A new study conducted at the Anhui Medical University in China suggests that chicken collagen type II (CCII) can provide relief from symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
The research team tested the experimental treatment by comparing it to the traditional anti-rheumatic drug methotrextrate. Patients who took CCII capsules showed considerably improved joint function and experienced milder side effects compared to those who went through the conventional western treatment.
"We’ve shown that CCII is a promising alternative therapeutic strategy that may be used as a nutritional supplement against rheumatoid arthritis," said lead researcher Wei Wei.
RA is an autoimmune disorder that forces the body to mistakenly attack its own tissue. The team believes that patients who take chicken collagen capsules can develop an "oral tolerance" that will lead to a reduction in autoimmune activity with little or no side effects.
Other alternative treatments that have shown promise in relieving RA symptoms include fish oil, thunder god vine and tai chi, according to the Mayo Clinic. Techniques such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation and guided imagery can also be used to help prevent pain associated with the condition.