UW doctor's holistic recipe for chronic pain relief


by JEAN ENERSEN / KING 5 HealthLink


Posted on May 24, 2014 at 8:29 AM

One hundred million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Back pain is the leading cause of disability in those under 45. With so many people hurting and not getting relief, one University of Washington doctor has a new way of looking at and treating pain.

“I fell in May of 2010 on a sidewalk and I hit the back of my head,” said Robin Schmidt.

The headaches didn’t start for a year.

“I have had a migraine since May of 2011 and it’s never gone away,” said Robin “Two years of doctors telling me that I would never get better and they didn’t know what was wrong with me and I was going to live like that forever.”

Then Robin found Dr. Heather Tick.

“You can see a response very quickly because myofacial pain is a tightening of muscles,” said Dr. Tick, an integrative physician, a specialty that combines conventional and holistic medicine - in this case acupuncture.

“So they can turn and then can get this far and then I treat them and they’re going that far and they’re shocked,” said Dr. Tick.

She avoids drugs for treating chronic pain.

“The drugs promise a lot and don’t deliver as much as they promise and they do come along with a lot of side effects,” said Dr. Tick.

Even the familiar over-the counter drugs have side effects. She recommends trying a homemade recipe.

“So you take a ¼ cup of turmeric and you add some ground pepper and you add enough olive oil or coconut oil to make a nice thick paste. Mix it all up. Store it in the fridge and the several times a day you take a quarter to a half teaspoon of this just as you would a pill,” said Dr. Tick.

“You can use it in foods as well. So making curries and adding turmeric to your vegetables is a great way of decreasing inflammation and there’s good research on that,” she added.

For those who spend hours in front of the computer, Dr. Tick recommends stretches for muscle tightness.

“You just put some pressure to bend your wrist toward yourself and you’ll feel a stretch. Some people will feel it here some people will feel it higher up,” said Dr. Tick. “You hold onto the palm and the fingers, so not just the fingers but both and you bring your hand back as far as you can.”

After suffering so long, Robin can’t believe the difference.

“It’s a miracle,” she said. “I’ve been given a new lease on life and I will never forget it I am so grateful.”

Dr. Heather Tick’s natural pain remedy recipe is below and she’s also written a book. For more information, go to HeatherTickMD.com.

Natural Anti-inflammatory Pain Remedy from Dr. Heather Tick

  •     Measure ¼ cup turmeric.
  •     Stir in enough olive oil or coconut oil to make a paste.
  •     Sprinkle with black pepper.
  •     Mix together.
  •     Store in the refrigerator.

Take ¼ to ½ teaspoon for pain relief as needed.

CAUTION: Turmeric can stain teeth so swallow quickly. Dr. Tick recommends taking it with fruit juice to help disguise the taste. You can also sprinkle turmeric on food to reduce inflammation.