Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
A study published in the Nutrition Journal has shown natural anti-inflammatories made from botanical sources are just as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).

The pilot study compared botanical based ingredient Univestin to an NSAID and a placebo in subjects with symptomatic osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.

The multi-center, three-month, randomized, double-blind human clinical pilot study was conducted in Canada by JSS Medical Research, Inc., to evaluate and compare the safety and efficacy of Univestin.

The results showed that Univestin, was superior as compared to the NSAID and placebo in reducing stiffness and improving mobility, as measured by the Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) functional impairment and stiffness scores.

The study also established that Univestin was equivalent to the NSAID in reducing pain, as measured by the WOMAC pain score.

NSAIDs are commonly used as pain and inflammation reducers for people with arthritis, however concerns over their safety when taken with other medication has caused alarm amongst health professionals.

A Danish study of over 1 million people revealed an increased heart attack and stroke risk from use of most NSAIDs.

Participants who used NSAIDs had a 91 per cent increased risk of cardiovascular death, and a 29 per cent increased risk of fatal or non-fatal stroke following use of a common over the counter anti-inflammatory drug.

Univestin contains potent anti-oxidants bioflavonoids derived from standardized extracts of Scutellaria baicalensis root and Acacia catechu heartwood, both used traditionally in oriental and ayurvedic medicine for their anti-inflammatory properties.

It is the main ingredient in a revolutionary anti-inflammatory relief products, Cararthron and Herbright Arth Relief, which have already helped thousands of Australian arthritis suferers.

Australian distributor Dr Andrew Chew says arthritis is one of the most common long-term diseases in Australia with more than 3.1 million Australian’s estimated to be affected by the disease.

“There are more than 100 types of arthritis with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis the two most common types, but regardless of the type finding the right anti-inflammatory and pain relief is paramount,” Dr Chew says.

“Unfortunately for most people taking NSAIDs can be a major risk to their health and even increase the chance of heart attack or stroke.

“Cararthron may provide an effective anti?inflammatory and analgesic effect to benefit joints affected by arthritis and may also help protect against the signs of cartilage degeneration.

“If given the choice between a naturally sourced anti-inflammatory relief product and a NSAID product, I’m sure consumers will make up their own mind what is best for them.”

Glen Gillard, a practicing naturopath with over 30 years experience and two clinics in Brisbane says Carathron is an ideal alternative to drugs and a safe herbal remedy with clinically proven efficacy and no known side effects over long-term use.

“It’s wonderful that complex aches and pains can be modulated to the point where better health and quality of life can be achieved for the afflicted individuals,” Mr Gillard says.

“I believe when the immune system becomes overly reactive after excessive pain and inflammation, it can only reset and repair itself when it has the right food, nutrients clean water and air, and rest to be able to disarm a virus.

“This is because its energy is focused rather than burning itself out fighting the inflammation that seems to rage in these types of diseases for many individuals.”

Arthritis is the eighth most frequently managed problem by GPs in Australia with more than $4 billion spent on the disease annually.

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