Thunder God Vine - Risk vs benefits
This is an herb to be taken only with the guidance of a medical professional.
Thunder god vine (Tripterygium wilfordii) is a plant that has been used in traditional chinese medicine and health purposes for over 400 years.
The benefits of Thunder God Vine:
Thunder god vine may help with rheumatoid arthritis by relieving swelling, inflammation and pain, by changing the way the immune system responds to the arthritis. There is evidence that it suppresses the immune system. It has been used to treat inflammatory conditions such as lupus, MS,psoriasis, crohns as well. Lab studies have shown that a compound in the plant called celastrol shows signs of fighting cancers and decreasing tumors in the body.
It is also said to help with excessive menstrual periods.
Thunder God Vine extract is made from the peeled root of the plant. Its leaves and root are used to make medicine. Other parts of the plant, such as leaves, flowers and skin of the root are highly poisonous and toxic, and can be fatal if ingested.
1. may cause diarrhea, upset stomach, menstrual changes, skin rash, and hair loss.
2. Taking the herb longer than 5 years may decrease bone mineral density in women.
3. May decrease sperm count in men.
4. Temporary infertility in men
5. Amenorrhea or lack of menstruation in women.
6. Not to be used with immunosuppressive drugs like prednisone.
7. The leaves and flowers of the plant are toxic and can cause death, preparation should be made only with the root of the plant.
The Arthritis Foundation suggests 60 mg three times a day.
Studies: A 2006 review of randomized clinical trials shows that thunder god vine improved symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis but serious side effects occurred.
A 2009 study of 121 RA patients conducted in the United States found that those who received 60 mg three times a day of thunder god vine had better response than those who received 1 g twice a day of sulfasalazine.
And a 2014 Chinese study of 207 RA patients found that those who received 20 mg pills three times a day of thunder god vine did not do worse those receiving 12.5 mg per week of methotrexate. Patients who received both the thunder god vine and the methotrexate had the best response of all. The RA study has been criticized for being too short to determine whether the herbal preparation slowed the disease compared to methotrexate.
1.Arthritis Foundation: https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/supplements-herbs/guide/thunder-god-vine.php
2.The main anticancer bullets of the Chinese medicinal herb, thunder god vine.
3. Thunder God Vine for Pain?
4.Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Considerations for the
Pharmacological Management of Elderly Patients. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28224284
5. A potential new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis: thunder god vine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9144848
6. Celastrol attenuates inflammatory and neuropathic pain mediated by cannabinoid receptor type 2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25101848
7. Thunder God Vine, WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-824/thunder-god-vine
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