One of the joys of being human is we get to ‘feel,’ however, not all feelings are one of pleasure. I think we would all like to avoid the experience of pain, however, pain is not always negative as it is a warning that something in the body is not working well.
What form of pain are we referring too? It could be headaches, period pain, joint or muscle pain, whether mild osteoarthritis, tendonitis, sciatica or bursitis. Or you may have a soft tissue injury from exercise or a fall. Whatever the case, there are times when you could be looking for a natural solution to reduce pain and inflammation. If you or someone you know is living with chronic pain, would it be beneficial to know, some of the herbs and herbal combination formulas available?
What if I told you that Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine could have a solution? Many herbs have been used in traditional medicine systems for thousands of years. And many of these herbs are beginning to have the backing of scientific research to support their efficacy. One of these herbs is turmeric, and its key active constituent, curcumin. There is evidence from laboratory studies to show curcumin has an anti-inflammatory action. What does it mean? Anti-inflammatory refers to a substance or treatment that has the ability to reduce inflammation or swelling.
Evidence indicates that the bioavailability of curcumin can be improved when combined with other herbs. One of these is an extract of black pepper known as Bioperine® which provides a synergistic action. Other herbs having anti-inflammatory actions are boswellia (which can be standardised to its key the active constituent beta-boswellic acid), and ginger (and its active constituent gingerol). Boswellia and ginger have been used as traditional Ayurvedic anti-inflammatories in their own right, so when combined within a formula provide their own therapeutic benefit.
In traditional Chinese medicine terms, turmeric has the ability to invigorate the Blood and Qi (vital energy) to ease pain due to stagnation or stasis. It has been described as having the ability to also promote moments of Qi, which can potentially lead to revitalising the circulation.
If you or someone you know is seeking support for the symptoms of muscle and joint pain, relief may be at hand in the way nature intended. Maybe it is time to have a conversation with your health care professional in a quality natural medicine retail outlet.