Friday, February 6, 2009
Natural Cox-2 inhibitor.
Many chronic health problems are associated with inflammation; some are caused by inflammation, others cause inflammation. But whether cause or effect, inflammation often causes pain. Reducing inflammation generally reduces pain caused by it.
Inflama-Rest is a natural anti-inflammatory, with vitamins, minerals, herbs, and herbal extracts to counter the Cox-2 inflammatory response.
I've taken this remedy for about a year, sometimes at the full recommended dose, more often at half the recommended dose. I also take one naproxen sodium per day. Even with the full dose of Inflam-Rest, I still need the naproxen sodium anyway, and half the Inflama-Rest dose is enough to compliment the otc medication sufficiently.
For those of you who don't know me, my physical challenges include osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, hypoglycemia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), mitral valve prolapse (subject of an upcoming post!), allergies (food and environmental - fortunately none are severe), baker's cysts, and a bulging lumbar disc.
Many of these are auto-immune diseases, and several are associated with inflammation. Top of the list: anxiety. Being in a constantly anxious state sets off a systemic response that results in inflammation. So does momentary stress, but in that case, the stress subsides, and so does the inflammation.
I try to remember to relax, breathe, do yoga, get sufficient rest, keep a healthy mindset, etc. but I still need help! I take lots of vitamins, minerals, herbs, flax seed and or flax oil; but I still need help! I took Vioxx for several months while it was available, and for that brief period I felt fairly normal. Not only did it control inflammation very nicely, so that I had little or no chronic pain, but I also noticed greatly improved mood and energy level. So I know how much an anti-inflammatory can help.
I'm not too impressed with the meds used in place of Vioxx. I've taken a couple and didn't like side effects. So even though I still have some chronic pain, I make do with naproxen sodium and the added benefits of Inflama-Rest.
I realize I haven't talked much about Inflama-Rest itself, or written the most glowing report of how it cured me of all my ills, or at least made me forget about them. However, it is a remedy worthy of your consideration if you live with the pain of chronic inflammation, or are interested in using something natural instead of a pharmaceutical. Check with your doctor first before discontinuing any medication, and also if you have a serious condition, or a possible contra-indication to taking this remedy. (There's a list of ingredients if you follow the link at the top of this article.)
If you try it, please comment below to let me and other readers know how you liked it, if it helped you, how much you took, and any other pertinent info you care to share. Thanks!