Chronic pain. Millions of Americans suffer from this enduring ailment, and it can often seem like there’s no relief.
For these patients, it becomes a daily companion, which adversely affects their job, family, and overall quality of life.
But every year, more people turn to natural methods for dealing with chronic pain, which can be quite effective.
So what are some effective natural treatments which medical professionals are turning to or suggesting to their patients?
We asked 54 healthcare professionals for tips about natural methods that help patients coping with chronic pain.
Here is what they said…
Aston Goldsworthy, Core Medical Center
CEO, Chiropractor, Nurse Practitioner
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? When looking for treatment outside of the current degenerative, symptoms based model of medicine. It is important to choose a provider and office that looks at the whole picture. If you have an injury proper assessment and diagnosis is vital, along with the capabilities to treat the patient’s condition in its entirety.
Stem Cell and Regenerative medicine have come a long way and when coupled with proper bracing and physical rehabilitation they can achieve amazing outcomes. The best advice I can give is to seek out these types of practices and get a plan of care that is specifically tailored to you. So you can Live your Best Life!
Learn more about Aston Goldsworthy, CEO, Chiropractor, Nurse Practitioner
Darcy Brunk, Achieve Vitality and Regenerative Wellness
Director of Operations, Managing Member
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? The key to fighting chronic pain is to go right to the source of the problem rather than cover it up with pain medication. That problem simply is degeneration.
Whether the patient is suffering from a degenerative disc compressing a nerve, a degenerative nerve causing loss of motor and sensory function, a degenerative colon causing inflammation or a degenerative synapse in the brain causing memory issues the damage the initiates all other chronic inflammatory and immune responses is degeneration.
The solution simply put is regeneration. This can be accomplished through stem cell therapy. We are in a constant state of repair from function, toxins, injuries, and micro traumas to our cells, organs, and systems. Stem cells are our body’s natural repair system.
Using Infiniti umbilical cord blood stem cells can give the body a boost or a refill of the cells that originally generated us and now can help to regenerate us. Stem Cells in our bodies are healing and repair by God’s design.
The best approach to fighting chronic pain is first helping the body repair the things that cause the pain and then secondly giving the body regular “boosts” of stem cells to maintain healthy regeneration. Then we can live life to its fullest without hindrances of pain that keep us from fulfilling our calling or destiny.
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Brian Roadhouse, Regeneration Nation Stem Cell Therapy
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? It’s important to consume 5,000 to 8000 IU of vitamin D3 prior to your Stem Cell procedure and for 90 days post procedure. Stem cells are in the the White Blood Cell family and Vitamin D3 stimulates the immune system to greatly improve your regenerative results.
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Michael Cohen, Integrated Wellness of Florida
Stem Cell Educator
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? To help reduce and or eliminate chronic pain we recommend a variety of things in addition to umbilical cord stem cell therapy.
We suggest our patients also implement an anti inflammatory diet which should lean towards reducing starch carbohydrates and consuming organic foods whenever possible.
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Brandon Bupp, Advanced Health and Wellness Center
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? My best advice for patients suffering with chronic pain is to find out if you qualify for regenerative medicine services including umbilical allograft tissue rich in stem cells as well as joint rejuvenation protocols that stimulate and support the amazing healing potential of the body!
With the right resources, the body can heal and pain can go away, and you can get back to living the life you desire.
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Rafael Foss, Regenerative Medicine of North Florida
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Stem Cells thrive and really like a non-toxic environment, so be sure to implement a healthy lifestyle always!
We encourage all our stem cell clients to use the opportunity of getting natural stem cell therapy as the perfect excuse to start our lifetime wellness health and wellness program to really maximize their results!!
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Donna Beams, ND, Releaf Medical Marijuana Clinics
Medical Assistant/Retired ND
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? After observing almost 2000 medical marijuana patients and listening to how many ways they are significantly improved, I am convinced beyond any doubt that this is a necessary supplement needed for balance in health and wellness.
Here are some examples of the issues we have seen that often correlate with chronic pain: insomnia, anxiety, anger management, PTSD, weight gain or loss. In 99% of returning patients who come in for recertification appointments, there is significant improvement and this is over a 6 month period of usage.
Our chronic pain patients have lost weight, gotten off multiple medications, including Fentanyl patches, opioids, blood sugar lowering agents, Xanax, Lyrica, nicotine, etc.
