Arjuna Natural supplement relieves workout pain, study finds

By Kavitha Sivasubramaniam

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Arjuna Natural supplement relieves workout pain, study finds

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An Arjuna Natural supplement helps relieve workout pain, according to a new, randomised, placebo-controlled study.

A blend of extracts of turmeric (Curcuma longa) and​ frankincense (Boswellia serrata) ​Rhuleave-K was found to provide rapid, natural relief of acute musculoskeletal pain in various parts of the body post-exercise.

Acute musculoskeletal pain, which often happens due to overexertion in strenuous activities including sports, can be a key source of discomfort and can even lead to a reduced quality of life.

Arjuna created its holistic rapid pain relief solution by combining two traditional anti-inflammatory botanicals – curcuminoids and Boswellia – into a supplement. A black sesame oil base, which known to have wellness properties, binds the formula and acts as a useful carrier. The application of Speedtech technology ensures quick, uniform dispersal of the actives, enabling a fast-action mechanism.

Benny Antony, PhD, joint Managing Director at Arjuna, says: “People will typically reach for over-the-counter pain relief agents, for managing acute pain because of the swift action.

“Consumers are also increasingly turning to complementary medicine including traditional herbal remedies and natural supplements for pain relief. However, they tend to be slow acting and can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to take effect.”

The study

The research, which was published in the Journal of Applied Medical Sciences​ (March 2022), involved 232 healthy people who suffered from acute musculoskeletal pain in various parts of their body, including the head, neck, limbs and body in general post-exercise.

It examined the effect of Rhuleave-K by measuring pain intensity using a numerical rating scale (NRS), where 0 represented no pain and 10 denoted the worst pain. Only those who scored five or more were enrolled in the trial.

Additionally, assessments of pain levels took place during rest, movement of the affected body parts, and when pressure was applied.

Carried out in six regional sites across India, some individuals were given 1,000mg of Rhuleave-K in two softgels, while others were given a placebo.

Pain relief

The placebo group reported no significant reduction in pain in any of the five body parts, but the Rhuleave-K group experienced rapid pain relief from as early as 40 minutes from taking the supplement, with some reporting full pain relief after 160 minutes. The fastest relief was among those in the head and neck pain category.

The longest time taken to achieve total pain relief was 216 minutes, mainly among those with torso pain, particularly in the chest, back, abdomen and pelvis.

Rhuleave-K was also found to help increase range of movement.

The study followed an earlier one carried out in 2020, which discovered Rhuleave-K acted similarly to acetaminophen in decreasing musculoskeletal pain.

“We developed Rhuleave-K to offer consumers a natural and safe botanical aid that can deliver an immediate pain alleviation effect.

“Turmeric root and frankincense gum resin naturally harbor a range of biological actives and have been used for centuries in traditional medicines to relieve joint pain and inflammation,” adds Antony.

Source:  Journal of Applied Medical Sciences

Published online:

'Fast Relief of Acute Musculoskeletal Pain in Different Body Parts Following Exercise - A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Human Study with Curcuma longa and Boswellia serrata Extracts'

Authors: Meghana Murthy et al.

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