Doctors at Steelsmith Natural Health Center use sugar to help patients heal

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When it comes to living with chronic pain, finding a way to manage it can be difficult. At Steelsmith Natural Health Center, doctors help patients heal with sugar, also known as medical grade glucose. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is at the health center with a firsthand look at how the method works.

According to Steelsmith Natural Health Center, medical grade sugar can literally turn off pain signals and inflammation by blocking a receptor on nerve cells that perpetuates inflammation. For those who have joint pain due to arthritis or weak tendons and ligaments, the glucose is combined with an anesthetic and injected into the joint or surrounding tissues to stimulate the healing process. This procedure is called prolotherapy. It is used to ultimately decrease inflammation and promote repair of cartilage and other tissues necessary for healthy joint function.

Prolotherapy is a safe and effective technique that has been in use since the 1950s, and the injections are almost painless. The benefits of the treatments far outweigh the anxiety of getting injected. Doctors at Natural Health Center treat soft tissue pain, including chronic neuropathic pain, or pain that is in your muscles and nerves. They also treat chronically inflamed and irritated joints as seen in osteoarthritis.

Doctors at Steelsmith Natural Health Center say some patients may require a series of treatments while others will not. This depends on what is being treated. Most cases will require a few treatments, but the outcome is less pain, more function, and happier patients.

About Steelsmith Natural Health Center:
Steelsmith Natural Health Center was founded in 1996 in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is a unique healing environment and provides the community with the very best in naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and other natural therapies. Dr. Laurie Steelsmith and Dr. Kristen Coles offer a variety of services, blending centuries-old knowledge of natural therapies with the latest medical advances in scientific diagnosis and treatment. Their services include naturopathic medicine, hormone balancing, testing and detoxification programs for environmental toxins, functional medicine testing for intestinal flora, food allergies, nutrient imbalances, hormones, and neurotransmitter imbalances, standard diagnostic laboratory testing, acupuncture, trigger point therapy, I.V. nutrient therapy, platelet rich plasma injections for joint health, sexual health, and aesthetics, prolotherapy, and oxygen therapies.

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