Every single year, millions of Americans spend billions of dollars on popular over-the-counter medicines to help relieve pain.
Perhaps the biggest reason these medicines sell so well is the significant amount of money that’s been spent touting their effectiveness. After all, commercials and advertisements lead millions of consumers every year into believing if they’re in pain, it’s safe and effective to scoot on down to the local pharmacy and pick up a few bottles.
But it’s not just advertisers; most physicians also believe these medicines are highly effective at doing their jobs, and so they prescribe them over and over again to help relieve pain.
So, considering the previous statements, you might find what I’m about to tell you is actually good news…that is, if you’re wary of trusting your health to laboratory-produced pills.
Ibuprofen Isn’t Nearly As Effective As People Believe
I’d be willing to bet 99% of Americans have a bottle full of ibuprofen stashed somewhere in their medicine cabinet.
These popular NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) are a class of analgesic medication that reduce pain, fever and inflammation.
These drugs are relied upon heavily by people who suffer from chronic pain.
But sadly, unbeknownst to these people, the pills they’re buying might not really be doing anything for them.
Not to mention the public often isn’t aware of how dangerous ibuprofen and other NSAIDs actually are…
In July of 2015 the FDA strengthened warning labels on all NSAIDS, saying taking them for just a few days could increase their chances of having a heart attack or a stroke.
Isn’t that crazy?
In a separate study published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, researchers poured over 35 separate peer-reviewed studies, and reached the conclusion that ibuprofen is no more effective for back pain than a placebo.
These 35 studies featured 6,065 patients, each with some sort of back or spinal pain.
And while the researchers did say taking ibuprofen helped lessen pain for the study participants, they also said it didn’t perform this job any better than a placebo would.
Basically, this says ibuprofen doesn’t really do anything to relieve pain…which is pretty stunning when you think about it.
In fact, it actually points to just how powerful our minds are at conjuring up pain, and toning it down.
Now keep in mind this study was exclusively focused on back pain. The reason this is important is back pain is one of the most common and debilitating types of chronic pain on the planet.
Which means millions of people are practically throwing money down the drain when they purchase it.
The researchers also noted ibuprofen was helpful for other kinds of pain.
For example, lead author, Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira, said,”These drugs are effective for other conditions; but for people with back pain, we believe there is a bigger role for other treatments.”
Of course, for researchers like Ferreira, “other treatments” means they want to make more drugs to help treat back pain.
And I don’t think that’s the way to go.
Instead, I’d recommend sticking with powerful foods and herbs known to help reduce inflammation (which is a leading cause of back pain), as well as seeking out therapeutic care.
Which leads me to my final question…if you have back pain, and ibuprofen doesn’t work like it claims to…and it’s dangerous…why would you still take it?