If you have read our last blog we spoke about some dietary and lifestyle changes that can be made to help reduce pain and inflammation, and we are fortunate enough to live in exciting times right now with advances in traditional and Natural choices in pain/inflammation management. Below is a list of some alternatives that may assist in managing pain and inflammation:
Fish oils do a lot! For the purpose of this blog, there is proven research to support that they down regulate inflammation in the body. The trick here is to find a good pure fish oil, not one full of fillers or that hasn’t been tested for heavy metals or said testing is insufficient. I have had many clients tell me that the fish oils they tried did nothing for them, yet after trying a practitioner only pure fish oil at therapeutic doses, they were surprised at the benefits they felt.
Some benefits of fish oils:
- May relieve pain/inflammation from arthritis.
- May relieve general pain and inflammation throughout the body.
- To support heart health.
- To support and maintain cognitive function and a healthy brain.
- May support and maintain a healthy nervous system.
- May help to support a healthy immune system.
- Fish oil supplementation may assist pregnant and lactating women, who have an extra requirement for omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are required for the healthy development of an infant’s brain and vision
- May help to support healthy mental function and visual development in children
Magnesium for Pain and inflammation:
Magnesium supplementation may be of assistance in pain related conditions! As this is an area in which we are most often deficient it is a good place to start. Magnesium may be particularly helpful to lessen the degree of pain in Migraine sufferers. Other areas magnesium may be of assistance is, with muscle pain/inflammation, recovery from exercise and sports performance, fibromyalgia and fatigue. Magnesium is also essential for bone health.
Not all magnesium’s however are equal. Some forms of magnesium may not be absorbed by your body, and magnesium can be difficult for the body to process.
It is recommended to talk to your practitioner to find the right magnesium and dosage for you.
Curcumin – the anti-inflammatory compound found in Turmeric:
Widely known today for its benefits and yet poorly understood. The dosage needs to be right to reap the benefits of curcumin supplementation!
Benefits of curcumin include:
- May help to reduce joint inflammation and swelling, and increase joint mobility associated with arthritis
- May assist in the management and provide symptomatic relief of osteoarthritis
- Acts as an antioxidant to protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals
- Turmeric supports liver and gallbladder function
- Helps maintain healthy digestive function and treat mild digestive disorders
- Turmeric has traditionally been used in herbal medicine as a carminative to aid in the relief of flatulent dyspepsia
- May assist in the maintenance of cholesterol within the normal range in healthy individuals and improve HDL/LDL ratios
- Turmeric has been traditionally used in Chinese Medicine to eliminate blood stasis, promote the flow of Qi and relieve pain of menstruation due to blood stasis
Curcumin and Fish Oils taken together make a powerful combination that may significantly reduce pain and inflammation in your body. Curcumin can be difficult for the body to metabolise and it is recommended that it is taken with or after a meal containing some fat.
PEA ( Palmitoylethanolamide):
PEA, or palmitoylethanolamide exerts a great variety of biological functions related to chronic pain and inflammation. and contains analgesic, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective (nerve cell) effects
PEA is most suitable for neuropathic pain which is one of the most difficult chronic pain condition to treat. Common neuropathic pain would be the compression of nerves which induces inflammation within the nerve and nerve root for example sciatica.
PEA has been being extensively studied in neuropathic pain, where it is particularly effective in trapped nerve pain such as sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Further indications for PEA’s anti-inflammatory conditions include; osteoarthritis, shingles, peripheral neuropathy, low back pain, fibromyalgia, depression, autism and cold and flu.
A personal testament to PEA is my own story where I use it for management of pain/inflammation of my right knee. Combined with Fish Oils and Curcumin, most of my days are pain free, provided I keep moving – that is exercise.
So, for support regarding natural pain/inflammation management, book in for an appointment and take control of your health choices. All these options are safe, they can be taken while on medications and there are no side effects. BOOK NOW!
Veronica, your favorite Brisbane homeopath
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to treat or diagnose symptoms. Homoeopathy is a traditional medicine. Homeopathy may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies.
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