5 Natural Ways for Pain Management
According to a survey done in 2012 by the National Health Institute, 11.2 percent or 25.3 million Americans suffer from some form of pain every day for a period of three months or longer, and 17.6 percent more suffered from extreme pain.
Chronic or extreme pain can greatly hinder people’s quality of life along with their ability to function and perform daily activities, especially in this fast-paced, high stressed world we live in.
The following natural supplements and Alternative therapies have been shown to reduce pain and help relieve inflammation.
SUPPLEMENTS FOR NATURAL PAIN RELIEF:
Cumanda is an herbal remedy and extract made from the bark of the Campsiandra angustifolia tree, which is found in the Amazon basin. This antimicrobial has been used by the indigenous people in that region for hundreds of years. Its medicinal properties are listed as:
Immune System Modulator
Testing was done on Cumanda and they found that:
“Cumanda demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory effect similar to ibuprofen and Celecoxib and can be used to reduce inflammation from inflammatory agents such as carragenine, as observed in animal testing and as appears in specialized literature.” (nutramedix.ec)
Colostrum is a newer recognized supplement on the market that has proven beneficial to the immune system. “Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced from the mother's mammary glands during the first 72 hours after birth. It provides life-supporting immune and growth factors that insure the health and vitality of the newborn.”
Research has shown that colostrum has powerful natural immune and growth factors that help bring us into to a state of homeostasis, or well-being. Colostrum has also been shown to help support healthy immune function, enabling us to resist the harmful effects of pollutants, allergens, bacteria, and viruses.
Colostrum, the Second Immune System
Apart from mother’s milk, the only known viable source of colostrum is from cows (bovine). As we age, our bodies gradually produce less immune and growth factors that help our bodies fight off disease and heal damaged tissue. Because of the HGH (human growth hormones) in colostrum, it has the ability to help with tissue repair and healing, and is especially helpful in cases of compromised intestinal tracks, like “leaky gut syndrome”.
Colostrum has the ability to help with tissue repair and healing.
“In the last decade, scientific research has shown that the molecular combinations of immune and growth factors in (bovine) colostrum are uniquely identical to human. Research has also shown that only bovine colostrum is not species specific and can work in humans and lower mammals.” ~ www.newlifefoods.com/FAQs_colostrum.shtml
Your body uses Vitamin C in a variety of ways. It is water soluble and we need it on a daily basis. Vitamin C is also great for immune system health, as it is a potent antioxidant. Protecting us from free radical damage. Vitamin C converts to hydrogen peroxide in the body once it breaks down which means it's great against foreign invaders and micro-organisms, some clinics use high doses of vitamin C in IVs to help those with chronic immune disorders or even cancer. Vitamin C is also great as a natural antihistamine. Which means it helps with allergies.
A study done in 2000 suggested that those wishing to use Vitamin C as a natural antihistamine should consume 2 grams or 2000mg of Vitamin C per day. You can also get Vitamin C in a supplement form, a good dosage would be between 1000-2000mg on a daily basis, too much vitamin C can upset the stomach or cause loose stools, so aiming around those dosages is good.
There are two classes of essential fatty acids: Omega-3 and Omega-6. Essential fatty acids, or
EFA’s to which they are commonly referred, are “essential” for health. A membrane composed of special types of fats surrounds each cell.
These EFA’s come directly from the foods we eat. They help us in a number of ways from helping to provide energy, hormone production, and even absorbing certain vitamins and minerals. The body is able to make most of what it needs from other fats, but is unable to synthesize omega 3 and omega 6 Which means that we have to supplement them in our diet.
EFA’s are important in the prevention of many health problems including skin disorders, heart disease, arthritis and PMS. They also with relieving inflammation and helping to reduce joint pain. Most people do not take in enough EFA's, so it becomes essential to supplement. Good sources are: flax oil, primrose oil, borage oil, and fish oils, Hemp seeds.
Noni is a tropical fruit that is grown in the Pacific Islands. Botanically the fruit is called Morinda Citrifolia. Noni grows on a shrub type tree and its fruit is about the same size as a medium avocado pear. Noni is known to the Pacific Island people as a beneficial or healing food. Typically, Noni is taken internally as a drink to enhance function and support overall good health. This healing fruit has been successfully used for over 2,000 years in countries such as Polynesia, China, and India.
Noni’s benefits include:
Immune booster: Noni is considered a highly nutritious fruit. Many of its nutrients are known to stimulate the immune system.
Digestive Stimulant: Noni juice is helpful as a natural laxative.
