Osteoarthritis: do herbal solutions work?

Although scientific evidence is still lacking, some plants can help. In particular, a trial was conducted with harpagophytum (devil’s claw) for osteoarthritis of the knee, to be used in the event of relapses. “It should be taken in doses large enough for it to work: 1 to 1.5 g in nebulisate or dry extract, 4 to 6 g in powder form, and this for at least two weeks to three weeks”, specifies Guy Roulier, phyto-aromatherapist. Turmeric is also being evaluated, for its antioxidant properties against the phenomenon of local oxidation which destroys the tissues (4 capsules per day), as well as the blackcurrant bud (in the form of mother macerate: 5 drops three times per day), with an action similar to that of cortisone. “Using essential oils in massage (diluted to 50%) or in an aromatic bath (20 to 30 drops in a neutral base) allows to restart the microcirculation to regenerate the tissues and reduce inflammation around the joint”, adds- he does. Among the most useful, with anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic action (to relax muscles): true lavender, wintergreen (to be avoided in case of allergy to aspirin) and copaiba.

4 natural products that soothe

  • Chondrostéo+, Granions : a food supplement which combines glucosamine and chondroitin with anti-inflammatory plants (harpagophytum, blackcurrant, etc.). A good quality / price ratio, even if the concentration is less than in drugs. € 28.80 for 120 tablets (for 40 days).
  • Joint concentrate, Fleurance Nature : harpagophytum + blackcurrant + turmeric = the right trio of plants to use long term, for at least three months. € 14.90 for 200 ml (for 20 days).
  • Elusanes Harpagophyton, Naturactive : a dry extract of harpagophytum, more concentrated, for use in case of outbreaks. € 7 for 30 capsules (for 15 days).
  • Roll-On articulations & muscles, Phytosun Arôms : essential oils (wintergreen, thyme, rosemary, ginger …) analgesic and anti-inflammatory, with a large roll-on, practical for massaging the hip or the knee. € 7.90 for 50 ml.

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