The BBC has reported that the use of anti-inflammatory painkillers (NSAIDS) could lead to heart disease in the elderly, and potentially cause kidney damage in younger people.
Many of us need pain relief on a daily basis, with chronic pain and long term health issues, then of course we reach for the ibuprofen if we have injured ourselves, or come down with a cold. But if the risk of heart disease, kidney damage and other side effects related to NSAIDS is so high, is there a safer alternative that is still enough to ease pain?
Yes. Here at the Wellbeing Clinic, we are always looking for alternatives, so here are our top 3 suggestions for more natural pain relief from our personal experiences, and what our clients have told us over the last 20 years.
Turmeric, the bright yellow spice commonly used in curries, is a very effective anti-inflammatory remedy. The active compound curcumin in turmeric is proven to help reduce inflammation in patients suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, headaches, colds, menstrual pain, and many more ailments.
You can take turmeric by adding it to food, taking a supplement, or making a tea from it. If you want to try turmeric as a supplement, consider a capsule that contains a concentrated form of curcumin.
Acupuncture is a favourite of us all here at the clinic, as it really is a cure-all! Acupuncture can help with pain relief, be it chronic or acute, by activating self-healing. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points have been shown to affect the areas of the brain that reduce sensitivity and stress, and promote relaxation. To read more about acupuncture and how it can help, have a look at our previous blog posts here.
Chiropractic care is a helpful holistic therapy that works by manipulating the spine which in turn can help the nervous system. Chiropractic is good for lower back pain and/or leg pain (sciatica) neck pain, repetitive strains, headaches, sports injuries, car accident injuries and arthritic pain. The objective of chiropractic treatment is to increase range of motion, reduce nerve irritability and improve function.
We recognise that pain is complicated and personal on many levels, and what works for one may not work for another. With that in mind, it is always best to spend some time exploring what works for you as an individual.