Now that the stem cell/ PRP launch is out of the way, I can breathe a bit.
Let’s go off in a different direction. I’ve talked about conventional medicines and not-so-conventional procedures. Now let me provide an update on some herbal remedies for arthritis…
This interesting study was written about by Anastasia Stephens in the Daily Mail on September 26, 2009. According to research presented at the British Pharmaceutical Conference, ” when taken orally, concentrated extracts from two types of basil – Ocimum americanum and Ocimum tenuiflorum – reduced joint swelling by up to 73 per cent within just 24 hours.
‘We assessed the antiinflammatory capacity of both plants and found they were similar to those seen with diclofenac, an antiinflammatory drug widely used in the treatment of arthritis,’ says Vaibhav Shinde, of Poona College of Pharmacy in India, who conducted the research.
But unlike diclofenac and other drugs of its type, basil has not so far been found to cause side effects such as gastro-intestinal irritation and abdominal burning and pain. These can be significant problems for arthritis sufferers who take daily pain-relieving medication.
The investigators theorized that “eugenol, the oil that gives basil its distinctive aroma,” may be “the active molecule responsible for the anti-inflammatory effect.”
Another herbal remedy, turmeric, was described by Carole Jackson for Bottom Line’s Daily Health News. She interviewed registered herbalist David Winston, RH (AHG), a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild.
According to Winston, turmeric has a wide variety of healing abilities including powerful anti-inflammatory components which safely reduce the pain and swelling of arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis and tendonitis.
A typical dose of turmeric is two to four milliliters (ml) of the tincture three times a day, or two capsules of the powdered herb two to three times daily. Turmeric should be used with caution in individuals prone to bleeding and, because it stimulates bile secretion, it should not be used by people with a bile duct blockage.
Joe and Teresa Graedon of The People’s Pharmacy reported that celery seed was a traditional treatment for rheumatism. Ethnobotanist James Duke, PhD, author of The Green Pharmacy, attests that celery seed extracts have helped him ward off gout attacks.
Many other readers of the People’s Pharmacy website say that sour cherries can also help against gout. One reader reported: “I used tart cherries to cure a gout attack and it worked. The real news is that the pain from osteoarthritis of the hip joint diminished also.”
Remember…the effects of these herbs will be modest at best. But they are worth knowing about.