Atibala and Joint Pain. 

 March 24, 2024

By  Linda Rook

The Indian Mallow Flower.


Arthritis is a worsening disease of the joints that causes inflammation, pain and stiffness. Millions of people around the world suffer from arthritis, which affects mobility and quality of life.

Today’s medicine can treat arthritis, but traditional methods are an alternative approach based on natural remedies. One such remedy is the Atibala plant. The Atibala is herb that has been used for medicine herb for centuries.

The leaves, roots, and seeds of the Atibala are full of nutrients that can help with arthritis sufferers. As they have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties. Atibala has been used in traditional Indian medicine with its long history of treating joint-related ailments.

Additionally, the antioxidant properties of Atibala help eliminate free radicals that can harm and wear down joints, safeguarding joint health and halting disease advancement. Atibala can regulate immune reactions and enhance overall health, proving to be a beneficial supplement in arthritis treatment plans.

Understanding Arthritis.

Arthritis is a complex condition that mainly attacks the joints, like osteoarthritis where it is wear and tear of the joints. But can also attack your organs as in rheumatoid arthritis.

1 What is Arthritis?

Arthritis covers 100 different conditions, with the main symptoms being inflammation and degeneration of the joints. The most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout, each with its unique ethology and clinical manifestations.

Osteoarthritis, the most prevalent form of arthritis, is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. 

Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, causes inflammation of the synovium (lining of the joints), resulting in joint in, swelling, and deformity. 

Psoriatic arthritis affects individuals with psoriasis, causing joint inflammation, skin lesions, and nail changes.

Gout, is an accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, results in sudden and severe attacks of pain, swelling, and redness.

left knee inflamed and painful.

When you get arthritis, it depends on the type of arthritis you develop as the symptoms can vary, also the severity of the condition, but they commonly are joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and a decreased movement.

You could also feel fatigue, weak and find it difficult to do daily tasks.

When you see your healthcare provider, they may do an examination and take your medical history, they may then send you for an imaging test such as an x ray or MRI scan, also a blood test.

The conventional approach to arthritis is to relieve the symptoms by reducing the inflammation and helping to slow down the disease.  This is done by NSAIDs or DMARDs or biologic treatments, to manage the pain and inflammation of the arthritis.

This conventional approach can have a benefit to managing arthritis but the can also give you bad side effects, making many people to seek herbs that can help with lesser side effects or none.

Natural Remedies.

There has been an increase interest for natural remedies for managing your health including arthritis. 

Natural remedies go back centuries, such as the native American’s have long relied on plant-based remedies to help with joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness.

Herbs are from plants like the turmeric, ginger or Boswellia, the list goes on.  They all are used for their anti-inflammatory substance, such as arthritis.

The herbs can be used for teas, as in ginger tea, or sprinkled over your favourite meals, or some are used as an ointment for psoriasis, rubbed on the skin.  

In recent years there has been interest in the approach by people’s health, regarding the safety and efficiency of conventional treatments. Also, the growing interest in botanical and natural remedies. 

If you are thinking of going down the natural remedies way, there are several benefits for managing arthritis, they include:

  • Safe and gentle on the body, with fewer side effects and medication connections.
  • Natural remedies help with the underlying causes of arthritis and help with your health and overall well-being, by its natural healing approach.
  • Most natural remedies are available and affordable and is easy to merge into your daily routine without prescription.

BUT saying that it is essential to consult with your doctor before using any new herbs or spices, as it may interact with your medication.

However all herbs and spices have there limitation, they include:

  • The usage of herbs can vary among arthritic people and can result in factors like the dosage, quality of the product and the response you have.
  • Some remedies may not have the same rigorous testing as pharmaceutical drugs.
  • The natural remedies could take longer to have any noticeable effects compared to pharmaceutical drugs.

Despite the above limitations, you may find relief from arthritis symptoms, by using the natural remedies.  

Herbs and spices

YOU MUST SEE A DOCTOR FIRST, if you are already taking medication and never use too much.  Also, it depends on your age, how healthy you are and how bad your disease has become.

