Advice for Joint and Muscle problems

At Napiers, our medical herbalists treat hundreds of people every year in our clinics who have joint and muscular problems including:
• Osteoarthritis
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Rheumatism
• Backache
• Muscular tension
• Gout
• Ankylosing Spondylitis 

Many people experience side effects with orthodox drugs for arthritic conditions and so seek the more gentle, natural approach that herbal medicine offers. 

Herbal medicine has a strong tradition in the treatment of joint diseases, especially arthritis and gout, and can also be very useful in the treatment and management of autoimmune conditions and muscular problems.

Medical Herbalists try to identify any factors that may be causing or exacerbating health problems and therefore aim for a long-term treatment and improvement.

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Osteoarthritis is a progressive degenerative disease that is characterised by pain and inflammation in the joints - it's basically 'wear and tear' but is often exacerbated by diet. Once it gets severe it may result in hip or knee or joint replacement surgery. However, if you pay attention to your diet and support it with herbs and supplements, you really can make a big difference in the amount it affects you and also to how quickly it progresses.

Rheumatoid arthritis has similar characteristics but is strongly linked to the auto-immune system. 


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Napiers Joint Ability Herbal RemedyFor the relief of backache, rheumatic or muscular pain, and general aches and pains in the muscles and joints.


Willow bark (Salix alba) contains natural salicylates from which aspirin is derived. It has both pain killing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Don't struggle alone

If you have chronic health problems, we advise you to see a medical herbalist at Napiers or through the  National Institute of Medical Herbalists


Arnica (A. montana) is often used by athletes to reduce skin discolouration, swelling and pain after injuries.

Devils Claw

Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is renowned for its anti-inflammatory action.

Burdock root

Burdock root (Arctium lappa) is the included in many internal treatments for joint main, as it has a detoxifying and mildly laxative effect on the body.

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