Before extraction and synthetic chemistry were invented, musculoskeletal complaints were treated with preparations from medicinal plants. They were either administered orally or topically. In contrast to the oral medicinal plant products, topicals act in part as counterirritants or are toxic when given orally. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive rheumatic disease characterized by the degeneration of articular cartilage. It is the most common of all rheumatic disorders and is destined to become one of the most prevalent and costly diseases in our society.
by Case Adams, Naturopath
French hospital researchers have confirmed that a combination of herbs together with bromelain from pineapples can significantly reduce joint pain from osteoarthritis.The researchers gave a combination of two herbal extracts – Devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) and Turmeric (Curcuma longa) and bromelain a enzyme complex from pineapples to 42 patients with osteoarthritis. The patients suffered either from acute pain of osteoarthritis or less acute but chronic pain.This was an open-label study, meaning the patients knew what they were taking. It was not placebo-controlled. However, it was a multi-center study, conducted among eight rheumatology treatment clinics.
The patients were given two 650 milligram capsules three times a day to the patients with acute pain, and twice a day to those in the chronic group.
The patients in the acute group were followed up after 15 days, while the chronic pain group was followed up after 60 days. The patients' …
Reviewing the most popular herbal remedies for osteoarthritis, has made it clear that you should not consider taking any herbal remedy until talking to your doctor. You must be aware of warnings associated with the herbal remedies and potential drug interactions. Their effectiveness against osteoarthritis remains inconclusive as well.