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Holistic Modalities for Pain Relief

Feb 29, 2020 01:09PM
One out of four people prescribed opioids for pain will become addicted. The conventional medical community has, therefore, become more open toward old-fashioned, holistic treatments that have been used in different cultures for hundreds and thousands of years. 

         Unfortunately, commonly used over-the-counter medications, such as nonsteroidals or acetaminophen, can have major complications—the first one leading to kidney issues and gastrointestinal bleeds, and the latter mainly affecting the liver. Acetaminophen is also the number one cause nationwide for acute liver failure. Many people with gastrointestinal bleeds seen in the emergency room are there due to nonsteroidal use. Many alternative modalities may be used to ease pain without these harmful side effects.  

Hydration: A crucial element that ensures nutrients are brought to the cells and waste is deported and excreted, effectively helping to reduce pain intensity. Sugary drinks do not count as hydration.  

Organic fruits and vegetables: Proper intake provides Mother Earth’s chemistry and enzymes to our bodies and cells.  

Hydrotherapeutic applications: Icing and heat are two examples out of a much bigger array that fall under this topic. Compresses and body wraps with different herbs or substances can be used.  

Emotional clearing: To a certain degree, we all somaticize our emotions and life events and press them into the physical body in the form of physical illness and pain. 

Supplements and herbs: Many have centuries of use in different traditions and cultures.  

Body work therapies: These can release physical pain back into the emotional realm where it can be easier dealt with, transformed and released.  

Electromagnetic and light therapies: Even changing a color in one’s house might initiate some shifting. 

A healthcare professional familiar with these tools and indications can combine them, without any worrisome side effects, to help alleviate symptoms and ultimately reduce prescription medicines. This is much safer than covering pain up with narcotics. 


Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. Consult with your healthcare professional with any questions you may have.  


Dr. A. Schaeffer-Pautz, M.D., is founder of Persephone Healing Arts Center, in Jacksonville Beach. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine (ABIM) and Integrative Medicine (ABPS/ABOIM). See ad, back cover. 

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