We feel privileged to be part of an exciting part of medicine that really helps people, and not by just “putting a Band-aide” on their chronic pain.
Learn more about Donna Beams, ND, Medical Assistant/Retired ND
Ron Chabot, The Regenerative Outcomes Foundation
Sr. Resource Development Consultant
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? By harnessing the power of our own bodies ability to regenerate cells, tissue and more, seek a pain management specialist who practices or incorporates FDA approved regenerative medicine procedures.
There are many available to treat pain (some are in clinical trials as well), often with a simple injection where the patient experiences pain relief within days to weeks and is typically prescribed Advil or Tylenol post-procedure.
Versus invasive orthopedic surgery where most patients leave with a prescription for Opioids, with still persistent pain since many of these procedures have been proven to be ineffective, and increase the number of people who become addicted to Opioids, and overdose from Opioids.
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Muthukumar Gunasekaran, University of Maryland Baltimore
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Cardiac progenitor cells and its exosomes as novel therapeutic application for myocardial infarction.
Learn more about Muthukumar Gunasekaran, Research Associate
Kenny Pruitt, Integrative Practice Solutions
Orthopedic and Regenerative Medicine Consultant
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? In its early stages, arthritis of the knee is treated with nonsurgical methods. … In this procedure, a gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid is injected into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid surrounding joints.
Supartz FX is natural and is used to treat the patient. If a full Viscosupplementation fails then some case the cartilage is gone so the regenerative medicine is performed using stem cell and PRP.
Learn more about Kenny Pruitt, Orthopedic and Regenerative Medicine
Ira Pastor, Bioquark Inc.
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods?
- Eat / drink / live based on an “evolutionary understanding” of our human place in nature.
Even though we are humans, and we possess a human genome, our genome contains the evolutionary past of all species that came before us. Every disease that is responsible for the degeneration and death of human beings, has some particular genetic property from the evolutionary past, which was a benefit to another species’ survival.
High blood-sugar levels (seen in diabetes, and other endocrine dysfunction in humans) are required by fast-sprinting organisms, requiring quick energy bursts when pursuing a prey, or being pursued by a predator. Various forms of inflammation (manifesting in humans in a variety of inflammatory and allergic based responses) are many lower organisms’ only form of infectious-disease defense.
It is important to understand these genetic differences and eat/drink/live/adjust appropriately.
My routine – As little dietary sugar and inflammation-causing foods (red meat, dairy, highly processed grains) as possible.
- Utilize common, inexpensive natural products in daily health and wellness routines.
Throughout the 20th century, natural products (primarily those from plants, fungi, and bacteria) formed the basis for a majority of all pharmaceuticals, biologics, and consumer healthcare products used by patients around the globe, generating trillions of dollars of wealth.
However, many scientists believe we have only touched the surface of what the natural world, and its range of organisms, which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than human beings, has to teach us – we should continually learn about these and incorporate them in our routines.
My routine – daily consumption of various common spices (nothing exotic) with extensive supporting scientific literature on human pharmacologic effects – cinnamon (for sugar control), turmeric (for inflammation), celery seed (for blood pressure), cardamom (for anti-fibrotic effects), and cloves (for cross-link prevention).
- Avoid “single magic bullet” approaches to dealing with daily health/wellness/disease issues and embrace a bit of randomness and low-level stresses for “hormesis” dynamics.
We currently live on a planet with many other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than human beings. And there is a reason that many of these organisms (plants, invertebrates, amphibians, etc.) have survived for many hundreds of millions of years on this planet, and developed their own unique answers to many of the problems that plague humanity.
Nature utilizes random, “combinatorial” approaches to their control of disease and degeneration (as evolutionary dynamics would never follow the “single magic bullet” approach promoted by the pharma industry – all species would die out). Lower organisms understand this and have adjusted accordingly – humans and our pharma industry have not yet learned it.
My routine – I constantly vary my diet, my exercise routine, and even fluctuate dose levels of supplements, etc., so my body never gets stale and can become more robust to negative changes in the future.
- Incorporate positive psycho-biologic dynamics in life.
Psycho-biologic benefits have to do with the increasing amount of evidence in the neuroscience literature on how positive thoughts (and this is especially true for involvement with “youthful” activities and “thinking young”), can impact “downstream” physical and chemical manifestations, and the brain, its respective signals, and its connection to the many other systems within the human body (endocrine, lymphatic, etc.) can stimulate positive alterations to our organs, tissues, cells, and even the level of DNA.
