Organic compounds from plants – terpenes – may impact on arthritis symptoms
Terpenes, which are organic compounds that have a strong smell and are produced by some plants and insects, may reduce the destructive tissue events that underlie arthritis.
Already shown to be effective in treating chronic inflammatory pain, now a review of the evidence lends further weight to the need for further investigation into the potential of terpenes.
“The results showed that terpenes have promising biological effects in relation to the treatment of arthritis, with the 24 terpenes identified in our survey being effective in the modulation of inflammatory mediators important to the physiopathology of arthritis,” the research group explains in Phytomedicine.
“Together, our findings suggest that terpenes can modulate the immuno-regulatory and destructive tissue events that underlie the clinical presentation and the progression of arthritis and are worthy of further clinical investigation.”
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