What is the Importance of Pain Management?
Topical pain medication is becoming a popular form of pain management. Whether the pain is due to arthritis, trauma, or neuropathic issues, topical pain creams can be very beneficial. These creams direct the therapy to the involved areas instead of affecting the entire body, which minimizes systemic distribution and side effects. However, for all of the effectiveness of topical agents, there are supportive nutritional agents which, when taken orally, can significantly improve the effectiveness of topical therapies.
Pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can be debilitating, as the joints tend to lose the spongy cartilage that protects the bones from rubbing against each other. Oral agents such as glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and hyaluronic acid all contribute to restoring the sponginess of the joint cartilage. Bromelain, a plant enzyme, is often added to supplements to enhance absorption of active agents and act as an anti-inflammatory agent to relieve pain and swelling. Herbal agents are well-established in the literature for their anti-inflammatory, analgesic effect. Herbals such as curcumin, which is found in Curcumin Complex, or the combination of boswellia, turmeric, and devil’s claw found in Inflam-Ease can be valuable adjuncts to effective topical pain management.
Pain from a sports injury or any type of trauma can be treated with a combination of topical pain creams and nutritional support. Once again, combination agents such as Curcumin Complex and Inflam-Ease are noted for their ability to effectively relieve localized pain and inflammation.
Neuropathic pain can be difficult to treat, but does respond well to nutritional supplementation over time (six to 12 months). Omega-3 essential fatty acids are some of the most effective anti-inflammatory agents and should be consumed or supplemented daily. Neuropathic pain, or nerve pain, is usually caused by an inflamed, hyperactive nerve. Acetyl-L-Carnitine has been shown to positively affect nerve pain from multiple approaches. Alpha Lipoic Acid is another nutritional supplement that has been shown to be effective, although required therapeutic doses of alpha lipoic acid can be quite high at 600 mg/day or higher. One of the most effective means to address nerve pain is to recycle an important neural antioxidant, glutathione. The combination of glutathione and methylcobalamin found in S-Acetyl-Glutathione Plus has been shown to improve nerve function and protect the nerve cell from damage. Glutathione and methylcobalamin infusions have been used for nerve damage for years. Now we have a means of improving intracellular glutathione levels with an oral supplement. If you are experiencing pain or are in need of more information regarding pain management, talk with your pharmacist.
We stock only the best products in our Pain Management line, such as:
- Curcumin Complex
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- S-Acetyl-Glutathione Plus
- Extra Strength Marine Fish Oil