Review of The Five Best Natural Remedies Books

Review of The Five Best Natural Remedies Books

Natural Remedies are as old as Humanity


As long as there have been people, health and freedom from sickness and pain have been almost as important as food, water, clothing and shelter. And from prehistoric times until just recently, people relied on herbal medicines and natural remedies to find the cures they needed. Fact is, until the development of modern chemistry, that’s all they had! There wasn’t a choice of ‘eating organic’ or ‘natural cures’, because that’s all there was!

Here is just a short list of medicines from plants and natural sources:

  • Aspirin–A pain killer derived from the willow tree
  • Morphine–comes from opium poppies, is widely used to stop excruciating pain.
  • Penicillin–discovered as a chemical in cheese mold, and used as an antibiotic
  • Caffeine–Most of us use it as a stimulant, it of course comes from coffee beans and tea
  • Cocaine–Grown high in the Andes Mountains of South America, it comes from coca leaves, and has been used to offset altitude sickness and increase energy levels. It was an original ingredient in Coca Cola.


Here is a list of the most popular books on Amazon:


 Modern Medicine Versus Traditional Medicine


Probably the biggest misconception in modern society, is that we humans exist outside the laws of nature. Think about it:

In addition to the use of medicines in indigenous cultures such as Native Americans before the use of modern medicines, many cultures developed their own forms of medicine using plants.

We breathe air, like all animals do. We eat food that comes from Nature. We are living organisms and share lots of DNA with both other mammals as well as vertebrates….

So if you kiss that frog, he or she may turn out to be a prince or princess in disguise….but seriously, all this means is that we are intertwined with Nature, which traditional peoples have known for literally thousands of years.  Understanding how to use natural medicines is one of the most basic skills people have had for centuries. We’d all be better off knowing something about it.  Examples of systems of medicine from other cultures are:

Herbs used in Ayurveda, which developed in India

  • Ayurvedic Medicine from India
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Homeopathy


For example,

Naturopathic medicine is a system that uses natural remedies to help the body heal itself. It embraces many therapies, including herbs, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and nutritional counseling … via Naturopathic Medicine: What It Is, Benefits, Risks – WebMD

Here is more information about Naturopathic Medicine specifically as it relates to knees.


Possible Disadvantages of “Big Pharma” Drugs


Needless to say, modern medicines have been a great step forward in treating both maladies as well as their symptoms. In the “old days”, if you had to have surgery, they’d give you massive amounts of alcohol….not a good thing.

However, modern forms of anesthesia have been a huge improvement in pain management during surgery. Likewise, antibiotics have cut the rates of infection and death due to disease or injury. However, we’re seeing some serious disadvantages to pharmaceuticals, such as:

  • Inadequate testing, which resulted in serious side effects, an example being Thalidomide, which caused serious birth defects. Or Vioxx, which resulted in a number of deaths.
  • Overprescription, especially of antibiotics. Over time, disease and infection related germs and pathogens develop resistance to such medicines. We are seeing a resurgence of diseases like tuberculosis, or flesh eating bacteria, as these noxious organisms become immune to the medicine.
  • Improper or even unethical use. Nowadays, we are bombarded with advertising, to scare us into begging our doctor to give us some medicine, which  not only costs money, but may have side effects, which then need yet more medicine. It becomes a downward spiral of overdependence on manufactured drugs.

The best current example is the opioid crisis, where doctors end up making addicts of their patients.

Graph of opioid deaths show steady increase

US Drug Deaths Are Showing Alarming Increases Over Time

Purdue Pharma lawsuit: Family behind OxyContin-maker engineered opioid crisis, Massachusetts AG says via Purdue Pharma lawsuit: Family behind OxyContin-maker engineered opioid crisis, Massachusetts AG says

Possible Advantage of Natural vs. Manufactured Drugs

There may be several advantages to using natural medicines instead of pharmaceutical medicines, one being that you get additional ingredients or trace minerals that medicines made in a lab just don’t have. As the well known site, Natural News, points out

“While the pharmaceutical industry thinks it can just copy the primary medicinal compounds found in plant medicines, the truth is that these isolates will never compare to the real deal. By missing out on the synergistic effects of trace minerals, pharmaceutical copycats pale in comparison.”

