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Boldo is good for your liver, hence good for Arthritis

Any thing that is good the the liver will help your arthritis condition.

The plant is an evergreen tree that grow to about 18 feet with small berries, but it is the leaf that is of most interest and been used for centuries medicinally.  In this case the plant is either male or female, so will need to plant one of each for it to produce.

Legend has it that a Sheppard in Chile noticed when his sheep ate a certain plant (now known as boldo) they were healthier in general and had less liver problems. It’s hard to imagine sheep having too many liver problems – maybe it’s from too much Chilean wine!!!

Anyway the plant is now particularly well known for helping with liver conditions, or as a preventative measure maintaining the health of the liver. Besides its positive effect on the liver it also encourages the gall bladder. Boldo is also known to intestinal worms, rheumatism, cystitis, colds, hepatitis, constipation, gout, and jaundice. In a general sense it helps to protect the liver and encourage the production of bile. This in turn can lower cholesterol and improve digestion.

Boldo contains many plant compounds but one alkaloid in particular is boldine has shown in recent studies to have properties that protect the liver and encourages the production of bile something people have known for centuries. This alkaloid has shown during studies to have encouraged digestive juices. In other research boldine has been shown to be a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and reduce uric acid plus an anti-oxidant with blood thinning properties. Some very new research is indicating that boldine increases heart flow, improving the heart function in general.

However, boldine is one of many plant compounds in boldo that work synergistically, this means it is better in the whole form with all it components in tack. This herb should not be used in high doses or for a long time without a break. If you have a sluggish digestion that makes you feel bloated and full then boldo might be the herb for you. Buy a couple of scrubs and plant in your garden. Make a tea pot of three heaped teaspoons of leaves to three large mug full of boiling water – leave to brew for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink one mug full and put the rest in the refrigerator, drink another cup around lunch time and one in the evening. Those other two cups can be warmed up or just drink cold. The taste is not too bad, the smell is quite distinctive and for this reason some people prefer drinking it cold. Do this for about 6 weeks and then take a break. If this does not appeal, tea bags are easy to find in most supermarkets.

Caution – avoid if you are pregnant as it has abortive properties. Avoid if you are taking a blood thinner like warfarin.

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Rosehip ‘better than painkillers’ for arthritis

From The Telegragh by Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent

Rosehip could be more effective than painkillers at easing the pain of arthritis suffers, scients claim

The pain-relieving properties of rosehip, which has previously been linked to reduced inflammation in osteoarthritis, have been suggested for decades. Now scientists have found that powder made from a wild variety of rosehip, Rosa canina, is better at reducing pain in patients than paracetamol.

It is hoped that the fruit of the plant could bring relief to the more than two million sufferers of osteoarthritis in Britain, many of whom suffer acute pain.

A review of studies, published in the medical journal, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, looked at the effect of the powder on more than 300 patients who were given different pain-relieving medications for an average of three months.

They found that rosehip was almost three times more effective than standard paracetamol at relieving pain. It was also almost 40 per cent more effective than another common therapy, the drug glucosamine.

Rosehip powder also did not have the side-effects associated with other pain medications, including constipation and

The team which conducted the study, led by Dr Robin Christensen, of the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, believes the powder works by also tackling the inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.

Dr Kaj Winther, an inflammation specialist at the Frederiksberg Hospital, said: “This is very exciting news for arthritis sufferers. Some of the main advantages of taking an alternative medication such as rosehip to reduce pain are that, firstly, it is readily available over the counter and, secondly, unlike traditional painkillers, it does not produce unpleasant side-effects.”

Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint in the body, although it is most common in the hands, knees, hips and spine. The disease is caused by the slow deterioration of the joint over many years and tends to run in families.