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Quest Vitamins LTD,
8 Venture Way,
Aston Science Park,
Birmingham,
B7 4AP.

Tel: 0121 359 0056
Fax: 0121 359 0313
Email: info@questvitamins.co.uk
Registered in England No. 2530437

Pain

DESCRIPTION

An unpleasant or hurtful sensation resulting from the stimulation of nerve endings, pain most often serves as an indictor of another, more serious condition. The stimulus is carried by the nerve fibres to the spinal cord and then to the brain, where the nerve impulse is interpreted as pain.

Pain results from many causes, particularly tissue injury. It may also result from physical or emotional discomfort. It may be acute or chronic, mild or severe. The excessive stimulation of nerve endings during pain is attributed to tissue damage and in this sense, pain is a protective mechanism occurring whenever tissue is being damaged or altered. The individual then can react and attempt to remove the stimulus.

One classification of pain includes prickling, burning and aching pains. Another includes somatic (localised), visceral (unlocalized), psychogenic (arising from muscle tension), and thalamic pain (caused by lesions in the thalamus).

HERBS

Alfalfa
Feverfew
Valerian

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

DL-phenylalanine
Magnesium (1)
Niacin (2)
Vitamin B6 (2)
Vitamin B12 (2)
Vitamin C (3)

HOMOEOPATHY: Muscular and Joint Pain

Homoeopathy can be extremely useful in this area, especially if you are wishing to avoid conventional painkillers.
The earlier that homoeopathy is used the better, as once permanent damage has occurred in the joints, there is less likelihood of good relief being obtained. Serious cases of Arthritis should be assessed and treated by a qualified homoeopathic practitioner.

Aconite
Stiff neck often caused by a draught of cold air.
Especially where there is considerable distress.

Arnica
Useful for Bruised and sore muscles.
Helpful after overuse or injury.

Belladonna
Sudden onset of hot swollen red joint.
Severe shooting pains.

Bryonia
Useful for any joint pain that is worse for the slightest movement.
Also for pulled muscles in the rib cage or broken ribs.

Rhus tox.
Useful for sore, stiff muscles and joints.
Sprains, Arthritis, and repetitive strain such as tennis elbow.
Pain is better for movement or heat.
Worse for damp conditions or immobility.
Characteristic stiff pain on first starting to move.

Kali. bich.
Wandering pains, seem to move rapidly from one joint to another.
Joints painful, stiff and cracking.
Worse in changing weather and warm weather.
Sore heels.

Merc sol.
General burning rheumatic pains, especially at night.
Pain may feel as if it is "in the bones."
Cold clammy sweat.

HOMOEOPATHY: Neuralgia

Aconite
Neuralgia due to exposure to cold draught or cold wind.

Arsen. alb.
Burning neuralgic pain in a chilly person.
Typically restless, anxious state.

Colocynthis
Especially left sided neuralgia eased by pressure and warmth.

Pulsatilla
Typically right sided neuralgia with watering Eyes.
Wandering pains all over head.

Hypericum
Worth trying in any shooting nerve-type pain.

REFERENCES

1. Tanaka M, Shimizu S, et al: Relief of neuropathic pain with intravenous Magnesium, Masui, 1998, 47(9), 1109-13
2. Bromm K, Herrmann WM, Schulz H: Do the B-vitamins exhibit antinociceptive efficacy in men? Results of a placebo-controlled repeated-measures double-blind study, Neuropsychobiology, 1995, 31(3), 156-165
3. Kaminski M, Boal R: An effect of ascorbic acid on delayed-onset muscle soreness, Pain, 1992, 50(3), p 317-321

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