What a pain!

Good day everyone!

Photo of herbsI guess I spoke too soon, well sort of when I was talking about ginger and headaches. Not really though, because I know that nothing is 100% effective 100% of the time. Today, I am having a headache that is not as bad as they have been, but is bad enough to make me run for some medications. So it looks like the ginger is helping.  I said when I started with the ginger that even if it did not completely stop the headaches if it just dulled them somewhat then I would be happy. I am happy. This headache has not knocked me down to where I have to lie down with an ice pack.

It is going to be another rainy day here it looks like. Which means that my legs are probably going to give me hell today. It is starting to look that way already. My leg pain is up but only to about a seven. That is also an improvement over what I normally see on days like this. Even with the higher pain level and the headache that I have, I am sitting here eating a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup so all is well.

While I was running around the Interwebs, I came across an interesting article on the NIH website. It is called Medicinal herbs in the treatment of neuropathic pain: a review.

This article is very extensive and focuses on using herbs for neuropathic pain. If you have pain caused by Multiple Sclerosis then you have neuropathic pain. The article uses the scientific names of the plants without listing any common names. This is easily gotten around. All you have to do it highlight the name of the plant, right-click on it and choose “Search Google for…” This will open a new tab with a google search window and all the information you could ever want on that plant species. Of course, these instructions are for the Mozilla Firefox browser and I have not tried it with any others.

That link provides a long list of herbal medications. One thing I really like about it is it gives you two tables. One of them lists the herbs that have been tested. The other titled “Mechanisms of actions of herbal medicines against neuropathic pain in animal models” tells you how they believe they work. This is very handy if you want to try different supplements and see how they work for you. If you find an herb that works somewhat and want to try something different to see if it is better, then you look at the mechanism of action and find another with the same mechanism and try it then compare the effectiveness of the two.

All of the articles from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) use a lot of medical terms. But you should be able to wade through these pretty well in this article. For example, this is one entry in the tables:

Rubia cordifolia Paclitaxel-induced neuropathic pain in rat Involvement of GABA or antioxidant mechanism

On the left is the name of the herb, middle is which animal model was used and the right is the mechanism of action.  Most people can ignore the middle column. That is only here because that is the way the table is structured on the NIH website. The action in the right column is the most important for our use today. That is what you really want to look at when comparing herbs and their effectiveness.

I am going to try some herbs, but I have not decided which ones yet. But I will be using the information on this website as a guide for what I need to try.

So that is it for now. Please check back often to see what else I come across. Until next time have a wonderful, pain-free day!



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