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Natural Pain Relief

There’s nothing quite as bad as being in pain. Pain can quite simply ruin your life and make it very difficult to go about your normal day to day routine. That’s why being able to manage your pain properly and effectively is so important. There are many options to treat pain and it all depends on the type of pain you are experiencing. There are dug based treatments and natural treatments. Drug treatments are very effective but unfortunately can have negative side effects. That’s why it is best to supplement your drug therapy with a natural therapy to reduce the amount of a drug you need.

One very common pain condition is nerve pain (neuropathic pain) which results in a stabbing/burning/tingling type of pain. Nerve pain occurs when there is damage to the nerves such as in sciatica where the sciatic nerve that runs down the length of the leg is compressed where it exits the spine, and this results in a shooting pain running down the leg. One very effective away to treat nerve pain is with PEA (Palmitoylethanolamide). PEA is a natural substance produced in the body in response to pain and inflammation as well as having other cellular functions. The way PEA work is quite technical but basically it has anti-inflammatory action as well as a direct action on the nerves transmitting pain signals to the brain. PEA is very safe and effective and has no known interactions with other medications so it can be taken safely with other pain medications.

PEA can be used to treat conditions such as

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Back pain
  • Dental pain
  • Shingle pain
  • Vaginal pain
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pelvic pain

Another common pain condition is cramping of the muscles, particularly in the legs at night, also known as restless leg syndrome. Restless leg syndrome can make it impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Luckily, there is a very safe and easy fix. Magnesium, taken as a capsule or applied as a cream or oil can stop cramping and muscle pain in its tracks. Magnesium is the element your body uses to heal and relax and is very important for muscle and tissue health. People who do high intensity training like cross fit or F45 can benefit from taking magnesium to help reduce muscle soreness and help with recovery. Magnesium is best taken in the magnesium glycinate form, it is easily absorbed by the body and gentle of the gut.

Magnesium can be used to treat

  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Support a healthy heart
  • Night cramps
  • PMS pain
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines/headaches

Another condition we get asked about is insomnia. Not being able to get a good night sleep is just the worst, you’re tired throughout the day, you can’t function, and you just feel terrible. There are lots of options out there to help you get a good night sleep, some are natural, and others are drug based. Drug based options have the disadvantage of sometimes leaving you with a hang over the following day and the more you take the more you need as your body builds up a tolerance over time. Drug based options can also have the problem of reducing the amount of melatonin your body produces which is basically your sleep hormone. Working with your doctor we can compound a natural and safe alternative. These alternatives are safe and the most natural way of inducing sleep. They can be made into a liquid or a capsule and is safe for children and adults.

Compounding can be used to treat other conditions such as

  • Autism
  • Menopause/Andropause
  • Eczema/Psoriasis
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Pain
  • Veterinary conditions
  • Scaring 
  • Dental conditions
  • Hair loss
  • Leg cramps 

Both our pharmacists are here to answer any question you might have so feel free to contact us and see if compounding can help you.