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Natural anti-inflammatory agents for pain relief

Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Surgical Neurology International (Impact Factor: 1.18). 12/2010; 1:80. DOI: 10.4103/2152-7806.73804
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ABSTRACT The use of both over-the-counter and prescription nonsteroidal medications is frequently recommended in a typical neurosurgical practice. But persistent long-term use safety concerns must be considered when prescribing these medications for chronic and degenerative pain conditions. This article is a literature review of the biochemical pathways of inflammatory pain, the potentially serious side effects of nonsteroidal drugs and commonly used and clinically studied natural alternative anti-inflammatory supplements. Although nonsteroidal medications can be effective, herbs and dietary supplements may offer a safer, and often an effective, alternative treatment for pain relief, especially for long-term use.

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