Monthly Archives: March 2018

Combining Curcumin and Boswellic Acid Is More Effective in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis than Curcumin Alone

The symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA), including pain, morning stiffness, joint swelling, limited range of motion, decreased physical function, and restriction of social activities, are treated with an analgesic, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and cortisone. Although those drugs manage the pain and inflammation, they are associated with adverse effects, drug interactions, and contraindications. Curcumin, a component of turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae),

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A Review of Herbal Treatment Options for the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a multifactorial progressive autoimmune disease, causes inflammation and hypertrophy in synovial tissue in joints, leading to joint tissue destruction. Treatment of RA includes a multicomponent regimen including herbs. Yarnell organizes herbs for RA effects as follows: inflammation-modulating, immunomodulating, and “spicy relief.” Miscellaneous Asian herbs and formulas and thunder duke vine (Tripterygium wilfordii, Celastraceae) also are covered in

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Food as Medicine: Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis, Asparagaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis, Asparagaceae) is a herbaceous perennial with stalks that can grow to several feet in height. Most asparagus is harvested once the stalk reaches 6-8 inches in height. The stalk is the edible portion of the plant, along with its pointed, budlike tip.1,2 If asparagus is not harvested, the stalks grow into

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