Herbal help for arthritis sufferers

Osteoarthritis is certainly the most common form of arthritis in men and women, with women more susceptible due to biology, hormones, a genetic predisposition and the effects of obesity on the joints. Such a complex etiology requires a multi factorial treatment and prevention plan. One useful tool is herbal medicines such as turmeric and boswellia.

Haroyan A, Mukuchyan V, Mkrtchyan N, et al. Efficacy and safety of curcumin and its combination with boswellic acid in osteoarthritis: a comparative, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018; 18:7

This recent study compared a curcumin product to a curcumin plus boswellia product and a placebo. A curcumin 500mg capsule, containing 333mg of curcuminoids was given to one group three times daily for 12 weeks. Another group received a 500mg capsule of curcuminoids (330mg) and boswellic acid (150mg) for 12 weeks and the third group was given a placebo. All participants suffered from osteoarthritis in the knees.

Both preperations containing curcuminoids was favourable when compared to placebo after 12 weeks use. The combination product (curcumin and boswellic acid) was superior to placebo in both physical performance parameters and pain and function scores including morning stiffness.


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