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Can herbal supplements help to aid degenerative disc disease?

Can herbal supplements help to aid degenerative disc disease?

Possible : There are herbal supplements that contain analgesic or pain relieving effects as ones with anti inflammatory effects. The problem is that these herbal supplements are not regulated so that the quality or potency of their contents is variable an unknown. They can act to help symptoms but will not affect the progression of disc degeneration. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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What medicines help with degenerative disc disease?

What  medicines  help with degenerative disc disease?

A variety: Of non steroidal anti inflammatory medication as long as there are no contraindications like allergies, use of blood thinners, kidney or liver disease or ulcer/reflux issues . Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an option. Other types of drugs like cymbalta, Elavil and neurontin/lyrica may also help. Ideally, not smoking, regular exercise and weight control are also helpful. Good levels of vitamin d also are important. ...Read more

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Are there any suppliments or natural remedys to help disc / spine health?

Are there any suppliments or natural remedys to help disc / spine health?

None proven: The only proven benefit to disk/spine health is to avoid smoking. Smoking causes accelerated disk degeneration and increases doctor visits for back pain (among the myriad of other problems it causes). There, unfortunately, is no proven benefit to the numerous suplements sold. However, there is likely no harm either. If it doesn't busy the bank, I have no objections. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is glucosamine & chondroitin beneficial for lumbar disc disease?

Can you tell me is glucosamine & chondroitin beneficial for lumbar disc disease?

The studies are hit: Or miss with glucosamine for joints overall, and discs are a difficult area to get nutrients to, so they may not be able to get much from glucosamine. That being said, some people really do have good results. It is a benign treatment that may actually help a great deal if you are one of the lucky few! ...Read more

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Can a chiropractor help alleviate my degenerative disc disease symptoms? Would it be beneficial for me to choose to treat my degenerative disc disease through a chiropractor? .

Can a chiropractor help alleviate my degenerative disc disease symptoms? Would it be beneficial for me to choose to treat my degenerative disc disease through a chiropractor?

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Back : Back pain and degenerative disk disease is a complicated disease. There are many treatments for this problem including rest, physical therapy, chiropractor, weight loss, medications, steroid injections, back disk or fusion surgery, spinal cord stimulation and pain pumps. Some treatments work for some people but not for others. I always recommend starting with the least dangerous and invasive treatments first such as physical therapy and chiropractor. If chiropractor does not work for you then you should see a spine pain specialist or spine surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can herbal supplements be used to self-treat vascular conditions?

Can herbal supplements be used to self-treat vascular conditions?

No, not really: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research). Herbal supplements have not been shown to be successful in preventing or self-treating vascular conditions. ...Read more

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What minerals vitamins or suplements can be useful for tuympanic nerve damage?

What minerals vitamins or suplements can be useful for tuympanic nerve damage?

Probably none: There are no objective, scientific studies that i've seen showing benefits of supplements for tympanic nerve damage. I frequently will take a balanced multivitamin plus some extra vitamin c for general health. Some people think a balanced b complex supplement helps with the nervous system, and some think omega 3s help with brain cell stabilization. ...Read more

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29yrs. Male. Have osteoarthritis. Taking physiotherapy. Can glucosamine tablets help me? Or do any medicines help me to regrow the cartilage?

29yrs. Male. Have osteoarthritis. Taking physiotherapy. Can glucosamine tablets help me? Or do any medicines help me to regrow the cartilage?

No: There are no medicines currently that help regrow cartilage. Glucosamine helps to promote heatlhy cartilage and the cells that produce the fluid in the joints, which can help improve symptoms of osteoarthritis. However, at this time there is no way to regrow hyaline cartilage (which is the smooth type on the surfaces of joints). ...Read more

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Which vitamins, minerals or anything else help/facilitate rehabilitation herniated disc. Also be thankful for any links to physical exercises or smth.

Which vitamins, minerals or anything else help/facilitate rehabilitation herniated disc. Also be thankful for any links to physical exercises or smth.

Stay fit: No particular vitamins, just stay healthy. Dont do heavy lifting, instead stay active, strengthen your core and back muscles (good to work with physical therapist). If you smoke then quit. If heavy then lose weight. All the best! ...Read more

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Could vitamin/mineral supplements be an effective way to help prevent chronic disease?

Could vitamin/mineral supplements be an effective way to help prevent chronic disease?

The whole picture: Choosing a healthy lifestyle with good sleep, exercise, and a very healthy diet, along with a healthy attitude and social life are the best way to prevent chronic disease. See a functional medicine practitioner to address your specific needs related to what your hereditary and lifestyle risks might be for the many chronic diseases that impact us. Sometimes specific supplements are appropriate. ...Read more

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What are some good foods and herbs or supplements to help with preventing or reversing kidney damage?

What are some good foods and herbs or supplements to help with preventing or reversing kidney damage?

Hard question: It'd be nice to know what stays at the basis of the kidney damage. Knowing it will help direct treatment. I am not aware of any supplements or herbs that will help reverse kidney damage. ...Read more

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Herbal medicines would you recomend to aid in healing digestive system?

Herbal medicines would you recomend to aid in healing digestive system?

Herbal: Depends on what is wrong with it. Digestive problems can be from the espophagus, stomach, gall bldder, pancreas, and the intestinal tract. It may not be possible to heal it with herbs. First find out the cause, then ask us more specifically what to do. ...Read more

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For slipped disc patients while undergoing dts spinal decompression therapy, is there any supplements recommended to help bones gain more nutrients?

For slipped disc patients while undergoing dts spinal decompression therapy, is there any supplements recommended to help bones gain more nutrients?

Supplements: Bones are heavily dependent on vitamin d and calcium. You should have ample supply of both. Often vitamin d levels are decreased and supplemental vitamin d on top of what you get in your diet is recommended. Avoiding alcohol use and smoking are just as important. ...Read more

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Could you suggest good herbal supplements that help with anxiety, but don't cause potential liver damage?

Could you suggest good herbal supplements that help with anxiety, but don't cause potential liver damage?

Yes, possibly: Chamomile, passion flower, lemon balm, and theanine are a few that come to mind. Valerian and kava may be the ones you were thinking of with possible liver toxicity. In some people, st. John's wort might be useful -- even though it's more famous for use in mild-moderate depression. It's important for you to know that there are also very effective talk therapies for anxiety. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me some creative natural foods to help alleviate or even reverse spinal stenosis? I already know about glucosamine, omega 3s, etc.

Can you please tell me some creative natural foods to help alleviate or even reverse spinal stenosis? I already know about glucosamine, omega 3s, etc.

Supplements: Depending on the cause of your spinal stenosis there may not be foods that can reverse this. However foods with turmeric or curcumin are natural anti-inflammatories that may alleviate some of your pain. ...Read more

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What natural supplements can I take for rheumatoid arthritis? I've been looking for natural supplements to help with my rheumatoid arthritis.

What natural supplements can I take for rheumatoid arthritis? I've been looking for natural supplements to help with my rheumatoid arthritis.

Natural cures: Rheumatoid arthritis is best managed with strong medicines to help the immune system turn off. While you will be able to find a zillion web pages on natural cures for arthritis (because there are so many folks with it and there is money to be made) your best bet is with a board certified rheumatologist. If he says you need surgery it will be very bad. ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

A condition that cccurs when the normal "spongy" structure of the discs (the cushions between the vertebrae in the spine) degenerates, causing ...Read more


Dr. Randy Baker
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Herbal Supplements (Definition)

Herbal supplements are botanicals used to treat health conditions ...Read more