Popular Herbal Pain Remedies
Five of the most popular herbal remedies for pain relief in the US include Turmeric, St John's Wort, Ginger, Kava Kava, and Fish Oil.
We began our research by defining Herbal Remedies. Medical experts explain a herbal remedy as plants used to make medicine. The most popular type of herbal remedy used is herbal supplements, a type of dietary supplement, that has herbs or plants with therapeutic properties. We continued our research to determine the overall population or market share of herbal remedy users in the United States and discovered that the market share of herbal remedies was $49.1 billion in 2016 and projected $86 billion in 2022 with a CAGR of 9.9%. While this number was useful, we wanted to find the current market share value. To determine this we used $49.1 billion market share in 2016 * the 9.9% over 3 years: 49.1*9.9% ^3 = $65174028980.90 concluding that today's market share of herbal remedies is $65.1 billion.
The research team discovered that a third of people in the United States use 1 or more herbal remedies. The current US population is 328,506,943 and ⅓ of that would be 109,502,314. That would make the number of people using herbal remedies in the US 1.09 million. We used this figure to compare the number of people using individual treatments for pain relief to determine popularity. The team then reviewed trusted sources to determine the type of herbal pain relief remedies available in the United States. These sources included medical reports like WebMD and news sources such as ABC News.
WebMD states that Turmeric is a herbal remedy that can be used for pain treatment, especially in back and joint pain. Turmeric can be taken in capsule form. A news site covering the 2018 CRN consumer survey (survey itself is a paywalled site) states that Turmeric is used by 20% of supplement users for pain, and a quote from the survey states that Turmeric is “the second most popular supplement in the botanical category”. In capsule form, the most common dosages are 400 to 600 milligrams, 3 times a day or one daily dosage of 800 mg.
St John’s Wort
The Herbal Academy cites the pain relief capabilities of St John’s Wort and the number of herbalists in the United States taking St. John’s Wort to help relieve pain such as head, spine and muscle pains as well as nerve conditions. Dr. Weil continues this by stating that most St John’s Wort is taken in capsule or topical form. The most common dosage of St John’s Wort capsules is 300 mg three times a day. St John’s Wort capsules work best when taken for 8 to 12 weeks. In a bulletin released by the Botanical Adulterants Program, it states that the sales of John's Wort reach $57 million which is a considerable portion of the herbal remedy market share. ABC News reports that St John’s Wort is “the most popular and commonly purchased herbal supplements in the United States”.
Medical News Today states that Ginger can be used to reduce the inflammation and discomfort associated with arthritis. Ginger can be taken in a variety of forms including capsules. The typical dosage of ginger is 3 to 6 weeks at 2 grams in three doses per day. The popularity of Ginger can be seen in the Global News Wire report which claims that the majority of Ginger (which has a global market share of $3 billion) is used by the United States and that Ginger is growing in popularity thanks to being used as an herbal medicine.
Kava Kava, also known as just Kava, has many benefits, one of which is the reduction of pain. Kava can be found in the form of tea, capsules, powder or liquids. The typical dosage of Kava is 100 mg of Kava root, taken 3 times a day. The popularity of Kava Kava can be seen with Whole Foods listing it as a top 10 ingredient trend. Kava had a sales revenue of $31 million in the United States.
The government webpage states that Omega-3’s can be used in the treatment of muscular and skeletal pains. Fish Oils’ use can be traced back to the 18th century and is considered a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Fish Oil can be consumed by eating fish, taking capsules such as softgels, chewable tablets or in a liquid form. The recommended dosage of fish oil varies depending on the type of pain being treated. For arthritis pain, its recommend someones use fish oil capsules containing 30% EPA/ DHA. For lupus and psoriasis-related pains the recommended dose is 2g of fish oil three times a day. One gram four times a day is recommended for the condition known as Raynaud’s phenomenon. North America follows Europe in a guide for fish oil consumption according to Global Fish Oil Market Outlook 2024 which has a market share of $4.5 billion. North America is also the second biggest user of fish oil capsules.