Alternatives for opioids: Does Integrative Medicine hold the answers for non-addictive pain treatment?

(Natural News) A meta-analysis published online in the Anesthesia &Analgesia journal shows that integrative medicine treatments — such as yoga, acupuncture and mindfulness meditation as well as relaxation techniques and massage therapy — show preliminary efficacy in pain management. A team of researchers at the Harvard Medical School reviewed up to 32 studies as part of the review. The experts...
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Earlier this month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released  preliminary estimates of the opioid overdose rate for 2017. The total overdose rate rose to approximately 72,000, up from a total overdose rate of 63,600 in 2016, an increase of roughly 10 percent. The total overdose rate includes deaths from numerous drugs in addition to opioids, such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and benzodiazepines. The opioid-related overdose rate increased as well, from a little over 42,000 in 2016 to over 49,000 in 2017. This increase occurred despite a 4 percent drop in heroin overdoses and a 2 p...
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In the last post we discussed some of the misconceptions about tapering off opioids.  Today we will discuss a couple basic principles, and then describe the approach I recommend for my patients tapering off buprenorphine. Opioids act at receptors that normally bind endorphins, which are released by neurons in response to a range of stimuli including trauma and rewarding behaviors such as eating a good meal or using addictive drugs.  Endorphin pathways elevate mood, reduce sensation of pain, and impact urine production, immune function, intestinal motility, and other bodily functions.  Endorphin pathways have...
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What is holistic therapy? Holistic therapy is defined as non-medicinal recovery methods. At Cliffside, we use holistic therapy to complement traditional treatment practices. Holistic therapy aims to bring the mind, body and spirit into alignment. It focuses on the patient’s overall well-being while also treating physical symptoms of addiction and withdrawal. They can be very beneficial to addiction therapy because they can be calming, healing outlets to use in place of old behaviors. They support the constant growth of each patient – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Holistic therapy aids in he...
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Opioids are well-known to be lethally addictive, spurring a nationwide crisis. Less well-known are the drugs’ other complications: dangerous breathing difficulties, nausea, gastrointestinal distress, and paradoxically, a hypersensitization that worsens feelings of pain. Inevitably, frequent users grow tolerant of the drugs’ pain-relieving effects, leading them to use increasingly higher doses...
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Publication date: Available online 13 August 2018Source: International Review of NeurobiologyAuthor(s): S. Thobois, C. Brefel-Courbon, D. Le Bars, V. SgambatoAbstractOpioid receptors are localized throughout peripheral and central nervous system and interact with endogenous opioid peptides and drugs including heroin, synthetic opioids, and pain relievers (codeine, morphine). If several opioid PET tracers exist for preclinical studies, only a few have been used in human. Some tracers are selective for one subtype of opioid receptors (e.g., [11C]CAF (carfentanil) for μ receptor) while others are not ([11C]DPN (diprenorphi...
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(Penn State) About one in five college students reported in a survey that they knew someone who was addicted to pain medications, and nearly a third said they knew somebody who overdosed on painkillers or heroin, according to a team of undergraduate Penn State Lehigh Valley researchers.
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THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 -- Doctors prescribed fewer opioid pain medications after receiving letters from a medical examiner informing them of a patient's fatal overdose, a new study says. Many people who die of opioid overdoses got addicted to the...
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PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — One Tampa Bay area fire rescue will be the first local department to launch a three-prong campaign against the opioid crisis. Their first phase is providing alternatives to opioids for pain treatment. It is part of an effort to give you better options in the ongoing fight against opioid addiction. In just a year span, Pasco County Fire Rescue gave out Narcan, the overdose reversal drug, 1,200 times. That is about three times a day. These include patients who have overdosed or those who took too much medication by mistake. In Pasco County, they are seeing a 10% increase of Narcan use every year. &...
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Something’s just not right: lately you are forgetful, stressed, and tired all of the time. Symptoms can vary from mood swings, to lack of concentration, to feeling chronically tired, and anxious. To top it off, no matter how healthy you try to eat, you still aren’t losing weight. So let’s add frustrated to the list. And you’re finding that all of this is affecting your performance at work, as a parent, and even as a partner/spouse. It’s not your imagination.  Grains are behind it all… The grains you consume may have numerous damaging effects on your brain and nervous system, not ju...
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Discussion: It is not possible to understand long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain without understanding the close and multifaceted relationship of this therapy with depression.
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