Introducing Atibala

Atibala or Country Mallow or Indian Mallow, has a rich history of medicine use in the traditional healing such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Unani medicine.

The atibala is a perennial plant that belongs to the Malvaceae family, with its heart shaped leaves and the long stem with orange and yellow flowers.

It grows in the regions of Southeast Asia, including India, and Sri Lanka.  The plant can grow in any habitats such as forests, grasslands, fields or roadside.  Atibala grow to one to two meters and has five small petals, that bloom all year round in clusters.

The leaves are oval or heart-shaped, with serrated edges, and its fruits are small, round capsules which contains numerous seeds.

The medicine use of atibala goes back thousands of years to the ancient times, and was classified as a rejuvenating herb for its ability to promote energy, durability, and overall well-being.

 Atibala has been used by the natives across Asia for its wide range of health benefits, that include: fever, cough, asthma, urinary disorders, and rheumatic symptoms.

The leaves, roots, seeds and flowers are harvested and processed into infusions, powder and formulations for internal and external use.

Atibala has a variety of chemicals that include: flavonoids and saponins which are important for bioactive compounds, phenolics and flavonoids, these are largely for the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory products.

The seeds of the plant is rich in mucilaginous polysaccharides which helps with the inflamed mucous membranes and reducing breathing symptoms.

The mechanisms of the atibala are known for the potent medicine properties, especially the management of arthritis.  The next is a little bit about each property that the atibala has and how it helps arthritis.


The main symptom of arthritis is inflammation, and atibala has a therapeutic effect through its potent anti-inflammatory properties.  It can help with joint pain, swelling, and tissue damage.

The plant has a property called flavonoids which suppresses the activity of the inflammatory enzymes such as cyclooxygenase COX and lipoxygenase LOX, which involves the production of inflammatory symptoms. By preventing these enzymes, the atibala help the inflammatory response, and reduces the pain and swelling.

Antioxidant activity.

Due to the atibala high quantity of antioxidant of phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and other antioxidants, the stress that contributes to joint damage and inflammation of living with arthritis is reduced.

With the atibala anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties the plant also helps the immune responses in arthritis.  Especially if you have Rheumatoid arthritis, the atibala controls the immune cell function, cytokine production, and inflammatory signalling pathways.  Thereby weakening autoimmune responses and preserving the joint.

Atibala has also alkaloids that control immune cell activity, helping a shift towards anti-inflammatory and regulatory immune responses. This is done by the activity of regulatory T cells (Tregs) and suppressing the production of pro-inflammatory T cells such as Th17 cells.

Atibala helps restore immune balance and tolerance in arthritis, thereby reducing autoimmune-driven inflammation and joint destruction.

Digestive system

Digestive benefits

The next that the atibala helps is your gastroprotective and digestive benefits. The Atibala softening properties provide lubrication and hydration to the gastrointestinal tract, easing smooth digestion and relieving symptoms of indigestion, bloating, and constipation. By promoting gastrointestinal nutrient absorption, Atibala supports overall digestive health.


Animal studies have found that Atibala extracts reduce joint swelling, synovial inflammation, and decrease in joint cartilage. therefore indicating the potential disease-modifying effect.  These findings suggest that the Atibala may help preserve joint structure and function by weakening inflammatory processes and oxidative stress in arthritic joints. 

Furthermore, Atibala analgesic properties contribute to its pain-relieving effects in arthritis, providing symptomatic relief and improving the quality of life. By controlling pain awareness, inhibiting pain signalling pathways, and reducing inflammatory pain, Atibala helps alleviate joint pain, stiffness, and discomfort, enhancing overall functional capacity and mobility.

Atibala and Other Herbal Remedies.

To enhance the efficiency of atibala it can be combined with other herbal remedies. Combining atibala with turmeric, ginger, Boswellia, ashwagandha or guggul you can increase the anti-inflammatory effects, of a complete support for joint health and function.

Turmeric: has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it excellent complement to atibala.  Curcumin, which is the active ingrediencies in turmeric, it can help reduce the joint pain, inflammation, and oxidative stress.