My routine – I maintain a child-like attitude/enthusiasm towards life.
- Incorporate positive “cosmo-biological” dynamics in life.
We now have an increasing amount of evidence in the literature on how major “cosmic level” factors affect us too, from gravity (see recent information on the gene-expression changes in astronauts in the international space station), to the earth’s natural electromagnetic field, to time itself (see the field evolving field of chronobiology), as well as light (solar and lunar cycles) in the sky above.
The point is that there are many natural benefits of the biosphere affecting our bodies and our aging processes that we do not always feel directly but that impact us positively in major ways and are very important for us to “reconnect” with.
My routine – As much as I can I “get out in nature” – typically that means a walk on the beach with NO shoes or socks on (to ground myself with the earth’s negatively charged electromagnetic potential), or going for a long hike in the woods to try and access some of the benefits of “forest bathing” in a Japanese context.
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Taylor Vannatta, Georgia Institute of Technology
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Chronic pain can often require chronic treatment. Daily stretching and heating affected areas can work wonders.
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Russ Allen, Optimal Wellness
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? PEMF therapy is very effective. QRS has a great device. Nyloxin Is a very effective topical roll on you can buy on Amazon, it provides excellent short term relief.
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Shanetia Avinger, Avinger Advanced Clinical Consultants and Cancer Treatment Centers of America Atlanta
Oncology and Research Nurse Practitioner
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? As an oncology nurse practitioner working with patients experiencing chronic pain related to their malignancies or chemotherapy induced, the best tip for helping patients included acupuncture, massage, and following with the naturopath physicians for recommendations such as L.Carnitine.
Learn more about Shanetia Avinger, Oncology and Research Nurse Practitioner
Aadam Quraishi, MD, Texas Interventional Orthopedics & Regenerative Medicine
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? The expectation of today’s informed patient has changed significantly over time due to the greater engagement by the Orthopedic Specialist.
The expectation we hold true to our practices at Texas Interventional Orthopedics and Regenerative Medicine, a Regenexx affiliate, is to establish a true Doctor/Patient relationship. This can only be achieved with a direct one on one consultation that can last up to an hour or more.
In that hour the physician should review the obtained history, clinical findings, and explain in detail a review of any image findings such as CT, MRI, and exams for the patient. We use state of the art technology while relaying the findings and recommendations in a easy to understand manner.
The patient should feel that a relationship of trust has been established given our methodical approach at Texas Interventional.
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Jeremy Darnell, Active Medical Center
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Three areas are address to maximize results for patients dealing with Chronic pain. 1) Medically, Proper Medical exam and able to administer Stem Cell to qualified patients. 2) Physical Rehab to strengthen muscles and create balance with muscle patterns. 3) Address Whole body Alignment with Chiropractic. The spine and extremities must be addressed to maximize results.
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Nadia Tavitian, Healthy Self Institute
Chief Wellness Officer
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? After working in the Health and Medical fields for several years, I have observed diet, stress levels, and activity level have the biggest impact on chronic pain. Often our diets can increase the inflammation in our body and leave our body with just enough energy for maintenance-if that-and maybe no energy for repair.
If we have created years of an acidic environment in our body, we may have created deposits in our blood or joints that sustain the pain. Perhaps someone eats healthy, but their stress level is continuously elevated. High stress will lead to an inbalance in homeostasis and your body may not be working as efficiently.
Including meditation, intentional breathing techniques, and stress-management tools can help your brain refocus on the repair that needs to take place. Lastly, physical activity is important to keep everything functioning optimally. However, if it was physical activity that led to this pain, then focusing on stretching practices like yoga can begin to alleviate long-term pain.
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Shengwen Calvin Li, CHOC Children’s Hospital Research Institute/University of California-Irvine School of Medicine
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Above all, sleeping well (7-9 hours a day) is the best natural method for chronic pain relief.
Second, practicing 20-20-20 helps decrease tension pain. For people working on computer, you should look your eyes off your computer to see 20-foot distance, every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds.
Third, practice 4-7-8 breathing technique as advised by Dr. Andrew Weil of Harvard University.
Fourth, climbing up staircase exercise helps reduce pain as it strengthens muscles, and reduces tension pain.
