Possible Joint Mobility Remedy

A Thai friend of mine worked for about 12 years as a masseuse, the last 2 years having ever increasing pain in her knees. I should note that in Thailand massage is not generally done on a massage bench with the provider standing up but instead on a mattress on the floor with the provider kneeling. They never wear knee pads so consequently they all end up with carpet layers knees. She had been retired from the job for 2 years and had been in considerable pain all that time.

Since then she obtained a recipe from a friend who had the same ailment from the same cause and this friend avered that she had cured the condition with herbal remedy I will show below.

Having tried the remedy for about a month, my friend also experienced the same cure.

This is only anecdotal evidence. Maybe the cures simply happened by just avoiding the injurious activity for an extended period of time. None the less we have two anecdotes rather than one here.


  • กระชาย gràchaai fingerroot, about 500 grams.
  • มะนาว mánaow common lime also lemon
  • น้ำผึ้ง námpêung honey


  • Depending on the state of the fingerroot, you may or may not need to cut the heads off the fingers.
  • Thoroughly wash the fingerroot. I do this under tap water and then do a final rinse with filtered water.
  • Extract the juice from the fingers. Bottle it and keep it in the refrigerator.
    • The best way is to use a fruit/vegetable juicer.
    • However you can crush the product in a mortar and pestle and wring the juice out using cloth. I'd expect the yield to be lower that way.


  • The juice may settle out in the storage jar. If required shake the jar until the suspension is uniform.
  • In a water glass insert two Chinese soup spoons of the fingerroot juice. That's 20 ml by medicine glass.
  • Insert two of the same of honey. NB I only use one of honey. I would not use it at all but I don't know if it's part of the therapy or just for flavour.
  • Insert the juice of one medium size lime. If the limes are really small use two. The quantity of juice should be about the same or more than the fingerroot juice. Lemons are normally larger than limes so maybe use half the fruit at a time.
  • Top up the glass to about half full with drinking water, stir thoroughly and drink it. Some don't like the taste and some do. Anyway it's only half a glass.
  • Repeat daily on arising.

Going Forward

So far I have knowledge of two stories about damaged knee cartilage being healed by this potion. The question is, does it have the same effect on cartilage damaged by other means? Such as your normal osteo arthritis or my so called worn out cartilage on the knuckle joint on my left hand index finger. I will try this for at least a month to see if it makes any difference.

By the way I just don't believe that cartilage wears out in normal use. There is no doubt in my mind that my left hand problem came about by atrophy due to lack of doing any significant physical work with that hand for a long time. I also had incipient arthritis in my right knee after living where I do now and walking less than I ever have in my life. That problem went away after 3 months of using Laminine and making sure I walk 30 minutes or more daily.

About กระชาย gràchaai fingerroot

In Chiang Mai the 'r' in gràchaai is silent, It is also called หัวระแอน hŭara-aen in the language of Northern Thailand. The botanical name is Boesenbergia rotunda and you can read more about it and see a picture of it here

The University of Malaysia has done considerable research into the therapeutic use of fingerroot and it appears to be beneficial in a wide range of conditions:

  • dengue fever
  • dental caries
  • some consequences of HIV infection
  • wound healing, topically applied
  • rheumatic conditions, topically applied
However they make no mention of joint conditions like carpet layers knees.