more frequently in older people. Injury to a joint can also trigger OA, even many years later. There are a number of things you can do to relieve the symptoms, and especially the pain. Here are the most common prescribed treatments.

* Analgesics (painkillers) which relieve pain.
* Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which reduce inflammation and, in turn, pain.
* Steroids, which also reduce inflammation, and can be directly injected into a joint for fast relief.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) – is an inflammatory disease, mainly affecting joints and tendons. An inflamed joint looks swollen and red, and appears warm to the touch. The disease usually starts in the wrists, hands or feet, and can spread to other joints and other parts of the body. It is not known why rheumatoid arthritis occurs. People of any age can develop it, but it is most common between the ages of 30 and 50 years, and among women. Certain genes may trigger the development of rheumatoid arthritis.

The main aim of treatment for RA is to reduce the inflammation. There are different kinds of drugs that will be used to treat RA

* Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are given soon after diagnosis to slow down the disease process
* Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be given alongside DMARD to tackle the inflammation and pain
* Steroids are used in case of severe inflammation.


What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a long-term or chronic disorder associated with widespread pain in the muscles and bones, areas of tenderness, and general fatigue. 

Estimates suggest around one in 20 people suffer from it in the UK, although accurate diagnosis of it is still notoriously bad, so this figure is likely to be higher in reality.

Treatments for Fibromyalgia are rarely limited to just one and there’s no single ‘wonder’ cure. 

It often requires a period of trial and error and a combination of medicated, therapeutic and alternative treatments to manage the pain.

However, many sufferers do not feel comfortable and suffer unpleasant side effects from the complex combinations of medicated pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications often prescribed for the condition. 

Looking for alternatives to at least reduce the amount of medications needed to cope with the pain is a principle aim for most fibromyalgia sufferers.

Celafen is helpful for fibromyalgia sufferers who are looking for non-mediated means to help managed their pain and reduce their reliance on medicated pain killers. It’s not the answer to all the problems experienced by fibromyalgia sufferers, but the vast majority of people using it for the condition find that it helps significantly ease the pain and allows them to reduce their medicated pain killers to some degree.