I'm excited to tell you about two topical analgesic products I've tried (and recently sent to my family). I found these locally in St. Petersburg, Florida stores but you can also order them online - I've included links (bottom of this article).
The products are CryoDerm and BlocPain. Both contain Menthol as the active cooling and pain relieving ingredient. Both also include: MSM (a naturally occurring, essential nutrient), Boswella serratta (anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic), eucalyptus oil (pain reliever, anti-bacterial), and peppermint oil (anesthetic, vascular and lymphatic system stimulant).
In addition to the above ingredients CryoDerm also contains Arnica, which is effective in reducing bruising, edema, swelling, hematoma, and contusions. BlocPain also contains Glucosamine, which when studied has shown it may slow cartilage damage in osteoarthritis patients.
As my readers know, I prefer alternative health / natural health experts such as: a naturopaths and acupuncturists / Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors, to so-called western (allopathic medicine) practitioners. As well, I love to use natural alternatives, both to prevent and heal: acupuncture (which is fantastic for pain relief), healing touch / energy medicine, yoga, massage, and essential oils.
At the beginning of body pains, such as after exercise of sports, and you've just "over done it", you can have these products at the ready. Or if you've been given a diagnosis by a licensed health care practitioner and told you have muscle sprains, bursitis, arthritis, tendonitis, backache or such, using an external application of either one of these products may ease your suffering, even provide some measure of lasting relief (depending upon the severity of your issue of course).
Typically, I have found when I have a sore knee, or neck ache the ingredients in these products penetrate the skin and soothe the muscle, tendon, ligament, or joint and often after two or three days I am back to normal with no need for any other treatment! Also, I prefer to use products like these for the occasional ache or pain instead of taking aspirins or other pills / medications which come with their own potential side effects.
Obviously, you will need to follow directions. Do not use on broken skin and if you develop a rash, stop using the product and consult with your wellness practitioner.
I bought CryoDerm at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market - booth H-36. I discussed the differences between BioFreeze and CryoDerm with Jay. He'll be glad to answer any questions you may have (if you're local to St. Pete). Or you can click on the link at the bottom of this article to email him.
I bought BlocPain from Richard's Whole Foods. I've tried both for a sore knee, and neck ache and found both effective. Of course, I also get regular massage and that is one of my favorite remedies.
But this article is a review of CryoDerm and BlocPain. I would like to also mentioned that in the past we've also used BioFreeze and StoPain. Seems the largest difference between CryoDerm, BlocPain, and the others is the addition of MSM, Glucosamine, Arnica, and ILEX.
To be fair, BioFreeze and STOPain are good as well. When I've used them for bursitis they seem to alleviate my pain in three or four days. I've not tried it yet but I've read that "Extra-strength Stopain formulas also contain glucosamine and MSM" and Stopain is made by the same company as BlocPain so it's likely they are very similar formulas.
In my research I've noted the active ingredient in these products is menthol, an analgesic / anesthetic, approved by the FDA for temporary relief of simple backaches, minor pains and stiffness of arthritis, and muscle strains and aches. Menthol is an organic compound but may also be made synthetically.
If your back pain lasts for several weeks please contact one or more qualified licensed health and wellness practictioners. A dear friend of mine complained about her back hurting for months before being diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Had she been diagnosed earlier, well, we will never know. I encourage you, in her honor, not to wait.
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