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Ayurvedic Plant Terminalia Chebula May Help With Joint Pain

Joint pain can be debilitating to those who suffer from it, making it hard to complete even normally simple tasks. A recent study suggests that extracts from Terminalia chebula, which is a plant used in ayurvedic medicine, may help improve joint health in people with joint pain.


Participants in the study included 100 people who had experienced joint discomfort for at least six months. Over the course of 12 weeks they were given either 500 mg of Terminalia chebula; 1 g of Terminalia chebula; 1 g of Terminalia chebula plus 400 micrograms of a proprietary chromium complex (PCC); 400 micrograms of PCC only; or a placebo daily. The researchers used the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (mWOMAC), the knee swelling index (KSI), and the visual analog scale (VAS) to measure joint discomfort.


At the conclusion of the study, all five groups had reductions in mWOMAC, KSI, and VAS for pain, stiffness, and disability when compared with baseline. However, the 1 gram group had the highest reductions at the end of the study when compared with the placebo. That group had a 36% improvement in mWOMAC scores, compared with 4.5% in the placebo group, as well as significant reductions in KSI and VAS pain, stiffness, and disability when compared with the placebo. The researchers also noted that the combination of TCE and PCC resulted in significant reductions in mWOMAC scores compared to the placebo and PCC alone.


Additionally, the 1 gram group used other pain relievers such as acetaminophen the least of all the groups.


Researchers from Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in India conducted the study. It was published in the May-June issue of the Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research.


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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