Herbal pain killer if long term pain
If long term pain killers are required it is better to shift to herbal preparations or adopt alternative methods of pain relief,said Dr KK Aggarwal, Padmashri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee and Editor in Chief IJCP group.
By: HEART CARE FOUNDATION OF INDIA
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) are two major MSD seen in Indian middle age and elderly age groups. The management of these conditions includes varied modes to achieve desired clinical improvement.
Dr Hemant Mathur and colleagues from Dept. of Orthopedics, Govt. Medical College and SSG Hospital, Baroda reviewed five clinical studies conducted on an indigenous polyherbal formulation, Rumalaya in the management of various MSD.
A double-blind placebo-controlled trial on arthritis on 75 patients for eight weeks showed comparable effects to Diclofenac and clearly better than the placebo group. Unlike Diclofenac group, trial group did not show adverse effects of medication namely gastritis or gastric irritation.
Another double-blind study on both OA and RA in a total of 235 patients showed complete relief of symptoms in 78.65 and 84.6% of RA and OA groups, respectively.
A controlled study on arthralgia of 60 athletes by Rumalaya tablet along with Rumalaya cream showed its efficacy mainly on knee pain in a total of 84% cases in two weeks, significance clearly above the control group. Another trial was conducted on OA of knee in 56 patients for four weeks to 2-month duration.
Results showed a marked relief of pain in 73 of 88 knees. Another trial comparing Rumalaya tablet with ibuprofen in the management of OA of 80 patients for 2-6 weeks showed results comparable with that of standard comparator along with added advantage of cost-effectiveness.
It’s a medical teaching that pain killers if continued over a period are harmful and should be used only to buy the time till effective medical therapies starts working. If long term pain killers are required it is better to shift to herbal preparations or adopt alternative methods of pain relief,said Dr KK Aggarwal, Padmashri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee and Editor in Chief IJCP group.
About the author: Padmashri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal is a Senior Consultant, Physician, Cardiologist at Delhi based Moolchand Medcity; President Heart Care Foundation of India; Chairman Ethical Committee Delhi Medical Council and has served as the Research and Academic Wing Heads of National Indian Medical Association.