People suffering from chronic pain are being taken off their opioid medications at an alarming rate due to the “opioid crackdown”. This has left many patients bereft, terrified, and desperate.
This is why I’ve been putting together some articles on alternative chronic pain relief.
Last week, I talked about how digestive enzymes can help in the treatment of chronic pain.
This week, I want to talk a little bit about serrapeptase. While I’ve never been on opioid pain relievers, I have used this enzyme for my chronic shoulder pain, and when I was using it, I did experience significant relief.
What Is Serrapeptase?
Serrapeptase (also called serralysin) is a chemical enzyme substance derived from the intestines of the silkworm, and it’s used by drug and supplement companies all over Europe and Asia.
Serrapeptase has been used for over three decades as a pain control agent for those struggling with chronic health problems such as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Some people also use serrapeptase to treat occasional and seasonal health symptoms like sore throats and ear infections.
How Can Serrapeptase Reduce Chronic Pain Naturally?
As a proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzyme, serrapeptase helps the body break down protein molecules, which is a necessary metabolic function within our systems. When protein metabolism is hindered for any reason, inflammation can spread more easily throughout our bodies. Therefore, serrapeptase can help minimize pain, mucus, and inflammation as a result of poor protein metabolism.
Additionally, serrapeptase can inhibit pain and inflammation by diluting the fluids that come with an injury and assisting in the drainage of those fluids. Furthermore, it may help control pain by blocking the secretion of pain-inducing amines (e.g. bradykinin).
What Scientific Proof Is There That Serrapeptase Can Help Me?
Even though there aren’t many specific studies on the pain reduction and anti-inflammatory effects of serrapeptase, there are a few studies that show very promising results.
The first large-scale study on serrapeptase’s effects was conducted in 1990 by Italian researchers and involved 193 test subjects who were split into a treatment group and a placebo (control) group. According to the results of the study, serrapeptase was able to reduce chronic ear, nose, and throat infection symptoms in as little as three to four days in the treatment group, as opposed to the placebo group, where no symptom improvement was noticed.
Another study that involved male patients with carpal tunnel symptom found that 65 percent of the subjects who were given serrapeptase showed significant improvement in their symptoms with no unwanted side effects reported.
Are There Any Contraindications to Using Serrapeptase?
Currently, there are no studies on possible negative side effects of serrapeptase, so we can’t estimate for sure the safety of the substance. Women who are pregnant or nursing, patients with bleeding disorders, and post-surgery patients should consult their doctors before using serrapeptase as it thins out the blood and may interfere with the blood-clotting process.
Serrapeptase seems to be a promising alternative for the treatment of chronic pain, as well as temporary health problems and symptoms like sore throat, headaches, and ear infections. If you wish to try this enzyme, you may be able to find it in your local pharmacy. If you can’t find it there, online supplement providers and other retailers sell it at an average price of $15-20/30 tablets.
Note: For best results, use serrapeptase on an empty stomach (otherwise it will digest your food instead of reducing your pain and inflammation). I used to take it at night before bed.