Ageing: Relieving aches and pains

Niggling aches and pains, stiffness, back pain etc., can interfere considerably with an elderly person's quality of life.

Pain-reducing (analgesic) drugs such as paracetamol (Panadol/ Tylenol) and anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen/Brufen) and diclofenac (Voltaren),  may provide relief for a few hours, but adverse side effects can be a problem.

Instead, wheatgrass extract applied to painful areas can make quite a difference to improving quality of life. For instance, spreading just a small amount over painful areas such as the low back, stiffened fingers etc. once a day, can do much to  relieve stiffness and pain, and to help provide a good night's sleep.

Wheatgrass can also help reduce swelling, bruising and pain due to injury.

Also, if the patient bruises easily because of anticoagulants and other drug, applyication of a small amount of wheatgrass extract  over the injured area(s) can stop bleeding under the skin which can help to prevent bruising and relieve pain.

The extract also accelerates healing of damaged skin and helps prevent infection.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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