According to scientists, the rosehip remedy, called Litozin, may help reduce the amount spent by health-care industries on expensive rheumatoid arthritis drugs in future. LitoZin, made from processed ground rosehips is already used widely by patients suffering from Osteo-arthritis, a less serious condition caused by general tear and wear of joints.
The new research was prompted by Rheumatoid Arthritic patients who claimed that they had been helped by the product.
The scientists who conducted trials in Berlin and Copenhagen were actually surprised by the results, as Rheumatoid Arthritis is a more serious condition than Osteo-Arthritis. A total of eighty nine patients, majority of who were females, with an average age of fifty seven, were recruited, who were seriously affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis which they had suffered for more than eighteen years. Among them, seventy four of the patients continued trial for complete six months.
Thirty three were randomly assigned to a group, taking LitoZin apart from regular medication. The rest fourty one were given a “dummy” capsule, with no active ingredients. The patients were also asked to fill in standard questionnaires to assess pain, and their ability to carry on regular tasks such as opening doors, washing, dressing, and cutting meat.
After six months, the activity levels improved by twenty five percent among those taking LitoZin. The joint discomfort fell by forty percent for these patients, while those patients who received only conventional treatment without rose-hip supplement did not find much change in their condition.
The overall tenderness of painful joints was reduced significantly in patients who were given the supplement and their overall quality of life improved.
Stefan Willich of Charite University Medical Center, Berlin, who led the study said “We are all astonished to find such meaningful results. Rheumatoid Arthritis, being such a difficult medical condition, it is remarkable to find the beneficial effects of such a natural remedy.”