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What is Tylenol Doing To Your Liver?

Have you ever wondered if over the counter pain medications like Tylenol, aspirin-free Anacin, Excedrin and various cold medicines could damage your organs? Well, listen to this study that was published in the Journal of American Medical Association. 145 adults were given either a placebo or four grams of acetaminophen. The study was inpatient and diet controlled (meals were provided).

ALT is an abbreviation for alanine aminotransferase (there’ll be a quiz next week), which is what is released in the blood when liver cells are damaged. The ALT levels increased to almost 5 times normal in 19% of the subjects that were given the acetaminophen. No increases were detected in the placebo group.

Even the FDA discussed the risks that acetaminophen can have to consumers for liver damage due to overdosing on the drug. It is one of the most commonly used active ingredients in medicines to relieve pain and fevers. It is also in prescription drugs.

The FDA Advisory Committee voted on July 1, 2009 to recommend that Tylenol and similar medications containing acetaminophen should be given in lower doses. Overdoses with acetaminophen are the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S. and results in over 57,000 people going to the emergency room a year. Approximately 400 die each year, according to studies done between 1990 and 1998.

And did you know that the preferred method of suicide in Europe is an all night binge on Tylenol and alcohol?

OK, so now you have the American Medical Association and the FDA warning you against the toxic effects of over the counter medications. So where are you going to turn for relief? Maybe it’s time to consider some safe alternatives for pain relief that would actually be good for you.

Alternatives for Pain Relief That Work

Chinese herbsChinese medicine has offered pain relief for thousands of years in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas. Chinese herbs can offer pain relief from sports or traumatic injuries, sprains and strains. Herbs properly prescribed by a health professional (Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist) can reduce pain due to strenuous exercise or repetitive movements (i.e. golfers, tennis players, grocery checkers/packers, warehouse and assembly-line workers). Some herb formulas have anti-inflammatory actions that reduce pain and inflammation, analgesic influence to relieve pain as well as antispasmodic effects to relax muscles and tendons.

And let’s compare the risks of drugs vs. herbs. Drug therapies have a significantly higher risk to them, more on the order of 1:500 or even higher. Herbs are natural products. There are reported world wild only 1:1,000,000 incidents of herbal therapy causing poisoning.

Chinese herbs are being used by every kind of athlete including Olympic athletes. Many of the world’s most famous body builders use Chinese herbs. Yao Ming, the star basketball player, used traditional Chinese medicine to help his recovery from surgery on his ankle. Chinese scientists have studied herbal remedies – some based on recipes dating back hundreds of years. Even President Obama reportedly sometimes takes herbs.

So the next time you need alternative pain relief you might consider calling your local Chinese medicine clinic instead of reaching inside of your medicine cabinet for Excedrin or Tylenol. Using these over the counter pain relievers is like swiping dirt under the carpet. At our Minneapolis clinic we offer natural solutions to pain relief that is good for your body, without any side effects and treats the root cause of pain. Not just the symptom.

About the Author: Steven Sonmore’s Minneapolis Chinese medicine & Acupuncture clinic offers pain relief daily. We use both Chinese herbal formulas custom tailored to your condition along with safe and effective acupuncture. Contact us at https://www.orientalmedcare.com/contact/  or call 952-831-8080.

About Steven Sonmore

For more than 20 years, Steven Sonmore, L. AC, Dipl. AC., has been helping people transform their lives and maintain better health through Chinese medicine. Steven is a licensed acupuncturist, Oriental bodywork therapist, and herbalist. He offers complete health care through acupuncture, Chinese herbs and nutritional counseling. Steven’s patients come from all different ages and walks of life and he has extensive experience treating a spectrum of dis-ease ranging from physical pain and discomfort to emotional stress and anxiety. His extensive experience is evident by the high success rate he consistently has with patients and is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Steven is also certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.