Health Briefs Herbs for Osteoarthritis

Published on June 30th, 2020 | by Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.


Try Turmeric, Ginger and Black Pepper for Osteoarthritis

For people suffering from the crippling pain and disability of osteoarthritis, the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Naproxen, marketed as Aleve and other products, is a common prescription or over-the-counter medication, but it comes with side effects that can include gastrointestinal distress and higher blood pressure.

In a study of 60 patients with chronic knee osteoarthritis, researchers at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences compared Naproxen in a double-blind trial with a turmeric extract, ginger and black pepper combination. After two doses a day of each for four weeks, the levels of Prostaglandin in patients taking the herbs matched the improvements in those patients taking Naproxen. Prostaglandin levels gauge joint inflammation in osteoarthritis.


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