An ancient Chinese herb as good as methotrexate
for rheumatoid arthritis… maybe… next Chinese Herb Shows Promise As Rheumatoid Arthritis
Treatment; Could Be Cheaper Than Methotrexate Anthony Rivas writing for Medical Daily reported
on a study where researchers used “Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF), component of traditional
Chinese medicine for the treatment of joint pain, and local inflammation. The herb is
sometimes called the Thundergod vine and is recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties,
as well as the ability to suppress the immune system and possibly fight cancer. Its ability
to remedy these ailments, according to researchers of the new study, come from its chloroform-methanol
extract. Known as the Thunder God Vine, tripterygium
wilfordii Hook F might be better at treating rheumatoid arthritis than current medications.
The researchers split a group of 207 patients with RA into three groups. Some took the RA
medication methotrexate (12.5 milligrams once a week), while another group took 20 milligrams
of TwHF three times a day, and the last group took a combination of both. The treatment
period lasted 24 weeks — 84 percent of participants got to the end.
Of these participants, the researchers found that 46.5 percent of patients treated with
methotrexate reached ACR 50, a level of response defined by the American College of Rheumatology
indicating that symptoms were relieved by 50 percent. By comparison, 55 percent of patients
who took the TwHF supplements, and 77 percent of patients who took both reached ACR 50.
Comment: Looks promising! Light therapy for osteoarthritis… next