Why choose phytomedicine for pain-relief?

A near tragic incident happened years ago before I became a naturopath-  My mum suffered from severe loss of blood from internal bleeding and nearly died. Upon further investigation, it was found to be associated with mega doses of paracetamol to ease her pain symptoms from a common headache to lower back pain.

Indeed, one of the most common side effects of painkillers and steroids is weakening of the tissues – skin, stomach lining, intestines, eyes etc. Therefore, I always encourage all of you to strengthen your tissues with herbs such as Phyllanthus emblica in Phytolec or the herb Gotu kola as in Tissue rejenex.

Over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers are among the most widely prescribed and purchased drugs around the world.

Most of them including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
and acetaminophen (commercial name paracetamol), is metabolized in the liver. Cumulative or overdoses of OTC analgesic drugs can induce acute liver failure (ALF), internal bleeding or tissue weakness (which can lead to stroke and Alzheimer’s disease due to the drug effect on blood vessels) and deplete the body of nutrients such as essential fatty acids, selenium, vitamin C and E. These nutrients are necessary to maintain heart and immune health.

Any form of pain is due largely to inflammation.

Unlike pharmaceutical painkillers such as NSAIDS, botanicals such as herbs modulate (not suppress) inflammation and do not cause internal bleeding. In fact, they have wound healing properties.

For example, each of the herbal extracts in INFLALL (Rosemary, basil, green tea, ginger, coptis, skullcap etc.) contains multiple beneficial compounds and has documented ability to modulate COX enzymes (that regulate inflammation), scavenge free radicals and promote physiological balance in a safe fashion.

This is one of the best products to modulate inflammation in conditions such as a backache, arthritis, gout, sprain/strain muscles and ligaments, shoulder and joint pain due to inflammation, some forms of a headache, and gut inflammation. For added benefit, supplement with Fishkol PLUS and PhytoEFA (Parent plant-based essential fatty acids plus to strengthen the bone matrix.  This is because 90% of your bone matrix is collagen and parent essential fatty acids (not fish oils and calcium).

As usual, all forms of pain need to be treated holistically including the right diet, lifestyle, and stress management. Hydrotherapy is very helpful to promote blood and lymph circulation.

Please call my clinic at 65389978 for consultation or enquiries.


About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases. Please visit website http://slnaturopath.com
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