Herbs For Aches And Pains With Jan DeVries
Monday, 3 November 2008
Jan will be taking us through the 6 most common aches and pains that he experiences in his clinics.
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Neck and Shoulder pain - what are the causes of this pain? This is often caused by strain or by wrong movements and can lead to for instance discs being put under compression or out of place. This is a very common complaint nowadays because of stress and wrong movement. Therefore it is very necessary that people learn how to walk, and do proper exercises. Some of these exercises I can speak about.
A frozen shoulder however can be caused by a lot of inflammation, pressure, or infection. The pain can often be helped with some electro-acupuncture, very tissue manipulation, and remedies such as Knotgrass Complex, Atrosan, and rubbing in to the affected area some Atrogel.
Knotgrass complex, €10.50
Tennis and Golf Elbow
What is this?
Tennis elbow is when the elbow is out of place. There are 2 conditions, Tennis Elbow and Golf Elbow. The Golf Elbow (due mainly to one particular movement used by Golfers) sometimes brings different bones out of place. These are can be very nasty conditions, but can sometimes be relieved with Zinc (15mg) twice daily and also again applying some Atrogel, and taking internally some Harpagophytum (Devil's Claw)
Devils Claw, €10.50
Repetitive Strain Injury
What causes repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive Strain Injury is now more common than it ever was before, because of people sitting daily using computers, word processors, lap tops, etc. The strain is caused by over-exercise and possibly stress, and can be a very painful condition.
Repetitive Strain Injury can also be helped with remedies such as Knotgrass Complex, Atrosan, and rubbing with Comfrey Cream and Atrogel.
Knotgrass complex, €10.50
Comfrey Cream, €6.75
What about stiffness and thickening joints in the fingers - what is the cause of this?
The stiffness and thickening joints in the fingers can usually be the first sign of an arthritic condition. The extremities, (hands, and feet) are usually the first joints to be affected. Dietary management has to be obeyed, otherwise the condition will get worse. Stiffness and thickening joints is often caused by emotional stress, and the imbalance between the acid/alkaline diets.
Devils Claw, €10.50
Back ache - why are so many people plagued with back ache? What would help?
Back ache can be caused by strain, bad posture, lifting heavy objects. Back strains can probably be helped with remedies already mentioned, or with some soft tissue manipulation, acupuncture, and exercise. However when back pain goes into chronic pain there has to be a professional diagnosis done, and if it is sciatica* (see below for info), this can be helped with electro-acupuncture, and again remedies such as Knotgrass, and rubbing with Atrogel.
Gout - what exactly causes it? What would help to heal it?
Gout is an intensely painful disease which often attacks small joints, especially those in the toes. When the uric acid levels are high, the blood cannot contain the solution. Uric acid will start its crystallisation process and the lymphocytes - the white blood cells whose job it is to remove the foreign matter - attack these crystals. The uric acid crystals will be enveloped by lymphocytes which attempt to break them down chemically and digest them. This is totally impossible as the sharp crystals rupture the cells and destructive liquids are released, destroying the cell itself and also surrounding cells.
The fluids released from the white cells attack the bone joints causing gouty arthritis and considerable swelling. Gout may be caused by an inherent defect of purine metabolism in which uric acids appears in excess in the tissues. The resulting attacks are extremely painful and occur most often in the joints of the big toe.
Gout is often caused by mostly too much acidity in the diet, for instance, pork, alcohol, tea, coffee, chocolate, It can indeed be greatly helped with dietary management and by using Centaurium, Knotgrass, and Atrosan (tablets).
What is sciatica?
Sciatica describes pain that runs along the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It runs from the spinal cord at the lower end of the spine through the buttock and down the back of the thigh. Anything that causes pressure or irritation of the nerve will cause sciatica pain.
The most common cause of sciatica in people aged 20-40 years is a slipped disc. The jelly-like material in the core of the disc leaks out through a tear in the outer covering of the disc and presses on the sciatic nerve roots as they emerge from the spinal cord. Pain occurs in the buttock, thigh and leg due to irritation of the sciatic nerve.
Remedy recommended by Jan for wrinkles
Comfrey Cream, RRP €6.75 at healthcare stores