Pain relief grows on trees

More than 20-million Americans suffer every day with arthritis.

But relief may come from a very surprising place!

Pain relief growing on trees.  
Kim Adair fights a daily battle with the aches and pains of arthritis.

"With 10 being the worst, I would say it's about a 7 or 8," said Adair.

But she recently found relief in a study at Baylor on the pain-relieving properties of cherries.

"They have a lot of the same properties that common anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen or naproxen will have," said Rheumatologist Dr. John Cush.

Kim took gelcaps containing cherry extract.

"I think about maybe three months, I didn't notice any pain at all," said Adair.

"Overall, about five out of six patients did very well in the study," Dr. Cush said.

There is another possible benefit of treating pain with cherries.

Many patients like the fact that they're natural and might keep them off prescription painkillers, which can have side effects.
As soon as the study ended and Kim stopped taking the gelcaps her aches and pains returned.
"I'd get ready to get out of the car and my husband would say get out of the car!" said Adair.

So she started eating cherries and drinking cherry juice.

"There has been a big difference," said Adair.

A larger study is now under way.