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Discovered in 1955, hydrocortisone was named for the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a steroid hormone, produced in the adrenal cortex and is released in response to stress. Steroid hormones help control inflammation, immune functions, bone and metabolism. The term steroid covers both hormones that can be produced by the body or hormones artificially produced. When cortisol is continuously released in the body over period of time, your blood sugar, immune system, metabolism, and bone growth can be affected.

Hydrocortisone works as anti-inflammatory to treat conditions like arthritis, dermatitis, and asthma.

Side effects may include but not limited to:

  • dizziness
  • increased blood pressure
  • mood swings
  • higher risk of infection
  • easy bruising
  • glaucoma
  • osteoporisis

In the January 2010 issue of Phytotherapy Research (24[1]:38-42), researchers from the University Clinic Hamburg, Germany, found that preparations of noni “are effective in decreasing pain and joint destruction caused by arthritis.” The analgesic activity of noni fruit “reduced the pain sensitivity comparably to the central analgesic drug tramadol. An alcohol extract of noni fruit puree also caused an “effect [that] was comparable to hydrocortisone.”

In many studies, scopoletin has made a name for itself as a potent painkiller. One study published in Phytotherapy Research (24[1]:38-42) by researchers from the University Clinic in Hamburg, Germany, reported that noni fruit’s analgesic activity “reduced the pain sensitivity comparably to the central analgesic drug tramadol.” When extracts of noni fruit puree were applied, the “effect was comparable to hydrocortisone.” The best part — noni fruit has no side effects or known toxic level.