Natural Health Remedies For Pain Relief | Anti-Aging Barron Report

Date: 09/01/2006    Written by: Jon Barron

Give Me Your Pain

A number of years ago, Ron Manwarren of Royal Botanicals brought over a new formulation – or rather his version of a traditional herbal based "deep tissue oil." His timing was perfect because I had been working on the development of an all-natural transport system capable of quickly “transporting” herbal extracts through the skin and into the underlying tissue and joints. It looked like that between us; we had the makings of a whole new order of topical pain relief.

How Pain Starts

To understand how such a formula works, it helps to have some understanding of how the body interprets and handles pain. The pain impulse begins at the point of an injury -- either external, such as a cut, a burn, or a scrape; or internal such as a knuckle swollen with arthritis.

Once the impulse starts, it triggers a number of bio-chemicals to be released at the site of the injury. Some of these bio-chemicals are histamine, bradykinin, prostaglandin, and Substance P. Each of these has one or more effects on the body. And many of these bio-chemicals are inflammatory -- that is, they cause the injury site to swell up.

Inflammation is actually a defense mechanism for the body. Inflammation serves to bathe the injury in healing fluids and acts as a cushion to protect against further injury. However, if the inflammation is prolonged or out of control, it can cause destruction. This is what occurs in arthritis, where the inflammation actually destroys the joints. Also, inflammation can serve to compound problems by actually causing pain itself.

This explains how an injury causes the body to release a number of bio-chemicals that can cause inflammation. Another action of these bio-chemicals, though, is to stimulate the nerve fibers of pain, the C fibers. (The body actually has three types of nerve fibers:  A fibers, B fibers and C fibers. The main fibers which transmit the pain impulse are the C fibers.) Histamine, bradykinin, prostaglandins and the other bio-chemicals are actually the stimuli that cause the pain impulse to begin.

The Snowball Effect

Once the pain impulse is initiated by the injury related bio-chemicals, the C fibers release something called Substance P, which increases the "amplitude" of the pain signal by:

  • Sensitizing the C fibers
  • Increasing the inflammation
  • In other words, the release of Substance P can result in a snowball effect on pain and inflammation and is a critical determiner of "pain."

And on to the Brain

Substance P also plays a role in the pain impulse at the other key site for pain, the spinal cord. The spinal cord is connected directly to the brain -- so, pain first must pass through the spinal cord and then to the brain. The C fibers carry the painful impulse to the spinal cord. In the spinal cord the C fibers end, and a nerve called a projection neuron and an ascending tract begins. This ascending tract carries the pain impulse on to the brain -- the final stop.

There is no physical connection between the C fiber and the projection neuron. The communication between the C fiber and the projection neuron is accomplished by the release of a chemical called a neurotransmitter (NT). The NT is released by the C fiber and travels across the space between the C fiber and the ascending tract and transmits the painful impulse to the ascending tract. If the NT is not present or is reduced, the transmission of the painful impulse is slowed or stopped. The main NT in the spinal cord for this transmission is Substance P.

Pain Relief

At the site of an injury, whether the problem is pain or inflammation, the pain impulse can be interrupted by:

  • Decreasing the levels of the "pain" bio-chemicals
  • Or by blocking the nerves of pain, the C fibers.

With that in mind, it would make sense to use a painkiller that can do both of these. Aspirin and NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as ibuprofen and Motrin decrease the prostaglandins. This can result in decreased pain and inflammation, especially if the prostaglandins are the main causes. However, aspirin and NSAIDS do not directly affect the other pain chemicals and do not affect the pain nerve, the C fiber.

Narcotics, such as Darvon or codeine, have no known effect on either the "pain" bio-chemicals or the pain nerves. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) also has no significant effect on these at usual doses. And in fact, the way acetaminophen works is not actually known.

But we also know we can interrupt the pain impulse away from the injury site, at the spinal cord. If our pain killer could also decrease the release of (or deplete the C fiber of) Substance P, the pain impulse would be blocked at the spinal cord level. Aspirin and NSAIDS have no known effect at this site. Narcotics and tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptylene or Elavil, on the other hand, actually can block the release of Substance P and stop transmission at the spinal cord level, but once again have no value in decreasing the levels of the bio-chemicals of pain

A Solution That Works Three Ways

There are solutions that do it all.

  • Decrease the levels of the "pain" bio-chemicals.
  • Block the release of Substance P, thus slowing down the transmission of the pain impulse along the nerves of pain, the C fibers.
  • And slow down transmission of pain along the spinal cord.

At the site of the injury, there are essential oils that work as natural nerve blocks by confusing the pain nerve and causing it to release an overabundance of Substance P, which ultimately totally depletes the nerve of Substance P. This directly decreases the snowball effect of Substance P on pain and inflammation (and indirectly decreases histamine, bradykinin, and prostaglandin).

