Can nat­u­ral reme­dies help?

There’s sci­en­tific ev­i­dence to sug­gest these old-time fixes can ease arthritic symp­toms

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - HEALTHHQ -

FISH OIL

EV­I­DENCE: STRONG

The Arthri­tis Foun­da­tion cites a 2010 meta-analysis which found that fish oil sig­nif­i­cantly de­creased joint ten­der­ness and stiff­ness in rheuma­toid arthri­tis (RA) suf­fer­ers and “pre­lim­i­nary studies in­di­cate it may have a sim­i­lar ef­fect on os­teoarthri­tis” (OA). A 2005 study of peo­ple with RA showed en­hanced pos­i­tive ef­fects when fish oil sup­ple­ments were used in com­bi­na­tion with olive oil. Check the la­bel for dosages.

TURMERIC

EV­I­DENCE: LIMITED Turmeric is the least stud­ied of these nat­u­ral reme­dies so more re­search is needed. Studies do show, how­ever, that cur­cumin, found in turmeric, may help pre­vent in­flam­ma­tion in peo­ple with RA and knee OA.

ROSEHIP

EV­I­DENCE: MOD­ER­ATE The Aus­tralian Fam­ily Physi­cian jour­nal re­ports that pow­dered rosehip can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce pain in the hip, knee, hand, shoul­der or neck for peo­ple with OA. It may pro­vide mod­est ben­e­fits for pa­tients with RA, but more re­search is needed.

GIN­GER

EV­I­DENCE: MOD­ER­ATE

More data is needed, but a study pub­lished in the jour­nal Arthri­tis & Rheuma­tol­ogy found that tak­ing 6000mg of dried gin­ger daily min­imised OA-in­duced joint pain and in­flam­ma­tion in two thirds of suf­fer­ers.

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