Devil’s claw, turmeric, and bromelain are three well studied anti-inflammatory herbs known to have mild analgesic effect, but what is their impact on chronic joint pain? A 60-day study of 47 patients aged 65+ found a blend of the three herbs dramatically decreased reported pain. Lets look at more details here.
In 2014, a team of rheumatologists conducted a study across 8 different clinics. The patients were divided into two groups, one with chronic osteoarthritis (OA) pain, and the other with acute OA pain. The goal of the study was to test and see if a blend of devil’s claw, turmeric, and bromelain were as effective as NSAIDs.
At the start the research team obtained each participant’s global assessment (PGA) and each rheumatologist’s global assessment (RGA), as well as each participant’s pain score, using for each of them a 100-mm visual analogue scale (VAS). These measurements were checked again after 15 days (for the acute pain group) and 60 days (for the chronic pain group).
At the beginning of the study, the individuals in the actute pain group reported an average pain level of 69.1. This is on a scale of 0-100, with 100 being the worst pain of their life, and 0 being no pain at all. Two weeks letter, this same group reported an average pain level of 42.1, a reduction of nearly 40%! To put that in context, studies of naproxen or ibprofen under similar conditions had roughly the same results.
The doctors found this blend was not only effective against acute pain, it was similarly effective against chronic pain. At the beginning of the study, patients with chronic pain reported an average pain of 68. After 60 days of the blended supplement, those same patients reported an average pain level of 37.8, a reduction of 45%.
Researchers found that in addition to having great pain relief, the blend’s side effects was extremely mild. The most serious side effect was an upset stomach, a mild side effect compared to the long term harm of NSAIDs. The doctors conducting the study ended their report with this sentence. “Considering its excellent tolerance profile, the tested complex of 3 plant extracts with anti-inflammatory properties may be a valuable and safe alternative to NSAIDs in patients suffering from degenerative joint diseases.”