Wonder cure Hondrox: Is it real or a hoax?

Posted by johnjason @johnjason, Nov 29, 2021

Is this a real medication or a hoax…the purveyors claim it rids "salt" in joints and this will lead to immediate pain reduction in most case regeneration of worn or damaged
tissue.

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Welcome @johnjason, All the signs I see when searching for information on the product screams walk away to me. Multiple websites that look similar but with different information on the product, buy links that go to different "official" sites after they do a redirect, and a lot of things that just don't look legit. That I can find no legit product testing information. It may be legit, but I personally would not buy it.

Two other sites that I use when I'm in doubt of alternative treatments, supplements, etc..

FDA's Health Fraud Page
https://www.fda.gov/consumers/health-fraud-scams

NIH's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) which offers guidance about integrative health and how to evaluate it.
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/decisions

How did you run across the product?

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When we hurt, we look high and low for relief. We hope there is a magical solution out there, and are willing to try almost anything. John is right that if all you can find are promotional websites and testimonials, and no independent reviews, are huge red flags. Inability to identify the manufacturer is abnhter warning sign.

It took a little searching, but on a European website I was able to find a list of the ingredients in Hondrox:
Arnica extract;
Glucosamine;
Chondroitin;
Panthenol;
Allantoin;
Peppermint essential oil;
Eucalyptus essential oil;
Vitamin E;
Vitamin B3.

Some of these are long-time topical or oral meds used for pain , healing or inflammation. Pantheon and allantoin are moisturizers usually for skin. The essential oils may be antiinflammatory, peppermint has a cooling effect on skin too.

So, nothing new compared to dozens of other rubs, rollons and sprays on the market. It may temporarily relieve joint pain, but 39Euros per bottle seems a little high priced. None of the ingredients listed will CURE any inflammatory disorder, and being rubbed on the skin will mean limited long term internal effects on the joints. Any claim of being able to cure arthritis sends me running the other way…

Where did you hear about this?
Sue

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@johnbishop

Welcome @johnjason, All the signs I see when searching for information on the product screams walk away to me. Multiple websites that look similar but with different information on the product, buy links that go to different "official" sites after they do a redirect, and a lot of things that just don't look legit. That I can find no legit product testing information. It may be legit, but I personally would not buy it.

Two other sites that I use when I'm in doubt of alternative treatments, supplements, etc..

FDA's Health Fraud Page
https://www.fda.gov/consumers/health-fraud-scams

NIH's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) which offers guidance about integrative health and how to evaluate it.
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/decisions

How did you run across the product?

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I was "fed" an info commercial as if was news. I observed the suspicious
,nearly word to word copy on numerous sites. So you think it's just another scam ,too?

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@johnjason

I was "fed" an info commercial as if was news. I observed the suspicious
,nearly word to word copy on numerous sites. So you think it's just another scam ,too?

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Yup, I am highly suspect.

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Does Hondrox work or is it a hoax?

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@johnjason
I am on board with John and Sue. Doesn't sound very reputable to me. I wouldn't chance it myself but who knows. Placebos work for some people so who knows.
Good luck,
Jake

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@frman

Does Hondrox work or is it a hoax?

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Welcome @frman, My vote is for door number 2. @sueinmn has some good information in her post earlier in the discussion here – https://connect.mayoclinic.org/comment/658326/

Do you mind sharing a little bit about your condition, symptoms and any treatments you've tried?

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@frman

Does Hondrox work or is it a hoax?

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The concept of "salt" in joints is a hoax.
When salt is said to be bad for people with inflammatory conditions, it is consumption of too much salt that can increase inflammation in the body. The salt does not deposit in the sore joint. Anyone who promotes this theory is not grounded in scientific evidence.
I will repeat my former caution – this looks like another "miracle cure" for a condition the plagues us with aches and pains, but will not go away. The ingredients all appear to be safe, but the evidence that this is any better than Brand X is just plain lacking, and the price is high. There has been no independent testing and certification of the product, or if there was, it did not prove their claims, so it wasn't published.
Nope, not for me…
Sue

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