Safflower for Arthritis Relief

The benefits of the safflower are newly discovered in the West, but have a centuries-old tradition of medicinal use in Asia. Extract from the flower of the plant provides natural alternatives for joint discomfort of arthritis. Its properties reduce pain and inflammation.

My husband and I have successfully used a natural pain relief supplement consisting of safflower extract (flower) and boswellia extract for our osteoarthritis conditions.

The plant’s flower has been used internally in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, including easing joint pain and stiffness.

The botanical name of the plant is carthamus tinctorius. It is cultivated both as an herb and as a food crop. Over the last half-century, it has been cultivated mainly for vegetable oil extracted from its seeds.

It’s produced commercially in more than sixty countries but the leading producers of safflower are India, United States and Mexico.

What is safflower?

Safflower is a highly-branched annual thistle-like herb that grows to a height of 3 feet producing yellow or reddish flowers. Each branch will usually have several flower heads containing 15-20 seeds per head. The dried flowers of the plant and its seeds are used commercially.

Traditionally, safflowers were grown for their seeds and used for coloring foods and making red and yellow dyes. Its flowers can be used alone or in formulas. They can be prepared as dried powder, tinctures, or decoctions (extracts).

The oil from the seed has been used externally in therapeutic massage and as a natural alternative to mineral oil for use on babies. It’s also beneficial in applications for bruises, sprains and arthritis pain

Safflower is source of several flavonoids

More recently, the plant has been identified as the source of several flavonoids with strong antioxidant compounds.

Flavonoids are any of a group of oxygen-containing aromatic antioxidant compounds that includes many common pigments that help to lower inflammation as well as counteract the damaging effects of oxidation on body tissues.

The well-known antioxidant, guercetin, is one of the flavonoids found in safflower. Quercetin has many health benefits among which it can help reduce the inflammation that results from bursitis, gout, and arthritis.

Side effects

The safflower flower is often used in conjunction with herbs with no reported interactions. There are also no reported interactions of the extract or oil with standard pharmaceuticals.

Its use in dissolving clots, however, suggests that it should not be taken with blood-thinning treatments without a doctor's knowledge.

Safflower and boswellia combination effective for joint discomfort

Every day, many of us push ourselves to the limit both occupationally and recreationally. In the end, our bodies, and especially our joints, pay the price. Pain is the common symptom. It’s the body’s natural warning system and it deserves a natural response.

Safflower extract and boswellia extract are proven effective and safe for relief of arthritis pain, joint discomfort, and restricted knee flexion.

When combined in a natural product that contains a patent-pending blend of both extracts. it provides long-term relief within just a few weeks and is especially helpful for relieving chronic pain. Continued daily use of this naturally safe product keeps pain away or markedly reduces pain.

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Before his total knee replacement in 2016, my husband had severe knee arthritis (both knees) from sports-related traumas. In 1999 during arthroscopic meniscus suregery on his left knee, the surgeon recommended total knee replacement. My husband said no. He was an active several times a week tennis player and wanted to avoid knee replacement for as long as possible.

At that time, he took ibuprofen or acetaminophen (one is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug [NSAID] and both have side effects) to try to control pain, swelling and inflammation. But he was only able to play tennis twice a week. In 2003, the pain relief product featured on this page came on the market. By substituting the safflower plant and boswellia natural treatment he was able to recover faster and played tennis four times a week with little or no pain. In total, he played for 16 years after the first knee replacement suggestion. In late 2015 he suffered a torn meniscus while playing tennis, which ultimately led to total knee replacements in both knees.

As an update, he resumed tennis in June, 2016, still plays three to four times a week and continues to use the featured pain relief product daily.

He and I both like the fact there’s no side effects to worry about. I’ve reduced pain and restored my neck function to near normal after 13 years of neck arthritis complications.

We’ve used this pain complex as a dietary supplement since its inception. Its formulation contains 150 mg daily of safflower extract and 1000 mg of boswellia extract. We like the fact that at first, you can safely take more than the label directions, then taper off as results kick in. Because it's an herbal formula, it may take a little longer, but once relief is achieved, it can be maintained continuously using label directions. We've seen it work on extreme pain cases. I’m happy to recommend this as a natural pain relief supplement.

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