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Chronic pain

Pain is a sensation that you immediately recognize. It may be the fiery sensation of a burn moments after your
finger touches the stove or it's a dull headache after a day of stress and tension. You may recognize it as a
sharp pierce in your back after you lift something heavy.

Pain in its most benign form warns us that something isn't quite right, that we should take medicine or see a
doctor. At its worst, however, pain robs us of our productivity, our well-being, and, for many of us suffering from
extended illness, our very lives. Pain is a complex perception that differs enormously among individual patients,
even those who appear to have identical injuries or illnesses.

Homoeopathic Medicine for Pain Relief

As holistic practitioners, homoeopaths approach patients suffering from chronic pain with an overall assessment,
working to target the nature and source of the pain before determining an appropriate treatment. Dr Wolf will first
look to see if there is a systemic or organic cause. If the pain occurs on both sides of the body and in multiple
locations it may be due to an underlying disease. If the pain is specific to one location, it's more likely to have
resulted from an injury or some assault on the muscle and tissue. A diagnosis will be made and an individulised
treatment program will be worked out for you.

Nutrition and supplements

In many cases of chronic pain, you'll find inflammation and dietary changes are often recommended. An in-
crease in whole grain foods and vegetables might be needed, along with a shift in the ratio of essential fatty
acids, decreasing omega-6s and increasing omega-3s, to decrease overall inflammation. Additionally, many
botanicals are effective anti-inflammatories. Bromelian, an enzyme found in pineapples and curcumin, also
known as turmeric, are two excellent choices.


Many people take various pain killers and the FDA estimates that 200,000 Americans are hospitalized every
year due to side effects of normal doses and overdoses of these drugs.

It is important to use caution when taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Natural health approaches like acu-
puncture have less risk than over-the-counter medications as well as prescription medicines and have been
successful in helping relieve pain for thousands of years. Acupuncture does not run the risk of long-term, adverse
side effects that common pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen have, like stomach or
intestinal bleeding and liver and/or kidney damage. The 'side effects' of acupuncture are typically beneficial and
include improved sleep, relaxation and a greater sense of well-being."

Research has shown that the placement of acupuncture needles at specific pain points releases endorphins and
opioids, the body's natural painkillers. Additionally, immune system cells as well as neurotransmitters and
neurohormones in the brain may also be released.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there is also evidence that stimulating acupuncture points enables
electromagnetic signals to be relayed at a greater rate than under normal conditions. This may increase the
flow of natural healing or painkilling chemicals to injured areas.

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