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A herbal alternative for mild arthritis and joint pain relief

Joint pain, soreness and inflammation are unfortunately common among Australians of all ages.


Increasing age, weight gain, injury, stress, inflammatory foods and declining muscular strength, mean more and more people experience joint pain on a daily basis.

Often, especially among the aged and elderly, joint pain is due to a condition such as arthritis or osteoarthritis. Other times, joint pain and inflammation can be due to injury, repetitive strain, wear and tear, weight bearing, heavy lifting or old injuries flaring up.

Most people have tried many ways to relieve joint pain and stiffness. 


Unfortunately, there's no simple solution for joint pain from arthritis or other causes. Research suggests reducing joint pain and improving mobility is most successful with a combined approach that includes diet, exercise and physiotherapy, as well as natural and conventional treatments (see our anti-inflammatory diet article here).

Conventional pain medication and NSAIDS are common, but aren't always a first choice or long term option for many people, especially with well documented side effects.

Cararthron® may help relieve mild joint pain, reduce symptoms of mild arthritis and help improve mobility. 

Cararthron® is a combination of two anti-inflammatory herbs, Scutellaria Baicalensis and Acacia Catechu, known for analgesic (pain relieving) effects. Scutellaria Baicalensis comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine, while Acacia Catechu is traditionally used in Ayurvedic Medicine - the traditional medicine of India. Both have been used for centuries, and highly valued natural medicines within their traditions. 

The anti-inflammatory properties of these herbs have been extensively studied by modern science. They exert anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects by inhibiting the major enzymatic pathways involved in inflammation (COX-1, COX-2 and LOX).

A key benefit of these herbs is that they do not have the side effects associated with NSAID medications - particularly for the gastro-intestinal health.  In fact, these herbs may exert further beneficial health effects as they also exhibit antiviral, anti-bacterial, antioxidant properties also. 

As more people seek alternative solutions for joint pain, herbal formulas like Cararthron®, are experiencing a surge in popularity. 

For research and information about the natural anti-inflammatory properties of Chinese Skullcap and Acacia Catechu, see the links below.


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Research on the active ingredients in Cararthron

Adhikari, B., Aryal, B., & Bhattarai, B. (2021). A Comprehensive Review on the Chemical Composition and Pharmacological Activities of Acacia catechu (L.f.) Willd. Journal Of Chemistry, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/2575598


Burnett, B. P., Jia, Q., Zhao, Y., & Levy, R. M. (2007). A Medicinal Extract of Scutellaria baicalensis and Acacia catechu Acts as a Dual Inhibitor of Cyclooxygenase and 5-Lipoxygenase to Reduce Inflammation, Journal of Medicinal Food, (3) pp. 442–451, DOI: 10.1089/jmf.2006.255


Burnett, B. P., Silva, S., Mesches, M. H., Wilson, S., & Jia, X. Safety Evaluation of a Combination, Defined Extract of Scutellaria baicalensis and Acacia catechu

Liao, H., Ye, J., Gao, L., & Liu, Y. (2021). The main bioactive compounds of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi. for alleviation of inflammatory cytokines: A comprehensive review. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, (133), 110917, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopha.2020.110917

​Levy RM, Saikovsky R, Shmidt E, Khokhlov A, Burnett BP. Flavocoxid is as effective as naproxen for managing the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee in humans: a short-term randomized, double-blind pilot study. Nutr Res. 2009 May;29(5):298-304. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2009.04.003. PMID: 19555810.

Sampalis JS, Brownell LA. A randomized, double blind, placebo and active comparator controlled pilot study of UP446, a novel dual pathway inhibitor anti-inflammatory agent of botanical origin. Nutr J. 2012 Apr 5;11:21. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-11-21. PMID: 22480204; PMCID: PMC3352039.

Stohs, S. J., Debasis, B. (2015). Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, and Chemoprotective Properties of Acacia catechu Heartwood Extracts, Phytotherpay Research, (29). pp.818–824, DOI: 10.1002/ptr.5335

Yimam, M., Burnett, B. P., Brownell, L., & Jia, Q. (2016). Clinical and Preclinical Cognitive Function Improvement after Oral Treatment of a Botanical Composition Composed of Extracts from Scutellaria baicalensis and Acacia catechu. Behavioural neurology, 2016, 7240802. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/7240802

Zi-Long Wang, Shuang Wang, Yi Kuang, Zhi-Min Hu, Xue Qiao & Min Ye. (2018). A comprehensive review on phytochemistry, pharmacology, and flavonoid biosynthesis of Scutellaria baicalensis, Pharmaceutical Biology, (56)1. pp. 465-484, DOI: 10.1080/13880209.2018.1492620