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Homeopathics and Herbal Treatments

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Friday, January 9, at 2 PM Pacific

Homeopathics and Herbal Treatments

Today we will be discussing, first, with Judy Loring, NC, the principles of homeopathic medicine and the particular health benefits of a unique form of homeopathics called spagyrics. Then we will spend some time with Cheryl Myers, RN, reviewing new findings for a variety of herbal supplements including angelica, curcurmin and omega fatty acids, among others.
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The Problem with Pain Medication

Alice Prescott, DOBy Alice Prescott, DO

Most people have taken non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), acetaminophen, or opiate medications for acute pain such as headache, toothache, back strain, or kidney stones. All can have adverse consequences when administered over the long term while treating chronic arthritis, spinal pain, migraine, etc. It is always advisable to address the sources of chronic pain, to restore the body’s natural function, and to avoid chronic exposure to these medications. There are natural effective options for pain management which have no adverse reactions at therapeutic doses, and can be used while the underlying cause of pain is being treated.

NSAIDS

All NSAIDS decrease blood flow to the kidneys and increase stomach acid production. This can lead to further prescriptions, with their own side-effects. Continuing the NSAIDs may result in kidney insufficiency and eventual failure. Increased stomach acidity can result in stomach inflammation (gastritis) or even ulcers. A resulting proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) prescription can lead to bone mineral loss and impaired protein digestion.

Acetaminophen (APAP) is potentially liver toxic. The daily maximum dose is 4000 mg, but this does not take into account one’s age, size, or genetic detoxification capacity. Prescription medicines with APAP contribute to total daily acetaminophen dose. Having any alcohol blood level while the liver is detoxifying acetaminophen can lead to acute liver failure.

Holistic Pain Treatment

Opiate Pain Medication

Opiates work because they resemble the body’s native endorphins. When pain signals exceed a patient’s tolerance, we prescribe opiates. However, as one uses this class of medications, there is an attendant reduction in endorphin receptors, as well as a reduction in the natural production of endorphins, which reduces these medications’ effectiveness. Ongoing prescriptions for chronic pain will often need to be increased to achieve the same relief. But the body’s adjustments to the new dose will also continue.

The Best Approach to Pain Management is Holistic.

Chronic pain may be caused by structural imbalances, trauma, infections, autoimmune processes, hormone imbalance, poor circulation, nerve entrapment, toxic exposures, and/or nutritional deficiency; this list is not exhaustive. Some herbs and supplements to consider which are shown to reduce inflammation include omega-3 oils, curcumin, quercetin, boswellia, devil’s claw, cat’s claw, and ginger, which all have good studies to support their use. NSAIDS are better applied topically, causing no systemic effects. The different approaches to each health issue needs to be specifically addressed by your integrative care provider for you.