Violeta Vasiljevic, Freelancer
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Chronic pain can range from mild to severe. It can continue day after day or come and go. Since pain serves a vital purpose for us, we must give it the respect it deserves and respond appropriately.
From my point of view, as I have worked among the people that have chronic pain (my husband among them) best natural way to approach pain is with: physiotherapy can be highly effective for all types of chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic types of pain; chiropractic therapy is good for inflammation and muscle tension; massage helps relieve tension and stress, aids in easing muscle and joint pain, improves sleep and provides many other benefits that can help alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain; with exercise muscles get stronger and don’t fatigue as easily, the nervous system winds down promoting relaxation, reduced flare-ups, improves mood and helps with anxiety and depression.
Most importantly, your body produces its own pain relieving medication (e.g. endorphin) that work like the pain medication doctors prescribe.
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Adam Isailovic, Antharra Zone
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Exercise is a major help, as well as knowing a good Chiropractor.
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Pete Shuster, Neuromics
CEO and Owner
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? People with chronic pain need to find ways to exercise. It enables the body to produce its own version of painkillers, such as endorphins, hormones that actually increase your pain threshold. Endorphins interact with brain receptors and can change our perception of pain.
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Eric Anderson, Align Health and Holistic Medical Center Owner/Chiropractor
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Our goal at Align Health and Holistic Medical Center is to offer the best quality care with safe, effective, and natural pain relief options. We are passionate about getting our patients out of pain and on the road to better health. Our providers determine the cause of your pain instead of just treating your symptoms.
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Giuseppe Maria de Peppo, The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? I think a regular moderate exercise together with an anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce the pain. And good sleep of course. I don’t think that is a challenge. People suffering from different types of illnesses often seek stem cell treatments. The problem is that there are many uncertified clinics providing unproven stem cell treatments that, first of all, do not work and, secondly, can also harm the patients. So we need to make sure that patients are well informed on what is the status with stem cell technology for the treatment of medical conditions.
Mariam Abbas, Eurofins
Research and Development Associate, Laboratory Tech, Social Committee Chair
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? My best tip for patients who are dealing with chronic pain and want to use natural remedies is to know your numbers.
Everyone is different, and our bodies work differently on a genetic scale. A remedy that may work miraculously may be harmfulness to someone else. I would especially recommend going to allergy specialist getting tested for any particular allergies to avoid exposure to harmful reactions to particular substances specifically to ones body.
Make sure your medical vitals and DNA are up to par with your dietary standards or other health remedies. I’d also recommend working with dietician, personal trainer, and geneticist. This makes sure that you are doing the exact right things for yourself and well being and also backs up if these remedies are actually working for you with tangible scientific facts and tests.
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Tina Guanting Qiu, Ophthalmic Therapeutic Innovation, MA
Biopharma Physician Executive
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? It depends on the root cause. Rest and sleep is useful for headache. Post op. surgical pain will need analgesic or other pain medication.
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Dr.Pravin Patel, Dr.Pravin Patel innovative Hospital and Research Center Pvt. Ltd.
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Ozone therapy and in some cases when knee replacement or hip replacement suggested then instead of this surgery stem cell procedure is the the best option.
Jennifer Ziegler, PatientForStemCells
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Do your own research. Talk to as many patients as you can who have already received this treatment.
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Leland Johnson, Euretos, BV
Director of Business Development, North America
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Exercise, including stretching, strength training, and aerobic forms.
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Dan Holsworth, Eluciderm, Inc
CEO and Founder
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? I suggest they try a products by Leading Edge Pharms. LEP utilize hemp based CBD in their products. They have been very effective in reducing chronic pain without the side-effects of painkillers, primarily due to topical application and high safety with CBD
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Natalie Gruchow, CVPM, SHRM-CP, Animal Health Clinic Certified Veterinary Practice Manager
What is your best tip for [our animal] patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Our patients are animals. Many well-meaning pet parents take advice from blogs, groomers, etc. Always check with your veterinarian before starting any natural methods.
Even natural remedies may interfere with a pet’s medication or biological system. The stem cell therapy we offer is virtually risk free since it uses the pet’s own cells.
Learn more about Natalie Gruchow, CVPM, SHRM-CP, Animal Health Clinic
Arshad Chaudhry, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Sr. SCinetist
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Be patient and pray
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Stephanie Tippie, Aging Younger Clinic
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? We empower our clients through proper nutrition and supplementation to reduce inflammation leading to chronic pain.
