Greetings! As many of you already know, Q Sciences introduced several new products at the Las Vegas Summit. Over the next few months, we will use this newsletter to dive into the exciting features, benefits, and science of each product. This month we will focus on our newest Q Spray—Q Relief.
Dr. Spray and I have teamed up to formulate a potent, reliable combination of herb extracts and a key pain-modulating amino acid that can be used as needed and in varying amounts to combat
pain. Naturally, this is all in Dr. Spray’s cutting-edge sublingual spray delivery system, so the ingredients can be quickly and effectively absorbed and utilized without being filtered from the blood by the liver in what is called “first pass metabolism.”
If you look closely at the diagram below, you can see that there are several pathways that produce pain. Acute or chronic pain may involve histamines and other chemicals, such as “substance,” which irritates nerve endings and sends pain messages to the brain. The key to reducing or eliminating pain lies in the blocking or modulation of these pain chemical pathways, and that is precisely what we have done with Q Relief. Keep in mind that most severe or chronic pain may be difficult or impossible to eliminate entirely, but if it can be dulled sufficiently, the body’s own healing mechanism can be brought to bear and life can be once again manageable. The worst part of chronic pain, for example, is the idea that there are no effective solutions, and that the pain is “here to stay” without hope of relief. Q Relief helps calm frayed nerve endings and stimulates the production of nerve-blocking chemicals that can put out the pain fire.
Once again, I have the great pleasure to shed light on another stellar Q Sciences product. Dr. Spray and I have come up with a very effective spray for both acute and chronic pain relief. As you know, pain, especially chronic pain, is a major problem that may affect up to 30% of adults and accounts for billions of dollars a year in lost work and medical expenses. Chronic pain, or even temporary pain, quickly depletes our brains and bodies of essential neurotransmitters as our bodies strive to produce endorphins to dull the pain. Most standard pain treatments have their drawbacks, and overuse can lead to addiction, intestinal bleeding, and kidney failure. Injections and surgeries only add to that burden. Having a quick and easy pain solution at hand can be invaluable in many ways, as chronic pain leads to depression and other serious problems.
What’s in Q Relief?
GABA – The first ingredient is GABA (gamma- aminobutyric acid). This is an invaluable amino acid that is very effective in treating both pain and anxiety.
- It is also used as a sleep aid, as it blocks pain messages, relaxes muscles, and calms the nervous system.
- In fact, the prescription drug GABAPentin, which is used as an anti-seizure and chronic pain medication, was derived from GABA.
- GABA is the main inhibitory chemical in the nervous system, and the appropriately small dosage in the spray means that it can be used several times a day without causing excess sleepiness or other side effects. When taken in this way, it helps smooth out the nerve messages, helping to make pain more manageable and relieving the anxiety that often accompanies pain.
- It also has antidepressant effects for the same reasons. Studies show that low levels of GABA may be associated with bipolar disorder;1 so adding GABA has many benefits.
- It can be taken long term without risks or concerns, as it is normally produced in the body.The proprietary herbal blend contains the following herbal extracts that have been shown to be useful for managing pain:• Boswellia2 – This is derived from Frankincense herb, and contains four boswellic acids that inhibit inflammation and reduce associated pain. Acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid is the most potent inhibitor of 5-lipoxygenase,an enzyme responsible for inflammation. The NIH has studied boswelia and found it to be beneficial in the management of pain. It has also been found to reduce the risks for some cancers, including prostate cancer.
- Cucurmin – This is derived from the herb turmeric.
The past few decades have witnessed intense research devoted to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin3, with more than 65 studies
at renowned research centers such as MD Anderson.
It blocks cyclo-oxygenase in the same manner as anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects and risks. It is also anti-cancer in its effects, as inflammation is often associated with increased cancer risks. The extract used here is many times more potent than just taking turmeric in herb form.
- Devil’s Claw – This herb (harpagophytum procumbens) is a fascinating herb that has been shown to have significant pain-relieving properties comparable to anti-inflammatory medications (Vioxx 12.5 mg). In fact, it has been used to add to the effects of morphine or other potent pain medications as a means to reduce their dosage and adverse effects4. It is very well tolerated in this dosage and has been used for centuries in Africa for pain relief, especially for back and arthritis pain.• Skullcap – This wonderful herb has been used for centuries for its calming and pain-relieving effects. It has been called a “peppermint patty for the nerves,” which is a good description of its generally healing effects on both the nerves and the brain. It also helps induce restful sleep, which is often lacking in those with chronic pain. Studies show skullcap has significant antioxidant effects, and may help protect the brain against neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, and depression5. It is even more effective when combined with anti-inflammatory herbs such as devil’s claw and white willow bark.• White Willow Bark – Willow bark contains salicin, an anti-inflammatory substance that is related to salicylic acid in aspirin, which was derived from willow bark. The Native Americans have used it for eons for fever, pain, and menstrual cramps. It has been shown to be effective for headaches and back pain6. In a well-designed study of nearly 200 people with low back pain, those who received willow bark experienced a significant improvement in pain compared to those who received a placebo. As herbs contain many “balancing” chemicals, white willow is better tolerated than aspirin, but anyone with a history of aspirin allergy should not use it.
1- Petty F, et al. (1993) Low plasma GABA is a trait-like marker for bipolar illness. Neuropsychopharmacology. 9(2):125-32.
2- Basch E, et al. (2004). Boswellia: A evidence based systematic review by the natural standard research collaboration. J Herb Phar. 4:63–83.
3- Menon VP1, Sudheer AR. (2007). Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin. Adv Exp Med Biol. 595:105-25.
4- Parenti C1, et al. Harpagophytum procumbens extract potentiates morphine antinociception in neuropathic rats. Nat Prod Res. 2015 Jul 20:1-8.
5- Awad R, et al. (2003). Phytochemical and biological analysis of skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora L.): a medicinal plant with anxiolytic properties. Phytomedicine. 10:640-9.
6- Chrubasik JE, et al. (2007). Evidence of effectiveness of herbal anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of painful osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain. Phytother Res. 21(7) 675-83.
- Cucurmin – This is derived from the herb turmeric.
- Q Relief can be used from 1– 4 times a day, depending on the need. Each spray has 30 full doses of 8 sprays, but half doses (4 sprays) may also be used for milder pain.
- Hold the spray under the tongue as long as you can, and then swallow. This will help absorption.
- Do not use Q Relief if you are pregnant, are
taking blood thinners, or have a history of intestinal bleeding. White willow is related to aspirin; if you have a history of aspirin allergy, do not use it. The dosage of white willow is low and should not promote bleeding any more than a baby aspirin, but caution should still be used if you are taking prescription blood thinners.
As you can see, we have taken great care and considerable innovation in combining these ingredients into a handy pain spray. I like to keep it close at hand, with one in the car and at home, as it is best to treat pain episodes quickly, as some pain can be a runaway train if not managed promptly. The key word here is “managed,” and while Q Relief may eliminate some types of pain completely, severe or chronic pain may still be present but lessened to the extent that it can be tolerated. If you are taking other pain medications, they may be more effective when combined with
Q Relief. The under-the-tongue spray is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, where it can both
calm the inflammation in the nerves and other tissues, and reduce the pain response in the peripheral nerves and the brain itself.