Is it possible that Traumeel can work just as well as prescription anti-inflammatory drugs like diclofenac?
We reviewed several research papers in an attempt to answer this question ourselves.
The short answer is YES…but it depends.
Let me explain.
Traumeel comes in several forms: tablets, gel, ointment, and even an injectable form. While the injection is rarely used in the US, it is widely used in Europe for fibromyalgia and other types of pain.
Several studies have show that Traumeel tablets work just as well as diclofenac for pain.
For example, a 2004 study showed that Traumeel S injection worked just as well as diclofenac injections for treating epicondylitis (tennis elbow) pain (Birnesser et al, 2004).
Now it is unfortunate that they used the injections and not the oral tablets. But it nevertheless shows that, all other things held equal, Traumeel tablets can work just as well as an NSAID like diclofenac.
The results suggest that Traumeel ointment is an effective alternative to nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs therapy for the acute symptomatic treatment of patients with tendinopathy.
Now this doesn’t guarantee that the Traumeel will work just as well for YOU, specifically.
After all, we’re all different. We all respond to medications differently.
Regardless, if you’re looking for a natural tennis elbow treatment, then Traumeel may be your answer.
Now the implication, of course, is that it works for tennis elbow, then it might work just as well for other forms of pain and inflammation, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and so forth.
Does the research support this?
Yes, it does!
For example, another study compared Traumeel in fibromyalgia patients versus placebo. In this study, the researchers injected Traumeel into trigger points, and did not use the tablets (Egocheaga, et al., 2004).
Regardless, they found that the Traumeel worked quite well, with no side effects noted other than pain at the injection site (which would be expected).
Other studies showed that Traumeel helps fight the pain associated with dental extraction and tonsillectomy, two types of pain which are quite intense.
So if you’re looking for a natural tennis elbow treatment, or for a natural pain reliever that works against many different types of pain, then please do yourself a favor and give Traumeel a try.