Is Traumeel as good as Diclofenac?

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

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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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Sure, it’s easy to pop a few pills when your back acts up. But prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers are not a good

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long-term solution. These drugs, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and diclofenac, have three groups of side effects:

Stomach – All of these drugs can cause stomach bleeds, indigestion, and ulcers.

Cardiovascular – Long-term use of these drugs is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events, such as stroke.

Renal – Our kidneys are especially susceptible to damage from the chronic use of these drugs.

Please consider non-drug approaches to treat you back pain, such as back pain patches, lumbar supports for your chairs, and wearable supports like the Proback.

Your back (and stomach) will thank you!

Is Obesity Linked To Inflammation?

You bet.

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A single FatCube, represents 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of adipose tissue (body fat) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For many years, it was thought that obesity itself could cause or somehow worsen inflammation.

This theory has been proven many times over, both in animal studies and in humans.

The exact mechanism for how this happens is complex.

But basically, our immune systems can view excessive fat cells for foreign intruders, like they are bacteria or other foreign bodies.

Once this happens, our immune systems swing into action in an attempt to destroy these “intruders.”

The net result is that obesity triggers a wide-spread, low level inflammation.

Now this inflammation can manifest itself in many different ways. For example, insulin resistance in obese diabetics is largely due to this inflammatory process.

Similarly, atherosclerotic plaques which form in our veins are also inflammatory hot spots.

Other problems can also develop. For example, osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis may develop at an earlier age, and progress more quickly, in obese patients versus non obese patients, thanks in part to the inflammation that’s taking place.

So what can be done?

Well, obviously a weight loss program is needed to fight obesity and the inflammation that it causes. But in addition to a lifestyle change which includes proper diet and exercise, also consider anti-inflammatory foods as part of your new diet.

Natural anti-inflammatory supplements, such as curcumin turmeric, are also an excellent, safe way to combat widespread inflammation. This is far safer than taking low doses of prescription or even over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.

Important to Use Quality Fish Oil Supplements

Couldn’t have said it better myself:

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However, due to their better absorption, it may be fair to pay some premium for fish oil in the natural or re-esterified triglyceride forms. If you choose to use either of these two forms, look for products which list EPA and DHA and “triglycerides.” An example in this Review is Douglas Labs Quell Fish Oil, which lists that it is a “Supercritical CO2 triglyceride concentrate.” 

Be aware that some products wich “natural” in the name don’t seem to provide truly natural fish oil, but may start with natural fish oil which is then chemically treated…

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