Plant-based, alternative chronic pain treatment

Chronic pain is usually categorised as longstanding pain that has been going on for over three months. There are a number of things that can cause chronic pain, but it is always debilitating and severely impacts quality of life. Although there are a number of medications that can be prescribed in an attempt to combat pain severity, recently, increasing numbers of chronic pain patients are turning to plant-based approaches to treat their symptoms. So much so, that it is now the number one condition treated with natural treatments.

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28 million

Just under 28 million adults in the UK are estimated to live with chronic pain.

64%

Pain decreases by 64% on average with plant-based alternatives, suggests US patient survey.

84%

Of those who have tried natural alternatives for pain management said it was an effective pain treatment.

Number 1

Condition in the UK being treated with alternative, plant-based treatments is chronic pain.

Symptoms

Joint pain

Burning pain

Muscle aches

Fatigue

Sleep problems

Poor flexibility

Depression

Decreased activity level

Anxiety

Irritability

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

Although there are a number of exercises that can prevent chronic pain from getting worse, such as swimming, yoga, and walking, this often isn’t enough. Physical therapy may be recommended as a treatment option, or pharmaceutical painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed as a first line treatment for chronic pain.

Tramadol

Codeine

Morphine

Fentanyl

NSAIDs

Ibuprofen

Paracetamol

Find out if you may be eligible for chronic-pain plant-based treatments here
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A word from our specialist

"Neurological conditions are many and varied in how they can affect us. The more recognised conditions that are treatable with medical cannabis include epilepsy, where CBD mimics the action of the many anti-epileptic drugs; and multiple sclerosis, which the NHS can prescribe Sativex for. Medical Cannabis offers greater flexibility in the delivery of cannabinoid therapy for these conditions and hope in other areas of neurology, such as in the neurodegenerative conditions and the motor disorders."
Dr David Tang

Neurological Specialist

How can natural, plant-based treatments benefit chronic pain?

Natural, plant-based treatments have demonstrated promising potential in providing rapid, long-lasting, pain relief. It’s believed this is because of the way natural, plant chemicals interact with the receptors in our brains or body, and in the case of chronic pain, specifically those in the pain-modulating centre of our brains where they can decrease the recognition of, or sensitivity to, pain. 

It’s believed that some of these natural compounds can also increase the production of anandamide, which is a chemical (or an endocannabinoid) that is naturally produced by the body. As well as being associated with pain regulation, anandamide is believed to reduce the feeling of pain, and improve mood. 

There are a number of health conditions that are often linked with chronic pain syndrome, including fibromyalgia, arthritis, cancer, and endometriosis, because of the long-lasting pain they cause. Injury and surgical trauma can also be common causes of chronic pain, but chronic pain can sometimes be experienced even when these conditions improve, for what seems like an unexplained reason. 

If you are struggling to manage your symptoms and have already tried two conventional treatments to manage chronic pain, natural, alterative pain therapies may be suitable for you. Use our free eligibility tool to find out now. 

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