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February 17, 2020

Does Nettle Ease Arthritis Pain?


Throughout centuries, herbal medicines have shown the potential to become an effective therapy for inflammatory disorders, particularly Rheumatoid (RA) or Osteoarthritis (OA); They can help reduce the symptoms as well as relieve joint pains, typically in the case of hands, knees, hips and spine.

 

Historically, there has been anecdotal evidence that various plants species have been repeatedly consumed by multiple cultures around the world for their analgesic/anti-inflammatory effects, from soldiers in Roman times to modern day Ecuador. Furthermore, evaluations of each of these herbal medicines have shown positive anti-arthritic effects, used both domestically and clinically, against Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. (1)

 

Nettles can work in combination with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), allowing patients to decrease their use of NSAIDs. In addition, the use of proscribed drugs can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

 

In a clinical trial of 37 people with acute arthritis, 50 g of stewed nettle leaves consumed daily, combined with 50 mg of diclofenac, were shown to be as effective as the full 200-mg dose of diclofenac over a two-week period. (2)

 

In 2000, an official study was carried out at the University of Plymouth, which presumably is the first of its kind to apparently prove scientifically that the therapy is effective. 27 patients with Osteoarthritic pain who applied stinging nettle leaf daily for one week to the painful area. The result thrived from the treatment was compared against white deadnettle leaf which was acting as a placebo. As a result; after a week through the treatment with nettle sting, the pain was significantly reduced compared to the placebo. (3)

 

 

 

 

 

1- A. Johnson, T., Sohn, J., D. Inman, W., F.Bjeldanes, L., & Rayburn, K. (2013). Lipophilic stinging nettle extracts possess potent anti-inflammatory activity, are not cytotoxic and may be superior to traditional tinctures for treating inflammatory disorders. Phytomedicine, 20(2), 143-147. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3529973/

2- Kregiel, D., Pawlikowska, E., and Antolak, H. (2018). Urtica spp.: Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Properties. Molecules, 23, doi:10.3390/molecules23071664. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6100552/

3- Randall, C., Randall, H., Dobbs, F., Hutton, C., & Sanders, H. (2000). Randomized controlled trial of nettle sting for treatment of base-of-thumb pain. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 93(6): 305-309. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1298033/

 

 



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