Old, Common Anti-Inflammatory Drug Effectively Reduces Recurrent Heart Inflammation

A little-known plant that Egyptians used to treat joint pain may provide relief for a rare heart condition on the rise.

Cases of myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, have steadily increased since the COVID-19 pandemic began. But new research shows promise for an inexpensive, centuries-old drug called colchicine, which has been used to treat gout.

1800s Gout Remedy May Also Treat Swelling of Heart Tissue

Colchicine, derived from the autumn crocus plant, is one of the oldest herbal remedies. Though isolated in the early 1800s, it remains in use today to treat gout.

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, colchicine is already recommended for pericarditis, which is swelling of the thin, fluid-filled sac covering the heart’s outer surface. However, new research finds this inexpensive medication can also help patients with myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle.

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