Natural Pain Relief-
How To Choose Your
Supplements...

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Research is now finding that some plant based properties are having a direct effect on 'pain and inflammation pathways in the body...

Natural pain relief has been a topic of hot debate between the allotpathic and holistic healing disciplines since the booming popularity of natural supplements in the late seventies, into the early 1980's, until now. The thing that has changed the most with supplements is the technology in the manufacturing and general know how in terms of how they work in the body...

What I have to say about it is based on what I have observed over the last 20 years...

This is by no means an exhaustive guide, but an educated and experienced view point regarding several points of consideration when investing your money in natural supplementation for joint pain...

  • Bio-availability - Is the supplement able to distribute itself in your body in a way that allows it to do what it says 'on the tin'...?
  • Freshness - How long has it been from the supplement processing place to your home? Has the palette of supplements you are purchasing from spent months in a hot warehouse before getting to you...?
  • Your Blood Type - According to research by Dr. Peter D'Adamo, food and especially some supplementation can behave anywhere from beneficial to neutral to toxic in your body depending on how that particular herb interacts with your body's specific chemistry...
  • Does Your Supplement Require Special Packaging - Be aware that some supplements are finicky in nature and will lose strength and potency if exposed to things like too much light, heat, cold or temperature change... 

If you are going to a large retailer, for example, who buys at a discount and then sells the product for less money; you may want to reconsider your source...

The product you have just purchased may have been transported in a hot cargo van from a hot warehouse where it has been sitting in the heat for six months (not selling- and this is why it is so cheap...!)

Here are a few supplements you can try...

Remember a few key points:

  • More is not necessarily better when it comes to herbs...
  • If you are going to undergo any medical procedures; surgery etc..., tell your physician what you are taking...
  • Different herbs work better for different people body chemistry varies sufficiently among humans to make some herbs work better than others...



UC - II a.k.a. Undenatured Collagen
Is 2-3 Times More Effective
Than Glucosamine...

Epitopes have a 3 dimensional structure that is capable of building immune tolerance for people with RA...

UC-II (undenatured collagen) is documented for natural pain relief and is available for purchase online through several different companies…

Documentation (although the studies were on a modest size sample group) has shown that UC-II is effective in improving the quality of life for people with both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis...

The International Journal of Medical Studies, 12 September 2016, a study by Crowly et. al noted that both Womac scores and Lesquene scores showed a significant reduction in arthritic pain with the use of UC-II over that of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements...

UC-II group scored high in noting significant changes in pain, stiffness and physical function…

Below are two links to a couple of research papers to back up why, as well as a supplement on offer from Amazon...

http://www.medsci.org/v06p0312.htm

http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/12837047



Turmeric Contains
The Anti-Inflammatory
Compound Curcumin...

If you are taking painkillers i.e. ibuprofen, paracetamol or something stronger for your joint pain, please note that long term, these can do damage to your internal organs  - especially your heart...

Turmeric has attracted alot of interest in terms of research as of late due to its active ingredient Curcumin...

If you opt in for the holistic approach to pain and inflammation, turmeric is great, but please be aware of the following points...

Molecular structure of Curcumin the active ingredient for natural pain relief in Turmeric...
  • It takes time for the Turmeric to gain its momentum to work in your system...
  • The spice is finicky, the active ingredient curcumin de-natures and reacts in heat and light, so don't just whip up a curry and expect results...
  • You will need to purchase a supplement that has fats or bees wax for bio-availability...
  • Or you can use raw turmeric and grow it your self; word on the street is that this works well spun up raw in a nutri-bullet or nutri-ninja...
Turmeric comes in capsule form or you can purchase it raw from many Chinese supermarkets or order on Amazon...

If you select a turmeric supplement, make sure it is bio-available- 

I personally use Opti-turmeric by Healthspan, a British company that operates off the Isle of Guernsey...

They trade in both the U.S.A. and Great Britain...

Click on the link below to read more about turmeric as an option for natural pain relief...

http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/cam-report/complementary-medicines-for-osteoarthritis/turmeric.aspx

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17211725



Boswellia Serrata Possesses
Several Compounds That Act
As An Inhibitor To Inflammation...

Benzene ring formation of Boswelia Serrata...

Also known as Frankincense...

Boswellia Serrata possesses a resin that researchers are finding to be useful in treatment of joint disorders and for combating chronic pain…

From the Indian Journal Of Pharmaceutical Sciences, this is an excerpt from an overview and review of literature supporting the uses of Boswelia Serrata by M.Z. Siddiqui...

The active ingredient is found in the resin of this plant...

