In This Issue -- Musculoskeletal Inflammation and Natural Products

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Many natural products have purported anti-inflammatory properties, and some have a long history of use for treating inflammation and the pain that is associated with musculoskeletal inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and tendinitis. Although there is some limited evidence that a few natural products may provide modest benefits, in general, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of many of these natural products for inflammatory conditions. This issue of the digest provides a current summary of the evidence of several natural products marketed for improving these conditions.


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What the Science Says:
Musculoskeletal Inflammation and Natural Products

Learn what current research has to say about:

Bullet Turmeric ( Curcuma longa )

Bullet Bromelain (Pineapple plant)

Bullet Willow Bark ( Salix alba )

Bullet Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Bullet Devil’s Claw ( Harpagophytum )

Bullet Ginger ( Zingiber officinale )

Bullet Thunder God Vine ( Tripterygium wilfordii )

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Additional Resources

Bullet Clinical Practice Guidelines

Bullet Scientific Literature

Bullet For Your Patients

Bullet 7 Tips: What you Need to Know About Natural Products for Musculoskeletal Inflammation

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NCCIH Clinical Digest is a service of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NCCIH Clinical Digest, a monthly e-newsletter, offers evidence-based information on complementary and integrative health, including scientific literature searches, summaries of NCCIH-funded research, fact sheets for patients, and more.


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