Scientists say run-on gels containing the herbs arnica and comfrey may ease the pain of arthritic joints.
Researchers from Australia analysed a total of seven placebo-controlled studies which looked at rub-on joint relief products containing herbs including arnica and stinging nettle.
The team, who published their work in the Cochrane database of Systemic reviews, found comfrey reduced pain by as much as 42 per cent, and the level of relief from arnica was similar to that from ibuprofen.
Previous research suggests arnica and comfrey may mave anti-inflammatory effects. Due to the lack of evidence for nettle, the team was unable to say it eased pain.
Leading joint pain specialist Garry Trainer D.O. B.Ac has more than 20 years of clinical experience as an osteopath, acupuncturist and masseur.
He says “I use a herbal medicine containing Devil’s Claw in my clinic regularly and recommend it to my clients as a safer and effective alternative to non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. Devil’s Claw can be used in combination with osteopathy, acupuncture and massage to treat a host of muscle and joint related ailments”
Devil’s Claw is found in FlexiHerb, a traditional herbal medicine used for the relief of backache, rheumatic or muscular pain and general aches and pains in the muscles and joints. For more information and special prices visit www.flexiherb.co.uk. Always read the label.