Ageing: Relieving aches and pains

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

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

Instead, I suggest applying a little wheatgrass extract once a day (occasionally more if necessary), to painful muscle and joint areas such as the lower back, stiffened fingers etc. This can do much to reduce joint stiffness and pain as well as help one sleep better. The extract appears to soften and loosen up connective tissue in the fingers and elsewhere such as the knee and other joints. It can also help reduce swelling and bruising due to injuries and hasten recovery.

Also, bruising and pain due to anticoagulants and other drugs can be reduced significantly by applying a small amount of wheatgrass extract over the affected area(s), once a day. The extract can also reduce swelling as well as help heal damaged skin to protect wounds from becoming infected.

One last tip. Don't overtreat. "Less is best" when it comes to using wheatgrass extract for healing and pain relief.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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