Essential oils have been used for centuries to relieve a variety of conditions, pain and inflammation. Many essential oils have similar, and sometimes more effective, pain-relieving properties than many prescription or over-the-counter analgesics.
There are many benefits to using essential oils to get relief from pain and inflammation. For example, essential oils have fewer side effects than many modern drugs and they also help to soothe your mind and make you feel more relaxed. So, essential oils play an important role in pain management and in treating many inflammatory conditions.
If you suffer from chronic pain associated with arthritis, lower back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, nerve pain or sciatica, then essential oils are excellent home remedies to treat the pain.
Learn what’s considered normal, as recommended by the American Heart Association. See the chart below. Note: A diagnosis of high blood pressure must be confirmed with a
medical professional. A doctor should also evaluate any unusually low blood pressure readings.
Healthcare providers and legal issues of medical certification
In part 1, I reviewed a brief history of marijuana, discussed medical-grade cannabis, presented some basic information regarding the constituents in the marijuana plant, and gave an overview of the endocannabinoid system. In part 2, I discussed medical marijuana education and information regarding its uses, side effects, and dosing. In the final part of this series, I will discuss information that is specific to healthcare providers in relation to their advocacy role, ethical and legal considerations of the patient that is a healthcare provider, and a review of the current laws/regulations. This information is helpful to both patient/caregiver and medical provider(s).
In part 1, I reviewed a brief history of marijuana, discussed medical-grade cannabis, presented some basic information regarding the constituents in the marijuana plant, and gave an overview of the endocannabinoid system. In part 2, I will present medical information regarding marijuana and its use. This information is helpful to both patient/caregiver and medical provider(s) alike. Not only is it important for patients to fully understand how to choose, dose, and utilize their medicine, but it is imperative for providers to begin to have some basic education to help patients make choices about their medications. This blog series is meant to help initiate conversations between patients, family members/caregivers, budtenders and medical providers by providing basic information.
As a healthcare
provider, a patient, a family member and loved one, I try to view all
sides of how a person decides to treat, heal or cure an ailment. If the
treatment is effective with minimal to no side effects, then it is
hailed a success; even if the real success was more attributable to the
innate healing nature of the patient’s body. Thankfully science
definitely plays a role in the identification of assistive and
supportive measures found in medicine of all types and philosophies. It
is important to understand the majority of interventions of healthcare
are really meant to be supportive of the body’s innate healing. Things
like medications, healthy lifestyle choices, and stress management are
meant to help support and maintain the body’s balance of homeostasis. As
a healthcare provider, it is important that my decisions and
recommendations of care of my patients are based in science and also
driven by the patient’s beliefs and definitions of what health and
“I’ve tried various prescriptions for this pain. How can a laser
help?” Often I am confronted with this and other similar questions
regarding post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) and other types of nerve pain. I
have had the pleasure of seeing patients’ smiling faces when they begin
having a decrease and/or resolution of nerve pain.
Is your life all work and no play? When was the last time you did something enjoyable just for yourself? Spent the day relaxing comfortably all alone? Or spent quality 1 on 1 time with a close friend content in just being together, talking, walking, wondering about life in general? When did you last spend time reflecting on the spiritual aspect of your life, sitting in meditation or prayer, or just looking up at the stars in wonder?
As this is my first time on this blog, let me introduce myself. I
am affectionately called SierraSue by friends because of my love for
nature. I am a natural kind of woman and perhaps that is the reason I
was drawn to Yoga so many years ago. This blog will be about my journey
with yoga through the years.
I came across this pdf flyer regarding insurance issues and
suggestions of how to work through them. This was put together by the
Patient Advocate Organization. Click the link below. It is written in a
easy to read brief that there is little for me to add! Great resource in
the time of trying insurance issues that change year to year.
One of the biggest complaints I continue to hear from patients and
clients is the issue of lack of communication with their healthcare
provider, most notably physicians and mid-level providers. Communication
issues seem to be related to a few categories including: inattention to
the patient (various reasons), lack of empathy and/or big picture of
the patient, lack of time, unacceptance of alternative health approaches
by the patient, and generational views of the healthcare provider by
Knowing the facts about vitamin B12 and its benefits is vital:
this essential micronutrient affects the development and maintenance of
red blood cells, nerve cells, and normal myelination (covering) of nerve
cells. It also aids in the production of DNA, RNA, and
neurotransmitters. And, your metabolism can’t run smoothly without
enough of it.
I was recently questioning a patient about why I’d not gotten
results of tests I’d ordered. Her reply, “I’d like to get my labs done,
but I’m still dealing with my insurance company to ensure all the right
codes are used, the labs are covered, and to find out what my
out-of-pocket costs will be?” How can I argue with a patient that is
advocating for herself? I can’t and won’t – she’s doing as I’ve asked,
being her own advocate.
too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence,
drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during
Alcohol Awareness Month, Sierra Nevada Holistic Services encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.
As I entered the exam room of my first patient of the day, I
noticed he had some papers in his hand and didn’t look all that happy to
see me. As I sat down and asked what was going on, he handed over the
laboratory report received from his work physical. “I’ve been put on
notice about my cholesterol” he stated flatly. “I suppose you are going
to put me on medication for it?” he asked. His numbers showed
triglycerides in the 600’s and total cholesterol greater than 280.
Generally, we look for your cholesterol panel to be: Cholesterol less
than 200, Triglycerides less than 150, LDL (L for lousy) cholesterol
less than 100, and HDL (H for healthy) greater than 40.
When telling people about Sierra Nevada Holistic Services (SNVHS),
I find there are so many different ways to describe it. SNVHS started
as a massage business with the focus of therapeutic bodywork. Then SNVHS
added energy work such as Reiki and meditation classes. Now SNVHS is
growing to begin offering holistic Primary Care. This is where the
explanation begins to get wordy. So I decided to put together bullet
points to convey my meaning.