There are natural substances that, after an initial brief excitation (felt as either warmth or cold), work to directly block the impulse conduction in the C fiber. That is, they directly block the pain producing nerve. This is not dependent on Substance P, but is the result of what is called an "amnestic" effect -- the overloading of the pain nerve through continual stimulation so that pain impulses cannot travel on it. So unlike most other painkillers, these substances affect both the chemicals of pain and the nerves of pain.

An even more remarkable action of of some natural substances is their effect on the spinal cord. When applied to the skin, they cause the depletion of Substance P in the Spinal cord ending of the C fiber. This can result in interference of transmission of the painful impulse at the spinal cord.

In other words, the right combination of substancesdoes it all -- stops pain at the three essential points: decreasing production of the pain bio-chemicals, blocking the release of Substance P, and slowing down transmission of pain along the spinal cord.

What To Look For

  • St John's Wort: for relief of nerve- related pain such as sciatica, neuralgia, arthritis, and rheumatic pains
  • Arnica: used for centuries for bruises and sprains
  • Calendula: relieves pain, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic
  • Cayenne: stimulates circulation, alters temperature regulation, and desensitizes nerve endings
  • Menthol (from peppermint): increases blood circulation and cools the afflicted area
  • Ginger: a selective inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) – thus reducing inflammation
  • MSM: also called "organic sulfur." It is widely used around the world for relief of pain from arthritis, back pain or muscle pain.

The transporter system contains a proprietary blend of

  • DMSO: MSM's big brother, it works as a universal solvent
  • pH Balanced Limonene: because of its dense electromagnetic field, it is one of nature's most potent natural solvents -- and pain relievers.
  • Wintergreen Oil: Probably the most recognized scent in pain relief balms, wintergreen not only helps carry the other herbs through the skin, it is also effective in relieving arthritis pain, joint stiffness, muscle spasms, and inflammation.
  • Emu Oil: a natural emollient used by Aboriginal Australians for thousands of years for its remarkable healing and anti inflammatory properties

How to Use

Because the solvent action of the transporter base is so powerful, a littlegoes a long way. Normal use requires only 2-3 drops to cover your entire knee for example. 5-6 drops is enough to cover the entire lower back.

  • Do not overuse. If needed, reapply in 10 minutes for additional relief.
  • Use your fingertips to rub in. Avoid using your palms if possible. There is no harm in doing so. You may simply find that your palm warms up for several minutes.
  • Wash your hands both before (important) and after applying and avoid contact with your eyes.
  • And finally, one of the formula's most amazing qualities is its residual action. You may find it reactivating 24-48 hours after it's applied when stimulated by a warm shower or by the application of a magnetic field.

A Little Goes a Long Way

Note: Because you use so little for each application, the formula is remarkably economical. A single one-oz. bottle is good for anywhere from 100-300 applications.

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Comments

  •  
    Submitted by Charles Krebs on
    January 22, 2013 - 8:15am

    I did not see any place to order or how to get this wonderful Pain Formula? Could you please send me this information?

    Thank you,

    Charles

  •  
    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    January 22, 2013 - 4:49pm

    The Foundation does not sell products, but if you see the "Products" link above, you can see all the products Jon Barron recommends, including this one, and what company sells them.  For this formula, look at the bottom of the list for "Muscle & Joint Oil."  Hope that helps!

  •  
    Submitted by Jim on
    December 26, 2013 - 2:13pm

    I have just discovered your site and find it to be very informative. In reviewing your article on Supplements, I find that I am already taking 90% of them but I am using many of them separately. I see that the "Products" is no longer active, yet I would like to reduce the number of individual products by combining some your recommended supplements into a few pills as possible. Since your site apparently no longer makes product recommendations, have you any other suggestions as to how I may accomplish my goal of reducing the number of individual supplements and also perhaps reducing some of my expenses.

  •  
    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    January 2, 2014 - 6:23pm

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for finding us!  The link should be working again, I would start there. Jon has said that if you take all his recommended supplements individually, which you can, it does get very expensive.  That is why BaselineNutritionals.com started creating his formulas so they could buy in bulk and offer the combinations as one supplement.  You should check out their site.

  •  
    Submitted by Theresa on
    May 24, 2013 - 11:40am

    Hi,
    I have Firomyalgia and would like to know what would work best for me. and do I rub it all over my body that is in pain.
    ?? DMSO??
    Thank you

  •  
    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    May 28, 2013 - 6:10am

    For obvious legal reasons, we cannot diagnose or prescribe for specific medical conditions—merely provide information. With that in mind, you might find the following blog entry informative. http://www.jonbarron.org/article/fibromyalgia-goes-pharmaceutical

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