LIGHTNING RELEASES 10/07/14 — CDC data, shared by David Kiefer, MD, at the 2014 annual clinical meeting of the American Academy of Pain Management, in Phoenix, AZ, shows that the top four reasons for supplement use are back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and arthritis.
Kiefer, a board-certified family physician with extensive experience in botanical and integrative medicine, discussed how to use dietary supplements safely and effectively and provided examples of supplements that have been shown to be clinically useful for chronic pain.
One top pick for treating joint pain is avocado-soybean unsaponifiables (ASUs). Data from four clinical trials indicate that a 300-600 mg daily dose of this highly concentrated food extract improves knee pain, hip pain, and swelling in patients with osteoarthritis. Kiefer reminded the audience that food extracts, botanicals, and vitamins work much slower than pharmaceuticals.
But a natural remedy that is known to work as fast as a pharmaceutical is an Australian product marketed under the name of Outback Pain Relief.
A topical oil, rather than a supplement, apparently the technology used in the manufacturing process bonds the active ingredients of Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus Oil to extracts of Vanilla. The vanilla actually goes sub-cutaneous, thereby making the product a safe natural supplement, with the rapid effect of a prescription pain reliever.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also a widely-used supplement for joint pain, and improvements have been reported in patients taking 2-4 g of DHA/EPA per day. It is important to note that plant-based sources of omega-3s, such as flax seed extract, provide only the ALA type; whereas, it is the DHA and EPA types found in coldwater fish that fight inflammation and improve joint pain.
In summary, Kiefer described a holistic approach to patient care, where dietary supplements are used in conjunction with either pharmaceuticals and other natural therapies. He explained that a holistic or integrative medical practitioner will develop a personalized medical plan together with the patient that addresses root causes and considers all aspect of a person: body, mind, spirit, and emotion.
The Outback Pain Relief was one product that fits the bill for all patients, by providing a fully natural product that can be used without restriction, and does not adversely conflict with other medications and is non-addictive. Effective for back pain, arthritis, and muscular pain, the product also has found a niche in more selective pain relief such as foot pain, hip pain and fibromyalgia.
The product is based on traditional Aboriginal Bush medicine, combined with modern manufacturing methods and is sold throughout North America in all Walgreens outlets, making it easily accessible to those in need.