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Herbal Help for Easing Joint Pain

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  • Received a bottle of children's chest syrup to trial and what can I say it's magic in a bottle!! After a single dose they didn’t cough the whole night which meant a better sleep for everyone after two days they were so much better and they liked the taste which is great, can't wait to try more of your products
    – Daniella Bhagat
  • I love Kiwiherb! Finding something that worked so well, and was safe for my daughter when she was at an age where she couldn't have all other medicines, it was such a great help! And now I use nothing else
    – Alyssa Francis-King
  • Absolutely love baby balm. My 6 week old had flakey, dry skin and nothing I had tried was helping until I tried baby balm. Her skin is so much better. I can't believe how fast it worked. Thank you Kiwiherb!!!
    – Alex Lazzaro
  • I'm not often inspired enough to go seek out a brand's Facebook page just to give them my positive feedback - in fact this is the first time ever. I just wanted to express how much I love the children's cough syrup, it's always worked wonders on my kids - it's now taken to the next level with the inclusion of the syringe which is long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle - hurray! It's always been the bane of my mum-life trying to reach the medicine when the bottles have run low with syringes that aren't long enough - thank you!
    – Melissa White
  • Brought a bottle of children's chest syrup and it works like magic no more coughing during the night. Also my son loves the taste
    – Philippa Quigley
  • My wife and I have been using this product for years and they are amazing and work fantastic!!! We have the all the children's stuff including the echinature, chest syrup, throats syrup and the De-stuff!!! Absolutely amazing products We love them
    – Craig Hume
  • On Sunday we bought De-Stuff for our 3 year old daughter who has struggled with a cold all week. After 2 doses of it, along with the Chesty formula, she slept so well that night and woke up looking and sounding so much better. Now almost 3 days later her cold is all but gone. I wish I had have found out about it sooner.
    – Bridgette Robinson
  • I brought a bottle of De-stuff for my 11 month old daughter yesterday who has had a runny nose for the last 5 days, I've been wiping her nose constantly but after 2 doses of De-stuff I've only had to wipe her nose twice today. I wish I'd known about this sooner. I will be using this straight away in the future
    – Melissa Bayne

Herbal Help for Easing Joint Pain

Herbal Help for Easing Joint Pain

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Asti Renaut

Asti Renaut (BHSc. Comp Med, BA, Adv Dip Nat, Adv Dip Herb Med, MNZAMH)

Asti Renaut is a degree-qualified medical herbalist and naturopath with over ten years clinical experience. Asti practices in Christchurch, New Zealand, treating a wide range of health issues. She especially enjoys working with infants and children, and finally has one of her own to practice on! One of the cornerstones of Asti's practice and philosophy is the importance of education and sharing information. She believes that empowering clients to understand their own bodies and health, and giving practical tips and tools to use from the garden and kitchen are just as important for wellness as qualified professional care. 

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With the cold and damp of winter many people feel their joints stiffen and seize up. Whether this is due to the start of arthritis caused by a lifetime of wear and tear, or due to a particularly nasty tackle on the rugby field last Saturday, herbs can be of enormous support to reduce pain and inflammation.

Two of the most potent and well-researched herbs to use topically (on the skin) for joint pain, sprains, injuries and bruising are Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) and Arnica (Arnica montana). These herbs are both powerful natural anti-inflammatories, and have been shown in clinical trials to:

  • Reduce swelling
  • Improve range of motion and mobility
  • Reduce pain (in some studies by up to 95%)
  • Improve and speed healing

Comfrey’s common name in days gone by was ‘Knitbone’, pointing to its then well-known ability to improve healing. Massaging Comfrey and Arnica into the skin over a painful or swollen area promotes bloodflow and allows the herbs to penetrate into the affected tissues. These herbs can be found in combination in SprainAway Cream.

Internally, herbs such as Ginger (Zingiber officnale), Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsium) and Peppermint (Mentha piperita) are well known for promoting circulation, a key action to warm cold stiff joints. Ginger and Kawakawa are both also excellent anti-inflammatory herbs. While pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories can have potentially damaging long-term side effects in the body, these herbs promote health; it could even be said that they have beneficial side effects! For example, they will also help with digestion and bloating and Ginger & Kawakawa Tonic is the ideal product. 

Using herbs both internally and externally for joint pain, sprains or strains helps to not only reduce the symptoms of pain and swelling, but also to improve healing, easing inflammation from the inside and out.