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The Effectiveness of Commiphora Mukul For Osteoarthritis of the Knee: An Outcomes Study

Betsy B. Singh, PhD, Lakshmi C. Mishra, BIMS, PhD, Sivarama Prasad Vinjamury, MD (Ayurveda),Nanette Aquilina, DC, Vijay J. Singh, BA, Neil Shepard, BA

Abstract
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a debilitating, slowly progressive and degenerative disease of diarthroidal joints affecting men and women as they age.1 It is the most common form of arthritis affecting approximately 70-80% of the aged population worldwide, and is the second most-common form of disability in the United States.2 Although it affects both men and women, women are more likely to be symptomatic. In the Western world, OA ranks fourth in health impact among women and eighth among men.3

Osteoarthritis of the knee and hip is the most common cause of musculo-skeletal disability in the elderly. Classic symptoms of osteoarthritis, such as joint stiffness and pain, instability, and loss of function affect day-to-day activities such as rising from a chair, climbing stairs, kneeling, standing, walking and maintaining stability.4 Conventional treatment of OA includes pharmacological, non-pharmacological, and intra-articular methods. While NSAIDS constitute a substantial proportion of pharmacological therapy, non-pharmacological methods generally include physical therapy, muscle-strength exercises, and patient education.5 Intraarticular injections of hyaluranon or glucocorticoids are given mostly as palliatives. However, all these methods and NSAIDS are potentially toxic with unpleasant and often dangerous side effects.5 Data from epidemiological studies show that 20-30% of all hospitalizations and deaths

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