Study Shows Dietary Supplement Arthrem May Reduce Pain in Osteoarthritis Patients

Reduced Pain for Osteoarthritis Patients

New Zealand company Promisia Integrative Limited, announced significant positive results from a clinical trial on its natural dietary supplement Arthrem. The results were published in the December 2015 issue of Clinical Rheumatology, a prestigious international peer reviewed medical journal. In participants with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, the 12-week randomised, controlled trial showed significant reduction in pain and stiffness and an increase in physical function. The study’s principal investigator and lead author was Dr. Simon Stebbings with the Rheumatology Research Unit at Dunedin School of Medicine, Otago University.

“The published results show that the natural product, Arthrem, has potential as an anti-inflammatory/analgesic in osteoarthritis,” Dr. Sheena Hunt, study co-author and principal scientist for Promisia explained. “In patients taking one Arthrem capsule twice a day, pain and stiffness were significantly reduced and physical function significantly improved. Particularly positive results were observed in a subset of patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis (as opposed to severe osteoarthritis). In this subgroup, the average magnitude of pain after 12 weeks of taking Arthrem was less than half of the value at the start of the study. Arthrem at this dose was also well tolerated with no treatment-related side effects,” Dr. Hunt elaborated.

The study used the widely used the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), which is a standardised set of questionnaires that health professionals use to assess symptoms in patients with osteoarthritis. Additionally, a visual analogue scale (VAS) was used to assess joint pain. 

Conventional medicines which are frequently used to relieve joint pain most commonly include analgesics (e.g., acetaminophen) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs; e.g., ibuprofen). “While these medicines are effective at reducing pain, they are not recommended for long-term use because of the potential for toxicities and adverse events,” said Dr. Hunt. “Many patients with osteoarthritis seek natural alternatives and complementary therapies such as Arthrem.”

Arthrem contains a unique herbal extract from the plant Artemisia annua. This herb, also known as Qinghaosu, has been part of Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. Today thousands of people in New Zealand and around the world buy Arthrem® to help improve their joint health. 

Published 1 May 2016, Nutraceuticals World