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Integrative medicine hold great potential for alleviating pain better than opioids

painIntegrative medicine approaches, such as acupuncture and yoga, have great potential in treating pain. A review published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia reported that acupuncture, yoga, and other integrative medicine approaches have shown at least preliminary evidence of effectiveness in pain management.

For the review, a team of researchers led by Yuan-Chi Lin, M.D., MPH, a researcher at Harvard Medical School, evaluated existing evidence on integrative medicine therapies for pain management. The review included 32 studies that examined seven various types of integrative medicine therapies for pain.

Among all of the integrative medicine therapies evaluated, acupuncture showed the strongest evidence for effectiveness in alleviating pain. Acupuncture is a traditional therapy that involves thin needles being inserted into the skin. It has been used in Asia for centuries to treat various health conditions and manage pain. Today, it is being used in the U.S. and other Western countries to low back pain, nerve pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, and more.

In the review, acupuncture was revealed to have a “strong positive evidence” on effectively treating chronic pain. A number of studies have also shown that acupuncture reduced the need of opioids to control pain after surgery. It also reduced opioid-related side effects.

Yoga, relaxation techniques such as mindfulness meditation, tai chi, massage therapy, and spinal manipulation showed “positive preliminary evidence” of effectiveness in pain treatment. Several studies also addressed the effects of the use of prescription drugs, including opioids. Studies on the effectiveness of the supplements glucosamine and chondroitin for relieving knee pain showed mixed results.

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Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that integrative medicine approaches, such as acupuncture, yoga, relaxation techniques, and spinal manipulation, can be used to help relieve pain and reduce the use of opioids.

The opioid epidemic in America

The use of integrative medicine for pain treatment helps address the opioid epidemic in the U.S. This national health crisis kills more and more people each year. The truth is that pain management does not have to begin with prescription drugs.

Opioids are a class of drugs that are often used to relieve pain. These include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others.

As millions of Americans suffer from pain, they are often prescribed opioids to treat their conditions. The rise in the prescription of opioid medications has resulted in widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive.

The amount of opioids prescribed to patients started to grow during the 1990s. Since then, the number of overdoses and deaths from prescription opioids has also increased. As of 2016, more than 200,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids. This is five times higher than opioid overdose deaths in 1999.

The numbers of people in the U.S. dying from the escalating opioid epidemic are skyrocketing so quickly that local medical examiners cannot keep up with the body count. As the opioid crisis persists across the U.S., it is becoming increasingly important to evaluate other ways of preventing and treating pain.

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Learning to Listen to Your Body

Listen to your bodyThe human body is a finely tuned machine. It will tell you everything you need to know to maintain it, if you simply learn to listen.

Learning to listen to your own body is to learn to tune into your intuition. When in a consultation getting health advice, take note of how you feel. Does what the practitioner is telling you feel like it rings true for you? Or do you have some resistance? You know your body better than anyone, after all you have lived in it your entire life. If a diagnosis or suggestion for medical care doesn’t sit right with you, there is nothing wrong with questioning or even getting a second opinion. Never make health care decisions that don’t feel right to you or that you feel rushed or pushed to accept.

When you have an ache or a pain, do you automatically reach for a pill? Conditioning has taken place in society and the media over the years repeatedly telling us that is always the answer.

Have an ache or pain? Take a pill. While yes, that may get rid of your pain, the odds are it will come back again and you will need another. Why? Because medications do not actually cure, what they do is cover and mask the symptom temporarily allowing you to feel better and experience relief. While there is nothing wrong with short-term intermittent use, it is far more beneficial in the long run for your overall health to seek out the root cause so that you can cure yourself for good.

Today, most of us are taught from a very young age that if you do not feel well you should go see your medical doctor. While doctors are trained in many aspects of care, medical doctors receive minimal training in nutrition or how the body responds to more natural treatment options outside of pharmaceuticals, which are generally the “go to”.

This is not to say that you should go it alone when it comes to healthcare. There are a multitude of different modalities of healing which can all assist you on your path back to wellness, gently and naturally.

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Combined Big Pharma does nearly on trillion dollars a year in business.

That kind of money can buy a lot of corruption – and it does.

‘Frequency-specific microcurrents’ to the rescue for pain, injury and illness

Frequency-specific microcurrents (FSM) are an innovative system of treatments using micro-amperage current and frequencies on tissues to create healing and eliminate pain. There are hundreds of FSM practitioners around the world. Physicians utilizing the original electromagnetic therapy in the 1920s were threatened with license removal, causing the practice to go out of use for decades. In 1995, Dr. Carol McMaken rediscovered this safe practice and led its resurgence. Current licensed FSM healthcare providers include medical doctors, chiropractors and massage therapists. They utilize this innovative technique to expedite the body’s natural healing from illness, inflammation and injury.

Remarkable healing and safety

Elizabeth Barnhart is a certified FSM practitioner who reports healing herself completely from a serious three-break wrist fracture, using her own FSM treatments. She was told by an orthopedic surgeon that without surgery she would never heal properly, nor be able to work again using her hands. She accomplished both. She has been utilizing her specialized training to help others heal from a variety of health issues including pain from burn scars, acute injuries and inflammatory health conditions.

Gynecologists have used FSM to promote healing of patients after childbirth. Ophthalmologists use FSM to treat age-related macular degeneration. Neurologist use FSM for nerve regeneration. Practitioners have successfully treated those with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. FSM treatments have been used to successfully heal sports injuries, concussions, inflammation, plantar fasciitis, irritable bowel syndrome, broken bones and pain from shingles, kidney stones, myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia. It is particularly effective in treating nerve and muscle pain, inflammation and scar tissue. There are no reported side effects or risks.

