A few popular choices in the holistic person’s arsenal for pain management
According to Purathrive…
Unfortunately It Get’s Worse…
Could Your Pain Medication
Be Putting You At Risk?
Pain is the number one reason Americans access the Healthcare System today.
Many people believe their only option for pain relief is found in the form of potentially harmful NSAID’s such as Iburprofen, Tylenol, Aleve, Celebrex, and Advil (to name a few).
The sad truth is that the most commonly used treatment methods may actually do you more harm than good.
Just some of the common side effects of traditional over the counter pain medications and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) include:
Liver & Kidney
What’s more, they may mask the pain,
but they fail to get to the root cause!
“Medicinal Benefits of Wild Lettuce
Let’s start with the basics. What are the supposed medicinal benefits of wild lettuce?
Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa) is used most commonly as a pain reliever, but it’s also purported to have impacts on specific conditions. It’s said to relax respiratory conditions such as whooping cough and asthma. Wild lettuce has sedative effects that have been used to treat all manner of issues ranging from generalized anxiety and hyperactivity to nymphomania.
It is also sometimes used topically to treat skin conditions and as a wound disinfectant.
Various sources say that it was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Some say it boosted the sex drive, and others say it was used to slow the sex drive. Regardless of the effect on the libido, all three ancient peoples record using wild lettuce as a pain reliever.
A catalog of medicinal plants from 1917 listed wild lettuce as “highly esteemed to quiet coughing and allay nervous irritation, a good safe remedy to produce sleep, to be used when opium and other narcotics are objectionable.” This was at a time when opium and cocaine were widely available and legal, and still, wild lettuce was seen as an effective alternative with fewer side effects.
Is Wild Lettuce Effective?
While it has a long history of use for pain relief, is it actually effective? There are a few modern scientific studies that tried to answer that exact question.
Wild lettuce is native to Iran and used in traditional medicine there. A study at an Iranian medical center cites that “Lactucarium [wild lettuce sap] is a diuretic, laxative and sedative agent which relieves dyspnoea, and decreases gastrointestinal inflammation and uterus contractions. It has anticonvulsant and hypnotic effects as well. In addition, the lettuce contains traces of hyoscyamine, which is probably responsible for its sedative effects.”
As to its pain relieving properties, a study in the journal of phytotherapy research found that a compound in wild lettuce known as lactucin has sedative effects in mice at relatively low doses (2mg/kg). In larger doses (15mg/kg), lactucin begins to have significant pain relieving effects.
Another study confirmed these findings, noting that some pain relieving effects could be documented at doses of (15 mg/kg). While that dosage produced the first noticeable effects, the active compounds in wild lettuce only became as effective as a standard dose of Ibuprofen at 30 to 60 mg per kg of body weight.
So it appears that extracts from wild lettuce sap actually do have pain relieving properties! That said, they appear to be relatively mild and not exactly opium strength. All of these studies were done on extracted herbal compounds, and it’s possible that the whole herb has a synergistic effect with multiple compounds, but that hasn’t been specifically studied.
Wild lettuce Dosage
All of the studies investigating wild lettuce for pain relief were conducted using pure isolated lactucin rather than wild lettuce sap itself. One source says that the sap contains 50-60% lactucin, so dosages of sap would be roughly double that of the dosages noted in the studies.
The average adult in the US weighs about 80kg (~180lbs). Theoretically, they’d have to consume at least 30 mg per kg of body weight, or 2400 mg (2.4 g) of wild lettuce sap to experience the effects of an ibuprofen. The herbalist Michael Moore estimates that a single 4-foot tall plant should yield about 2-3 grams of dried sap, or about a single dose.
One source suggests a dosage of 1.5 grams of dried sap brewed in a tea, or 0.25 grams of wild lettuce sap smoked in a pipe. The effects are supposed to be much more dramatic when smoked, thus the lower dosage.
