Natural Pain Relievers – PhysiQOL Review

Natural Pain Relievers – PhysiQOL Review

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Some Background

The best pain relief remedy is something that most of us begin looking for as we age. Our bodies have aches and pains, we have injuries and such… life just happens that way. However finding a safe and effective natural pain reliever is not easy for most folks. I’ve been searching for just that, something that is safe and effective. After my research I feel comfortable recommending PhysiQOL.

Yes I know you can easily find over the counter pain relief and anti inflammation medicine in any pharmacy or grocery store. They abound and offer some wonderful words of encouragement singing their own praises. The problem is that some of them also offer long term side effects that may cause problems latter.

I have acquaintances who are suffering from the effects of long term use of these pain relievers awaiting both kidney and liver transplants. The FDA offers recommendations as to how much of these drugs are safe for us to take. In each case these acquaintances did not stay within the “recommended daily use” and admit to having taking large doses of these drugs. However how much of a harmful drug do you want to put into your body? We cannot control everything, but we do have choices we can make about some things.

In the recent past I had a severe back injury that eventually required surgery and the implanting of a Spinal Cord Stimulator, (you can find the book I wrote about that on and was taking over the counter pain relievers. I stayed within the recommended use levels, (I refused opioids), I have a severe hearing loss caused by the use of prescription drugs in the past so I am careful as to what drugs I take. I just had my yearly hearing test and found that I have an additional 5 percent, (in both ears), hearing loss. The only thing I can tie it to is the use of Ibuprofen.

Some things to know:

Aspirin: Most Aspirin today is made up of man made chemical compounds (Synthetic). Using the original White Willow Bark is costly and it makes it much harder to manufacture the vast amounts needed to serve the buying public. Aspirin has been shown to cause gastrointestinal problems and ulcers and sometime hemorrhaging and strokes.

  • Acetaminophen: This is known by most as “Tylenol” which is just one brand name for acetaminophen, which has been shown to be toxic to the liver. It builds up over time and sometimes causes severe problems of the liver. Alice Walton wrote: “The FDA has issued a statement urging doctors not to prescribe acetaminophen in doses higher than 325 mg. Liver damage has been a known risk of the drug for many years, with even low doses posing serious risks over the long-term.”
  • Ibuprofen: is an NSAID (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug). Advil and Motrin are other names for these over the counter drugs. But no mater what the name ibuprofen can cause side effects such as nausea and dizziness, hypertension, DNA damage, hearing loss, and miscarriage. The National Kidney foundation writes: “Check with your doctor to be sure you can use these medicines safely, particularly if you have kidney disease. Heavy or long-term use of some of these medicines, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and higher dose aspirin, can cause chronic kidney disease known as chronic interstitial nephritis.

    Why the concern?

I know that this may be seen by some as causing unnecessary worry, but it is my concern anyway. Isn’t it wise to at least acknowledge that synthetic drugs are at least risky when taken in the long term for pain and inflammation relief? They tend to build up in your system and are often not flushed out. Are they safe when taken as directed? Perhaps, but if there is a safer alternative I would rather take the alternative.

I have done a ton of research looking for a pain reliever that is both safe and effective. I have identified many herbs that will help relieve pain safely and without all of the side effects. Granted that anything can cause physical side effects in some of us, we have different sensitivities and weaknesses in our bodies, but I think I have found a combination of herbs that offer me the safest and most effective relief. It is a capsule compounded by Ridecrest Herbals called PhysiQOL. Below I will detail what is in this compound and how it can help.

Herbs used in PhysiQOL 


The Boswellia tree produces a sticky resin, highly valued in multiple cultures as incense and as the source of frankincense oil. For millennia it has been valued for its beneficial properties, and we now know it contains essential oils, polysaccharides, four major pentacyclic triterpenic acids, and more. These components indicate that Boswellia may be useful in supporting the body’s natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation.


An enzyme found in pineapple, bromelain has been extensively studied by scientists and found effective for a number of different uses, especially its potential to help support the body’s natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation.

Chinese Skullcap Root

One of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine, particularly as support for the bronchioles and the larger respiratory system. Skullcap contains compounds that support the body’s natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation, encourage natural immune function, and promote healthy urine flow, bile production, and more.

Eucommia Bark

Called Du Zhong in TCM, Eucommia bark was used to tonify the kidneys and liver. Today we know that it contains tannins and flavonoids. It has been studied by modern scientists for its potential to nourish the adrenal system.

Ginger Root

One of the world’s most delicious and flavorful offerings, ginger is one of the fifty essential herbs in TCM and is included in almost every complex formula in that tradition. Used in both Ayurvedic and TCM, the health properties are too numerous to cover, but include helping support the body’s natural immune function and ability to balance feelings of queasiness and more.

