June 2016

Terminalia Improves Joint Pain

A new clinical trial shows that taking 500 mg of Terminalia extract (AyuFlex, Natreon Inc., New Jersey, USA), an herb often used in Ayurvedic medicine, twice daily for 12 weeks, significantly reduces joint discomfort and the need for pain medications in people experiencing joint discomfort for at least 6 months. Taking 400 mcg of a proprietary chromium complex, which contains compounds from Indian gooseberry, once daily along with 500 mg of Terminalia twice daily also improves joint health. The authors noted that neither treatment resulted in any serious side effects.


  1. Nutalapati C, Kumar CU, Kishan PV, et al. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group clinical study to evaluate the analgesic effect of aqueous extract of Terminalia chebula, a proprietary chromium complex, and their combination in subjects with joint discomfort. Asian J Pharm Clin Res. 2016;9(3):264-269.

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