Sea Cucumber (Beche-de-Mer)
The sea cucumber (holothuroidea) is a class of invertebrates that has been used in Traditional healing to repress inflammation and minimize arthritis. One species in particular, pseudocolochirus axiologus, which is native to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, has become the focus of much research and studies.
The sea cucumber is a sea urchin that resembles a delicatessen pickle. It contains both sulfated and non-sulfated triterpenoidal glycosides and sulfated mucopolysaccharides. One triterpenoid that has been isolated, holothurin is believed to be a neurotoxin that inhibits the transmission of pain impulses. In addition, the nutrient dense mucopolysaccharides may help arthritis suffers repress inflammation and swelling.