Joint Gold™: Effective Natural Relief for Inflammation & Joint Pain
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on November 15, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
If you suffer from arthritis or soft tissue inflammation, you’re probably already well aware of how debilitating the pain, swelling, and restricted motion of inflamed and tender joints can be. Fortunately, natural botanical relief is available.
Many herbs possess anti-inflammatory properties which can provide an alternative, viable option to over-the-counter NSAIDs or other medications. They can significantly reduce inflammation, swelling, and accompanying pain, and improve range-of-motion and mobility.
One such herb is Devil’s Claw, native to Africa. Though it is actually the root which is used medicinally, its name is in reference to the barbed hooks that cover its fruit (see photo), and which aid in seed dispersal by attaching to passing animals.
Devil’s Claw has been used traditionally for centuries for arthritis, gout, joint and muscle or tendon pain, headache, gastrointestinal support, and even atherosclerosis. A group of compounds in its root called harpagosides, have been shown to decrease inflammation and swelling, and to enhance mobility. In one study, Devil’s Claw improved osteoarthritis-associated pain of the hip and knee as effectively as a prescription arthritis medication. It has also been shown to be effective in reducing low-back pain.
Joint Gold™ from Natural Wellbeing features Devil’s Claw for its excellent joint swelling and inflammation-reducing benefits. It also includes supportive anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and cleansing herbs such as Yucca, Black Cohosh, Licorice, California Poppy and Dandelion root. Effective, natural relief for joint and muscle pain!
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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