A new report suggests that herbal teas have the ability not only to relieve pain but also to increase strength and endurance in humans.
In an article published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, researchers from the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) analyzed data from a series of clinical trials that compared the effects of herbal tea and conventional medicines on patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).
The research was done using the clinical trials and clinical data of more than 5,000 people who participated in the clinical trial for MS, the authors wrote.
The researchers found that in people with MS, using herbal teases to reduce pain caused by inflammation in the joints may help improve symptoms and help patients recover faster.
In addition, the research also found that the effects were likely reversible.
“In the first two weeks of the study, we saw some patients who started to feel better, and in some cases the pain went away.
But there was also a decrease in their symptoms in the three weeks following the treatment,” study co-author Dr. Stephen M. Dabrowski, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University at Albany, said in a press release.
“The reason this happens is that inflammation in your joints can cause inflammation in other parts of your body, so the effect of using herbal tea on these other parts is a little bit more subtle.”
In addition to the effect on pain, the researchers found evidence that the herbal tea had a positive effect on cognitive function.
“We also found a reduction in inflammation in people who also had some form of arthritis, and those people who had MS were significantly better on some tests that measure the ability of your immune system to fight off infections and diseases,” Dabramski told the New York Times.
The research found that people who used herbal tea for six weeks had the most noticeable improvement in their health, and the number of people who improved their overall health was roughly double that of people taking conventional medicine.
The team also found some evidence that herbal treatment could help prevent people from developing autoimmune disease.
“It appears that there are benefits of using a herbal tea that are more likely to be related to its ability to increase the ability and activity of the immune system than its ability or ability to control inflammation,” Dabski said.
For the research, the team examined data from 12 clinical trials of herbal teasers in people diagnosed with MS or arthritis, as well as the health of participants.
For example, the study looked at the effects on blood sugar, and compared the outcomes in people taking a standard medicine with people taking herbal tea.
They found that participants who used a herbal teaser for six months had significantly improved their blood sugar levels, even though the researchers did not know whether the improvement was related to the treatment.
Additionally, the herbal tease was associated with significantly fewer adverse reactions to the tea and no negative side effects.
The study authors noted that these findings could help in the future as more data becomes available on the safety and effectiveness of herbal therapies.
The findings are particularly important for people with other forms of MS, like relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), which is characterized by relapsions and relapses of pain.
While the researchers acknowledged that the results are limited, they said that the finding could help people who are at higher risk for MS to be given a treatment that may be able to slow down the progression of the disease.
Dr. Matthew C. Klimos, a physician in MS and head of the MS Research Institute at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, told the Times that there’s currently no approved treatment for MS.
“There is no FDA approved drug that can help cure MS, and it’s very hard to make a drug that is as effective as a medicine that you use,” Klimis said.
“But, in the case of these drugs, there are treatments that have been shown to help patients, and that’s a big part of the challenge that MS patients are facing.”
“The best thing that could be done is to start looking at the underlying cause of MS and to understand the mechanisms that are going on,” Dabo said.