First, meet Gene. Gene Gresh R.Ph., FIACP is the lead pharmacist at The Feel Good Lab. He specializes in pharmacy compounding in collaboration with functional medicine. Gene has been awarded full fellowship with the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacy and certification in Functional Medicine from the Institute of Functional Medicine. He also maintains a membership with Professional Compounding Centers of America and Connecticut Pharmacists Association.
Gene's 5 Pain Relieving Tips for People in Their 40s & 50s:
- It’s not all about pills. Consider what you put on your body as well. A lot of patients I meet have this notion that taking pills is the thing that cures pain. Thank you big pharma commercials. But the truth is, more and more research proving the power of transdermal medicine is coming out every day. And think about this: there are substances that are great for pain relief, but not so good to ingest. Magnesium for instance is a great anti-inflammatory, but also a wonderful natural laxative when ingested. Thanks, but no thanks.
- Motion is lotion. For your muscles and joints, that is. Exercise, when done with professional supervision, is one of the most powerful weapons against chronic pain. The mental, chemical, and physical benefits are simply endless. If you’re in pain and not already exercising, force yourself to talk to your doctor about getting into some kind of routine that’s right for you. Bonus, it’s a great way to make new friends in today’s busy, social media driven world.
- This one is easier said than done, but you are what you eat. I’m not going to plug the latest diet here, but look, we all have a basic idea of what’s good and what’s bad for us. When it comes to pain, diet is one of the biggest contributors to unnecessary inflammation in the body. And unnecessary inflammation causes unnecessary pain. Here’s a good rule of thumb: 95% of what you’ll find in the middle aisles of the grocery store is processed and more likely to contribute to inflammation. Stick to the outside parameter of the store where the meats, fruits, and vegetables are and you’ll be on your way to a better diet to fight pain. Need more advice on anti-inflammatory diets? Google is will be your best friend.
- Clean skin equals absorbent skin. I’m going to go back to transdermal medicine here. The most common tip I give people is to take a nice warm shower before applying any pain relief cream. First, it clears away all the stuff you don’t want seeping into your skin. And second, warm, moist skin is quick to soak up what you put on it, like medicine for instance.
- Don’t expect instant results. The biggest mistake I see patients make comes down to expectations. Recovering from pain requires a plan, time, and a solid routine. Work with your doctor, physical therapist, or whatever professional, and stick to the plan. Put in the work. If you stay diligent, you’ll see results. If you’re really putting in the effort and you don’t see results, the professional helping you will adjust the program until you do. This is what I do in my pharmacy practice all the time.
Renowned pharmacist and transdermal medicine expert Gene Gresh says, “when the appropriate medicines are delivered through the skin in the correct proportions the results can be remarkable.” His new pain relief cream uses a patented blend of 30 natural ingredients.
Is there a person in pain who hasn’t went on an ibuprofen binge?
“The problem with any oral medication is that it has a systemic effect. That means that even if your pain is only in your back, medicine will need to be processed by your gut and travel through your entire body before it arrives to the problem area,” said Gene Gresh, a compounding pharmacist who has dedicated the majority of his 25+ year career to perfecting how to deliver medication through the skin.
“That’s partly why I’m so focused on transdermal therapy. Applying something to the skin near the pain not only helps quickly deliver medicine directly to the source of pain, it also leaves out parts of the body that don’t need to be involved, like the gut or liver,” Gresh added. “When it comes to treating really anything, I’ve always believed in choosing the right tool for the job. That’s why I became a compounding pharmacist in the first place.”
Gresh’s new pain relief cream is called You Plus Relief. It’s a 100% natural pain relief cream designed to provide quick relief while helping the body heal from many types of muscle and join pain.
The product isn’t just for people in severe chronic pain either. “You Plus Relief was originally designed almost as a last resort for several of my chronic pain patients. It incorporates the best thinking from the herbal world and combines it with what’s working in transdermal medicine today. But because it’s completely natural, it’s gentle enough to use for routine bodily maintenance like post workout, massage therapy, or even to soothe your neck after a long flight,” Gresh continues.
“The best doctor gives the least medicine.”
- Benjamin Franklin
The 3.4-ounce product comes beautifully packaged. It would be right at home beside a stack of birthday presents. It’s a nice size—small enough to stick in your carryon to bring on a plane and large enough to last well over 100 applications. It sells for $29.95 on his company’s website.
Its first listed ingredient, menthol, provides quick relief, but unlike other pain creams it only contains a minimum effective dose. “We saw a lot of brands were simply packing their products with a ton of menthol to intensely mask pain. The problem with that technique is that you’re not really doing much to help that person heal. Plus, lots of menthol has quite the smell. I wanted to make something that no one around you would ever detect,” says Gresh.
Gresh’s You Plus Relief product contains 30 natural ingredients, each with it’s own way of contributing to relieving pain. “Pain is typically rooted in several different pathways—to treat it, you need to treat those different pathways,” he commented.
Judging by the 200+ positive reviews received on Amazon, the product is working.
“I’ve spent so many years creating medication a patient-by-patient basis. So, when bringing a product like this to this many people at once it’s incredibly important and encouraging to see the positive feedback,” commented Gresh.
“The biggest mistake I see patients make is not sticking with a routine,” he said. “A lot of treatments feel like they're taking affect fairly quickly. With natural or transdermal treatments, you can get some results quickly, but often the real benefits occur after several days of disciplined use. The people that stick with it are the ones who see the best results.”
After seeing the amount of people in pain and not getting better, Gresh changed his specialty from pharmacy to compounding pharmacy, starting Connecticut’s first compounding pharmacy.
“I was refilling opioid prescriptions for people every month and they simply weren’t getting better. In fact, they were getting worse. I knew I needed to do something different. That’s why I got into compounding pharmacy, so I could start creating medications specifically designed for each patient. Ultimately, I wanted to help people get better rather than refill prescriptions each month.”
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