We delve deeper and suggest forensic hair analysis to ascertain what the body is lacking or might be overloaded with heavy metal toxification. With the test results we can then formulate an individually tailored program.
We also discuss saliva testing for hormonal balancing with our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy program.
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Jeff Mayo, Mayo Veterinary Services
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Regenerative medicine harnesses the natural healing process of the body to repair unhealthy conditions like arthritis, and decrease the pain response sensed by your pet. Many pets do not need additional pain medication when receiving regenerative therapies, thus eliminating the potential side effects that arise with the use of many of those medications.
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Debi Stafford, Nurse Debi’s Health & Wellness, LLC Owner/Family Nurse Practitioner
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Chronic pain is a major sign of inflammation in the body. Chronic pain should be treated with a holistic approach. Obesity, sugar, and chemicals contribute to the inflammation. I always try to counsel patients on changing the diet to organic with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Glyphosate and plastics are altering our hormones and creating gut dysbiosis. Organic plant foods contain natural anti-inflammatories. Start moving. Our bodies were not made to be still, and we feel better with movement through the day. Also, getting natural sunlight without sunscreen (but avoiding exposure to the point of sunburn) can help us make vitamin D, as well as give us a spiritual sense of relief and wellness. CBD hemp oil has helped many patients in my practice reduce inflammation and pain without the use of narcotics.
Finally, address the stuff in our emotional lives causing us harm. When I work with patients in pain, inevitably an emotional hurt surfaces that can cause the patient ongoing strife. Stress is a major influencer toward chronic inflammation.
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Deven Patel, GIOSTAR – Global Institute of Stem Cell Therapy and Research
CEO, President & Co Founder
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Every patient must not resort to pharmaceutical poison.
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Ted Sand, Greyledge Technologies, LLC
VP Research & Regulatory Affairs
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Get good professional advice and follow it.
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Mark Kordic, Advancing Your Ministry Vision
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? I have chosen several natural remedies to mitigate my chronic pain, specifically the intense peripheral neuropathy pain I feel in my feet and legs.
These include taking vitamins (Super B-complex, omega-3 fish oil and vitamin D3 + K2), using a hot tub, regimented exercise, along with daily meditation. I have also followed a ketogenic diet which helps reduce inflammation and mitigates pain.
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Henry Young, Dragonfly Foundation for Research and Development
Chief Science Officer
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? I personally use 900 mg turmeric plus 10 mg BioPerine (black pepper extract) for my inflammation/chronic pain.
We need to bring stem cell treatments to mainstream medicine. We need collaborating mainstream physicians for our clinical trials. To do this the data from patient treatments (ours and others) need to be published.
Most mainstream physicians are skeptical that stem cell treatments actually work. This is due in part to the large number of stem cell clinics that basically have no clue what they are doing, i.e., take a three-day course to make themselves ‘stem cell experts’, peruse the scientific literature for procedures but do not understand the procedures they are using or the potential ramifications if things go wrong. They then perform “Hail Mary” treatments, and do not understand the crucial dos and don’ts of working with stem cells.
I am a recipient of my own stem cell technologies. I was diagnosed as two-week terminal Stage-IV Systemic Lupus Erythematosis in 2011. Treatment with my own stem cell technologies rescued me from the brink of death and continued treatments have given me a better quality of life.
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Mitchell Cohn, Mitchell A. Cohn, DO, PLLC – America’s Pain Detective
Physician, Owner, Director
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Diagnosis of the underlying cause(s) of your pain is the single most important part of treatment. Without proper diagnosis, any treatment is like throwing darts at a board – blindfolded. Occasionally one will hit, but most will miss, wasting your time, money, and effort.
Contrary to common medical “wisdom,” up to 80% of chronic pain has a peripheral cause, meaning the pain is REAL and is related to an ongoing problem. Diagnosing the CAUSE(s) can allow direct treatment of offending tissue dysfunction or injury including connective tissue, bone, muscle, nerve, tendon, ligament, etc. Before you agree to any treatment at all, make certain you’ve gone to someone who understands the principles of diagnosis of tissue injury and tissue dysfunction as well as the principles of manual treatment, nerve treatment (NOT STEROID INJECTIONS!), and regenerative medical treatment. You want your pain HEALED, not managed.