Hops Extract

A well-known plant thanks to its use in beer-brewing, it gets its name from the Anglo-Saxon word “hoppen,” meaning “to climb.”  The flowers of hops contain copious amounts of lupulin, a soothing relaxant that acts as a nervine. If you’ve ever felt a little sleepy after drinking a beer, that is because of the hops. Bitters, used to help stimulate the digestive system before eating, often use hops, and some recommend drinking hops tea before meals for the same purpose.

Indian Tinospora

Tinospora has been used both in TCM and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Right now it is of great interest to scientific researchers because it contains at least eight known beneficial compounds including alkaloids, steroids, sesquiterpenoid, and polysaccharides. It can help support the body’s natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation, and may have analgesic properties.

Lavender Herb

Used in every culture from TCM to Shamanism, lavender is known even in the Western mainstream world for its gentle, lovely scent and ability to promote relaxation. One old tradition says that it earned its smell when the baby Jesus’ clothes were hung over a lavender plant to dry. In TCM lavender is used to promote fertility, relieve stress, and more.

Myrrh Gum (Myrrh)

Said to be tears of the punished Greek goddess who was turned into a tree, myrrh gum has been an incredibly precious and expensive resin throughout history. One of the three gifts of the Magi and used in ancient Egypt as part of the embalming process, today studies have revealed stimulative properties and potential to support the body’s natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation, along with many, many other benefits.  It is even more beneficial when paired with Boswellia (or Frankincense, as it was called anciently, also one of the three gifts of the Magi).

Teasel Root

Similar to the common thistle, in TCM teasel works on the lung and kidney meridians. Native to Europe and considered an invasive weed in the US, this plant contains iridoids, saponins, inulin, bitters, and more. It is believed to promote daily comfort and ease and support the body’s natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation.

Turmeric (Curcumin C3 Complex®)

A popular Ayurvedic herb, turmeric contains high amounts of curcumin, giving it its bright orange color. Touted as a superfood, research indicates that turmeric has a powerful ability to promote the body’s natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation and support the body’s natural immune response. We source our turmeric from Curcumin C3 Complex® (, so named because it contains three different curcuminoids for maximum effectiveness.

White Willow Bark

Research shows that white willow bark contains salicin, as well as polyphenols and flavonoids. Salicin was the compound used to develop certain modern medications because of its ability to manage everyday muscle comfort.

NOTE: Several ingredients that have been recognized for their digestive and bioavailability-supporting properties. It includes ginger root, black pepper, habanero pepper, and Sichuan pepper.

*(Much of these herb descriptions have been borrowed from the manufacture Ridgecrest Herbals,


As I said in the beginning, I feel comfortable using this product and do so daily, it has made a huge difference in how I feel and my physical limitations.


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God and Back Pain

Back Pain and God

Somewhat different from my normal style of writing I have written a new book. It is quite a bit different from the things I have written in the past, but hopefully it will be a blessing to the lives of many as I explain. You see, I trust in God completely! He is my life and my all in all, but sometimes God asks something of us also. I know it may be stretching the use of this scripture just a little, but James writes in James 2:18But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith from my works.”

To me that says that we can sit around and complain about how back our life is, or we can do everything we can to make it better. We can can have faith in God and pray about it, but sometimes God works through people in this world to help us get better.

My Story: From Injury to Relief

If you have followed my blog you will have seen that I have become disabled this past year. 13 months ago I injured my back and have been unable to work since that time. I have found some relief from the pain through a device called a “Spinal Cord Stimulator”.

I wrote a completely new book detailing the entire journey from the injury to the recovery and a mostly pain free life now.

Spinal Cord Stimulator

Like many of you, I had never heard of this device before the doctor mentioned it and then found it very difficult to find the answers to the hundreds of questions I had about it. I wasn’t really keen about having an electronic device implanted in my back and spine. Because of this I did tons of research to learn as much as I possibly could about the device, the procedure to implant it and life afterwards. My new book details all of that.

Knowing is half the battle

Knowing the answers to your questions or at least where to find the answers makes like better. Like they use to say at the end of the G.I. Joe cartoons, “Knowing is half the battle”. In my book I detail my research into the Spinal Cord Stimulator implantation and all it entails. It is a one stop shop kind of book in which I do my best to answer your questions and tell you where you can find more information about the device and the procedure to implant it into your body.

My prayer is that this new book can be of help to many in our world who face the same situation as I. Buy the book and just maybe it will help answer your questions as the information did for me.