Holistic Pain Treatment

Part
01
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Part
01

Popular Herbal Pain Remedies

Five of the most popular herbal remedies for pain relief in the US include Turmeric, St John's Wort, Ginger, Kava Kava, and Fish Oil.

METHODOLOGY

We began our research by defining Herbal Remedies. Medical experts explain a herbal remedy as plants used to make medicine. The most popular type of herbal remedy used is herbal supplements, a type of dietary supplement, that has herbs or plants with therapeutic properties. We continued our research to determine the overall population or market share of herbal remedy users in the United States and discovered that the market share of herbal remedies was $49.1 billion in 2016 and projected $86 billion in 2022 with a CAGR of 9.9%. While this number was useful, we wanted to find the current market share value. To determine this we used $49.1 billion market share in 2016 * the 9.9% over 3 years: 49.1*9.9% ^3 = $65174028980.90 concluding that today's market share of herbal remedies is $65.1 billion.
The research team discovered that a third of people in the United States use 1 or more herbal remedies. The current US population is 328,506,943 and ⅓ of that would be 109,502,314. That would make the number of people using herbal remedies in the US 1.09 million. We used this figure to compare the number of people using individual treatments for pain relief to determine popularity. The team then reviewed trusted sources to determine the type of herbal pain relief remedies available in the United States. These sources included medical reports like WebMD and news sources such as ABC News.

Turmeric

WebMD states that Turmeric is a herbal remedy that can be used for pain treatment, especially in back and joint pain. Turmeric can be taken in capsule form. A news site covering the 2018 CRN consumer survey (survey itself is a paywalled site) states that Turmeric is used by 20% of supplement users for pain, and a quote from the survey states that Turmeric is “the second most popular supplement in the botanical category”. In capsule form, the most common dosages are 400 to 600 milligrams, 3 times a day or one daily dosage of 800 mg.

St John’s Wort

The Herbal Academy cites the pain relief capabilities of St John’s Wort and the number of herbalists in the United States taking St. John’s Wort to help relieve pain such as head, spine and muscle pains as well as nerve conditions. Dr. Weil continues this by stating that most St John’s Wort is taken in capsule or topical form. The most common dosage of St John’s Wort capsules is 300 mg three times a day. St John’s Wort capsules work best when taken for 8 to 12 weeks. In a bulletin released by the Botanical Adulterants Program, it states that the sales of John's Wort reach $57 million which is a considerable portion of the herbal remedy market share. ABC News reports that St John’s Wort is “the most popular and commonly purchased herbal supplements in the United States”.

Ginger

Medical News Today states that Ginger can be used to reduce the inflammation and discomfort associated with arthritis. Ginger can be taken in a variety of forms including capsules. The typical dosage of ginger is 3 to 6 weeks at 2 grams in three doses per day. The popularity of Ginger can be seen in the Global News Wire report which claims that the majority of Ginger (which has a global market share of $3 billion) is used by the United States and that Ginger is growing in popularity thanks to being used as an herbal medicine.

Kava Kava

Kava Kava, also known as just Kava, has many benefits, one of which is the reduction of pain. Kava can be found in the form of tea, capsules, powder or liquids. The typical dosage of Kava is 100 mg of Kava root, taken 3 times a day. The popularity of Kava Kava can be seen with Whole Foods listing it as a top 10 ingredient trend. Kava had a sales revenue of $31 million in the United States.

Fish Oil

The government webpage states that Omega-3’s can be used in the treatment of muscular and skeletal pains. Fish Oils’ use can be traced back to the 18th century and is considered a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Fish Oil can be consumed by eating fish, taking capsules such as softgels, chewable tablets or in a liquid form. The recommended dosage of fish oil varies depending on the type of pain being treated. For arthritis pain, its recommend someones use fish oil capsules containing 30% EPA/ DHA. For lupus and psoriasis-related pains the recommended dose is 2g of fish oil three times a day. One gram four times a day is recommended for the condition known as Raynaud’s phenomenon. North America follows Europe in a guide for fish oil consumption according to Global Fish Oil Market Outlook 2024 which has a market share of $4.5 billion. North America is also the second biggest user of fish oil capsules.

Part
02
of three
Part
02

Herbal Pain Relief Key Players Part 1

In the United States, the key products in natural pain relief supplements or herbal pain relief supplements are Life Extension, Aspirin, Low Dose Safety Coated, 81 mg, 300 Enteric Coated Tablets, EuroPharma, Terry Naturally, Curamin, Extra Strength Pain Relief, 60 Tablets, Hyland's, Seasonal Allergy Relief, 60 Quick-Dissolving Tablets, and LifeSeasons, Pain Bloc-R, Focused Pain Relief, 45 Vegetarian Capsules.

All the required information has been entered into the spreadsheet here. The findings are presented below as well.

Product 1

  • Name: Life Extension, Aspirin, Low Dose Safety Coated, 81 mg, 300 Enteric Coated Tablets
  • Price: $4.94
  • Active Ingredients:
1. Aspirin — Helps to maintain normal platelet aggregation in blood vessels via several mechanisms, including suppressing thromboxane H2, prostaglandin E2, and possibly C-reactive protein.

