I suffer from severe arthritis at the base of my thumbs. This means that virtually anything I do with my hands – hurts. Buttoning, unbuttoning, turning a key, working a zipper, you name it – pain. In the past 10 years I have written about a number of topical treatments for arthritis pain. Frankly, they are too numerous to mention, but if you are curious, type arthritis into the SEARCH BOX at the right and you can find all of them. For the record, I started suffering from arthritis pain in my hands in my 50’s. That was more than 25 years ago, so I have lived with the pain for a considerable time.
What is the good news? One of my neighbors who I often encounter when we walk our dogs, told me about Calendula Officinalis tablets. maybe you have heard of them under their more common name – pot marigold. I had not previously heard of either.
My neighbor said that the Calendula tablets gave her immediate relief from the arthritis that afflicts her hands. The woman is some years younger than I am so, I assumed that her arthritis was not as far along as mine. Nonetheless, I ordered some from Amazon. Here is the link if you would like to know more about it.
This is what Organic Facts had to say about Calendula, “Regardless of where inflammation is occurring, this flowering plant can significantly reduce the discomfort. If you are suffering from a cough or , calendula tea can be a wonderful remedy. If your joints are hurting from arthritis or gout, add some calendula oil to a skin balm and enjoy a rapid reduction in pain. Finally, if your stomach is upset, it can help normalize your system and eliminate any inflammation that may be causing discomfort.”
Amazingly, my experience has been very similar to my neighbor’s. From the first day that I took a tablet, the pain in my hands subsided significantly. I reckon that the chronic pain in my hands had been about an eight – on a scale from one to 10. Now, it has shrunk to a three or four.
Organic Facts added, “Word of Caution: Some people have shown allergic reactions to the use of calendula oil if it is used in high doses and concentrations. However, if you consult a trained herbalist or medical professional before adding it to your health regimen, you should be able to avoid any major side effects.”
WebMD offered warnings about side effects: “Don’t take Calendula by mouth if you are pregnant. It is LIKELY UNSAFE. There is a concern that it might cause a miscarriage. It’s best to avoid topical use as well until more is known.”
Also, Surgery: “Calendula might cause too much drowsiness if combined with medications used during and after surgery. Stop taking calendula at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.”
If you are a fellow sufferer and try some of this, please share your results here. We can all benefit from more information. Also, if you are currently using it, please let me know your results.