A NATURAL HEALTH APPROACH TO CHRONIC PAIN
Over-the-counter pain relief products and NSAIDS are only good short-term:
These products stop inflammation but will work only for a short period of
time. After a while they actually set the stage for oxidative stress and
inflammation. They deplete glutathione (an important antioxidant and a
substance that the liver uses to remove toxins). They irritate the GI
lining, increasing intestinal permeability which leads to more oxidative
stress and inflammation.
Fats and oils play an important role in inflammation: Essential oils are
converted to substances called prostaglandins (aspirin is a prostaglandin
inhibitor). Some prostaglandins are pro-inflammatory and some are
anti-inflammatory. The type of fat or oil you eat helps determine the kinds
of prostaglandins you produce. Animal products, containing arachadonic acid
are converted to the pro-inflammatory prostaglandin (also called PG2). Flax
oil and fish oil are converted to the anti-inflammatory prostaglandin (also
called PG3). Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil block an enzyme that
helps to produce anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Hydrogenated oils should
be avoided at all costs, they help create pain and inflammation. If the pain
is severe or hard to control, animal products should be limited or
Some herbs are useful in controlling pain: Feverfew does many of the same
things that aspirin does, plus it is often effective in treating migraines.
Ginger is a good pain-killer as is curcumin (an extract of cumin).
Enzymes help to control pain and inflammation: Pancreatic enzymes and
vegetableenzymes (like bromelain) can be effective in eliminating pain and
inflammation. When taken on an empty stomach, some of the enzyme is absorbed
by the body. Once inside the body, the enzyme removes cellular debris
associated with inflammation. It sort of cleans house, which reduces pain
and inflammation. It is important to take these on an empty stomach. When
taken with food, they help your digestion, but not your pain.
Absolutely avoid hydrogenated oil.
You should avoid other pro-inflammatory foods like animal products, refined
sugar, and chemical additives. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables.
Take fish oil or flax oil.
Take a minimum of 1000 mg four times per day. You can take a lot
more--especially if you are deficient in essential fatty acids (your doctor
can easily test you). If you get an after-taste from taking essential oil
supplements, you probably need bile salts and liver support.
Bromelain or pancreatic enzymes
can help to reduce pain and inflammation.
Feverfew, curcumin or ginger
can be useful for controlling pain and inflammation.
Omega-3 Oils - Optimal EFA’s or Carlson’s Fish Oils
EPA and DHA are key ingredients found in fish oil, flaxseed oil and borage
oil. These acids help promote a healthy cardiovascular system, flexible
joint function, improved brain and nerve function, eye and vision health and
provide support to the immune system.
Intenzyme Forte is a source of animal and plant proteolytic enzymes, such as
bromelain and pancreatic enzymes.
Proteolytic enzymes can digest viruses and bacteria as well as inflammation,
excess mucus, plaque, or other debris from the body. They should be taken
often, and work best if taken at least ˝ hour before food and no less than 2
hours afterward--otherwise they will digest your food instead of the debris.
Bio-Allay contains many essential herbs, like White Willow, Devil’s Claw
extract and Boswellia extract, used to control chronic pain and pain
associated with Osteo or rheumatoid arthritis.
KappArest is a proprietary blend of herbs used to inhibit NF-KappaB. Using
this product in conjunction with Bio-Allay can help reduce production of the
inflammation chemicals that promote pain and arthritis.
Pathways Herbals - Pain Relief Oil
This specifically designed blend of wildcrafted herbs is used to relieve
pain and inflammation due to injury or tenderness.