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.
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.
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.
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.
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(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)