Omega-3 Fatty Acids – talked about them already.
White Willow Bark – The use of white willow bark medicinally goes back far. Ancient Egyptians used white willow for inflammation. The Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about white willow’s medicinal uses in 5th century B.C. White Willow Bark’s active ingredient, salicin, is the same active ingredient as in Aspirin. People take white willow bark instead of aspirin because it does not appear to be as irritating to the stomach lining. It may be because the salicin found naturally in white willow bark is only converted to the acid form after it is absorbed by the stomach. Aspirin is absorbed by the stomach lining.
Turmeric – lots of research has come out recently showing turmeric can reduce inflammation and has some properties which make it a drug that can possibly help to prevent certain types of cancers. It can be found in Indian and Pakistani foods, foods with curry. It’s a spice.
Green Tea – anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory.
Kava Root Drink – Calming, muscle relaxant, and sleep aid.
Valerian Root – anti-anxiety, sedative effects. This can be a natural alternative to prescription sleeping pills.
As with all things, take caution if more than one herb or supplement, or other medications, are being used at once. All treatments have side-effects, including natural alternatives. Of course, you should make sure you are using the recommended amount and for the right reasons.
Dr. Romano is a board certified and licensed chiropractor in Maryland. He practices in Frederick, Md at 1780 North Market Street. He has an interest in the science of pain and it’s relationship to chiropractic. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Chiropractic. Dr. Romano and Dr. Schooley are available to speak to groups about pain, the importance of a healthy nervous system, and other health topics.