Jan 26, 2018
Naturopathic Medicine and Pain Relief
Ninety patients a day are currently dying from opioid addiction. This number is going up. Pain is a big problem and the over counter medications such as NSAIDS are not any better than opioids.
Research from a Danish study was recently published in a journal of the American Heart Association, stating that pain medications are associated with higher risks of heart-related deaths in healthy people. The study looked at the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). They found that ibuprofen; the main ingredient in Advil and Motrin, was associated with a 29 % greater risk of fatal or nonfatal stroke. Rofecoxib, sold as Vioxx before it was recalled in the United States, was associated with a 66% greater risk of cardiovascular death. Naproxen, commonly known as Aleve, was not associated with heart problems. All prescription NSAIDS carry the same cardiovascular warning and may cause increase of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, myocardial infarction, and stroke, which can be fatal. The American Heart Association advised in 2007 that NSAIDS, except aspirin, for chronic pain upped the risks for heart attack and stroke.
Many of people are taking NSAIDS daily thinking that they are safe because they are sold over the counter. As a naturopathic doctor one must approach and treat the cause of pain. Pain can be related to our emotional state, hormonal imbalances, injury, stress, autoimmune disease, food allergy, nutritional deficiencies etc. If you do not get to the cause of the pain the pain will continue to return when one continues to treat only the symptoms.
For sports injuries I am currently using homeopathy injections to treat the inflammation locally. When the inflammation resolves the pain resolves. One may need 1-5 injections initially.
Craniosacral treatments are another way in which I completely align the whole body. If the body is not aligned pain will not resolve. Craniosacral treatments are beneficial for all types of pain, migraines, concussions, sinus infections etc, For more on craniosacral treatments click here.
Castro oil packs over the effective area can also help. For more information click here,
Our diet can effect inflammation in our body. Foods high in sugar, caffeine, alcohol, red meat, white flour and rice. And there are many foods that are anti-inflammatory. For more information click here.
Natural inflammatory supplements & herbs can be a great substitute for NSAIDS. These are specific depending on where the pain is coming from and the dose that should be used. I generally use combination anti-inflammatories. These can be curcumin, MSM, boswelia, bromelain, ginger, CBD oil, valerian, passionflower, bioflavones etc. Again, this all depends on location and severity of the pain.
If you are having chronic pain you need to get an assessment to find out where the pain it coming from. This can be emotional, hormonal imbalances, injury, stress, autoimmune disease, food allergy, nutritional deficiencies etc. If you do not get to the cause of the pain the pain will continue to return when one continues to treat only the symptoms. Dr. Wiancek 970-926-7606.
Deborah Wiancek, N.D. Riverwalk Natural Health Clinic www.healthref.com