Scorpions are considered especially dangerous, especially since they are venomous. However, it appears that their venom can be used for the positive purpose. More specifically, researchers discovered that this substance might improve the rheumatoid arthritis treatment.
This thing was discovered by scientists in Houston, from Baylor College of Medicine. Their latest study revealed that there is a component in scorpion venom that managed to reduce rheumatoid arthritis in rats. When using scorpion venom, researchers noticed that there were no side effects, the way it happens with other treatments.
“What can be used in scorpions to kill an insect, we can perhaps use to our benefit to treat diseases,” declared Christine Beeton, who is the main investigator of the study, and a professor of molecular physiology and biophysics.
Iberiotoxin is the name of the component that appears to help with this disease. The researchers discovered that iberiotoxin managed to stop the progression of the disease in 90% of the tests. The component also helped those who had all the symptoms of the disease, and in these situations the severity of the disease decreased.
More research is needed
While the results we have so far looked pretty good, scientists have a lot of work to do before they are ready to use the components in scorpion venom in order to treat rheumatoid arthritis. This is definitely good news for persons who suffer from this disease, especially since this new component does not come with any side effects like incontinence and tremors.
Rheumatoid Arthritis affects the immune system, making it attack the tissues of the body. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease, only treatments that help with the pain. This new discovery might be the breakthrough that patients were hoping for.