Understanding The Natural Management of Pain and Inflammation

Self-Directed CPD

Number 126. For Professional Use Only

ABSTRACT: The primary reason why people seek the advice of health professionals is that they have some sort of pain. In the most general terms, pain is symptomatic of some form of dysfunction and resultant inflammatory processes in the body. In more specific terms, pain is the result of an injury to tissue either from physical trauma or from toxicity, i.e., the presence of a pathogenic microorganism (infection) or chemical toxin which interferes with normal bodily functions. Certain nutrient insufficiencies or imbalances may also exacerbate pain and inflammation. Many drugs are available that help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. They work by interfering with the body’s natural inflammatory response mechanisms; however, they are not without side effects, particularly when chronically used. A growing body of research suggests a role for more natural and safe alternatives for the management of pain and inflammation. Some areas of research include supplemental essential fatty acids, herbs such as ginger, turmeric, and boswellia, proteolytic enzymes, and bioflavonoids.

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