Anti-oxidants: Studies have shown that Noni juice exhibits better antioxidant activity than grape seed extract and pycnogenol.
Analgesic: Noni has been shown to be 75% as effective as morphine sulphate in relieving pain without the toxic side effects. Now that’s pain relief!
Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal and Anti-parasitic: Active compounds like anthraquinones, scopoletin and terpenes found in Noni make it effective against bacteria and fungus.
Anti-inflammatory: Noni juice has similar results in relieving inflammation as compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Anti-tumor/ anti-cancerous: Noni juice has noni-ppt, which has shown to have anti-tumor activity. ~www.genesistoday.com
Samento (Pentacyclic Alkaloid Type Uncaria tomentosa) is a powerful medicinal plant
that has been successfully used to treat Lyme. Some of the most beneficial properties in Samento are the POA’s or Pentracyclic Oxindole Alkaloids. These have a powerful modulating effect on the immune system and are wonderful in autoimmune disorders.
The TOA’s (Tetracyclic Oxindole Alkaloids) found in traditional Cat’s Claw can disrupt the body’s central nervous system function and inhibit the effects of the POAs. Cat’s claws are more of an immune stimulator. Some other medicinal properties that have been reported:
Immune System Modulator
This is an extract made from the bark of the Cecropia strigosa found in South America.
Studies have shown this antimicrobial to have very powerful antiviral properties. Researchers in Israel have tested Takuna and have found it to be effective against the Asian bird flu. Some other medicinal properties include:
Chronic Viral Hepatitis (Sexually Transmitted)
Herpes Zoster- Shingles
Chronic Epstein Barr
Acute And Chronic Viral Encephalitis And Meningitis
A study done on Takuna showed that it produced an anti-inflammatory effect 73% as strong as Feldeneas which is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a specific treatment that utilizes certain wave lengths of light to help accelerate and bring healing to the body’s tissue. This therapy is used in a variety of health conditions, from acute to chronic and has been found to be helpful in eliminating pain, swelling, reducing spasms and increasing overall function.
A cold laser is a handheld device about the size of a flashlight and is used by a trained clinician or doctor. The laser is used directly over the site of the injured area and treatment time may vary from 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and severity.
During the treatment, these non-thermal photons of light are able to pass through the skins layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin), having the ability to penetrate 2 to 5 centimeters below the skin at 90mw and 830 nm.
Once this energy has passed through the skin, reaching its target area, it is absorbed and interacts with the light sensitive elements present in the cell. Some have compared this process to photosynthesis in plants, where sunlight is absorb by the plants and then is converted to useable energy. In the same way, our cells absorb this light energy, which then triggers a series of events which is believed to over time bring healing to damaged or injured tissue and reduce pain and inflammation.
There are 3 categories of laser treatments:
Class 4 Surgical Lasers
Class 3B Non-surgical Lasers
Class 3A Low-Level Lasers
Class 4 Surgical Lasers are the most familiar with people as these are often used in surgical procedures to cut, coagulate, and vaporize tissue. This type of laser therapy is much different from Class 3B and Class 3A as these are non-surgical lasers, which are painless, non-burning, and non-cutting forms. The Class 3A lasers help heal superficial wounds and conditions and typically do not penetrate below the skin’s surface.
The Class 3B low level lasers however, are often used to facilitate healing in deep tissue and joint problems as they have been proven to penetrate tissue, but not cause damage.
Certain low level laser devices have also been approved by the FDA for relief of the following conditions:
hand pain and wrist pain associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
muscle and joint pain
stiffness associated with arthritis
pain associated with muscle spasms
For centuries, scientists have known that plants are dependent upon sunlight for photosynthesis. Only recently has science recognized the similarities between humans and plants in their dependence upon light.
Solar energy from the sun covers a broad energy band including infrared, visible light, ultra-violet, x-rays and gamma rays. The greatest amount of the sun's energy output is in the infrared segment of the spectrum. This band of light is not visible, but can be felt as heat.
Far infrared (FIR) penetrates deeply with a very uniform warming effect. All humans send and receive FIR waves. When any tissue is exposed to FIR waves, whether radiated by sunlight or reflected by specially coated fabrics or ceramic panels, there is a rapid increase in warmth.
Benefits of FIR waves:
· reduce muscle spasms as muscle fibers are heated
· increase blood flow by promoting dilation of the micro-circulatory system of capillaries
· remove toxins from the site receiving FIR waves
· assist in the reduction of swelling and inflammation by improving lymph flow
· reduce soreness through direct action on both free nerve endings in tissues and on peripheral nerves