Rosemary arthritis

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Rosemary is an herb that is used in cooking. It also has medicinal properties. Studies suggest effectiveness for preventing baldness, alopecia areata, toothache, eczema, myalgias, sciatica, intercostal neuralgia, and as an insect repellant.

The dried leaves contain 1-2.5 percent essential oil which consists primarily of cineole, borneol, camphor and pinenes.

The oil has a spasmolytic effect on smooth muscle and may also have a positive inotropic effect on the heart, meaning it improves the ability of the heart to contract.

Topical use may irritate the skin and increase blood flow. It also has antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. Potential adverse effects/interactions with topical use include photosensitivity, erythema and dermatitis.

It is not considered one of the stronger anti-arthritic herbs.

With oral use, it may stimulate uterine and menstrual flow and is therefore not recommended in pregnancy.

It is also quite good with lamb.

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