It can keep you up at night and often prevents you from doing the things you love. I’m talking about chronic pain—and if you are one of its victims, it never seems to release its grip on your life.
Most of the people I see who are suffering from persistent pain tell me that they’ve tried every pain reliever in the drugstore—and nothing seems to offer any real relief. I’m not surprised. Relying on OTC pain relievers can be both frustrating and dangerous. Drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen wear off after just a few hours and can increase the risk of gastrointestinal and kidney problems with continued use.
So they come to me looking for a better solution. But many patients are surprised when I don’t whip out my prescription pad. In my opinion, prescription pain relievers should only be used as a last resort. So what’s left? If you listen to conventional wisdom, not much. But there is a natural way to permanently ease chronic pain that isn’t on the radar screen of most doctors. And you certainly won’t hear about it from the pharmaceutical industry.
Instead of popping handfuls of pills that don’t give you lasting relief, I tell my patients about a natural supplement that is such an effective solution to chronic pain.
An amino acid, DL-phenylalanine, which eases pain by blocking the enzymes that break down the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals. In 20 patients with longstanding pain, most reported that their pain was cut in half after taking the amino acid for just two weeks. Other research shows that DL-phenylalanine helps reduce chronic pain associated with migraines, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia by stimulating nerve pathways in the brain that control pain. It’s so effective that a clinical trial by French researchers discovered that it alleviates the pain often experienced by late-stage cancer patients. In my book, that’s pretty impressive!
Other investigations show that DL-phenylalanine also makes the pain-inhibiting effects of acupuncture stronger. Several studies have shown that taking DL-phenylalanine the day before undergoing treatment for pain management increased the effectiveness of the acupuncture, especially in people with dental and low back pain. If you’re taking an opiate drug, it also increases the effect of the drug—which means you may be able to take less of the habit-forming pharmaceutical to achieve the same pain relief.
Boswellia, white willow bark, ginger, and green-lipped mussel extract are also great for defeating pain. Since pain is often triggered by inflammation, these natural anti-inflammatories inhibit pro-inflammatory mediators in the body, especially leukotrienes. But unlike drugs, long-term use of boswellia doesn’t cause cardiovascular or gastrointestinal problems.
I’ve seen such profound pain relief among my patients taking these natural herbs that it’s become my first-line treatment choice. But you don’t need an office visit to experience this relief for yourself. If you are in constant pain and discomfort, don’t wait another minute! Try DL-phenylalanine and the other natural herbs discussed in this article to start on the road to pain-free living!
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Dr. David J. Blyweiss began his medical career as a clinical pharmacist in South Florida prior to earning his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in 1982.
His dual background allowed him to appreciate the relevance of conventional pharmaceutical/surgical based treatments in acute medical conditions, and recognize where these approaches fell short in treating the majority of patients who suffered from the chronic degenerative diseases of "western civilization origin."
Over the last twenty years, with the nutritional medical knowledge base expanding in the fields of nutrigenomics, protemics, and other related "orthomolecular" disciplines directed towards patients' biochemical individuality, Dr. Blyweiss became an early adherent and experienced practitioner of what would become known as "functional medicine." This knowledge allows him to effectively manage and alleviate the symptoms related to the most "difficult-to-treat" conditions by addressing the underlying causes, allowing the body to heal itself.
Dr. Blyweiss was one of the initial researchers doing the early work on chlorhexidine (Phisohex) while earning his first post graduate degree at Temple University School of Pharmacy. During medical school he worked with the WHO (World Health Organization) in vaccinating children in the islands of the Carribbean. He has traveled much of the world, most recently to Belize, Central America, Gabon, Africa, and Zagreb, Croatia working closely with teams of specialists to identify new plant life and natural products for possible human benefit as well as researchers and their stem cell transplantation teams. He has consulted for and created state-of-the-art nutritional supplements for multiple nutritional companies since 1999. He is currently in private practice in South Florida where he resides with his family.