Why I Don’t Do NSAIDs


For the past 7 years I have had systemic inflammation related to an auto-immune condition diagnosed shortly after my youngest child was born. I have taken various prescription and non-prescription medications, both steroid and non-steroid(NSAID). They offer temporary relief but come with a slew of side effects. Some of the side effects of the NSAIDs that I personally experienced are:

My recent goal has been to transition from conventional medications to natural alternatives, focusing mostly on nutrition. I am happy to report that:
[stextbox id=”info”]For the last 4 months I have not been using over-the-counter medications to treat my systemic inflammation.[/stextbox]

What am I doing instead?

For the most part, I am eating a high-fat, nutrient dense diet that feeds my body what it needs to take care of itself. Grass-fed raw cream and butter have an anti-stiffness factor that helps with inflammation and joint pain. So, I eat a lot of ice cream (homemade, sweetened with honey or succanat). I have cut out processed foods almost entirely. My diet has changed completely.

While this has me on my way to a pain-free life, right now I need more. Food will help me heal over time, but in order to keep moving and functioning NOW, I need something to help reduce the inflammation more immediately. In his book The Fourfold Path to Healing, Thomas Cowan suggests a few alternatives to commercial NSAIDs. I take them all right now, but hope to need them less and less as my body adjusts and heals.

1. White Willow Bark
White willow bark is just bark from a willow tree. It’s active ingredient is a compound called salicin. It’s been used for centuries to treat pain and reduce fever. Scientists later synthesized the salicin into salicylic acid, which is now known as aspirin. The synthetic form is known to irritate the stomach, but willow bark is far less likely to do so. The first thing I did was switch from my regular NSAID to willow bark. It worked just as well, if not better so I’ve stuck to it. I now buy it in bulk (here) and fill my own 00 capsules with this cute machine. The price is about 8 times less expensive than buying the capsules pre-made and it doesn’t take much time to fill them. This is the ‘everyday’ natural NSAID I keep in my cupboard to replace conventional synthetic over-the-counter pain and fever medications. My son (18) took this for mild pain relief the other day and reported that it worked well for him, too. Natural and effective.

2. Boswellia
Boswellia is also a tree. The resin is found to have anti-inflammatory properties. Frankincense comes from the extracts of the resin as well. I take this alone, but it is also in a complex I take that has other anti-inflammatory herbs like ginger and turmeric.

3. BetacolĀ®
Betacol is a blend by Standard Process that has some ‘weird’ stuff in it like bovine liver and adrenal. But, it works and it’s encapsulated in a pretty blue pill, so I don’t mind. It has the anti-stiffness factor that butter and cream do, but it’s got a longer shelf life.

Combined with my new way of eating, these natural supplements have helped me get rid of the unwanted side effects of conventional NSAIDs. In fact, they’ve even helped me stop taking the acid reducer I’ve been on for over 20 years. THAT is a great step forward for me.

In fact, look for a future post on how I got rid of the daily acid blocker.

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One Thought on “Why I Don’t Do NSAIDs

  1. Margaret on December 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm said:

    what if you have allergies?

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