It’s possible that the sap itself is more effective than the isolated lactucin compound, but I would imagine you’d still need to consume a good bit to reach opiate-like effects. At that point, you’re obviously risking potential side effects…
Wild Lettuce Side Effects
Though wild lettuce is supposedly safer than opium, it isn’t without side effects. One source lists the side effects as “nausea, vomiting, anxiety and dizziness.”
A medical paper written in 2009 describes the symptoms of 8 patients who had consumed wild lettuce and experienced toxic effects. It was a group of men ages 18-38 who consumed it together, so I doubt their motivations were pain relief. The study doesn’t have any documentation on how much plant material they consumed, but it does note that they ate it in the wrong season. It was harvested in May, instead of in July/August, which may have impacted its toxicity.
The eight men experienced varied symptoms, including agitation, severe anxiety, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, hyperactivity, euphoria and loss of consciousness. All of them recovered in 1 to 3 days.
Since wild lettuce is getting lots of press as a substitute for opium, it was only a matter of time until someone tried to inject it intravenously. That’s not a traditional preparation, but clearly, that wasn’t a consideration in this case. The study documents side effects including “fevers, chills, abdominal pain, flank and back pain, neck stiffness, headache, leucocytosis and mild liver function abnormalities.” None the less, the patient recovered fully within 3 days.
At least thus far scientific literature hasn’t had a case where wild lettuce users managed to overdose in a manner that impacted them permanently, but just because it hasn’t happened doesn’t mean it won’t.”
Curcumin (Liposomal is far more absorbable and ‘bang’ for the buck)
According to Purathrive…
A Unique Blend of Curcumin,
DHA & Ginger Extract
- A unique blend of powerful natural compounds that can help quell pain and inflammation
- Breakthrough solution in Curcumin delivery: Patented Micelle Liposomal Technology offers 185x absorption
All-Natural Ingredients That Deal With The Root Cause of Pain
(Without The Adverse Side Effects)
PuraTHRIVE™ Liposomal Curcumin Gold contains a unique blend of powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that can help quell pain and inflammation just as effectively as NSAIDs, but without the potential health risks.
Our potent Curcumin Extract, clinically shown to help quell inflammation, reduce joint pain and support long-term health.
Added Algal DHA and Ginger Oil – two more powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that support the health of your joints, heart and brain.
Our patented Micelle Liposomal delivery method, for unparalleled absorption potential and delivery right to the cells that need it most.
Harnessing The Immense Healing Power of Turmeric Root
Turmeric curcumin extract has been used as a powerful remedy in ancient medical systems for thousands of years.
More recently, the science world has caught up, with more than 3000 publications concerning turmeric and curcumin released in the last 25 years.
The results speak for themselves…
Curcumin supplementation can result in up to a 60% reduction in pain and a 73% reduction in joint stiffness.
Journal of Alternative Medicine Review
Can lead to a 16-fold decrease in inflammatory markers and reduce dependency on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by 63%
Can help prevent plaque build up along artery walls, decreasing LDL (bad cholesterol levels), and even lowering triglycerides by up to 40%
Journal of Nutrition Research
Can help dissolve abnormal proteins in the brain, potentially protecting cognitive function as you age.
Annuals Indian Academic Neurology
Promotes radiant skin. Curcumin inhibits an enzyme that prevents elastin from forming by up to 65%. Elastin is essential to smooth, young skin.
Journal Biomed Central Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Supports digestive health. 66% of patients taking curcumin experienced improvements in gut health.
Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine
Supports and helps maintain telomere length – key indicators of health and longevity.
University of Newcastle
Is equal to 1 hour of daily aerobic exercise for better health.
Journal of Nutrition Research
And the list goes on…
HOW IT WORKS?
The Root of All Disease
Inflammation is a natural bodily process. Without it, you would be unable to fight off infections or recover from injuries.
But you can get too much of a good thing.
While low level, acute inflammation is beneficial, chronic inflammation over a long time period is potentially devastating.
It’s linked to just about every chronic disease and degenerative condition known to man, including: