First off, what is it about an herb that gives you natural pain relief? The answer depends on how it works to tackle the underlying causes of pain. Ideally, it should do so in more than one way. In contrast to synthetic drugs, which typically have only one or two mechanisms to treat pain, herbs generally provide a broad spectrum of beneficial effects. Indeed, it is common for herbs to influence pain in many ways.
The Science Behind Stephania
This herb is one of the 50 fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. It is also well-known to modern science. Here is what we know about this herb when it comes to natural pain relief.
Note that pain is a sign of inflammation, which is your body's healing response to cellular damage. Damage is the common factor shared by the aching joints of arthritis, by sports injuries, by sore muscles, and by many other sources of pain.
Scientists now know some of the ways that Stephania works to provide relief from all of these sources of pain, and more. So far studies show that this herb can have the following affects:
- Reduces the action of certain kinds of inflammatory molecules called cytokines.
- Inhibits superoxide anion and hydrogen peroxide, which are powerful oxidizing agents inside your cells.
- Slows down the formation of internal scarring.
- Blocks the activity of enzymes called cyclooxygenases, which are the targets of many of the common synthetic pain medications (eg, ibuprofen).
The bottom line in all that jargon is that Stephania is a pain relief herb that is backed up by good scientific research. It is therefore no surprise that this herb is widely known in Chinese medicine for relieving the pain of arthritis and neuralgia. It is also no surprise that professional athletes have discovered its benefits for relieving chronic pain from the stresses of over-exercise and from sports injuries.
Finding Products That Contain Stephania
Based on Stephania's long history as a Chinese medicinal herb and on its growing body of scientific research, you may expect to see it as a common ingredient in natural pain relief lotions. This scenario, however, is apparently not true.
Neverheless, Stephania can be found in certain skin care formulas as one of many herbs that work together to treat pain, soothe sore and tight muscles, diminishing swelling and inflammation, and strengthen joints and muscles. In addition, such a formula also reduces internal bruising and improvements circulation. The name of the company that makes these blends is Jadience Herbal Formulas.
The Jadien Herbal Formulas website (jadience.com) provides information about all of the company's products. However, it does not offer direct purchasing online. The company instead provides a list of online sources of their products along with a few local vendors in the US and Canada.