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Author: doctor Eric Madrid

Arthritis. This disease people suffering from time immemorial. Those who are susceptible to the disease, symptoms usually occur at the age of 40 years and progress with aging. Before the advent of modern pharmaceutical drugs, patients with arthritis do not always infinitely suffered from pain — someone used as medicine gifts of nature and herbs to reduce the pain. For centuries people have found relief in turmeric and Boswellia, two supplements of herbs that can be useful, as evidenced by a study of 2018.

“Arthritis” comes from the Greek word arthron, meaning “joint” and the Latin word itis – inflammation. Arthritis literally means “inflammation of joint”. Generally speaking, there are two main types of arthritis – osteoarthritis (~95%) and rheumatoid arthritis (~ 5%). This article will focus on osteoarthritis as the most common form of arthritis.

The symptoms of arthritis:

  • Joint pain
  • Swelling of joints
  • Stiffness in the joints
  • Deformity of the joints
  • The loss of function of the joint

Traditional therapy

Most doctors recommend to treat arthritis NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). These drugs include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac, indomethacin and celecoxib (Celebrex). These medications although help for a short time, but prolonged use increases the risk of kidney diseases and heart attack.

Also use acetaminophen (tylenol, paracetamol). However, if you take this drug for a long time, it can put extra strain on the liver and lowered levels of glutathione. Therefore, to reduce the load on the liver, many patients are taking supplements with N-acetyl cysteine.

In severe cases, can also prescribe steroid and narcotic drugs.

Natural methods of treatment

Badam turmeric and Boswellia was the subject of a study conducted in January 2018, which was attended by 201 people aged 40 to 70 years. All subjects had symptoms of arthritis of the knee joint. In the study, participants took either turmeric, or turmeric in combination with Boswellia or an identical in appearance placebo pills (sugar).

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)

Turmeric (also known as Indian saffron) is a root plant of the Ginger family, is often used as a means possessing anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and other useful properties.

It is believed that curcumin, the main chemical substance contained in turmeric is very beneficial for health. Turmeric used as a spice to improve the taste of food for over 4,000 years. Important role this plant played in medicine. The relief of symptoms of arthritis is one of the main reasons for taking this old pot.

Boswellia (Boswellia carterii)

Boswellia is an Ayurvedic herbal Supplement which also helps to reduce arthritis pain. Essential oil extracted from this plant, called incense.

The results of the study

Initially, the scientists measured the physical function of a patient with arthritis, stiffness in the morning and the General opinion of the patient about the severity of his illness.

At the end of this three-month study, researchers found that turmeric has proved very useful for reducing pain caused by arthritis.

In addition, the researchers also found that the combination of turmeric and Boswellia is more effective at reducing pain, providing a synergistic effect.

Recommended dosage:

For optimal relief of symptoms of arthritis take both supplements together in accordance with the data of the study.

Turmeric (curcumin) – take 500 mg three times a day

Boswellia – take 150 mg three times a day


Haroyan A, Mukuchyan V, N Mkrtchyan, et al. Efficacy and safety of curcumin and its combination with boswellic acid in osteoarthritis: a comparative, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2018;18:7. doi:10.1186/s12906-017-2062-z.

The author of this article — doctor Eric Madrid, a member of the American Council on integrative and holistic medicine, certified American Board of family medicine and the American Council on integrative and holistic medicine. He is the author of “the purpose of the vitamin D, the healing energy of the sun.” Eric Madrid graduated from medical school at Ohio State University. He is a partner of Rancho Family Medical Group and is accepting patients in Menifee, California. More information about Dr. Madrid here.


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