Tumeric root
Fresh Ginger Root

Ginger: ginger is also an herb full of analgesic anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. Combine with atibala it can improve the pain-relieving effect, improve digestion, and support gastrointestinal health, such as IBS, Crohn’s, or colitis, all of which are go under the rheumatoid arthritis group.

Boswellia: or Boswellia serrata or Boswellia resin, contains a bioactive compound called Boswellia acids.  The Boswellia acid help with inflammation enzymes and cytokines which is the pathogenesis of arthritis. The Boswellia help with joint inflammation, stiffness, swelling and support joint comfort and flexibility.

Frankincense - Boswellia another herb.

Ashwagandha is another herb that helps with stress also immune function and overall wellbeing.  When used with atibala it can help with stress and inflammation supporting flexibility and vitality if you have arthritis.

Guggul resin contains a bioactive compound called guggulsterones that is an anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant.  When it is combined with atibala it reduces inflammation and promotes detoxification, improving your metabolism, therefore helping your overall metabolic health and joint function.

Safety and Side Effects.

Whereas atibala has minimal adverse effect, clinical studies have shown that the common side effects reported include mild gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, bloating, and diarrhoea, which are generally brief and resolve with continued use.

However, it's important to note that some people may experience allergic reactions or hypersensitivity, to certain components of the plant.

Additionally, Atibala may interact with certain medications, particularly anticoagulants, antiplatelet drugs, and hypoglycemic agents, demanding caution if you are taking these medications concurrently.

Despite these potential considerations, Atibala is generally well-tolerated when used as directed and under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional.

Long-term safety data and large-scale clinical trials are needed to further clarify Atibala safety profile and potential drug interactions.

Atibala and Arthritis Relief.

Atibala is promising in natural remedy for reducing the symptoms of arthritis and helping with joint health.

In this section I shall give you a brief outline of using atibala for pain relief, and safety considerations.

  • Prepare:  to prepare the dried roots, leaves and whole plant parts are boiled in water until the desired concentration is achieved.  Then it is strained and consumed as a warm drink, either by itself or with other herbs.
  • Infusion: Infusions are made by soaking dried plant material in hot water for a specific period, allowing the active ingredients to go into the liquid.  The infusions can be made from the plants leaves, flowers or seeds.
  • Powder: the powder is made by grinding dried plant material into a fine powder which can be used for oral consumption or mixed with water, honey or ghee to form a paste. The powder can also be added to smoothies, soups, or other culinary preparations.
  • Application: a paste made from the atibala powder and water can be used for poultices, compresses or herbal oils, to put directly onto the area of pain, or other external use.
  • Guidelines: It is crucial that you follow the dosage guidelines and safety notes to ensure the best outcomes and minimize any risk of adverse effect.

It's important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional, before starting Atibala supplements, especially if you have underlying health conditions, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are taking medications that may interact with Atibala.

Additionally, you should monitor for any adverse reactions or allergic responses and discontinue use if any adverse effects occur.


In conclusion, Atibala signifies a ray of hope for people that are living with arthritis, improving your joint function, and reducing the pain and helping with an overall quality of life.

the significance of Atibala in arthritis management is highlighting its potential, as a natural remedy with diverse benefits for joint health and overall well-being.

The conclusion encourages further research and exploration of Atibala therapeutic potential while supporting for its integration into comprehensive treatment strategies for arthritis relief.

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Linda Rook

Linda is now retired and has suffered from Osteoarthritis for about 40+ years.  She struggled with her weight until she found the correct one that also helped with her arthritic pain.  Linda was in terrible pain until the physician thought her right hip needed replacement. 

Now Linda has an artificial right hip, which has left her with the left leg shorter than the right.  Therefore, her spine is now wonky, and has arthritis of the lower back, also it seems to be going all over the body, her pain is now in the knees, elbow, wrist, fingers and both hips.

Linda now spends her days writing information to help others with the same conditions, so they do not suffer like Linda.

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