AUSTIN, Texas, May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A proprietary natural plant extract has been shown to ease the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis – America's leading cause of disability and the world's fastest growing major health condition.
Artemisia annua, a sweet aromatic herb, is the key anti-inflammatory ingredient in Arthrem®, a dietary supplement manufactured by New Zealand company Promisia. Arthrem® is made from plants grown in Tanzania and is the world's first and only Artemisia annua product specifically formulated for joint support. In a human clinical trial, Arthrem® significantly reduced joint pain and stiffness for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis. The trial results are published in the international peer-reviewed journal Clinical Rheumatology (Dec. 2015).
"Arthrem® certainly shows promise as a therapeutic supplement and could prove a useful additional treatment for people with osteoarthritis. In this short term study it appears to be safer than existing anti-inflammatory medicines," says Dr. Simon Stebbings, the study's principal investigator and an Associate Professor at the Rheumatology Research Unit/ Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand.
Each year in the United States, May is recognized as National Arthritis Awareness Month. The disease continues to strain families nationwide: nearly 53 million American adults have been diagnosed with arthritis and as the population ages, that number is expected to grow to 67 million by 2030, according to the Arthritis Foundation, the leading non-profit dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of arthritis in America.
Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in America, and has a deep impact on the nation's productivity, research shows. Americans who have either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis – the two major types of the disease – miss a combined 172 million work days annually, according to the Arthritis Foundation. More than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses is attributed to arthritis and related health conditions.
One study notes that "many individuals with osteoarthritis who remain employed have health-related difficulty or reduced productivity on the job; on average they experience a third less productivity on the job compared to their same-age coworkers" (Wilkie, Ross, et. al, "Exploring How Pain Leads to Productivity Loss in Primary Care Consulters for Osteoarthritis: A Prospective Cohort Study," PLoS One, April 2015).
The wear and tear pain of osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease, can affect any joint in the body and is the "fastest increasing major health condition" globally (Murray CJ, et. al "Disability-adjusted life years for 291 diseases and injuries in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study," Lancet 2012; and Jordan K. et. al, "Measuring disease prevalence: a comparison of musculoskeletal disease using four general practice consultation databases" Br J Gen Pract 2007).
Interventions such as Arthrem® could improve work productivity and quality of life, especially for those with mild to moderate osteoarthritis, according to the study published in Clinical Rheumatology.
During a 12-week randomized clinical trial Arthrem® significantly reduced pain and stiffness in those with hip or knee osteoarthritis. Participants took one Arthrem® capsule twice daily with no significant adverse effects. The study used internationally agreed measures to assess pain and function including the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), and a visual analogue scale (VAS).
Now available in the United States, those who qualify can sign up for a free, no obligation, two month trial online at www.Arthrem.com.
For more Information: http://arthrem.com
Study published in Clinical Rheumatology:
Stebbings, S., Beattie, E., McNamara, D., & Hunt, S. (2015). A pilot randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial to investigate the efficacy and safety of an extract of Artemisia annua administered over 12 weeks, for managing pain, stiffness, and functional limitation associated with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. Clinical Rheumatology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10067-015-3110-z
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