Integrative medicine clinicians from various professional backgrounds and fields are encountering an ever-growing population of patients/clients suffering from acute and chronic pain conditions, many of these being inflammatory in nature including; sports injuries, degenerative and inflammatory arthritis, autoimmune-related disorders, and many more. Many of these patients experience significant gastrointestinal, renal, and coagulation side-effects, and more, and may not even be aware of them until they cause a serious medical disorder. Many of these same individuals would be interested in evidence-based, effective natural agents that reduce, and in many cases eliminate the drug-associated side-effects. There are emerging highly standardized and evidence-based natural agents that effectively modulate the same enzyme pathways as anti-inflammatory medications with much lower side-effect profiles. One such extract with strong supporting human outcome studies, flavocoxid, will be discussed in this article with emphasis on its safety profile and balanced action across a multitude of inflammatory pathways.
While there are many traditionally used natural agents with anti-inflammatory properties, there
are not many with rigorous scientific studies proving safety and efficacy which meet the standards
of classification as a medical food. Flavocoxid is such a natural material and provides the integrative clinician with a reliable, proven, low-side effect profile, natural option for the dietary management of metabolic inflammatory processes in conditions such as osteoarthritis.
Source: Published in Nutritional Perspectives: Journal of the Council on Nutrition of the American Chiropractic Association, Vol. 36, No. 3, by David Brady, ND.