Rosehip powder can be more effective in alleviating arthritis pain than painkillers, say researchers.
The team led by Dr Robin Christensen of the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen have revealed that the powder made of a wild variety of rosehip, Rosa canina is more effective in reducing pain in arthritis patients than paracetamol.
The researchers examined the effect of the powder on more than 300 patients receiving different pain-relieving medications for an average of three months.
The findings revealed that rosehip powder was almost three times more effective than standard paracetamol.
It was also almost 40 per cent more effective than another common therapy, the drug glucosamine.
The pain-relieving properties of rosehip has previously been linked to reduced inflammation in osteoarthritis, however the new study shows that the powder made of the fruit can ease the pain.
"This is very exciting news for arthritis sufferers. Some of the main advantages of taking an alternative medication such as rosehip to reduce pain are that, firstly, it is readily available over the counter and, secondly, unlike traditional painkillers, it does not produce unpleasant side-effects," the Telegraph quoted Dr Kaj Winther, an inflammation specialist at the Frederiksberg Hospital, as saying.
A review of studies is published in the medical journal, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.