Numerous clinical studies show that that 100% natural Traumeel® ointment and gel are as effective as topical NSAIDs for the treatment of pain and restoration of function associated with minor injuries.
With more of us taking part in an active sport, exercising in the gym or going for a run, soft tissue injuries such as strains, sprains and bruises are common. They may not be serious, but they can be painful and debilitating, and put a temporary stop to sporting activity.
Generally, we are not as patient at ‘waiting for things to heal on their own’ as we once were and just want to ease pain so that we can get on with our life. Topicals score well in current popularity because they allow us to target the treatment directly at the site of the pain or inflammation. This works both physically, by acting directly on the affected area, but also psychologically, as the act of applying to the source of pain makes it feel more effective than just taking a tablet and waiting for it to find the issue.
The choice of topical pain relief products has been dominated by mainstream pharmaceutical products, which include NSAIDs such as diclofenac and ibuprofen – these have been widely used for many years to treat pain and inflammation that resulted from minor injuries. However, they are not tolerated by all and many people suffer from unpleasant side effects with their use. As we move to more natural and sustainable lifestyles with an increased recognition of allergic reactions and a worry about the overuse of pharmaceutical products, more and more people are looking for a natural alternative that they understand to be both safe and effective.
While products such as arnica are well known and widely accepted as effective, Traumeel® harnesses this and other plants to combat inflammation in a natural way, and has been scientifically shown to work, which is why it is the product of choice for many professional and elite sportspeople.
Inflammation is the natural (and painful) outcome of soft tissue injuries, but the response is often misunderstood and as such not always treated appropriately. Inflammation is a natural physiological response to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells or irritants, and is a protective attempt to remove the injurious stimuli and initiate the healing process. It is therefore an essential part of the natural recovery process, and without a certain level of inflammation healing is compromised – in most cases it is closely regulated by the body and usually self-limiting.
Years of research interest means that we now have an excellent understanding of the complex cellular pathways involved in inflammation. It is known that cytokines signal the normal processes of inflammation and repair in all organs, and that the cardinal signs of inflammation in soft tissues are heat, redness, swelling, pain and loss of function.
Cytokines are proteins in the body that can either increase (pro-inflammatory cytokines) or reduce (anti-inflammatory cytokines) inflammation. Excessive inflammation in traumatic/inflammatory injuries, and flares in inflammatory rheumatic conditions, is caused by an imbalance of these cytokines. The aim of efficient recovery is therefore to restore this balance by targeting multiple inflammatory mediators, reducing pro-inflammatory and increasing anti-inflammatory cytokines, rather than suppress inflammation which is the typical NSAID mode of action.
One of the big sticking points when looking for natural pain relief products is the assumption that there is a lack of proven scientific clinical studies. Such products have been historically used over extremely long periods of time, but it is only been in recent times that there has been a push to demonstrate effectiveness through clinical testing, as is routinely used for pharmaceuticals.
In 2013 the results of the first randomized controlled study of its size and quality comparing the natural medication Traumeel® with diclofenac were published. The landmark ‘Traumeel Acute Ankle Sprain Study (TAASS The outcome of this research study was that Traumeel® ointment and gel were as effective as the Diclofenac gel 1% for the treatment of pain and restoration of function associated with acute mild to moderate ankle sprain.
The results of this study are exciting for patients as it means they now really have a choice between conventional NSAIDs that come with some unpleasant side effects and a 100% natural remedy proven to be equally effective as diclofenac (e.g. Voltarol) in reducing pain and improving function during daily activities within seven days.
Traumeel® combines 12 botanical and two mineral substances, that have been carefully chosen for their individual benefits for treating and rapidly resolving inflammation, plus muscle and joint pain. These ingredients have also been chosen for the way that the different ingredients interact in synergy to maximise effectiveness.
|Scientific name of ingredient||Common name||Action in body|
|Achillea millefolium||Milfoil||Treats minor bleeding|
|Aconitum napellus||Monkshood||Reduces pain after injury; relieves fever; improves vessel tension; analgesic|
|Arnica montana||Mountain arnica||Reduces swelling and bruising; stimulates healing|
|Atropa belladonna||Deadly nightshade||Reduces swelling and pain|
|Bellis perennis||Daisy||Treats bruising, swelling and soreness|
|Calendula officinalis||Calendula||Stimulates the healing process; acts as an analgesic|
|Ca-Sulfite||Hepar sulfuris||Reduces swelling and sensitivity|
|Matricaria (Chamomilla) recutita||Chamomile||Provides soothing pain relief|
|Echinacea angustifolia||Narrow-leaved cone flower||Provides immune support; regulates inflammation and septic processes; anti-inflammatory|
|Echinacea purpurea||Purple cone flower||Provides immune support|
|Hamamelis virginiana||Witch hazel||Relieves pain and swelling|
|Hypericum perforatum||St. John’s wort||Relieves pain|
|Mercurio-amidonitrate||Mercurius solubilis hahnemanni||Reduces swelling|
|Symphytum officinale||Comfrey||Relieves joint pain|
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