Herbs for Joint pains

Useful herbs for Joint pains


This article discusses about herbs for joint pain and how they also help with Arthritis and how this is compared to western medicine. In conditions like Arthritis, Rheumatism, Osteoarthritis, Gout etc, the main symptom is joint pain.

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Pain is a bodily sensation that is induced by a noxious stimulus, is received by naked nerve ending and is characterized by physical discomfort (as pricking throbbing or aching) and it typically leads to evasive actions.

Traditional medicine is mostly helpful as operations and surgical interventions. But at the same time in chronic cases like Arthritis, Rheumatism, herbal treatment scores better. In such cases traditional medicine has a limited role.

In case of western medicine, NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti inflammatory Drugs) are used on a large scale to treat Arthritis. NSAIDs work by blocking the activity of the enzyme, Cox. Cox could be inactivated by Aspirin, giving temporary or partial relief of arthritic symptoms.

The OTC drugs like Ibuprofen, Naproxin, and Diclofenac Celebrex belong to the group of NSAID products. These drugs inhibit the activity of COX2 enzyme, a major factor in pain. This natural enzyme is responsible for the production of Prostaglandins, which trigger pain and inflammation. Although NSAID drugs are effective in relieving pain, there are some side effects of these drugs and they could cause Liver and kidney damage and increase the risk of Heart Disease.

Herbs for Joint pains that are helpful-

Ginger has a history of use in treating Arthritis and Rheumatism.

Boswellia serrata has a higher efficacy in relieving  joint pains. It simulates the action of NSAID drugs but does not produce any side effects.

Garlic produces anti- inflammatory activity against formalin induced Arthritis and is useful.

Herbal supplements that have Turmeric Curcumin along with Boswellia serrata and Ashwagandha should help many Arthritis, Joint pains conditions mentioned above.

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Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information and on supplements is provided for educational purposes only.



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