The saying used to be, “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning,” but many people turn to ibuprofen to relieve inflammation, pain, and fever. This nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), available both over the counter and by prescription, is commonly used to treat arthritis, menstrual symptoms, headache, general aches and pains, and various inflammatory conditions.
Side effects of ibuprofen
Although many people think of ibuprofen as being rather benign, it is associated with an increased risk of heart and circulation problems, including stroke and heart attack, as well as gastrointestinal problems, such as bleeding or perforation of the stomach or intestinal tract. These risks increase the longer you take the drug, although the length of time until it affects any one individual varies depending on their overall health, use of other medications, age, and other factors.
A natural alternative to ibuprofen
Many studies have been done on various natural pain killers and anti-inflammatories that can be used as alternatives to ibuprofen. They generally have mild to no side effects. Here is one you may want to consider.
White willow bark
This herb is the predecessor of aspirin. White willow bark contains multiple pain inhibiting factors, including salicin. Salicin converts to salicylic acid in the stomach, the active ingredient in aspirin. White willow bark is much less irritating to the stomach than the synthetic drug, aspirin, while it works to relieve pain, inflammation, and fever.
SALIZAIN is an all natural pain reliever that can eliminate minor discomforts and allow the healing process to progress. Just one tablet provides 240 mg of Salicin from white willow bark. This is the clinically documented amount with proven results. This natural product is less damaging to the body than traditional pain relievers. Salizain provides lasting, effective pain relief, thus allowing for a more timely healing response.
We carry this and other natural pain relief products at our office. Call 330-877-3177 for more information.
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