Product 2

  • Name: EuroPharma, Terry Naturally, Curamin, Extra Strength Pain Relief, 60 Tablets
  • Price: $35.68
  • Active Ingredients:
1. Cellulose powder — A type of insoluble fiber that the body can not digest. When one eats a piece of celery, the other components of the vegetable are digested, but the cellulose moves through the digestive tract unchanged. This provides several important benefits to health.
2. Stearic acid — Also known as octadecanoic acid, can be derived from both animal and vegetable fats and oils. However, fats and oils rich in stearic acid are more abundant in animal fat (up to 30%) than in vegetable fat (typically less than 5%).
3. Vegetable Source Magnesium Stearate — This is the magnesium salt of the fatty acid stearic acid. It is widely used as a diluent or filler in the manufacturing of drug or dietary supplement capsules, tablets and powders
4. Croscarmellose sodium — A commonly used matrix to deliver drugs to the intestines. Stabilizing sodium carboxymethylcellulose produces croscarmellose sodium.
5. Ethylcellulose — Used in pharmaceutical industry as a coating agent, flavoring fixative, tablet binder and filler, film-former, and as a viscosity-increasing agent. Ethyl cellulose is also used in the food industry as an emulsifier.
  • Claims Related to Pain Relief: This product claims to provide effective, safe, and powerful muscle pain relief.
  • Link to the product is here.

Product 3

1. Allium Cepa 6X HPUS — The purpose of this ingredient is to relieve hay fever and watery eyes.
2. Galphimia Glauca 12X HPUS — The purpose of this ingredient is to relieve sneezing and runny nose.
3. Histaminum Hydrochloricum 12X HPUS — The purpose of this ingredient is to relieve sinus pain.
4. Luffa Operculata 12X HPUS — The purpose of this ingredient is to relieve sinus pain and headache.
5. Natrum Muriaticum 6X HPUS — The purpose of this ingredient is to relieve sneezing and itchy eyes.
6. Nux Vomica 6X — The purpose of this ingredient is to relieve itchy nose & throat.
  • Claims Related to Pain Relief: This product temporarily relieves the symptoms of hay fever and/or other upper respiratory allergies from mold, animal dander, pollen, ragweed, and grasses.
  • Link to the product is here.

Product 4

  • Name: LifeSeasons, Pain Bloc-R, Focused Pain Relief, 45 Vegetarian Capsules.
  • Price: $23.79
  • Active Ingredients:
1. L-Tetrahydro Palmatine — Used in traditional Chinese treatments for pain relief and muscle relaxation — without habit-forming properties.
2. L-Theamnine — Influences brain wave frequencies to induce a state of relaxed wakefulness.
3. White Willow Bark — Contains salicin and is a traditional remedy for mild discomfort.
4. BenfoPure Befotiamine — Helps normalize cellular processes fueled by glucose metabolites and maintain healthy cells in the presence of blood glucose.
5. Angelica Dahurica — Used in traditional Chinese treatments, meant to relieve mild discomfort.
Part
03
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Part
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Herbal Pain Relief Key Players Part 2

Positioning of the pain relief pills and VC Funding of the companies selling the pills has been populated in rows 7-8 of the attached spreadsheet.

LIFE EXTENSION

Life extension was founded in the early 1980s and is a non-profit. Its low dose aspirin tablets have multiple health benefits and also reduce minor body pain.

EuroPharma

Europharma is not backed by any VC. Its Curamin Extra Strength pills are a natural formulation and require to be taken only once or twice a day.

LIFESEASONS

Life Seasons was founded in 2013 and is backed by Peterson Partners. Life Seasons' Pain-Bloc R is like any traditional pain killer; however, it has no side effects or addictive properties.

HYLAND

Hyland was founded in 1903 and is not backed by any VC. It has a natural, gentle, safe, quick-dissolving, and non-drowsy formula for relieving common allergy symptoms.

Sources
Sources

From Part 01
From Part 02
Quotes
  • "Aspirin helps to maintain normal platelet aggregation in blood vessels via several mechanisms, including suppressing thromboxane H2, prostaglandin E2, and possibly C-reactive protein."
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  • "Aspirin has other effects besides increasing cellular stress responses, some good and some bad. Either no effect, a very small reduction, or a very small gain in life span are all plausible predictions for the outcome of a study on use of aspirin in older patients"
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  • "Cellulose has no calories, vitamins or minerals, and no protein, carbohydrates or fat. Cellulose is a type of insoluble fiber, which means the body can't digest it. When you eat a piece of celery, the other components of the vegetable are digested, but the cellulose moves through your digestive tract unchanged. This provides several important benefits to your health."
Quotes
  • "Stearic acid, also known as octadecanoic acid, can be derived from both animal and vegetable fats and oils. However, fats and oils rich in stearic acid are more abundant in animal fat (up to 30%) than in vegetable fat (typically less than 5%)."
Quotes
  • "Magnesium stearate is the magnesium salt of the fatty acid stearic acid. It is widely used as a diluent or filler in the manufacturing of drug or dietary supplement capsules, tablets and powders"
Quotes
  • "Croscarmellose sodium is a commonly used matrix to deliver drugs to the intestines. Stabilizing sodium carboxymethylcellulose produces croscarmellose sodium."
Quotes
  • "Ethylcellulose is used in pharmaceutical industry as a coating agent, flavoring fixative, tablet binder and filler, film-former, and as a viscosity-increasing agent. Ethyl cellulose is also used in the food industry as an emulsifier"
Quotes
  • "PUSH is designed to be a multi-functional package with components that synergize to optimize the performance of athletes. We load it up with performance enhancers instead of just stimulants to produce healthy, natural energy. Quercetin, a powerful antioxidant found in fruits and veggies, is used to flush out free radicals, and Electrolytes are derived from all natural coconut water powder"