Learn more about Mitchell Cohn, Mitchell A. Cohn, DO, PLLC – America’s Pain Detective
Satish Kumar, BioAiLixir Life & Wellness Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Ayurveda the `science of life’ is as ancient as mankind itself. Most of the methods and preparations in this system have `ZERO’ to near zero, side effects thus highly recommended for chronic conditions.
Patients sometimes have overwhelming expectations and treatments fail to live up to that. I have been associated with stem cell trials for more than a decade now. We got encouraging results in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and Limb Ischemia.
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Nina Mehrabani, Stemcellus.org
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? In my experience patients with knee pain after having three Wharton’s jelly stem cell treatment in one year had 80% to 90% success.
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Tina Guanting Qiu, Ophthalmic Therapeutic Innovation, MA
Ophthalmic Physician Executive/Principal
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Relaxation and sleep help ease parasympathetic nerve activities.
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Rohit Sood, Syneos Health
Executive Managing Director, Commercial Advisory Group
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? While I am not a physician, I have read that chronic pain, in some instances, may be managed via healthier lifestyle choices – Meditation, and yoga. Research by Dr. Fred Tabung has also shown that adopting good anti-inflammatory foods (e.g., all types of berries, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains) in one’s diet helps.
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Masood Jan, UC Berkeley
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? I think it’s important to start off by mentioning that chronic pain has more than just physical consequences, as it does play a major role as well in the patients psychological “box”. Accepting the pain is no easy task, but this can alleviate some of the emotional struggles associated with it.
Eating foods that fight inflammation is one of the first things I would do; with a change in diet comes a change in mentality. These include a types of fish, and of course plenty of fruit and water. If you’re a yoga enthusiast, then go for some lessons or with a few friends to a session! Anything that brings you back to this core “mindfulness” will keep you going through most chronic pains.
Minimizing your stress is also an important role. In other words, keeping your mind occupied in areas other than those that cause you stress will leave you much more at ease, able to think better, but also improve your interpersonal relations with friends and family.
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Evan Snyder, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute & University of California-San Diego
Professor & Director, Center for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Well-designed and monitored exercise and rehab (under the guidance of a board-certified physiatrist) actually activate natural compensatory and self-repair processes. No transplant needed. Also anti-inflammatory agents will help.
Barry Bevier, Health Mentor
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? I like a multifaceted approach that depends on the individual situation. I focus on overall health and longevity. Reducing chronic, low level inflammation is important. Spinal alignment is important. Increasing circulating stem cell levels is another factor.
I usually start by recommending Exogenous Ketones, as they reduce inflammation, promote better sleep and increase energy. I also use and recommend CBD products, both topical and ingestible. And a visit to your Chiropractor is always good.
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Akshat Jain, Loma Linda University Health
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Clinical Medicine, Section Head of Hemoglobinopathies and Inherited Bleeding Disorders
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Musculoskeletal pain could benefit from a robust and tailored physiotherapy support program . Many disorders leading to neuropathic pain respond well to muscle strength building .
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Martin Mortazavi, California Institute of Neuroscience
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Make sure to be evaluated by a physician for medically approved methods and their benefit to treat your chronic pain first.
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Johanna Derbolowsky, Quantum Heart Field
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Pain monopolizes attention. When helping patients with pain I start with giving pain its due diligence. First off addressing the pain’s call to attention and do what is necessary to relieve the cause. We so often numb the pain with medication before we check and address what the pain is telling us and what warning signs it is communicating.
When dealing with chronic and residual pain, there are several methods I apply to help clients use their own minds to release pain. This includes self-hypnosis, relaxation and stimulation techniques. For example visualizing the pain as red liquid color and creating an exit valve to let the red liquid flow out.
Pain also causes tension. Often when one manages to relax, the pain minimizes, and a flow of energy through the affected area results in a diminished experience of pain. I also teach the patient to use the flow of energy in their body to relieve pain.
We naturally move in the direction of our attention and with pain being an attention hogger it takes effort to focus the mind and change direction back to well being.
In my book The Transformation Promise I detail methods to direct focus away from pain and in the direction of a pain free state.
