The Therapeutic Goods Administration here in Australia has decided that as from 1st February 2018, Codeine and medications containing codeine will no longer be available for over the counter medication. This is being done because many chronic pain sufferers are self-medicating and not seeking help from a health professional, leading to an upsurge in opiate dependency.
Pain can be both good and bad.
Pain is a natural phenomenon that can be very useful. Without pain we would not be aware of basic dangers, such as touching a hot stove. A rare condition called Congenital Analgesia (insensitivity to pain) which prevents a person from feeling pain often leads people with the condition to damage themselves without even realising it. These people often have a much shorter lifespan. So pain has an important function, but out of control pain is both damaging and emotionally debilitating.
Why Do We Get Chronic Pain?
Apart from the obvious causes - serious trauma, accidents and the like, there are times when the pain centre of the brain just does not switch off. Also, excessive inflammation is usually accompanied by pain, and where the inflammation itself has not resolved the pain becomes chronic. Excessive inflammation damages the body and, in turn, causes or increases pain.
Inflammation also has a positive aspect. Without inflammation, we would not heal. Inflammation increases the blood supply, which transports healing nutrients to damaged parts of the body. If controlled inflammation is very beneficial. It is also nature’s way of increasing the temperature at the site of an accident or trauma in order to kill pathogens and prevent or reduce infection. However, if it is not resolved after a while it starts damaging the part of the body that it is trying to heal, and this, of course, increases pain.
What can we do?
There are many herbal treatments and other natural preparations that effectively treat pain and do not have adverse side effects. We have excellent magnesium powders that include additional anti-inflammatory and pain relieving herbs. We also have an excellent anti-inflammatory and pain herbal mixture containing a variety of herbs that have been found to be helpful in relieving pain and reducing inflammation. We can also make up a mixture that is unique to your specific needs, taking into account any other health issues you may have.
Don’t put it off any longer!
Discovering the reason you have too much pain or inflammation is also important. Simply treating the pain or inflammation does not fix the problem. Pain and inflammation are your body’s response to something it needs to be fixed; your body’s cry for help if you like. If we ignore the cause and simply treat the result the problem never really goes away, it simply finds another way to tell you it needs your help.
Why not call us today and book an appointment to have your health status evaluated and a precise prescription developed for you.
Call us on 02 4721 3198 let’s get to the bottom of your pain.