It’s true! NSAIDs – those ache reducing drugs that include over the counter ibuprofen and naproxen as well as prescription versions can INCREASE your risk for heart attack, stroke or heart failure.
There are two reasons why these meds are risky. First, they reduce painful inflammation by inhibiting an enzyme called COX-2. But COX-2 also is beneficial: it relaxes arteries and discourages blood platelets from forming clots. So dialing down this enzyme’s activities can increase blood pressure and the risk for clots. Second, NSAIDs interfere with the heart-and brain-protecting action of daily, low-dose aspirin. NSAID’s block aspirin’s ability to reduce the risk of blood clots that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. – The Times of NJ 8/30/15
Current findings of 14 controlled clinical trials with approx. 4,000 patients shows “acupuncture gave remarkably better results than normal standard medical care”, or not receiving any treatment at all (waiting and hoping for pain to go away, or for treatments to become available). Researchers said “ACUPUNCTURE is better at relieving pain and restoring function than standard biomedical care”. – www.acupuncture.org