Ageing: Easing 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 unwanted side effects can be a problem.

Instead, wheatgrass extract applied to painful areas can make quite a difference to improving quality of life - and without negative side effects. 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 facilitate a good night's sleep.

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

Also, if the patient is taking anticoagulants and bruises easily, applying a small amount of extract immediately over the damaged area(s) can stop bleeding under the skin helping to prevent unsightful bruising and to relieve pain.

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

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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