Phytomedicine. A new concept? Not really. It is the use of plants to address
human disease. It’s been used most of
humanity’s existence, but today we are quite accustomed
to pharmacological medicine. Looking to phytomedicine may benefit us
all, particularly post-menopausal women and others who suffer
with osteoporosis. Spinal Care Clinic shares some recent findings
about such plant-based treatments including ginger as well
as others like turmeric for Burlington and Hamilton 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, Burlington and Hamilton 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 get to menopause, estrogen levels
drop which makes their fracture
risk increase. In a recent study,
women were treated with a nutraceutical containing Paullinia
cupana, Muira puama, ginger, and L-citrulline, said to enhance
fracture healing in rat studies. Nitric oxide was increased
along with other biomarkers like cGMP and calcium deposition. Bone mineral
density rose as bone resorption was slowed and
calcium deposition was enhanced. (1) Spinal Care Clinic sees
these as positive outcomes
for Burlington and Hamilton osteoporosis care with chiropractic.
GINGER AND TURMERIC FOR OSTEOPOROTIC BONE HEALTH
Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic treatment plans at
Spinal Care Clinic are based on well-done research studies and experience. Spinal Care Clinic
values this well-designed prospective triple-blind randomized
controlled trial. That took a lot to set up, no doubt!
Its goal is to measure 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 surely affect the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. (2) Burlington and Hamilton
nutritional options for osteoporosis keep growing!
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 seems
to influence that. As a bonus
effect, cognitive function improved. (3) Additionally,
using both curcumin and Fructus Ligustri Lucidi enhanced bone
regeneration, positioning it as a hopeful alternative
herbal approach to osteoporosis
treatment and prevention. (4)
CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Travis Cross on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses the value
of integrating chiropractic treatment in the Cox® Technic System
of Spinal Pain Management with nutrition to enhance the positive
clinical outcomes for patients with back pain.
Schedule your next Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment
with Spinal Care Clinic to see how phytomedicine and chiropractic may benefit your
life and manage your post-menopausal osteoporosis.