If you suffer from arthritis in your knees (known as gonarthritis), I have some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is there's new research that shows how a natural solution might help decrease your pain and increase your mobility.
The bad news is that you'll need to be patient for its effects to kick in.
For this study, the researchers recruited 29 participants with gonarthritis. They ranged in age from 42 to 85. The researchers randomized them into two groups for a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study. This means that neither the participants nor the researchers knew which group was which, and they swapped groups halfway through. The study lasted for six months, with the crossover happening at the end of month three.
At the beginning of the study, group one received 250 mg of a ginger extract every day, while group two received a placebo. After three months, the researchers didn't see many differences between the two groups.
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However, after the six months were up, the two groups had major differences in terms of level of pain and handicap. The group taking the ginger extract had significantly reduced pain and was far more mobile than the placebo group.
This is very typical of nutritional treatments. They often take much longer to work than drugs. But when they do work, they can work just as well or even better — and without the side effects. So the moral of this story is that you need to stick with this treatment for it to work. If you suffer from knee pain, consider giving ginger extract a try — and give it some time. It's not a quick fix. But it could be worth the wait.
If you don't want to wait, there is an herb that can help relieve your knee pain much faster. Willow bark acts a lot like aspirin, so it works fast. There's no need to wait six months for relief. It works so well that even the conventional website WebMD says, "Willow bark's pain relieving potential has been recognized throughout history. Willow bark was commonly used during the time of Hippocrates, when people were advised to chew on the bark to relieve pain and fever.” Taking a willow bark formula, such as Ultimate Knee Relief, along with ginger extract, could have even better results.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.