With the all medical research available to us, it comes to no surprise that we are finding alternatives paths for our healthcare needs. We see it in our doctor’s offices, in our pharmacies and in the media; alternative medicine is everywhere. Pro athletes are looking toward platelet rich plasma injection therapy (PRP) to help heal their injuries. Others, are turning toward holistic doctors and herbal remedies to find cures to their common health problems. Typically, these alternatives venues have little or no side-effects and produce remarkable results. No matter what the case may be, we are finding safer, more effective alternative paths to improve our well-being.
Using our Blood to Heal Ourselves
So what is PRP anyway? PRP is an innovative tool which allows our body to heal itself- with a little help from a professional clinical staff. PRP is virtually a painless procedure which takes about 15 minutes to complete. A trained professional takes a sample of your blood in order to extract the blood’s platelets. The platelets will then be change into a concentrated form and injected back into the desired part of your body. These concentrated platelets, ignite natural chemicals which begin the healing or regenerative process. PRP is used for a variety of medical needs:
• Joint pain
• Problems with ligaments and/or tendons
• Damage to muscle tissue
• Regeneration of skin
• Restoration of hair
PRP is most commonly used for chronic injuries and orthopedic conditions, but can also be used for regeneration purposes such as to boost collagen, shrink pores and reduce wrinkles.
Helpful vs. Harmful
It is astounding how mother nature has provided us with such remarkable healing tools, one example of this is the benefits of Milk Thistle. Milk Thistle, known for its main ingredient selymarin, is recognized for a variety of healing properties. This herb is well known for its benefit to the liver. Milk Thistle has been used to cure jaundice, hepatitis, and alcoholic cirrhosis. The herb is also well known for his ability to help with type two diabetes by lowering cholesterol and improving insulin resistance.
Chelation is the process of using a synthetic substance to bind metal/mineral molecules for elimination. This process is typically used for lead poisoning, or circulatory disorders. Although chelation can be beneficial, it can also be harmful to the patient. Some chelation side effects are low blood sugar, headaches, nausea, skin irritation and chronic fatigue.