Phytomedicine. A new concept? Not really. It is the use of plants to address human disease. It is been around most of humanity’s existence, but today we’re more used to pharmacological medicine. Looking to phytomedicine may benefit many of us, particularly post-menopausal women and others who suffer with osteoporosis. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic reports on some recent research about such plant-based therapies including ginger along with others like turmeric for Augusta osteoporosis treatment and side benefits of improved bone health and bone regeneration.
OSTEOPOROSIS AND POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMEN: BONE FRACTURES, BMD
Women are very aware of osteoporosis. With DEXA scans and concerns for fracture risk in the news, Augusta women are reminded to take care of their bones. Osteoporosis is best explained as an imbalance between bone formation and bone resorption; both are regulated by nitric oxide. When women get to menopause, estrogen levels drop which makes their risk of fracture increase. In a new study, women were given a nutraceutical containing Paullinia cupana, Muira puama, ginger, and L-citrulline, said to enhance fracture healing in rat studies. Nitric oxide was increased along with other biomarkers like cGMP and calcium deposition. Bone mineral density rose as bone resorption was reduced and calcium deposition was improved. (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic sees these as beneficial outcomes for Augusta osteoporosis management with chiropractic.
GINGER AND TURMERIC FOR OSTEOPOROTIC BONE HEALTH
Augusta chiropractic treatment plans at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic are based on well-done research studies and experience. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic appreciates this well-designed prospective triple-blind randomized controlled trial. Now, that’s a study! Its goal is to gauge the effect of ginger and turmeric on quality of life, body composition, bone mineral density (BMD) and osteoporosis biomarkers for osteoporotic post-menopausal women. Since ginger and turmeric are pretty inexpensive, this study’s results could really affect the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. (2) Augusta nutritional options for osteoporosis keep growing!
FLL AND CURCUMIN (TURMERIC) FOR BONE PRESERVATION AND REGENERATION
Fructus Ligustri Lucidi (FLL) is an olive family plant used for its antioxidant and anti-aging properties to treat osteoporosis for more than 1000 years. It’s been around a long time! Its bone-preserving properties may stem from the influence FLL has on the microecology of the intestine. Intestinal changes – changes to the gut’s microecology – come with aging, and FLL appears to influence that. As an extra effect, cognitive function improved. (3) Further, using both curcumin and Fructus Ligustri Lucidi enhanced bone regeneration, positioning it as a promising alternative herbal way to treat and prevent osteoporosis. (4)
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