There are natural alternatives to NSAIDS that you might not be aware of that are just as effective and in some cases even more. It’s important to understand that although NSAIDs are effective for the short term, they can cause arthritic changes in joints, internal bleeding…even death.
According to the July 27, 1998 issue of the American Journal of Medicine, “Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for NSAID related GI complications and at least 16,500 NSAID deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone.”
Let’s face it, nothing works for everybody. However, diet is essential. We want to stop feeding the inflammatory fires created by a diet that is drenched in refined sugars and starches and hydrogenated oils. Also, the standard North American diet is sorely lacking in dietary antioxidants and buffering minerals.
The best way to reduce pain via diet is to go on a gluten/dairy free diet designed to be devoid of the major allergens. We always tell clients do the best you can with the diet and keep a food journal. See if you can detect any foods associated with your pain and stiffness. Become part of the healing process and take responsibility for what goes into your mouth.
Of course physical manipulation is always suggested whenever possible. Movement creates an environment where cells can be nourished and toxins removed. So this could be in the form of chiropractic manipulations, gentle exercise, walking, yoga or maybe pilates.
Pain strategies can be broken into 4 categories: EFAs (essential fatty acids), vitamin D, enzymes and botanicals. We’ve covered EFAs and vitamin D on other blogs and enews, so we won’t belabor them here. You can check out the links for more info. Just to be clear, at one time we thought that it was really only people in sun deprived areas that had D deficiencies but this has been proven to not be true so consider supplementing with a good quality Vitamin D. We use Bio D Mulsion Forte from Biotics or Cataplex D from Standard Process. Our preference for EFAs are varied depending on the situation but mainly we use Optimal EFAs, EFA SIRT Supreme or Bio Mega 3 Liquid from Biotics. From SP it would be likely Tuna Omega 3 Oil.
In terms of botanical combinations, Sculacia from Biotics works well. It comes from two different plants; Skullcap and Catechu from Acacia. Skullcap is used for its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor activity and also has the ability to reduce the TH2 fraction of the immune system. Catechu is historically used to treat hypertension, diarrhea and stomach problems like dysentery and colitis. This botanical compound provides an all natural patented blend of two different classes of flavanoids: free-B-ring flavanoids and flavins.
Various environmental factors increase cytokines which in turn increase the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and 5-lipoygenase. At a cellular level, these enzymes convert aracadonic acid to inflammatory metabolites like prostaglandins, thromboxanes and leukotrienes. The beauty of this blend of flavanoids is the inhibition of both Cox-2 and 5-lipoygenase; however, it does not block the anti-inflammatory enzyme COX-1.
Sculacia is Biotics Research Corporation’s premier product for the joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. One could use 1-2 capsules three times a day. As mobility and stiffness subside reduce to patient comfort levels.
Saligesic from SP could be considered as an alternative. Another product from Priority One that works well for some is PRF (Pain Relief Formula).
Proteolytic enzymes are substances produced in animals and plants that are used to break down proteins. They are involved in digestion, cell turnover, blood clotting, cell division, immune functions, and inflammation reduction.
Unfortunately, if inflammation is severe enough, these naturally occurring enzymes are either inactivated or cannot get to their sites of action.
Proteases can be supplied as nutritional supplements to correct local deficiencies.
Proteolytic enzymes have been documented in hundreds of medical literature reports to have effectiveness for the following conditions: bruising,
sprains, strains, fractures, low back pain, dental surgery, digestive difficulties, arthritis, etc.
L. Bucci, Proteolytic Enzymes and Acute Injuries, The Nutritional Supplement Advisor; Chiropractic Products; June 1988
Intenzyme Forte is Biotics answer to proteolytic enzymes and must be taken on an empty stomach to work properly for inflammatory conditions.
For more info on obtaining and how to use these products which are only available through health care practitioners, contact us.