One of the joys of being human is we get to ‘feel’. However not all feelings are pleasurable and I think we would all like to avoid the feeling of pain. Pain is not all negative though, as it could be a warning that something in the body is not working well.
What are some of the forms of pain are we referring to? It could be headaches, period pain, joint or muscle pain, mild osteoarthritis, tendonitis, sciatica or bursitis. Or we may have a soft tissue injury from exercise or a fall. Whatever the case, there are times when we could be looking for a natural solution to reduce pain and inflammation. If you are living with chronic pain, you may want to know if there are remedies available that can be used alongside doctor-prescribed medications.
What if I told you that Chinese medicine might have a solution? Several herbs, and herbal combinations, have not only years of traditional usage, but also the backing of scientific research to support their efficacy. One of these herbs is turmeric, (and its key active constituent, curcumin) which has evidence from laboratory studies demonstrating anti-inflammatory actions.
Curcumin may be more effective when combined with other herbs. One of those herbs is boswellia (which can be standardised to its key active constituent beta- boswellic acid). Another is ginger and its active constituent gingerol. Not only are they anti-inflammatory in their own right, but when combined with curcumin and an extract of black pepper known as Bioperine®, provide a synergistic action, to increase the bioavailability of the Curcumin significantly. In traditional Chinese medicine terms, turmeric has the ability to invigorate the Blood and Qi (vital energy) to ease pain due to stagnation or stasis. It will also promote movement of Qi to revitalise the circulation. This in turn helps to relieve joint and muscle pain.
Written by Vicky Spencer, Training Manager, Oriental Botanicals