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Pain Management~part 2

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To continue with my previous blog on the subject, what are natural, safe, green, and clean remedies which we can use to substitute prescription pain medications? Well here is the list of some of the most effective ones.

Devil’s Claw root comes from a plant which has been shown in numerous studies to be effective in substantially reducing pain in patients with arthritic conditions of different joints. It is more useful for chronic (long term) pain. Boswellia (Frankincense)has been used in Indian medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of arthritic conditions and asthma, and Ginger, which is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, is especially useful for respiratory tract infections. Seabuckthorn is a plant which contains a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compound Quercetin. It has been shown to help strengthen small blood vessels, and to be helpful in chronic inflammatory conditions. Others are Bromelain, which decreases the levels of prostaglandins (these compounds have been shown to be largely responsible for pain, especially the pain in pre-menstrual syndrome), and Turmeric, which belongs to the ginger family, and contains the active ingredient Curcumin.  This last compound is capable of decreasing the levels of cytokines, another group of chemical signaling molecules responsible for inflammation and pain…..Read more…..


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Pain Management

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Pain Management. It’s a very hot topic, and a topic which will be covered on the upcoming episode of the Natural Health Show. The reason for this is straight forward. It is safe to say that every living person in this world has experienced pain at one time or another. It is also the predominant feature of most diseases, acute and chronic alike. The human body has literally millions of pain nerve endings which are located in every single organ (including the skin) with the exception of the brain. The brain is unique in this respect because it is the organ which processes pain signals and sends signals back to the point of origin so that we feel pain in those regions, but it has no pain receptors of its own. In other words poking the brain during brain surgeries does not elicit pain and that is why some brain surgeries are performed on conscious patients without general anesthesia.

From the biological point of view the reason for the existence of pain is two fold. First is makes us aware that something is wrong and that the region of our body where the pain is located needs our attention and care. Secondly pain is commonly elicited in regions of the body where there is an inflammatory process. This inflammatory process is partly beneficial because it attracts immune cells to this specific region so that these cells can “fix” the problem. On the other hand, if the inflammation is chronic and lasts a long time it causes progressive damage to the organ which is inflamed. This may lead to chronic long term illnesses, some examples of which are arthritis (due to inflammation of joints), bronchitis (due to inflammation of airways), or cirrhosis (due to inflammation of the liver), to name a few.

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