5 Recent Ginger Studies: Osteoarthritis


What happens when you combine ginger with Diclofenac?

Again, researchers believe the anti-inflammatory activity of ginger has potential for wide-reaching human benefits. One of those benefits may even be osteoarthritis relief, writes post-graduate researcher Paramdeep Singh Gill of the Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research.

For twelve weeks, Gill assigned 60 patients with knee osteoarthritis to consume Diclofenac (a pharma-grade pain reliever), ginger capsules, or both combined. WOMAC and VAS pain scores revealed significant improvements with each treatment, but improvements were greatest with the combination of ginger and Diclofenac.

Because there appeared to be no differences in adverse events across the three treatment groups, ginger is likely a safe ingredient to consume with this anti-inflammatory drug. The ginger dose was 750 mg daily. Full details are available in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology.

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