Phytomedicine. A new concept? Not really. It is the use of plants to address
human disease. It’s been around most of
humanity’s existence, but today we are quite accustomed
to pharmacological medicine. Looking to phytomedicine may benefit us
all, particularly post-menopausal women and others who have osteoporosis. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC reports on some recent findings
about such plant-based treatments including ginger as well
as others like turmeric for La Grande osteoporosis
treatment and side benefits of improved bone health and bone
OSTEOPOROSIS AND POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMEN: BONE FRACTURES, BMD
Women are quite aware of osteoporosis. With DEXA
scans and concerns for fracture risk in the news, La Grande women are prompted
to check the status of their bones.
Osteoporosis is best explained as an imbalance between bone
formation and bone resorption; both are controlled
by nitric oxide. When women reach menopause, estrogen levels
drop which increases their fracture risk. In a recent study,
women were given a nutraceutical containing Paullinia
cupana, Muira puama, ginger, and L-citrulline, said to help fractures heal in rat studies. Nitric oxide was boosted
along with other biomarkers like cGMP and calcium deposition. Bone mineral
density increased as bone resorption was reduced and
calcium deposition was enhanced. (1) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC sees
these as positive outcomes
for La Grande osteoporosis management with chiropractic.
GINGER AND TURMERIC FOR OSTEOPOROTIC BONE HEALTH
La Grande chiropractic treatment plans at
Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC are based on well-done research studies and experience. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
values this well-designed prospective triple-blind randomized
controlled trial. That took a lot to set up, no doubt!
Its goal is to measure 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 make an
impact on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. (2) La Grande
nutritional options for osteoporosis keep growing!
FLL AND CURCUMIN (TURMERIC) FOR BONE PRESERVATION AND
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,
combining curcumin and Fructus Ligustri Lucidi enhanced bone
regeneration, positioning it as a hopeful alternative
herbal approach to osteoporosis
treatment and prevention. (4)
CONTACT Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Travis Cross on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses the value
of combining chiropractic treatment in the Cox® Technic System
of Spinal Pain Management with nutrition to enhance the positive
clinical outcomes for patients with back pain.
Schedule your next La Grande chiropractic appointment
with Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC to see how phytomedicine and chiropractic may enhance your
life and take care of your post-menopausal osteoporosis.