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Rheumatism and nettle, some examinations

  1. Traditionally, plants such as nettle, meadowsweet and willow have been widely used for chronic aging ailments such as osteoarthritis. Scientific research in recent years seems to confirm the value of nettle in rheumatism and osteoarthritis.

Study nettle use in osteoarthritis

  1. In a German study, 40 patients suffering from an acute attack of chronic joint disease participated in an open randomized trial comparing the effectiveness of a combination of stewed nettle and 50 mg diclofenac with the standard 200 mg dose of diclofenac. Subjects were randomly assigned to the nettle and 50 mg diclofenac group (group D50 + U) or the 200 mg diclofenac group (group D200). Extensive pre-screening eliminated patients with diseases, conditions, drugs, or allergies that could affect the outcome of the study.

Result

  1. Pain and other symptoms were drastically improved in both treatment groups. Treatment was well tolerated over the two week period, only six participants (3 from D200 and 3 from D50 + U) reported side effects. The D200 group reported side effects such as diarrhea and abdominal pain during the treatment period. The D50 + U group reported the side effect of meteorism [!abnormal expansion due to the presence of gas or air in the intestine or peritoneal cavity], intestinal gas with bloating.

Examination of osteoarthritis of the thumb joint

  1. In another open randomized study involving 37 patients with acute arthritis, 50 grams of stewed nettle leaf in combination with 50 mg diclofenac was as effective as the full 200 mg dose of diclofenac in the treatment of symptoms , over a period of 2 weeks According to a preliminary study, topical use of nettle appears to relieve pain and disability in patients with osteoarthritis of the thumb.

External use nettle

  1. In one study, 18 patients with joint pain were treated locally with nettle. Everyone, except one person, was sure that the therapy had helped and some considered themselves cured. No observed side effects have been reported with the exception of a transient urticaria.

Practical use

  1. Herbal tea from dried nettle, one cup twice a day. Fresh nettle as a juice or soup Nettle with nettle, on inflamed joints, 1 time a day Compound herbal tea for rheumatism: equal parts nettle [!, meadowsweet and horsetail

  2. Herbal tea from dried nettle, one cup twice a day. Fresh nettle as a juice or soup Nettle nettle on inflamed joints, once a day Compound herbal tea for rheumatism: equal parts nettle [!, meadowsweet and horsetail



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