Pain Supplements and Their Processes, Part 2

Pain SupplementsFor part 1 of “Pain Supplements and Their Processes,” click here. Below, we continue exploring some pain supplements, their dosages and their uses.

Turmeric is a plant and the main spice in curry. It is used for arthritis, headaches and fibromyalgia. The chemicals in it are thought to decrease inflammation. Caution is recommended if you are on a blood clotting medication, have diabetes, or have stomach irritability and heartburn problems. The recommended dosage to treat arthritis-related problems is 500 mg twice a day.

Boswellia, or Indian frankincense, is a tree native to India and Arabia. The sap or resin from the bark is extracted into this compound. It is used for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, tendonitis and bursitis. Boswellia is thought to decrease inflammation, and no significant side affects are known. The usual dose for joint pain is 100 to 250 mg a day.

Lastly, green tea is thought to be helpful for headaches and joint pain. This is tea or an extract made from the Camellia sinensis plant. Benefits are obtained from the polyphenols in the steamed fresh leaves. These compounds are thought to prevent inflammation and swelling, and protect and lessen joint cartilage degeneration. It also contains antioxidants that art protective to the heart. It should be noted that green tea does have small amounts of caffeine that could affect heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, bleeding disorders and osteoporosis. The recommended dosing is about one to three cups of tea per day.

Taking natural supplements for pain may or may not be helpful. Above is a list of some of the compounds that have been recommended for treatment of painful joint conditions. Most have some sort of properties that affect inflammation, but the studies that prove their effectiveness have been somewhat limited. If you wish to try these remedies, and do not have other medical issues, they are likely to be mostly safe, but consult with your physician prior to starting any supplement regimen.

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Thomas Cohn, MD

Interventional pain doctor helping Minnesotans manage back, neck, foot, and other pain. Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with additional board-certification in pain management from the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) and the American Board of Pain Medicine (ABPM).