Rosehip Beats Painkillers for Arthritis
Rosehip is better at reducing the pain of arthritis than acetaminophen. That’s the finding of Danish scientists that tested powder made from Rosa canina, a wild form of rosehip.
The study reviewed the records of over 300 patients who were given different pain-relieving medications for three months to ease their arthritis pain. Surprisingly, the researchers found that rosehip was almost three times more effective at relieving pain than acetaminophen (Tylenol). They believe rosehip works by reducing the inflammation associated with arthritis.
Rosehip was also about 40 percent more effective at relieving pain than glucosamine. In addition, patients didn’t have the usual side effects associated with common pain medications, such as drowsiness and constipation.
“This is very exciting news for arthritis sufferers,” said Dr. Kaj Winther of Copenhagen’s Frederiksberg hospital. “Some of the main advantages of taking an alternative medication such as rosehip to reduce pain are that, firstly, it is readily available over the counter and secondly, unlike traditional painkillers, it does not produce unpleasant side effects.”
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