Saturday, 21 March 2020

Herbal Angelica May Suppress the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

By Kyle J. Norton

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a form of arthritis, found in the general term of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) characterized by wear and tear on joints.

The chronic and medical condition affects over 25 million people in the United States alone.

The characteristics of osteoarthritis are aching pain, stiffness, or difficulty of moving the joint or joints. Therefore one must understand the differences in prevalence and incidence estimates of osteoarthritis (OA), compared to other types of arthritis.

Furthermore, the pain usually gets worse ina change of weather, at night and in the advanced diseases, and the pain can occur even at rest.

In contrast to the general belief, osteoarthritis only damages the joints of hands, knees, but also cause inflammation of the joints in your hips and spine.

The condition is a slow development disease, often starts in the 40s and 50s and affects almost all people to some degree by age 80.

The common risk factors of osteoarthritis are aging, gender, improper healing of injured joint at a young age, obesity and bone deformity. However, people who have a job with tasks that place repetitive stress on a particular joint are associated with the onset of osteoarthritis in most industrial countries.

According to the statistic from the NIH, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder in the US. Among adults, 60 years of age or older the prevalence of symptomatic knee and sadly OA affects approximately 10% in men and 13% in women.

Epidemiological strongly suggested that obese and overweight which have a strong impact on the weight-bearing joints, the genetic preposition of a patient can make such patient more susceptible to the disease compared to others do not. People with a joint injury that did heal properly in the younger age and people with occupations that require standing for long periods of time, repetitive bending, heavy lifting or other movements and the increase in age are associated with the increased risk of the onset of the disease.

On finding a natural ingredient for the prevention and treatment of aging-related diseases, scientists examined the angelica phytochemical, sodium ferulate, and a polysaccharide fraction on osteoarthritis animal models or in human chondrocytes stimulated by the pro-inflammatory cytokine, Interleukine-1β.

Angelica or Dang Qui is a herb of Genus Angelica from the family Apiaceae, indigenous to China.

The herb has been used as a Queen herb in traditional Chinese medicine antispasmodic and vasodilatory agent, and to balance the hormones in women for a normal menstrual cycle and menstruation and strengthen heart, spleen, kidneys, and liver for both men and women, etc. In other words, it is used to treat gynecological ailments, fatigue, mild anemia, and high blood pressure. It has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, etc.

According to the results of the experiment
* Sodium ferulate found in angelica exhibited marked anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic properties by inhibiting the TNF/TNFR signal transduction pathway associated with inflammation and autoimmunity.

* On another hand, the polysaccharide fraction which contains a mixture of various carbohydrates was found to promote proteoglycan biosynthesis in the cartilage matrix by stimulating the activity of the UDP-glycosyltransferases that synthesize the chondroitin sulfate chains of aggrecans.

In other words, both chemical compounds demonstrated strong protective effects against osteoarthritis through different mechanisms.

based on the findings, researchers said, "the combined action of sodium ferulate and polysaccharides fraction would prevent cartilage destruction in osteoarthritis and favor cartilage repair".

Taken altogether, herbal angelica may be considered an antioxidant remedy for the treatment of osteoarthritis, pending to the confirmation of the larger sample size and multicenter human study.

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)
Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Angelica sinensis and osteoarthritis: a natural therapeutic link? by Magdalou J1, Chen LB2, Wang H3, Qin J2, Wen Y2, Li XJ3, Shang L3, Li J. (PubMed)

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