Is Traumeel as good as Diclofenac?

Is it possible that Traumeel can work just as well as prescription anti-inflammatory drugs like diclofenac?

Traumeel tablets

Extensive research into Traumeel has been organized and analyzed

We reviewed several research papers in an attempt to answer this question ourselves.

The short answer is YES…but it depends.

Let me explain.

Traumeel comes in several forms: tablets, gel, ointment, and even an injectable form. While the injection is rarely used in the US, it is widely used in Europe for fibromyalgia and other types of pain.

Several studies have show that Traumeel tablets work just as well as diclofenac for pain.

For example, a 2004 study showed that Traumeel S injection worked just as well as diclofenac injections for treating epicondylitis (tennis elbow) pain (Birnesser et al, 2004).

Now it is unfortunate that they used the injections and not the oral tablets. But it nevertheless shows that, all other things held equal, Traumeel tablets can work just as well as an NSAID like diclofenac.

Interestingly, similar results are available for Traumeel ointment versus diclofenac gel for tendinopathy:

CONCLUSIONS:

The results suggest that Traumeel ointment is an effective alternative to nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs therapy for the acute symptomatic treatment of patients with tendinopathy.

 

Now this doesn’t guarantee that the Traumeel will work just as well for YOU, specifically.

After all, we’re all different. We all respond to medications differently.

Regardless, if you’re looking for a natural tennis elbow treatment, then Traumeel may be your answer.

Now the implication, of course, is that it works for tennis elbow, then it might work just as well for other forms of pain and inflammation, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and so forth.

Does the research support this?

Yes, it does!

For example, another study compared Traumeel in fibromyalgia patients versus placebo. In this study, the researchers injected Traumeel into trigger points, and did not use the tablets (Egocheaga, et al., 2004).

Regardless, they found that the Traumeel worked quite well, with no side effects noted other than pain at the injection site (which would be expected).

Other studies showed that Traumeel helps fight the pain associated with dental extraction and tonsillectomy, two types of pain which are quite intense.

So if you’re looking for a natural tennis elbow treatment, or for a natural pain reliever that works against many different types of pain, then please do yourself a favor and give Traumeel a try.

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Think NSAIDs are safe? Think again.

Many of us reach for over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen when we have minor aches and pains.

When that doesn’t work, our doctors prescribe other NSAIDs such as diclofenac and naproxen.

Naproxen

Naproxen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Related drugs, the COX IIs, like celecoxib are commonly prescribed for arthritis, back pain, and other sources of pain.

But are these drugs safe?

recent article by Dr. John LaMattina, the former president of Pfizer Global Research, noted that the cardiovascular risk of prescription Vioxx (rofecoxib) and diclofenac are roughly the same.

The difference?

Vioxx was taken off the market by the FDA, while diclofenac continues to be one of the most widely used NSAIDs on the market!

How can this possibly be? Given the tremendous furor over the COX-2 debate, one would think that a compound with a similar profile to Vioxx like diclofenac would be shunned. Perhaps the rationale for the continued use of diclofenac is rooted in the fact this drug has been on the market for 40 years and that physicians feel comfortable with it, despite the warnings. This differs from Vioxx which was introduced to the market in 1999. Support for this view comes from the popular TV host, Dr. Oz who said the following when discussing the safety of drugs with me on his show:

“Use generic drugs, because they’ve been around for a long time, they’re old drugs, and they’ve been used by so many people that we know about their side effects. And, they’re cheaper.” 

Unfortunately, this statement is a gross over simplification. 

LaMattina goes on to question the myth that older, generic drugs are safe simply because they’re been around for a long period of time. In a related article, researchers from the London School of Medicine conclude: 

Certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (e.g., rofecoxib [Vioxx]) increase the risk of heart attack and stroke and should be avoided in patients at high risk of cardiovascular events. 

This is exactly why it’s so important to look for safe options, such as topical pain relievers.

However, the most common complaint is that topical pain relievers don’t completely relieve the pain. And sometimes, this is true. Perhaps your pain is so intense that a topical pain reliever may not be enough.

However, topical pain relievers can still be valuable if they reduce the pain by 50%. Why? Because even a small amount of pain reduction means that you may be able to take fewer prescription pain relievers, thereby reducing your risk of side effects!

Here are a few specific product suggestions for you to consider:

Imbue pain patches are great for back pain, knee pain, and elbow pain. They can be cut and shaped depending on where the patch will be applied.

Developed in Australia, Elmore Oil is a complex blend of oils which contain natural anti-inflammatory medicines. This is a product that you’ll definitely want to apply 3-4 times a day for a few weeks before deciding whether or not it will work for you.

Lastly, we recommend natural anti-inflammatory products, such as Longvida RD and Wobenzym PS, to help you fight inflammation, which can be the source of pain in many different diseases.

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Even if you’re not suffering from fibromyalgia, this video may help with insomnia, pain or other conditions.

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Can Melatonin Also Reduce Pain in Fibromyalgia?

We’ve written about how melatonin can be a good supplement to help you sleep, especially if you’re battling fatigue and

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insomnia from fibromyalgia.

As part of our research, we came across this study which studied melatonin as a way to reduce pain associated with cataract surgery. The doctors concluded:

We concluded that oral melatonin premedication for patients undergoing cataract surgery under topical anesthesia provided anxiolytic effects, enhanced analgesia, and decreased IOP resulting in good operating conditions.

Now one caveat here is that the researchers gave their patients a 10 milligram tablet of melatonin.

That’s a huge dose!

But remember, melatonin is not absorbed well from the digestive tract. So you have to give a lot just to get a little into the circulation for the melatonin to actually work.

A better approach would have been to use a lower dose, sublingual melatonin formula. This lower dose might have worked just as well.

Setting the dose aside, it’s remarkable that melatonin was able to reduce anxiety and enhance the effect of the anesthesia used in the cataract surgery.

So if you’re experiencing anxiety and pain from fibromyalgia, consider melatonin at bedtime. We also recommend 5-HTP as a daytime supplement, as 5-HTP is involved in our body’s ability to make serotonin and melatonin.