An interesting new study, published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, shows that one unpretentious and cheap herb relieves pain better than common NSAID ibuprofen.
What’s more, you can get this dirt-cheap herb in most supermarkets and all health food stores, either fresh or as a supplement extract.
Better yet, it provides many more health benefits without side effects.
Researchers asked 38 college-age women with painful menstruation to take either 400 mg of cinnamon powder, 400 mg of ibuprofen, or a starch powder as a fake treatment.
No one involved in the study knew which substance each participant received.
Researchers monitored the women’s pain severity and duration throughout the day to see which substance worked best.
The cinnamon group experienced less pain than the ibuprofen and fake treatment groups for the first few hours, up to four hours, when there was no longer a difference between them and the ibuprofen group.
Needless to say, the suffering of the fake treatment group continued unabated.
Because 400 mg of cinnamon is very little and it causes no side effects, you can keep on taking it several times a day, whereas there’s a limit to how much ibuprofen you can safely consume.
So, what on earth does painful menstruation have to do with arthritis?
At this stage, researchers have never directly studied whether cinnamon can relieve arthritis pain, but any women with severe menstruation pain can testify that, while shorter in duration than arthritis pain, it is so acute that walking and even sitting upright become a miserable challenge.
In addition to the pain severity, there is another reason why cinnamon might be beneficial to arthritis sufferers.
It is an exceptionally good anti-inflammatory substance.
In a recent review of the scientific literature in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the researchers found several studies that backed the anti-inflammatory properties of both cinnamon powder and cinnamon oil.
Several of the flavonoids it contains have been found to be anti-inflammatory in nature, including gossypin, gnaphalin, hesperidin, hibifolin, hypolaetin, oroxandin, and quercetin.
Because cinnamon contains all of these chemicals, it is uniquely well placed among the herbs to fulfill this function.