Posted by Carlos on Oct 3rd 2015
This is good stuff...
Traumeel is a very interesting product.
Not only is it a terrific all around pain reliever, it is the only oral non-prescription pain reliever we recommend.
To answer this question, we first need to learn a bit more about the ingredients and how it works.
What is in Traumeel?
Traumeel is a fixed combination of 12 ingredients, all derived from plants. All of these plant-derived ingredients are well known, and have been used for medicinal purposes for years. Here are a few of them (the complete list is available on the label):
Atropa belladonna - for pain
Echinacea - for inflammation
Mercurius solubilis - edema
This combination as developed in the 1930s by German physician, Dr. Hans-Heinrich Reckweg, who was searching for a natural alternative to aspirin.
The combination approach to treat pain is important because most pain relievers, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, ketoprofen, etc.) block only one or two points in the biochemical cascade that is pain.
Multiple ingredients block more points along the cascade, greatly increasing the chance of achieving pain relief.
How does Traumeel work?
It is unknown how Dr. Reckweg cam up with this formula, other than by using traditional medicines and trial and error.
Fortunately, a number of scientific studies have been performed with Traumeel. So we not only have proof that it works, we also know why and how it works.
Effects on Immune System - The immune system plays an important role in the sensation we know as pain. A variety of immune mediators, such as TNF-alpha, Interleukins, and others promote inflammation and pain.
A detailed study was published looking at the effect of Traumeel on various pro-inflammatory mediators.
The study shoed (PDF available here) that Traumeel reduced cellular release of pro-inflammatory mediators, like TNF-alpha, interleukin-beta, and several others.
Importantly, Traumeel did this in a dose-dependent manner. In other words, as the dose increased, the observed effect increased.
That's exactly what one would expect!
Similar results were noted in experiments using a rat model of inflammation.
In this study, Traumeel promoted the healing of rat paw inflammation. Not only that, Traumeel also reduced the production of interleukin-6, which is a blood marker of inflammation.
Interestingly, the researchers tried, and failed, to achieve this result with a formula which was missing a few of the ingredients in Traumeel.
This subtle, but important finding suggests that there is a synergistic effect taking place. So all of the ingredients in the Traumeel are necessary to achieve the reduction in inflammation and pain.
Does Traumeel work in People?
Ok, so Traumeel works in cells and rats.
Does it work in people?
There are a number of human clinical studies examining the efficacy of Traumeel to fight pain and inflammation.
Many of them are for Traumeel ointment or injection (yes, Traumeel comes as an injection!).
Several studies specifically focus on Traumeel tablets.
Let's take a look at those studies and their results.
First, the Schneider 2008 study compared Traumeel versus a variety of other oral pain relievers. Patients were prescribed a conventional therapy or Traumeel for the treatment of an acute injury, like a sprain.
The researchers found that Traumeel worked just as well as conventional therapies.
Importantly, 6.3% of the patients on conventional therapy reported a side effect, while none of the Traumeel patients reported a side effect.
The Zenner 1997 study also compared Traumeel with conventional therapies, but they also included more serious, degenerative conditions, such as arthritis, in their patient population.
The researchers found symptom improvement in 83% of patients using Traumeel, an astounding achievement considering how much safer Traumeel is compared to conventional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
How Is This Possible?
How is it possible that a natural, safe, but sophisticated product like Traumeel can work so well?
It comes down to the fact that you have multiple safe ingredients in the product.
As we said earlier, multiple ingredients means you have multiple shots at achieving your goal of reducing pain and inflammation.
Multiple ingredients means you can block the pro-inflammatory portions of the immune system and promote the anti-inflammatory portions of the immune system at the same time.
This is simply not possible with drugs like diclofenac, which block only one target (cyclooxygenase).
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