Rheumatism describes any disease marked by inflammation and pain in the joints, muscles, or connective tissues, and specifically these herbs are those which will have an action on reducing and/or resolving symptoms of musculoskeletal disease.
How Anti-rheumatics Work
Most antirheumatic herbs are also largely considered to be Anti-inflammatories & Alteratives, in that they will alter the body’s processes of metabolism so that tissues (such as muscles & joints) can best deal with a range of functions including the elimination of wastes while modifying various inflammatory & immune mediators of the dis-ease. They are mostly employed in cases of chronic inflammatory or degenerative diseases such as arthritis & fibromyalgia to support and encourage the cleansing work of the body.
Other herbal actions that can be considered to have an anti-rheumatic effect include Rubefacients (when used topically) and Andoynes.
Some identified plant constituents have been shown to have an anti-rheumatic effects, including resin, iridoid glycosides, saponins and salicylates, however the overall action of these plants is much more than any one chemical!
Harpagophytumprocumbens (Devil’s Claw)
Dioscoreavillosa (Wild Yam)
Curcuma longa (Turmeric)
Centellaasiatica (Gotu kola)
Petroselinumcrispum (Celery seed)
Arnica montana (Arnica)