If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, but are also an arachnophobe, then a new arthritis treatment may cause you to feel conflicted. Researchers have recently gathered evidence to suggest that scorpion venom may ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. So far the experimental treatments have eased arthritis symptoms in mice. Although there is a big difference between mice and humans, researchers believe that there is good reason to believe that the same venom-based treatments will successfully treat arthritis symptoms in humans as well.
The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not yet known. However, scorpion venom has allowed researchers to gain further insight into the nature of the condition. Scorpion venom contains hundreds of components, and researchers have recently found one single component that can not only treat rheumatoid arthritis, but the damage caused by the condition can even be reversed with this new venom-based treatment as well. Venom-based arthritis treatments may even be more beneficial to patients than modern arthritis treatments due to the relatively small number of side effects that occur when receiving venom-based therapy.
Past research has shown that certain types of snake and scorpion venoms can prove useful in the treatment of certain immune disorders. Now researchers have identified the one toxin in scorpion venom that can treat and reverse joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis. The swelling, pain, and movements of the study-mice progressively improved when receiving these treatments. This particular component is a toxin known as iberiotoxin.
Although this particular study shows promise as far as future arthritis treatments are concerned, one single study cannot accurately determine the short and long term effects of the scorpion venom. However, the researchers have also claimed that the newly identified iberiotoxin component in scorpion venom can serve as the basis for the next generation of arthritis treatments.
Do you think that all types of venom could contain undiscovered components that could prove useful in modern medical settings?