Phytomedicine. It may be a new concept for some. It is the system of using plants to help human illness. It’s been used most of humanity’s existence, but today we’re more used to pharmacological medicine. Looking to phytomedicine may benefit us all, particularly post-menopausal women and others who have osteoporosis. Moriarty Chiropractic reports on some recent news about such plant-based therapies including ginger as well as others like turmeric for Nashua osteoporosis treatment and side benefits of enhanced 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, Nashua women are prompted to check the status of their bones. Osteoporosis is best described as an imbalance between bone formation and bone resorption; both are regulated by nitric oxide. When women get to menopause, estrogen levels decrease which increases their fracture risk. In a recent study, women were given a nutraceutical containing Paullinia cupana, Muira puama, ginger, and L-citrulline, known 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 slowed and calcium deposition was improved. (1) Moriarty Chiropractic sees these as beneficial outcomes for Nashua osteoporosis care with chiropractic.
GINGER AND TURMERIC FOR OSTEOPOROTIC BONE HEALTH
Nashua chiropractic treatment plans at Moriarty Chiropractic are based on well-done research studies and experience. Moriarty Chiropractic appreciates this well-designed prospective triple-blind randomized controlled trial. Now, that’s a study! Its aim is to gauge the effect of ginger and turmeric on quality of life, body composition, bone mineral density (BMD) and osteoporosis biomarkers in post-menopausal women with osteoporosis. Since ginger and turmeric are relatively inexpensive, this study’s results could surely impact the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. (2) Nashua nutritional choices 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 has 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 a bonus effect, cognitive function got better. (3) Additionally, using both curcumin and Fructus Ligustri Lucidi enhanced bone regeneration, positioning it as a promising alternative herbal approach to treat and prevent osteoporosis. (4)
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Schedule your next Nashua chiropractic appointment with Moriarty Chiropractic to see how phytomedicine and chiropractic may benefit your life and take care of your post-menopausal osteoporosis.