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An ancient Chinese herb as good as methotrexatefor rheumatoid arthritis.

next Chinese Herb Shows Promise As Rheumatoid ArthritisTreatment; Could Be Cheaper Than Methotrexate Anthony Rivas writing for Medical Daily reportedon a study where researchers used “Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF), component of traditionalChinese medicine for the treatment of joint pain, and local inflammation.

The herb issometimes called the Thundergod vine and is recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties,as well as the ability to suppress the immune system and possibly fight cancer.

Its abilityto remedy these ailments, according to researchers of the new study, come from its chloroform-methanolextract.

Known as the Thunder God Vine, tripterygiumwilfordii Hook F might be better at treating rheumatoid arthritis than current medications.

The researchers split a group of 207 patients with RA into three groups.

Some took the RAmedication methotrexate (12.

5 milligrams once a week), while another group took 20 milligramsof TwHF three times a day, and the last group took a combination of both.

The treatmentperiod lasted 24 weeks — 84 percent of participants got to the end.

Of these participants, the researchers found that 46.

5 percent of patients treated withmethotrexate reached ACR 50, a level of response defined by the American College of Rheumatologyindicating that symptoms were relieved by 50 percent.

By comparison, 55 percent of patientswho took the TwHF supplements, and 77 percent of patients who took both reached ACR 50.

Comment: Looks promising! Light therapy for osteoarthritis.

 

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