Ageing: Easing aches & pains

Niggling aches and pains, stiffness, back pain and so on, can often dampen 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), are frequently prescribed. However, although they may provide relief for a while, negative side effects can often be a problem.

Fortunately though, wheatgrass extract often helps relieve or eliminates many negative symptoms - with no side effects. For instance, applying  a small amount over painful areas such as low back, stiffened fingers etc. once or twice a day, can do much to ease pain and enable the patient to sleep more comfortably.

Wheatgrass can also significantly and quite quickly reduce swelling, bruising and pain due to injury. Apply a little extract over the affected or swollen area(s) as soon as possible after the injury and repeat daily.

Finally, if the patient is taking anticoagulants and bruises easily, apply a small amount of extract immediately over the damaged area. This will help stop bleeding under the skin, reduce unsightful bruising and relieve pain.

The extract also accelerates healing of damaged skin and reduces the risk of infection.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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