Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, a co-founder of the plant-based pain-relieving formula Rightful, has been promoting natural and plant-based medications for over 40 years.
“I’ve been fortunate to learn about plants from indigenous healers in Africa, midwives in Central America, and farmers in the United States,” she said. “Botanicals possess biological activities that can holistically support people with chronic pain, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antidepressant, anxiolytic, sedative, and stress protecting properties.”
Herbal remedies have long been ignored by Western medicine. Dr. Low Dog created Rightful, a day-and-night formula with natural ingredients like turmeric and hemp extract to offer a natural alternative for treating pain and stress.
“Chronic pain is often accompanied by disrupted sleep, depression, anxiety, challenges with intimacy, amplified stress response, and physical deconditioning, all of which make recovery more difficult,” Dr. Low Dog said. “Our heavy reliance on prescription analgesics has been overly simplistic. A broader patient-centered approach that individualizes treatment and promotes self-management of pain is needed.”
More uses than one
With Rightful, Dr. Low Dog hopes to enlighten people about the benefits of plant-based natural remedies for many common ailments.
“With a few exceptions, many commonly available herbal remedies can be safely used for addressing the day-to-day problems people face; insomnia, fatigue, headaches, colds/cough, upset stomach, aches and pains, and other health challenges,” she said.
Dr. Low Dog is encouraged patients to explore other kinds of natural remedy practices.
“Depending on the type and severity of pain, treatment options might include manual medicine, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, nutrition, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and herbal remedies,” she said.