Most common usages

FSM is used most frequently for pain relief and to accelerate healing from injuries or inflammation. It can be used in conjunction with acupuncture, since both treatments work energetically to heal in similar manners. Most individuals find this safe, alternative treatment when facing failure of conventional medicine to find relief from a sports injury or chronic condition. The treatments carry no risks associated with the conventional treatments of medication and surgery.

How it all began

Dr. Carol McMaken developed FSM treatments in 1995, having learned the treatment from an osteopath from Canada who had a 1920s-era machine. She has researched and developed training for FSM treatments, reviving this remarkable tool and bringing it to its current usage.

Dr. Albert Abrams is the most famous physician to first use electromagnetic therapy in the 1920s to remarkably treat those suffering from a variety of “incurable” diseases. Individuals traveled from around the country to seek his treatments and claimed extraordinary healing. Renowned author Upton Sinclair spent several weeks observing Abrams in his clinic and wrote an extremely favorable essay, “House of Wonders,” describing the treatments. Sinclair provided details of the amazing recoveries that he witnessed at Abram’s clinic. This therapy was used by several physicians in the early 1900s.

The head of the AMA, Dr. Maurice Fishbein, in 1934 attacked physicians using electromagnetic therapy, claiming that physicians using this therapy were quacks and would have their licenses removed. Fishbein declared that drugs and surgery were the future of medicine. Fishbein likewise eliminated the safe, successful Hoxsey cancer therapy treatment.

Conclusions and resources

If suffering from chronic pain or an injury, FSM offers a safe, effective treatment option. A practitioner can be found at this link: The treatment offers an alternative to surgery or medications, which are commonly recommended for sports injuries, pain or inflammation. For more information, see

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Interview by Michelle Goldstein with Elizabeth Barnhart, licensed massage therapist, certified FSM practitioner. Saint Louis, MO, December 23, 2013.

Source: About the author: Michelle Goldstein
Michelle Goldstein is a mental health therapist who incorporates holistic approaches into her counseling practice. She became passionate about holistic health, healing and politics, after immersing herself into the world of alternative medicine looking for answers to a family member’s health crisis. Michelle learned that many standard health care recommendations, which she had long trusted, actually contribute to causing disease. She can be found at the following sites:

Natural Pain Relief

otc-pain1-300x274As a society we have all grown used to reaching for over the counter and prescription pain relievers when we have a muscle ache, pain or headache, but are there natural alternatives for inflammation and pain relief?

Thankfully, the answer is yes!

Chronic inflammation contributes to many painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, headache and back pain. Anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen work well because they block the enzymes that trigger both swelling and pain. The problem is that these all come with side effects and risk. They cover the symptoms very well, but do nothing long term to actually help solve the problem.

Their natural counterparts not only help remove the symptom, in many cases they also work on healing the underlying issue.

Here are some natural pain relieving ideas to try out:

Tumeric – seems to be a favorite among alternative physicians and herbalists alike. Tumeric is an anti-inflammatory agent containing curcumin, which is on par with hydrocortisone and Motrin, only without the possible side effects.

Capsicum – the active component in chili peppers it desensitizes pain receptors. It can be used for muscle pain as well as migraine headache relief.

Methylsulfonyl-methane (MSM) – MSM is derived from sulpher and has been shown to help prevent joint and cartilage degeneration.

Arnica Montana
 – a homeopathic supplement that is made from a bright yellow flower grown in Siberia and Europe. It helps with bruising and muscle soreness as well as swelling. Speeds healing!

Green Tea – Flavinoids in green tea are a potent anti-inflammatory which has also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Papaya – contains papain which reduces inflammation, improves digestion and speeds healing on burns.

Vitamin D – A number of studies have linked low levels of vitamin D with increased levels of chronic pain.

Black Pepper Oil
 – antioxidant, pain reliever, increases serotonin levels, reduces hypertension, curbs the urge to smoke, improves circulation, and even aids digestion.

Rosemary Oil – Muscle aches and pains, migraine relief, anti inflammatory, antibacterial, digestion, shows promise in reducing carcinogen effects and stunting cancer growth and even helps to stimulate hair growth.

Peppermint oil – Pure peppermint oil is a powerful analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, expectorant and stimulant. It helps with muscle soreness, headache, digestion, healing, breathing issues, fever reduction, allergies and more.

Helichrysum Oil
 – is one of the most sought-after essential oils, due to its pain-reducing, analgesic, regenerative, fungicidal and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been said to give amazing relief from dental pain and infections when used topically.

Eucalyptus Oil – Antibacterial, anti-infectious, analgesic, anticatarrhal, antiviral, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and insecticidal.
Eucalyptus essential oil can help with bronchitis, acne, endometriosis, ear inflammation, hay fever, flue, iris inflammation, high blood pressure, sinusitis and vaginitis.

Wintergreen Oil – analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and stimulant. Methyl salicylate, the main chemical constituent of wintergreen oil, is the chemical foundation for aspirin; however, the synthesized form of salicylate used in aspirin — and other muscle pain relieving products on the market today — present health risks that are not found in wintergreen oil.

Birch Oil – Helpful for arthritis, sore or stiff muscles, bruises, and bone and joint pain. Very closely related to Wintergreen oil.

Along with these helpful herbs and oils

Ice – is among my very favorites. A cold compress 5-15 minutes at a time on the location of swelling or pain does wonders. Repeat as necessary.

Heat – A hot water bottle, heating pad or bath feels wonderful and can relax tired painful stiff muscles and joints. *add essential oils to the bath water for added benefits.

As you can see there are many options available to try that are a little outside of the box. I know it’s a different way of thinking and takes some reprogramming of old habits to not grab the Tylonol, but think of it this way – Most modern medicines were originally based on plants. Nature has everything we need to heal; we just have to find the right one for us.

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Author: Sarah J. Barendse