black sesame oil, turmeric and boswellia relieve pain as well as acetaminophen

This unusual study on pain relief just came out. And it may be good for a lot of people that it did. It has something totally new!

This controlled, but unblinded study, included 88 people with acute musculoskeletal pain. Musculoskeletal pain can originate from the muscles, ligaments, tendons or bones. They are the leading cause of disability in the world. The most common musculoskeletal pain is lower back pain. Other common musculoskeletal pains include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and neck pain. These conditions limit mobility and functioning and—importantly but not much discussed—impact mental wellbeing and are commonly associated with depression.

This new study looked, not only at pain relief, but relief from the emotional pain.

The study compared Acetaminophen (paracetamol) to the unusual liquid combination of black sesame extract oil, turmeric and boswellia. Acetaminophen, like paracetamol and Tylenol, are among the most common drugs for pain. Turmeric, and its active ingredient curcumin, and boswellia are well established anti-inflammatories.

Each person in the study received either 1,000mg a day of the acetaminophen or 1,000mg a day of the herbal combination. Six hours later, a positive response was reported by 66% of the herb group and 73% of the drug group. Though the drug worked a bit faster, by the time the people had their pain measured again on day 3 and day 7, there was significant improvement in both groups and the improvement was comparable. According to the McGill Pain Questionnaire the pain relief in both groups was significant and equal no matter how bad the original pain was.

But here’s the interesting part that we usually don’t consider when talking about pain killers. The combination of black sesame oil, turmeric and boswellia was a significant 8.57 times better than acetaminophen in improving the “unpleasantness and emotional aspects” of acute pain.

That’s a huge consideration to remember next time your back goes out or your neck or arthritis pain are killing you.

Medicine (Baltimore) 2020;99(28):e20373

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