Traditional medicine eases pain due to knee osteoarthritis

Mugwort, a spongy herb, has been used in Asia, predominantly by the Chinese, for tens of centuries, to aid healing through a process called Moxibustion.

While it is part of acupuncture, moxibustion is a non-invasive procedure.  The herb Mugwort, also known as Artemesia vulgaris, is burned on or near the acupuncture sites of the knee.


Mugwort for Knee Osteoarthritis

Herb – Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris L.)
Image courtesy: Doug Goldman, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database


While the use of moxibustion and its impact have been firmly entrenched through folklore, a rigorous scientific study recently reported positive results online in Arthritis Research & Therapy, July 2014.  You can read the entire article here.

The synopsis of the paper was also reported on Medpage Today.