There is a lot of divide between the widespread usage of Herbs and their efficacy compared to what have actually proven scientifically. Always talk to your doctor first, because herbs and supplements may interfere with other medicines you are taking. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, resulting from the wear and tear in life. It leads to pain, tenderness, swelling, and decreased function of joints. The joints most often affected by osteoarthritis are knees, hips, hands, and spine. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium (cell lining inside the joint). It causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of joint function. Helpful herbs for arthritis are as follows:-
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa). Turmeric Curcuma Longa is a small perennial herb native to India bearing many rhizomes on its root system that are the source of its culinary spice. The spice makes curry yellow, contains the potent anti-inflammatory chemical curcumin. Two long-term studies show that a particular curcumin-phosphatidylcholine complex (Meriva) improves arthritis symptoms and reduces blood levels of inflammatory chemicals. Incidentally, this anti-inflammatory effect is also why turmeric is often recommended for treatment of cancer, cataracts and Alzheimer’s.
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale). Ginger or ginger root is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. The ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) is used as a potential anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic agent. It decreases pain and inflammation. 250 mg of a ginger extract, taken four times a day for three months may diminish pain from knee osteoarthritis.
· Boswellia (Boswellia Serrata).
Boswellia Serrata is also called Indian frankincense, it is found in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Andhara Pradesh in India. Boswellia serrata- tree have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects. It improves knee arthritis. Side effects may include gastrointestinal upset.
Flax ( Linum usitatissimum). Flax is also known as common flaxseed or linseed is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. Flax Seed is a basic anti-inflammatory used to relieve pain and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and lupus
It is an herb that is being used in European folk medicine since ancient times. The Western variety of angelica has 12 anti-inflammatory constituents, 10 antispasmodic (muscle relaxant) constituents, and 5 anodyne (pain-relieving) ones. It can be helpful for Arthritis. The active ingredients of angelica are found in the roots and rhizomes and contain furocoumarins in its tissues that make the skin sensitive to light.