"The resinous part of Boswellia serrata possesses monoterpenes, diterpenes, triterpenes, tetracyclic triterpenic acids and four major pentacyclic triterpenic acids i.e. β-boswellic acid, acetyl-β-boswellic acid, 11-keto-β-boswellic acid and acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid, responsible for inhibition of pro-inflammatory enzymes. Out of these four boswellic acids, acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid is the most potent inhibitor of 5-lipoxygenase, an enzyme responsible for inflammation."

You can check out Siddiqui's paper here:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/223137254_Boswellia_Serrata_A_Potential_Antiinflammatory_Agent_An_Overview

http://www.soliance.com/articles/2007-cst-viapure-boswellia.pdf



Resveratrol Is Found In
The Skin Of Red Grapes...

The french conundrum - it is said that the french can have a high fat diet because of the resveratrol content in the red wine traditionally drunk at meal times...

This compound is found in the skins of red grapes (you would have to eat alot of grapes everyday to get a medicinal concentration), so happily, it comes in a supplement form…

It has been noted for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-mutation properties among having several other positive, non-toxic attributes…

Two major features that are attractive for the consumer is that Resveratrol is non toxic to the body and internal organs where federally approved NSAIDS have been proven to harm internal organs used long term and, in addition, tend to lack the desired effect of pain de-sensitization...

Click on the link below to learn more about Resveratrol and its benefits for those wanting natural pain relief...

*Important note - If you have MS or the beginnings of symptoms specifically associated with MS, Resveratrol is not recommended...

http://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2013-08/resveratrol-decreases-inflammation



Green Tea Interferes With
The 'Attack' Molecules That
Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis...

EGCG is the compound in green tea responsible for anti-inflammatory effect...

Has properties that make it a form of natural pain relief, an anti-oxidant, and an immune system booster…


Green tea also contains a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which has the binding ability to interfere with certain molecules of the immune system that can cause inflammation in people with Rheumatoid Arthritis...

It is important to get a good, loose leaf green tea...

Tealux.com, for example is a good company to order from - pricey but great quality…

There can be a difference between quality teas and the ones sold in supermarkets and big retailers in taste and medicinal potency. My suggestion is to look for the small specialty retailer...

You will see and taste the difference...

Here is a review of the literature supporting several biochemical interactions in the body that give green tea its good name; there is also mention of some detrimental effects if taken in amounts that would bring about toxicity...

Normal dietary intake of this supplement will not bring about these occurrences, however I have noticed that there are several green tea supplements on the market advertised for fat burning and weight loss and I advise taking a miss on those as they can cause problems with liver and kidneys as well as iron absorbtion...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2855614/

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/green-tea



Devils Claw Is An Angel
Of Natural Pain Relief...

This is another option for natural pain relief without the side effects of chemically constructed medications...

Devils claw is a herb native to south Africa...

It is used widely in Germany and France to relieve pain and swelling that comes with Osteoarthritis...


Iridoid glycosides are the molecular grouping that makes the roots and tubers of this plant effective against inflammation providing natural pain relief...

Again, I will give Healthspan the mention for a fresh reliable product...

You can read more about all of the benefits of Devil's Claw at the link below...

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/devils-claw

Summary...

Natural pain relief is now receiving more attention from research labs than ever before...

However, it is important to remember a few things about research and statistics...

  • Research can be manipulated (especially by drug companies) in favor of the hypothesis...
  • People with a vested interest in making something 'true' in terms of a clinical trial can load the questions posed to the subjects...
  • Anyone with the money can make the hypothesis true or false to suit themselves and their interests...

In this lies the problem with small, innocuous studies, you have to consider the source and decide whether or not the group who ran the trial would have a neutral view point...

The funding source can be telling whether this viewpoint is going to be 'neutral', or not...

That is why medicine can and does sit on its high horse regarding research - their drug studies involve 100s of 1000s of people and may go on for 10 + years (especially in cancer research) and they are heavily funded. The funding usually comes from entities that stand to make a hefty monetary claim from the discovery and development of a drug that will intervene, manage or cure disease/s that have a terminal prognosis, and they are willing to make that investment considering the dividends it could generate ...

So back to holistic remedies for natural pain relief - research for joint pain does not receive a great deal of funding, and so is considered hit and miss due to small sample sizes and timescales ...

My own speculative theory says that, we as individuals, have unique digestion and metabolism...

Our blood type and genotype (look up Dr. Peter J. D'adamo) will give us a clue regarding which supplement will do a better job at providing us as individuals with relief for our joint pain...

Take care when taking supplements, more than the recommended dose  is usually not better...

If you have a serious disease or illness, or if you are on chemotherapy, always check with your doctor first before starting a course of supplements...

Hopefully you have found this page useful in making a more informed choice regarding the purchase of your supplements; please be aware that while I provide information, it is not to be confused with prescriptive advice...

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Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”