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Let's Talk about Aspirin

Written by Meghan Rhodes MCPP MAPA

It's a mainstay - and even, I'd argue - a way of life for many pain-sufferers, so it may be a bit unpopular to say, but aspirin is doing the body a lot more harm than good.

I remember watching some sort of healthy lifestyle explorative programme starring no less than Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall a while ago. (We are, admittedly, fans of proper throwback River Cottage episodes and many of his exposés on various issues in our home). He went into a work environment - I think it was deliveries or shipments, although my memory's a bit blurry - to explore alternative health approaches to over the counter drugs (e.g. mindfulness practices, singing, etc.). When he first turned up, he found many of the staff were completely reliant on aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to get them through the day. Many of them were taking a pill nearly hourly.

I was a bit gobsmacked, to be honest, and really rather saddened, but it reminded me not everyone knows about the damage aspirin does to the body - not only in silencing important messages your body is sending you via that pain, but also in causing structural damage that impacts immunity and - ironically - the reactivity of your pain receptors.

So let's have a closer look at aspirin, its impact on the body and some herbal alternatives you can use when you need to manage pain alongside identifying and addressing the root cause without the damaging effects to the body.

meadowsweet fresh flowers and meadowsweet tincture

The physical impacts of aspirin

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