DJT. Those are the three letters that just might lead to pain relief for people living with arthritis; or, to be specific: osteoarthritis, the world’s leading cause of joint pain. It is in fact a Chinese herbal remedy, at least 1,000 years old. Many use it to cast away the pain. Might it work for you?
Not long ago, the Chinese formula, “Duhuo Jisheng Tang” (DJT) was found to help those who have one of the most common conditions of joint pain in the world: osteoarthritis of the knee. In this area there isn’t a great deal of evidence that shows herbs working to help this condition. Osteoarthritis is a chronic, degenerative disease where the cartilage in a joint gradually erodes.
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One recent study wanted to see if DJT could reduce painful symptoms in the knee. The researchers investigated 68 patients in two hospitals in Taipei. The patients received 2.5 grams of DJT, two times per day, for one month.
By the second week, patients already had significant reductions in pain, stiffness, and other physical symptoms. The DJT formula also improved physical functioning. This means it could be a valuable tool for improving the quality of life for the millions of people who deal with this painful disease.
DJT is an ancient herbal remedy going back 1,000 years or so in the annals of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It was originally mixed together for the purpose of relieving painful conditions caused by damp and windy environments. It has morphed into a major Chinese remedy for arthritis and back pain.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, wind and dampness invade the body and establish themselves inside if you live or work in such an environment for long periods of time. They disrupt the flow of “Qi,” block the flow of blood, and tilt the “yin”-“yang” balance out of whack. DJT works to remove dampness and get rid of wind, thereby freeing up the flow of Qi and blood. Rushing back into the
painful area, these elements are said to relieve pain and bring vital nutrients.
Some animal studies have proven that DJT can indeed inhibit pain by fighting inflammation. In ancient texts, DJT is specifically believed to nourish blood, expel wind, and remove dampness. The related symptoms — pain, stiffness and numbness in the knees and back — are said to dissipate as well.
DJT contains 15 different herbs. You can find it in most Chinese herbal shops and hopefully more and more health stores.