Ginger Extract Effective against Knee Osteoarthritis
OA (also known as degenerative joint disease or DJD) occurs primarily in
adults of middle age or older and is caused when the protective cartilage layer in the joints, such as the hips, knees, and hands, starts to degenerate. The inflammation and pain that result from OA may limit the
mobility in the joint, hindering ability to perform daily activities.
Medications to reduce inflammation, such as ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen
(Alever), celecoxib (Celebrex), or rofecoxib (Vioxx), may be used to
decrease swelling in the joint and may also lower the amount of pain.
However, these medications often cause adverse side effects when used
long-term. Severe cases of OA may be treated surgically; joint-replacement
surgery may be effective but a recent study questioned the effectiveness of
arthroscopic surgery and found that those who underwent arthroscopic
surgery of the knee for OA was no better off than those who had not
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In the new study, 29 adults between the ages of 42 and 85 with OA of the
knees were assigned to receive 250 mg four times a day of a standardized extract of ginger (Zingiber officinale) or placebo for 12 weeks. Then for the next 12 weeks the group that had received ginger switched to the placebo and vice versa. All participants were then invited to continue with ginger treatment for another 24 weeks. Pain with knee movement, mobility,
and knee circumference (a marker of knee swelling) were measured initially
and then every month for the duration of the study.
Significant increases in mobility and reductions in knee pain with movement
were observed in those taking ginger extract after previously taking a
placebo and after taking ginger continuously for 24 weeks. Both the ginger and placebo groups had significant improvements in knee pain and mobility after the first 12 weeks of the study, compared with initial measurements,
but these results were not statistically significant when the two groups
were compared with each other. It is unclear why a high placebo response was observed during the first 12 weeks and not during the second 12 weeks.
Those who had been taking ginger extract at 24 weeks continued to maintain
improvements in knee pain and mobility after 48 weeks of ginger treatment,
while those taking a placebo at 24 weeks had a significant drop in knee
pain and an increase in mobility at the conclusion of the study. The
authors of the new study suggest that the benefits of ginger may be delayed
and that 24 weeks of continuous treatment may be optimal.
Other nutritional supplements may be useful in the treatment of OA,
including glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, niacinamide (vitamin
B3), S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe), green-lipped mussel, and vitamin E.
Herbs that may also be effective include oral cat's claw (Uncaria
tomentosa) and devil's claw (Harpogophytum procumbens) or a topical
application of cayenne pepper (Capsicum frutescens). See your healthcare
provider for specific dose information.
Healthnotes Newswire (January 29, 2004)-Adults suffering from osteoarthritis (OA) of the knees may experience less pain and swelling and increased mobility in the knees by taking an extract of ginger, according to a study recently published in OsteoArthritis and Cartilage (2003;11:783-9).
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