Knee Pain from Arthritis? Ayurvedic Medicine to the Rescue

Dr. Sharon Orrange
Dr. Orrange is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatric, Hospitalist and General Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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Ayurvedic medicine originated in India several thousand years ago. The term “Ayurveda” combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge). So Ayurveda means “the science of life.”

Here in the US, Ayurvedic medicine is considered a type of complementary-alternative medicine, and when it performs well in studies you should know about it.

Knee pain is very common, with many of you buying over the counter glucosamine and paying big money for Celebrex for your pain.

Take notice here of a recent study which compared the use of two standardized Ayurveda formulations to glucosamine and Celebrex (celecoxib), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for knee pain from arthritis.

The formulation used here was composed of several herbs: Tinospora cordifolia, Zingiber officinale, Emblica officinalis, Boswellia serrata) which was compared to 2 grams of glucosamine and 200mg of celecoxib daily for 6 months.

It works. In this 6-month study of knee osteoarthritis, Ayurvedic formulations significantly reduced knee pain and improved knee function and were equivalent to glucosamine and celecoxib.

Worth a try?

Dr O.

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