Joint and Muscle Pain? Inflammation?
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on September 23, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
If you’re suffering from pain and inflammation due to osteoarthritis or muscle injury, natural botanical relief is available. Safer than over-the-counter NSAIDs or prescription COX-2 inhibitors, many herbs possess anti-inflammatory compounds that can significantly reduce swelling and the resulting pain of muscle injury or arthritis.
One such herb is Devil’s Claw, a plant native to Africa. It draws its name from the hooks that cover its fruit (see photo), and which aid in its dispersal by attaching onto passing animals that then spread its seeds. Devil’s Claw has long been used for arthritis, gout, muscle and tendon pain, gastrointestinal upset including heartburn, headache, and even atherosclerosis.
Devil’s Claw contains a group of chemicals called iridoids, the most common being harpagoside. These have been shown to decrease inflammation and swelling and enhance mobility. In one study, Devil’s Claw improved osteoarthritis pain of the hip and knee as effectively as a prescription arthritis medication, and it has proven beneficial for decreasing low-back pain.
Joint Gold™ is a proven combination of anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving herbs including Devil’s Claw, Yucca, Black Cohosh (not just for menopause!), California Poppy and several others.
• Soothes joint pain
• Helps decrease inflammation
• Helps reduce swelling
• Aids in recovery from injuries
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan