Rosehip - an evidence based herbal medicine for inflammation and arthritis

Aust Fam Physician. 2012 Jul;41(7):495-8.


Background: Rosehips - which contain a particular type of galactolipid - have a specific antiinflammatory action. A standardised rosehip powder has been developed to maximise the retention of phytochemicals. This powder has demonstrated antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity as well as clinical benefits in conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

Objective: To examine the evidence suggesting that standardised rosehip powder may be a viable replacement or supplement for conventional therapies used in inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.

Discussion: A meta-analysis of three randomised controlled trials involving 287 patients with a median treatment period of 3 months reported that treatment with standardised rosehip powder consistently reduced pain scores and that patients allocated to rosehip powder were twice as likely to respond to rosehip compared to placebo. In contrast to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin, rosehip has antiinflammatory actions that do not have ulcerogenic effects and do not inhibit platelets nor influence the coagulation cascade or fibrinolysis.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / drug therapy*
  • Galactolipids / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / drug therapy*
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic
  • Osteoarthritis / drug therapy*
  • Pain / drug therapy
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Preparations / therapeutic use*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Rosa*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Galactolipids
  • Plant Preparations