Painkillers can destroy your stomach lining in days, Research Says

September 28, 2011

Painkillers can destroy your stomach lining in days!

When you’re suffering from a terrible headache, what do you do?  If you’re like most people, you will resort to painkillers.  Daily Mail reported that just last year, there were about 17 million prescriptions for Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) made and most were sold over the counter.

But don’t you know that painkillers such as aspirin, naproxen, diclofenac and ibuprofen can severely destroy your stomach linings in days?

This is according to the latest study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.  Researchers examined 4,705 cases of miscarriage and found that 7.5% of it had taken NSAID.  Another US study found that people who have been taking painkillers regularly for 4 to 10 years have high possibility of developing renal cancer.

Until today, experts in the UK are still troubled by a huge number of people all over the country who suffer from chronic pain.  In 2003, a research was done indicating that 1/3 of these sufferers were left untreated.

Natural ways to manage chronic pain/ Mind-Body Therapy

It’s good to know that there are things we can do to cope with chronic pain without having to sacrifice our health.  Below are some of the most popular and proven alternative ways of managing pain.  Aside from being effective, these methods are risk free.

  • Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis can greatly reduce the symptoms of chronic pain and relieve stress.  It makes use of relaxation techniques which is one of the best ways to manage pain.  In fact, NHS is recommending the use of this mind-body therapy on pregnant women in preparation for their childbirth.  Aside from eliminating chronic pain, hypnotherapy is also used to help individuals cope with fears, tensions and phobias.

  • Acupuncture

A lot of stressed people opt to have acupuncture.  This complimentary therapy is widely used not just in the UK but also in most parts of the world.  Acupuncture is said to help alleviate various types of pain such as headache, back pain, neck pain, and many more.  It is also used to relieve stress and found to help improve one’s health.

Acupuncture helps relieve pain by simulating the body to release endorphins- a natural chemical that is responsible for a happy feeling and blocks pain.

  • Massage and Chiropractic Treatment

You must have experienced receiving a massage already.  Most people who want to relax visit different spas and salons for this kind of natural therapy.  Massage improves blood flow in the body, reduces stress, and treats muscle pain.  Regular massage therapy can significantly reduce chronic pain.

Chiropractors are professionally-trained therapists.  They’re also called doctors and they use a non-surgical approach in treating people suffering from pain particularly back pain.

Aside from the life-threatening side effects of painkillers, many people are left dismayed because in the end, the pain is still there.  They would try a variety of treatments only to find out nothing actually works.  Acupuncture, hypnotherapy, Chiropractic, or medical massage can effectively reduce symptoms of chronic pain and relieve associated stress with relaxation techniques. If you are interested in talking to a therapist, please visit for a wide list of natural therapies that would best suit your needs.

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