Phytomedicine. A new concept? Not really. It is the use of plants to help
human illness. It is been around most of
humanity’s existence, but today we are more accustomed
to pharmacological medicine. Looking to phytomedicine may benefit us
all, particularly post-menopausal women and others who have osteoporosis. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic reports on some recent news
about such plant-based therapies including ginger as well
as others like turmeric for Eugene osteoporosis
treatment and side benefits of enhanced bone health and bone
OSTEOPOROSIS AND POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMEN: BONE FRACTURES, BMD
Women are quite aware of osteoporosis. With DEXA
scans and concerns for fracture risk in the news, Eugene women are reminded to take care of their bones.
Osteoporosis is best described as an imbalance between bone
formation and bone resorption; both are regulated
by nitric oxide. When women reach menopause, estrogen levels
decrease which increases their fracture risk. In a recent study,
women were given a nutraceutical containing Paullinia
cupana, Muira puama, ginger, and L-citrulline, known to help fractures heal in rat studies. Nitric oxide was boosted
along with other biomarkers like cGMP and calcium deposition. Bone mineral
density increased as bone resorption was reduced and
calcium deposition was enhanced. (1) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic finds these to be positive outcomes
for Eugene osteoporosis management with chiropractic.
GINGER AND TURMERIC FOR OSTEOPOROTIC BONE HEALTH
Eugene chiropractic treatment plans at
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic are based on well-done research studies and experience. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
appreciates this well-designed prospective triple-blind randomized
controlled trial. That took a lot to set up, no doubt!
Its goal is to quantify the effect of ginger and
turmeric on quality of life, body composition, bone mineral density (BMD) and
osteoporosis biomarkers in osteoporotic post-menopausal women. Since ginger and turmeric are relatively
inexpensive, this study’s results could surely make an
impact on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. (2) Eugene
nutritional choices for osteoporosis keep expanding!
FLL AND CURCUMIN (TURMERIC) FOR BONE PRESERVATION AND
Fructus Ligustri Lucidi (FLL) is an olive family plant used
for its antioxidant and anti-aging properties to treat osteoporosis for more
than 1000 years. It has been around a long time!
Its bone-preserving properties may come from the influence
FLL seems to have on the microecology of the intestine. Intestinal
changes – changes to the gut’s microecology – come with aging, and FLL appears
to influence that. As a bonus
effect, cognitive function improved. (3) Further,
combining curcumin and Fructus Ligustri Lucidi enhanced bone
regeneration, positioning it as a potential alternative
herbal approach to osteoporosis
treatment and prevention. (4)
CONTACT Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Travis Cross on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses the importance
of combining chiropractic treatment in the Cox® Technic System
of Spinal Pain Management with nutrition to boost the positive
clinical outcomes for patients with back pain.
Schedule your next Eugene chiropractic appointment
with Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic to see how phytomedicine and chiropractic may enhance your
life and take care of your post-menopausal osteoporosis.