How To Use Sesame Seeds For Knee Osteoarthritis

How To Use Sesame Seeds For Knee Osteoarthritis
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Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a form of degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis localized in the knee and causes a variety of symptoms such as pain, swelling, abnormal bone growth, disfigured cartilage and loss of motion.

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I already wrote about the potential of turmeric in treating OA related pain and its superior therapeutic value when compared to Ibuprofen. Scientists compared another plant to a commonly prescribed painkiller. This time, sesame seeds were studied alongside Tylenol.

Tylenol is a common over-the-counter pain killer. Another trade name for it is Panadol. The nonproprietary name used in the US is acetaminophen, while the name paracetamol is used elsewhere in the world.

It is classified as a mild analgesic, but, in some case, even small doses can cause death. Other adverse effects have been recorded, ranging from liver damage to asthma. Although the side effects usually occur when the recommended dose is exceeded, it is important to note the drug’s potential toxicity.

Sesame is believed to be one of the planet’s oldest cultivated plants. It was mentioned by the Ancient Egyptians as a powerful medicinal plant and has been used for over 5,000 years to produce flavorful and nutritious oils. They come in a host of different colors, depending upon the variety, including white, yellow, black and red.

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Sesame and Knee Osteoarthritis – The Research

A research group from Tabriz University in Iran decided to study sesame’s (Sesamum indicum L.) effect on the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis, which include pain, swelling, loss of motion and changes in joint shape.

Fifty patients were included in the study and divided into two groups. The control group received standard therapy, which involved 500 milligrams of Tylenol twice daily along with 500 milligrams of glucosamine once a day (Glucosamine is one of the natural remedies for a arthritis). Twenty-five patients in the sesame group received 40 grams of sesame seeds daily along with standard drug therapy.

The Results Of The Study

The study lasted for two months and the two groups were then compared in their pain sensitivity. The patients receiving sesame had significantly less pain compared to their counterparts in the control group.

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A questionnaire and the Timed Up and Go test (a simple test used to assess a person’s mobility and requires both static and dynamic balance) were also used for assessment, but the two groups didn’t differ significantly on those measurements.

The Conclusion

The results were published in The International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, in October 2013. Although this was a small study, the authors suggested that sesame seeds might be a viable adjunctive therapy for knee OA.

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I want to highlight the fact that according to the study sesame seeds can greatly enhance the benefits of using prescription medications but the study didn’t test a complete replacement of OA medications with sesame seeds. The results are still encouraging as you can greatly enhance the benefits of prescription medications by consuming sesame seeds.

How Much is 40 Grams of Sesame Seeds?

One tablespoon of sesame seeds is about 9 grams, so approximately 4 tablespoons per day equal the dose used in the study. The researchers powdered the sesame seeds to aid absorption.

For best therapeutic benefits, you should buy sesame seeds that are raw and organic. Ground your fresh sesame with a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder and then enjoy the multiple positive effects that include benefits to your heart and circulation, cancer prevention and mood improvement.

If you suffer from knee osteoarthritis you will be pleased to know that you can use the power of mother nature as an alternative (or alongside) prescription medications and you can get more information in my other posts:
1. How To Use Turmeric For Knee Osteoarthritis
2. The Best Natural Remedies for Arthritis
3. Hyperextended Knee: Causes, Treatments & Prevention

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25 Responses to How To Use Sesame Seeds For Knee Osteoarthritis

  1. Rajshekhar Mansur says:

    Powdered sesame seeds to be taken in what,?

  2. Kat says:

    Great article. I should try sesame seeds for my knee pain. I never thought about putting them in a coffee grinder. Thanks for these tips.

  3. hamza says:

    Which seeds should i use? Black or white? And which is more effective ? Plz help

  4. hassi mogos says:

    I have a problem with both knee swailling friction both cartraige i make MRI so Dr. Told me to make oppration is this will cure me from my suffering.

    • Jenny says:

      If you are in doubt as to whether an operation is the right solution for you, you may want to receive a second opinion regarding your condition and treatment options.

  5. SAEEDA ANWAR says:

    Please explain how Sesame seeds correct OSTEOARTHRITIS PLEASE.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Saeeda, I couldn’t find the exact mechanism in which sesame seeds work, as it was not mentioned in the brief of the research.

  6. Sophia,M.,McConnery says:

    Does it make a difference which color the sesame seeds are?Just curious.The black ones are supposed to have a high iron content!

  7. kishor says:

    i wish to start this. What time one shall consume seeds. Empty stomach, after meal OR dinner?

  8. basavaraj says:

    how many days need to continue this treatment..? is some body cured using these seeds..?

    • Jenny says:

      The study lasted for 2 months, so I would imagine that you should notice improvement by this time. As for your second question, as I’ve highlighted in the article, according to the study sesame seeds can greatly enhance the benefits of using prescription medications but the study didn’t test a complete replacement of OA medications with sesame seeds. The results are still encouraging as you can greatly enhance the benefits of prescription medications by consuming sesame seeds.

  9. Basavaraj says:

    Thanks Jenny…

    I have one more questions,,, sesame seeds will help for only to knee..? or we can also treat it to use for wrist, elbow, shoulder also..?

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t know. The study was on people who suffer from knee osteoarthritis, so I don’t know if it’s effective for other body parts.

  10. Basavaraj says:

    Is this “sesame seeds” working for anyone in this group..? anyone got pain relief after using sesame seeds.. please reply, who got benefits from this..

  11. hawwa gee says:

    I want. To try sesame seed to cure my knee pain,pls how can I use it meaning can I put it inside my food while eating?thank so much

  12. awwal sadeeq garba says:

    I will try but what d side effects

  13. Umbreen says:

    Hi ,can I take sesame oil if yes how much shall I take . Thanks.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I don’t know – the research itself was done on sesame seeds and not the oil, so I don’t know if the oil has the same effect as the seeds.

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