ginger improves pain and quality of live of rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a very common disease that, for some reason, affects women almost three times as often as men. A safe treatment would be very desirable for two reasons: rheumatoid arthritis can be disablingly painful, and the drugs that are used to treat it are potentially dangerous. Well, here’s a safe treatment.

What happens when you give ginger to people with rheumatoid arthritis? To find out, seventy people who had had active rheumatoid arthritis for at least two years were given either 750mg of ginger or a placebo twice a day in a double-blind study. Everyone in the study was already on a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). People with rheumatoid arthritis are often put on DMARDS to suppress their immune system because rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. The potential risks of suppressing your immune system are obvious.

After twelve weeks, the people taking the ginger had significant improvement in their disease activity score, in markers of inflammation and of immune markers compared to the placebo.

The impressive results led the researchers to conclude that ginger can improve quality of life and decrease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, making it a safe, inexpensive, effective, easily accessible part of your arthritis treatment plan.


Gene 2019;698:179-185


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