One third of Americans suffer needlessly with pain. Pain is actually quite simple to treat, if you use the right tools. The problem is that physicians are essentially clueless about pain management – and don’t even know that they don’t know. Mostly, they are taught to use arthritis medications, which needlessly kill about 50,000 Americans each year. Prescribed Narcotic overdoses kill another 15,000. Herbals in head-on studies have been much more effective, and also cause “side benefits” instead of side effects. For example, curcumin is associated with a lower cancer risk and decreased depression, and Boswellia decreased asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.
A bit of information that makes pain relief much easier? Like the oil light in our car, pain is our body’s way of saying it needs something. Put oil in your car, and the oil light goes out. Give your body what it needs and the pain goes away. Each kind of pain is like a different warning light. Here is what they’re telling you:
- Arthritis. This is saying that the inflammation system is set too high. Special herbals are highly effective at restoring balance. I use a mix called “Curamin” one tablet three times a day. Curamin has been a pain relief miracle for my patients. It works quickly in most cases, and continues to increase in effectiveness over time. Give it six weeks to see the full effect. It contains a mix of a special highly absorbed curcumin, Boswellia, DLPA, and nattokinase.
- Muscle pain. This represents energy depletion in your muscles. This is why they get stiff and sore after a hard workout. Restore energy production with high-dose B vitamins and magnesium. I use a special multivitamin powder called the “Energy Revitalization System” where one drink replaces over 35 pills a day. In addition, I use a form of topical comfrey called TraumaPlant, which has only the healthy components of the herb. It gives immediate relief when rubbed onto sore muscles, while speeding healing.
- Fibromyalgia. Got widespread pain, fatigue, and can’t sleep? Then you likely have fibromyalgia. This represents an energy crisis in your body, where all of your muscles get chronically shortened causing widespread pain. Our published placebo-controlled study showed that using the SHINE protocol, which optimizes Sleep, Hormones, Infections/Immunity, Nutrition, and Exercise as able, resulted in 91% of people improving with an average 90% increase in quality of life. The free Energy Analysis Program at www.EndFatigue.com will take people through a simple quiz that will tailor a SHINE program to optimize their energy.In addition, in our two published studies, ribose increased energy in people with fibromyalgia an average of 61% after three weeks while significantly decreasing pain. I would recommend using the Bioenergy ribose that was used in the study. To save money, people can get the SHINE ribose , which is $19.50 instead of the usual $50. I personally take one 5 g scoop each morning added to the Energy Revitalization System Vitamin Powder
- Back pain. In most cases, this is usually muscle pain, sometimes aggravated by arthritis. Two herbal mixes are excellent for this. One is called “Curamin Low Back Pain.” Give one capsule three times a day. This includes the curcumin, Boswellia and DLPA plus Willow bark and devil’s claw. Another excellent herbal mix is called “End Pain” (1 to 2 tablets three times daily) which contains Willow bark, Boswellia, and cherry. Willow bark was twice as effective as ibuprofen in a head-on study for back pain.
What is the best specialist to see for each kind of pain?
- Rheumatoid arthritis. See a rheumatologist. For standard arthritis, your internist or general practitioner will get you started with a proper evaluation. Then the herbals above can be taken (even with your medications), and will be much more effective than medications after six weeks —especially when combined with a four-point arthritis care program noted in the “ Cures A-Z” app
- Fibromyalgia. See a holistic physician or naturopath . The “Physician Finder” at www.EndFatigue.com can help. You can also go to www.ABIHM.org or www.naturopathic.org . I also consult with people worldwide to help them recover from their fibromyalgia (appointments@EndFatigue.com )
- Back pain. See a chiropractor or a massage therapist. Especially helpful is a massage therapist specializing in myofascial release.
- Nerve pain. See a neurologist. If the pain persists, see a practitioner who does Frequency Specific Microcurrent (see www.frequencyspecific.com ).
- Severe chronic pain that persists despite the above. The proper specialty is Physiatry (also called Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). Find a specialist that combines standard and holistic techniques at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (www.aapainmanage.org ).
The free iPhone and android app “Cures A-Z” will take you through each kind of pain and give a simple program for pain relief.
Getting a good night sleep is critical to healing pain. Two excellent herbal mixes for sleep include Terrific ZZZZ (a mix of sleep inducing essential oils) and the Revitalizing Sleep Formula (Valerian, passionflower, hops, lemon balm, theanine, and lemon balm). Sleep is when tissue repair occurs.
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., is one of the most frequently quoted integrative medical authorities in the world. He is the author of the best-selling From Fatigued to Fantastic!, Pain Free, 1,2,3!, the Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction, Real Cause Real Cure, The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution, and the popular free Smart Phone app Cures A-Z. He is the lead author of 4 studies on effective treatment for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and a study on effective treatment of autism using NAET. Dr. Teitelbaum appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and FoxNewsHealth. Learn more at Vitality101.com
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