Defined as a “nutrient that helps prevent or relieve pain,” the herb plantain is used in over-the-counter products like anti-inflammatories, topical antiseptic, and anti-fungal treatments.
Its anti-inflammatory properties, however, have drawn criticism due to the possibility of its being toxic.
In the case of anti-anxiety medication, the herb may also be considered toxic due to its potentially carcinogenic and mutagenic properties.
Now, scientists have discovered a plantain extract that can treat arthritis.
“In the case that you have arthritis, if you have an inflammatory disease, the plantain extracts can help with that,” explained Dr. James Gorman, an associate professor at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the director of the UC Davis Research Center for Anti-inflammatory Medicine.
“They can reduce inflammation, reduce pain, decrease inflammation, and decrease pain.”
Anti-inflammatory plantains can also reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
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