Treating RA the Indigenous way

Extracts of an Australian plant have a high antimicrobial activity against a bacterium that may be a trigger for rheumatoid arthritis, says a Queensland scientist.

Leaves and peppercorns of Tasmania lanceolata, also known as mountain pepper, are more effective at killing the bacterium Proteus mirabilis than conventional antibiotics such as ampicillin or chloramphenicol, the authors from Griffith University say.