Pain Management Minus the Pills: How Gofire is Changing Patient-focused Healthcare
Pain is an inevitable fact of life for all living beings. At one point or another, we all face forms of physical and emotional pain. Throughout human history, thousands of treatments and cures have been naturally discovered or scientifically devised to treat pain and create comfort for those who are suffering. But few solutions have proven as versatile and effective as plant medicine.
Today, a growing number of people face intractable and chronic physical pain due to a variety of diseases, injuries and the aging process. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, at least 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, with more than 1.5 billion people suffering worldwide. Many of those struggling are veterans; in fact, according to Pain Med, 28 percent of U.S. veterans report experiencing moderate to severe chronic pain.
Unfortunately, the lack of available plant medicine means that those who suffer must turn to dangerous and addictive pain management solutions which have been proven to exacerbate the problems of those who consume them.
Opioid use can lead to hormonal dysfunction and immunosuppression in the long term, as well as serious addiction and overdose. In 2016, more than 46 people died each day from overdoses involving prescription opioids. Symptoms of opioid withdrawal include insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure and nausea, among others.
Over the course of 10 years, the rate of opioid prescriptions quadrupled – as did the rate of opioid overdose deaths, leading to what many are now calling an opioid epidemic. To add to the issue, only 23 percent of patients with chronic pain find opioids effective.
America’s painkiller addiction may seem hopeless, but there is a light shining in the darkness: plant-based medicine. The diverse uses of plant medicine have been employed by countless civilizations such as the Egyptians and Indians over time as a treatment for ailments of varying severity. In a study published in The Journal of Pain in 2016, researchers found that plant medicine improved the quality of patients’ lives while reducing their use of opioid painkillers by 64 percent. The patients also reported reduced side effects and longer durations of relief as compared to their prescription counterparts. Alternatively, a Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) study involving more than 300 participants found that plant medicine use for chronic pain and neuropathic pain is supported by “high-quality evidence.” Most important, the anecdotal evidence for the miracle of plant medicine is abundant and timeless.
Plant medicine poses an exciting opportunity for those with chronic pain: safe, affordable and effective medicine for ailments. The dangers of opioid and painkiller use have been proven on a nationwide scale, and it is time to rethink the way we treat chronic pain.
Gofire’s smart health app crowdsources data, such as patients’ anonymous feedback on the particular efficacy of certain plant medicines, to improve their recommendations and build community among patients.
To learn more about Gofire and how their technology is changing the way you utilize plant based medicine, visit Gofire.co.