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A Natural Therapy for Rheumatic Diseases Supported by Human Study

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By Kyle J. Norton

Scientists may have found a pungent and kitchen spice for the prevention and treatment of diseases associated with rheumatism, according to studies.

Rheumatism is autoimmune and inflammatory diseases marked by inflammation and pain in the joints, muscles, or fibrous tissue, especially rheumatoid arthritis.

In other words, rheumatic diseases are a medical and chronic condition characterized inflammation that affects your joints tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles, including a group of diseases associated with arthritis.

Depending on the types of rheumatic diseases, conventional treatment may include medication for reducing the symptoms, physiotherapy and stress management. The aim of the treatment is to alleviate pain and improve the quality of life. Sadly, none of the drugs has been found safe; all are known to produce from mild to serious side-effects.

Most common symptoms of rheumatic diseases are joint pain, reduced motion in a joint, particularly, joints inflammation that induces swelling, redness, on the affected area.

If you experience some of the above symptoms, you may have rheumatic diseases, please make sure you check with your doctor to rule out the possibility.

There is no single cause of rheumatic diseases. Researchers believe groups of factors such as genes and environmental influences may be associated with the onset of the diseases, including the increase in age, gender, family history, exposure to environmental toxic substance and smoking.


However, the most common risk factor of rheumatic diseases in the Western world is obesity. Dr. the lead scientist, in the examination of the risk of obesity for the onset of rheumatic diseases, said, “The growing body of evidence recognizing the adipose tissue (AT) as an active endocrine organ secreting bioactive mediators involved in metabolic and inflammatory disorders, together with the global epidemic of overweight and obesity, rise obesity as a hot topic of current research”.


“ The chronic state of low-grade inflammation present in the obese condition and the multiple pleiotropic effects of adipokines on the immune system has been implicated in the pathogenesis of several inflammatory conditions including rheumatic autoimmune and inflammatory diseases”.


Ginger (Zingiber officinale) or ginger root, the second superfood used for thousands of years by mankind, is the genus Zingiber, belonging to the family Zingiberaceae, native to Tamil.

The root has been used in traditional and Chinese medicine to treat dyspepsia, gastroparesis, constipation, edema, difficult urination, colic, etc.


With an aim to find a natural ingredient or whole food for the prevention and treatment of rheumatic autoimmune and inflammatory diseases with no side effects, scientists at the Odense University examine the traditional use of ginger against rheumatism.


The study included 56 patients (28 with rheumatoid arthritis, 18 with osteoarthritis and 10 with muscular discomfort) randomly assigned to the use of powdered ginger against their afflictions.


Amongst the arthritis patients more than three-quarters experienced, to varying degrees, relief in pain and swelling. All the patients with muscular discomfort experienced relief in pain.


None of the patients reported adverse effects during the period of ginger consumption which ranged from 3 months to 2.5 years.


Further analysis of the results, researchers found that ginger exerts the similar effects of that of conventional medicine as an important mediator of inflammation.

Dr. Srivastava KC, the lead scientist wrote in the final report, “at least one of the mechanisms by which ginger shows its ameliorative effects could be related to the inhibition of prostaglandin and leukotriene biosynthesis., i.e. it works as a dual inhibitor of eicosanoid biosynthesis”.


Additionally, compared to conventional medicine such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids which treat rheumatic diseases through inhibiting the cyclooxygenase associated with the symptoms of inflammation and pain, ginger demonstrated the similar effects and improve quality of the life in patients with rheumatic diseases, without inducing any side effects during the course of the experiment.


These results clearly suggested that ginger may be considered a functional food for the prevention and treatment of rheumatism with no adverse effects.

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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada – Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Ginger (Zingiber officinale) in rheumatism and musculoskeletal disorders by Srivastava KC1, Mustafa T. (PubMed)
(2) Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and rheumatic disorders by Srivastava KC1, Mustafa T. (PubMed)
(3) Obesity as a Risk and Severity Factor in Rheumatic Diseases (Autoimmune Chronic Inflammatory Diseases) by Elisa Gremese,1 Barbara Tolusso,1 Maria Rita Gigante,1 and Gianfranco Ferraccioli. (PMC)

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