Chronic Pain Relief
1. The anti-inflammatory diet (see DeFlaming Guidelines)
a. Salizain (white willow bark extract)
b. Salizain and Basic Health Promotion
c. Salizain and Advanced Health Promotion
Far too many people suffer with chronic pain. Multiple factors participate in pain expression, so if one is looking for a magic bullet (drug or supplement), in most cases, he/she will be out of luck. Pain is complex and must be attacked on multiple fronts. See the Chronic Pain section for more details about the nutrition and biochemical complexity of chronic pain.
Primarily a DeFlaming diet is very important to avoid "feeding" the pain. The pro-inflammatory foods listed in the Deflaming Guidelines function to "feed the pain." For more details about how diet "feeds" the pain, see the Chronic Pain page in our Conditions section.
From a supplementation perspective, the Basic Health Promotion supplement suggestions are typically adequate for supporting the DeFlaming dietary recommendations to achieve a "deflamed" state that often renders people free of pain or less compromised by pain.
The addition of probiotics, Coq10, and botanticals/spices in the Advanced Health Promotion supplement suggestions are often very beneficial to more thoroughly deflame the system.
Regarding a specific supplement, white willow bark has been shown to reduce pain expression. In the case of low back pain, it is comparable COX-2 inhibitors (Vioxx) and regular NSAIDs. And white willow bark has a better safety profile with side-effects being similar to those of a placebo. Go to the Salizain page to learn more about white willow bark.