Phytomedicine. A new concept? Not really. It is the system of using plants to help human disease. It is been around most of humanity’s existence, but today we’re more accustomed to pharmacological medicine. Looking to phytomedicine may benefit many of us, particularly post-menopausal women and others who have osteoporosis. Young Chiropractic shares some recent news about such plant-based treatments including ginger along with others like turmeric for Easley osteoporosis treatment and side benefits of improved bone health and bone regeneration.
OSTEOPOROSIS AND POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMEN: BONE FRACTURES, BMD
Women are very aware of osteoporosis. With DEXA scans and concerns for fracture risk in the news, Easley women are prompted to check the status of their bones. Osteoporosis is best described as an imbalance between bone formation and bone resorption; both are influenced by nitric oxide. When women get to menopause, estrogen levels decrease which increases their fracture risk. In a new study, women were treated with a nutraceutical containing Paullinia cupana, Muira puama, ginger, and L-citrulline, said to help fractures heal in rat studies. Nitric oxide was increased along with other biomarkers like cGMP and calcium deposition. Bone mineral density rose as bone resorption was reduced and calcium deposition was improved. (1) Young Chiropractic finds these to be beneficial results for Easley osteoporosis care with chiropractic.
GINGER AND TURMERIC FOR OSTEOPOROTIC BONE HEALTH
Easley chiropractic treatment plans at Young Chiropractic are based on well-done research studies and experience. Young Chiropractic appreciates this well-designed prospective triple-blind randomized controlled trial. Now, that’s a study! Its aim is to gauge 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 pretty inexpensive, this study’s results could really affect the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. (2) Easley nutritional options for osteoporosis keep expanding!
FLL AND CURCUMIN (TURMERIC) FOR BONE PRESERVATION AND REGENERATION
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’s been available for a long time! Its bone-preserving properties may stem from the influence FLL has on the microecology of the intestine. Intestinal changes – changes to the gut’s microecology – come with aging, and FLL seems to influence that. As a bonus effect, cognitive function improved. (3) Further, using both curcumin and Fructus Ligustri Lucidi enhanced bone regeneration, positioning it as a promising alternative herbal way to osteoporosis treatment and prevention. (4)
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Schedule your next Easley chiropractic appointment with Young Chiropractic to see how phytomedicine and chiropractic may enhance your life and take care of your post-menopausal osteoporosis.