Unhealthy use of medicines in Pakistan has been very high. People make a lot of self-medication. A major reason for this is poverty and lack of proper medical facilities. Sale of drugs without the physician’s prescription is prohibited in the developed countries but such practice is common in underdeveloped and developing countries. In the past few years, there is a huge increase in stomach diseases.
Unhealthy diet, contaminated environment, contaminated water and unnecessary use of painkillers are the main cause of these problems. In backward countries, painkillers are easily available on general stores as well as pharmacies due to their high demand and people use painkillers for a headache, joint pain, muscle spasm etc without proper diagnosis and physician prescription.
Painkiller acts on the receptors in the brain that reduces pains, but it also affects a different receptor that can lead to untreatable breathing problems in the event of an overdose. Painkillers derived from opium can also cause constipation. Other possible problems with opioids include dependence and addiction.
In the conventional system of medicine, there are three main groups of painkillers
The prolonged use of high doses of Aspirin is associated with an increased risk of stomach ulcers.NSAIDs, for example, diclofenac and ibuprofen should never be combined with aspirin, doing this would increase the risk of side effects without increasing the efficacy of the medication. The most common side-effects of these drugs are stomach ulcers. Common side effects of opioid administration include sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, physical dependence, tolerance, and respiratory depression
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CURCUMA LONGA (Turmeric, Haldi)
It is useful in acute inflammation occurring in joints, muscles and other organs of the human body. It is also well known for its antioxidant effects.
GAULTHERIA PROCUMBENS (eastern teaberry, checkerberry, Wintergreen)
It is used for back pain, rheumatism, fever, headaches, and sore throats. Avoid use in children.
It is used for spasm and associated pain of the uterus and skeletal muscle. It is indicated in insomnia, dysmenorrhea with associated nervous and/or musculoskeletal tension, migraine headaches and neuralgia. It is narcotic and should not be used in excess of the prescribed dosage range by the physician
Zingiber officinalis (Ginger)
It is used for inflammatory conditions such as RA, OA, bursitis and muscle sprains. Ginger increases the peripheral circulation and detoxifies the body from toxins associated with rheumatism. It is indicated for the weakness of all joints, backache and cramps in soles and palms.
Boswellia serrata (Frankincense)
Boswellia inhibits pro-inflammatory mediators in the body, such as leukotrienes. The primary use of Boswellia Serrata is in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory conditions in the body.
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