Allergy Season/ Relieving Pain Naturally

It’s that time of year again…
Allergy and Asthma flare ups?
How can Chiropractic help?
The strength of both the immune and respiratory systems depends largely on proper communication between the brain and spinal cord to control and coordinate their functions properly. When there is a spinal misalignment in the neck our immunity is compromised.  This nerve interference can exaggerate or even produce allergic and asthmatic symptoms.  A chiropractic adjustment can help restore alignment and open the necessary pathways of communication between the brain and spinal nerves which will improve allergies and asthma symptoms. So it’s time to get that spring tuneup for you and your family and get your adjustment.

How to relieve pain naturally.
The liver is a critical organ and we only get one. Yes, liver transplants do happen, but isn’t it better to take care of our liver so it will last our life time?  Of course it is.  Our liver and kidneys are the filters for everything we put in or on our bodies.  Everything we eat, drink, spray or rub on and injected into our bodies with will eventually end up passing through these organs.
We should be mindful of this especially when it comes to what we take to relieve pain.  We are fast to reach for Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil/Midol) and Naproxin Sodium (Aleve). Ibuprofen and Naproxin sodium are called NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti Inflamatory Drugs). The advertisement for Advil says “Nothing is proven stronger or longer lasting on tough pain”.  What they don’t tell us is that even several days uses of these “pain medications” can effect our livers adversely.

Tumeric is a good way to relieve pain and much, much more.  What doesn’t tumeric do?!!!

Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is often used to color foods and cosmetics.

Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter phlori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome(IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue.

It is also used for headaches,bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation and kidney problems.

Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, sprains and swellings, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, acne, inflammatory skin conditions and skin sores, soreness inside of the mouth, infected wounds, and gum disease.

Turmeric is also used as an enema for people with inflammatory bowel disease.

In food and manufacturing, the essential oil of turmeric is used in perfumes, and its resin is used as a flavor and color component in foods. Quality turmeric supplements can be found at health food stores or you can use fresh turmeric.

How can we add fresh turmeric to our diets?  Fresh turmeric root is much like ginger root and can be used similarly.  It’s a finger-sized edible rhizome of the Curcuma longa plant? Turns out, turmeric root is surprisingly versatile: it can be used to add yellow color or orange and mild flavor to a broad range of dishes including smoothies, soups, rice dishes, omelettes, and more. Simply peel away the skin using a spoon and mash, crush or puree the yellow flesh before adding to your dishes.

Note: Be careful when using fresh turmeric root in your culinary creations – it can stain your hands, cooking utensils, and clothes, even more than turmeric powder!

How does tumeric work?

Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin. Curcumin and other chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling (inflammation). Because of this, turmeric might be beneficial for treating conditions that involve inflammation.
Magnesium can relieve muscle pain.  Although it is clear why magnesium can decrease muscle pain (it makes muscles relax), why it would help nerve pain was less clear. A new study on rats to be printed in The Journal of Physiology confirms clinical experience that magnesium decreases nerve pain — while also pointing to how it works.

A major mechanism of pain is the excessive stimulation of a brain chemical called “NMDA.” The few medications that help decrease and balance this pain-carrying neurotransmitter have the downside of causing significant side effects. Magnesium seems to settle down NMDA without the toxicity. The upside of magnesium is that is very inexpensive (pennies a dose). The downside is that it hasn’t yet made it through the FDA approval process to be used for pain relief.

The good news is that you don’t have to wait for the FDA. Magnesium can be found in supplement form at most health food stores. And magnesium citrate is best absorbed while magnesium oxide, is not as well absorbed.

For an especially powerful effect, the magnesium can be used intravenously, and is an important tool used by most holistic physicians (including those at the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers). Many holistic physicians use IV magnesium to eliminate an acute migraine headache. It has even been shown to ease the incredibly severe nerve pain that can sometimes be seen in pancreatic cancer. It is also very helpful for settling down fibromyalgia pain, which has a muscle and nerve component.

The authors of the study suggest that magnesium deficiency can be a major amplifier of pain. Because of food processing, most people are magnesium deficient.  If you have pain, taking magnesium each day can start to decrease these deficiencies as well as the pain, after just several weeks — while also leaving you feeling more energetic.

Turmeric and magnesium are liver and kidney friendly pain relief alternatives that don’t have the potential for dangerous side effects.

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