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Herbs and Arthritis

This paper reviews the efficacy of some common herbs used for their anti-inflammatory or anti-arthritic properties. Available data suggests that the extracts of most of these herbs may provide a safe and effective adjunctive therapeutic approach for the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Clinical trials are necessary to establish the effectiveness and optimum dosage of these compounds for treating human inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases. Herbs included in this review are green tea, cat's claw, Hook F, turmeric and ginger. Ahmed S, Anuntiyo J, Malemud CJ, Haqqi TM. "Biological basis for the use of botanicals in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: A review." Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2(3): 301-308, 2005.



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