(Health Secrets) At least 1.3 million adults in the U.S. have rheumatoid arthritis, a serious autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks its own joints. It’s probably safe to say that of this number, very few have ever heard of any effective treatments other than the dangerous drugs of mainstream medicine. This may be about to change, as a new study has shown that extract from an Eastern herb, commonly known as thunder god vine, can be as effective or more so than the drugs now used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, and without the danger or high price tag.
The study, published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, used 207 participants. It found that 55% of those taking thunder god vine extract showed a 50% or greater improvement in pain, swollen joints and disability, all symptoms of the disease. This was compared to an improvement of 46.5% in participants taking methotrexate, the most commonly prescribed drug treatment. Methotrexate has a host of vicious side effects.
The best results were experienced by the third group who took a combination of thunder god vine extract and methotrexate. Their symptoms were reduced by a whopping 77%.
This is big news to anyone now taking methotrexate, because the side effects of that drug include cancer of the blood, nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, rash, diarrhea, blood count abnormalities, liver scarring, shortness of breath, hair loss, sensitivity to sunlight, and chronic cough. People have died from treatment with methotrexate, and birth defects and other complications of pregnancy have been reported.
Why is this study achieving a high profile? One reason is the low cost of a month’s worth of thunder god extract compared to the pharmaceutical drugs now used to treat it. Although a month’s worth of methotrexate would be only three times the cost of the herbal extract, other drugs for the disease can run as high as $3,500 per month.
But the real story is the chance for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis to experience life again without the overhang of such devitalizing side effects. And although getting the highest level of relief means taking a combo of thunder god vine extract and methotrexate or other rheumatoid arthritis drug, the amount of the drug needed would be much less, hopefully reducing the severity of symptoms proportionately.
Researchers are busy documenting the benefits of thunder god vine extract
Never heard of thunder god vine? The herb, which bears the botanical name Tripterygium wilfordii has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 400 years to treat autoimmune diseases as well as inflammation and even cancer.
Researchers have begun documenting the value of thunder god vine extract. Here are some of the latest findings:
- October, 2014: Thunder god vine extract was found to stop tumor cell-induced osteoclastogenesis, excessive bone resorption that signals bone cancer
- August, 2014: Extract from thunder god vine was found to kill several breast and colon cancer cell lines
- August, 2014: Thunder god vine extract was found to have potent analgesic properties
- May, 2013: The mechanisms are documented by which extract of thunder god vine arrests the development of pancreatic cancer cells
- May, 2012: Extract from thunder god vine inhibited the proliferation of prostate cancer cells
Dr. Jonathan Wright, famed natural health researcher and founder of the Tacoma Clinic in Washington State says:
”It’s important to note that thunder god vine may produce mild side effects such as nausea, indigestion, or diarrhea for some folks. Also the root of TGV [thunder god vine] is the only usable portion. The rest of the plant is poisonous. So don’t try to go it alone with this treatment. Consult with an experienced certified herbalist to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness.”
What’s the future for thunder god vine?
The speed and breadth of the research effort into thunder god vine extract suggests a hot and heavy interest in it by the pharmaceutical industry, where plans may be afoot to alter the herb so that it can be patented and turned into a high priced drug. The FDA has been known to smooth the road for such endeavors. We’ll have to wait and see.
Thunder god vine extract suppresses the immune system and should not be taken by anyone who is immune-compromised, or who is taking immuno-suppressive drugs such as prednisone.
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