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Ayurvedic Herb May Help Ease Knee Pain

Knee pain can lead to decreased mobility and a reluctance to exercise. A recent study suggests that taking a supplement containing Terminalia chebula extract, which has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine, may help decrease joint pain and increase mobility in overweight adults.


Participants in the study included 105 overweight but otherwise healthy adults who were given either 500 mg (two doses of 250 mg) or 1,000 mg (two doses of 500 mg) of the Terminalia chebula supplement or a placebo daily for 84 days. All of the participants took part in a two-week placebo lead-in period, in order to improve data quality/validity. They also all had no joint pain at rest, but experienced pain with activity and exercise.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted improvements in a range of measurements, including modified-Knee Injury & Osteoarthritis Outcomes Scores, knee joint discomfort with activity/exercise, six minute walk test distance covered and discomfort post six minute walk test, overall whole-body joint function, and knee soreness following leg extension resistance exercise. There was no significant difference between the two doses.


Researchers from The Center for Applied Health Sciences in Ohio conducted the study. It was published on October 2, 2017, in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.


Terminalia chebula is used in traditional ayurvedic medicine to help with asthma, bile duct disorders, scorpion stings, and poisoning. It’s also used for heart health, although little modern research has been done to support these benefits.

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