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Alexus Christian, Blaxk Orchid
CEO & Founder
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? When a patient is experiencing chronic pain, we as the provider and administrators can not be the judge of their pain because it is not something we are experiencing. We can only assist in the management of the issue. I would suggest to any patient the following:
1) Mantra – Beauty is pain : Growing up, I was told that exact statement for falls, pain, stress, and the list goes on. This was never to be taken as a, “Get over it”. It is meant to open your eyes to the concept that this pain will not defeat you. You are strong enough to weather the storm. In the words of the words of Emperor in Mulan, “No matter how hard the wind blows, the mountain will never bow down to it.” Don’t fold or give up. Honestly, give in, but give in to your ability to believe in yourself. That’s the first step to any recovery. It starts with you. Create your own journey and walk it.
2) Relax: Yoga or go for a walk to stretch the muscles and allow blood to flow to the places that need some extra TLC. You deserve it. Light a candle, turn on a little music, and namaste.
3) This too shall pass: It is to be believed that prescription drugs are best to assist the management of pain. Personally, I believe this to be partially correct. It does not work for everyone and the probability of addiction that will cause more damage in the long run is to close for comfort. If you have gotten out of surgery and cannot handle the post-service maintenance and need a temporary relief, then yes, take your medicine as prescribed by your physician.
For those experiencing pains, that may or may not impede on your ability to be a fully functional person and contribute to society and your own well-being, I would highly suggest speaking to someone in regards to incorporating a small dose of CBD products in your regular day-to-day. It has not been proven to be the miracle drug. However, research has shown that these products along with physical therapy, trigger point injections, anti-inflammatory drugs such as Tylenol/aspirin, and routine check ups, as needed, give the patient a since of relief. There will be cure one day as long as we all come together and do what we can to get these
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Scott Greenberg, Greenberg Regenerative Medicine Director and Physician
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? While regenerative orthopedic treatments can have excellent outcomes, it is not as simple as just placing an injection into or near a joint.
It is so important to find a doctor who is board certified and has years of experience and has performed thousands of successful procedures, especially in the area that you are having a problem. In my experience, comprehensive treatments that address the entire region and account for biomechanics work best.
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Alice Valentin-Torres, Athersys, Inc.
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? The immune system has been widely implicated in pain. There are certain cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) that have important roles in mediating pain.
One of the natural ways to help chronic pain by natural methods is cannabinoids. The effect of cannabinoids to the reduction of inflammation has been widely described. Also, it has been described that certain food types are involved in causing inflammation while others reduces inflammation
In the last few years, the gut has been linked as a key player in controlling inflammation because it harbors many immune cells in an area where they get exposed to many antigens that can cause either tolerance(which is good) or inflammation. The biodiversity in the gut flora is also very important since certain species have been linked with reducing inflammation in the gut while others promote inflammatory responses.
In addition, living an active life, exercising frequently has been link to reduced inflammation.
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Vasiliki Kalodimou, IASO Maternity & Research Hospital, Athens-Greece
Director at Flow Cytometry-Research & Regenerative Medicine
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Reduce stress in your life. Stress intensifies chronic pain. Joining a support group is another method of pain mitigation.
Prajakta Shendge, Regenerative Therapy Centre Regenerative Stem Cell
Scientist and Practitioner
What is your best tip for patients with chronic pain using natural methods? Using the body’s own natural healing mechanism that is not limited to Mesenchymal Stem Medicinal Signalling Cells, has huge potential in treating chronic pain. Using a combination of these cells and growth factors found in blood together with anti-inflammatory proteins helps in reducing swelling, tacking pain, and also helps in regenerating lost cells due to stress.
One such treatment known as SYNTHESIS 360 has been developed by our institution, to implement these cells to their maximum healing potential. Concentrating the bio-available substances, increases the results upto 10 times more by optimising the cells that are injected into the pain site to give desired results.
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Chronic pain is an issue which affects countless people today. While it is is difficult to completely eradicate pain for all patients, the myriad of natural treatments can go a long way toward mitigating or eliminating pain for many patients today.
Dr. Scot Gray is a chiropractor, the CEO of Gray Marketing Enterprises, which provides marketing services for regenerative medicine doctors, and the founder and CEO of Stem Cell One, a stem cell therapy clinic. He is the author of GOOD BACK, BAD BACK: The 10 Things Women Must Know To Eliminate Pain and Look and Feel Younger, and has been featured on numerous television networks including NBC, ABC, and Lifetime Television.
Dr. Gray specializes in helping Regenerative Medicine doctors attract more clients, and has used his experience from his own practice to author another book called The Ultimate New Patient Machine.