Herbs vs. pharmaceuticals: Understanding the effectiveness of natural medicine via Herbs vs. pharmaceuticals: Understanding the effectiveness of natural medicine

From a nutritional point of view, suppose you had a disease called scurvy, which is actually a severe Vitamin C deficiency. You could take pure Vitamin C. But if you take it in the form of an orange or a lemon or lime, you get complimentary chemicals calle bioflavenoids, which aid in the absoption and use of Vitamin C by your body.

Turmeric, a relative of ginger root, is well known as an anti inflammatory. So it is best taken with Black Pepper, which makes the turmeric absorb into the body more effectively.

At least partly because of the problems coming from modern pharmaceuticals, people are returning to traditional medicines.


Disadvantages of Natural Herbal Medicines


There are a some disadvantages to Herbal Medicines.

  • It may be difficult to get consistency in strength
  • If you buy a prepared or prepackaged herb, it may also be expensive, especially if it is in capsule form.
  • In rare cases, herbal remedies may interact negatively with other drugs, especially pharmaceuticals.


Are You Someone Who Studies Plants–Or Would Like to?


Would you like to become an herbalist? You could go to a special school that teaches these specialized skills, which would take several years and probably several thousand dollars. Or to start with, get a good guide for herbalism for beginners.

But your best bet, is to simply have a handbook or guide, where you can read about natural herbal medicine, see photos, and learn their properties, to see what make the most sense in your situation. These books are available at relatively low cost.

Here are the 5 best herbal medicine books you’ll find.

  1. The Lost Book of Remedies
  2. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine–550 Herbs and Remedies for for Common Ailments
  3. The Modern Herbal Dispensary: A Medicine-Making Guide
  4. Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal
  5. Alkaline Herbal Medicine: Reverse Disease and Heal the Electric Body


The Lost Book of Remedies


The Lost Book of Remedies
81 Reviews
The Lost Book of Remedies
  • A
  • Claude Davis
  • Publisher: Capital Printing Co
  • Edition no. 1 (01/01/1970)
  • Paperback: 304 pages

The Lost Book of Remedies is an excellent book. It covers over 200 different plant remedies, and classifies them by where they are found:

  • Backyard Weeds
  • Forests and Woodlands
  • Wild Plants in Great Plains
  • Trees and Shrubs
  • Coastal, Tropical and Water-Loving Plants
  • Nationwide Plants
  • Household Remedies (not plants but easily available items)

The Index is quite helpful, because it lists various maladies, and then points you to the page where you can find the right plant or treatment. It places them in alphabetical order, so you can search the issue you have, and then find the plants to use, plus what page it is listed on, so you can find them easily. For example, under “Bones”, it lists Osteoporosis, then cites 4 treatments: Red Clover, Black Cohosh, Evening Primrose, and the non plant item, Diatomaceous Earth. It gives the pages where they’re located and the index is pleasant to read, easily accessible, unlike typical indices with small print.

On Amazon, the book is available in paperback. At the time of this writing, it has a 4.5 star rating, however, it has just 80 reviews. That is less than the usual number I usually use in a review. However, it at this writing, 88% are 4 and 5 star reviews. 6% gave it a 1 star rating. The main issue those reviews have is that the book is overpriced and the print quality is not the best.

On the other hand, 70 out of the 80 reviews cite it as a valuable reference, with lots of information and excellent color illustrations.


Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine–550 Herbs and Remedies for Common Ailments


Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: 550 Herbs and Remedies for Common Ailments
124 Reviews
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: 550 Herbs and Remedies for Common Ailments
  • Dk Pub
  • Andrew Chevallier
  • Publisher: DK
  • Edition no. 3 (07/05/2016)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages

As the name suggests, Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine is an excellent reference book. The Table of Contents divides the material into the following sections:

  • The Development of Herbal Medicine, which gives the theory and background of using herbs as medicine
  • Key Medicinal Plants. This is the main section covering 100 of the most commonly used plants for medicine.
  • Other Medicinal Plants. This section cover 450 plants that are also used.
  • Herbal Remedies for Home Use. You can learn how to grow and prepare your own medicines at home.
  • A final section with Glossary, Bibliography, General Index, and a particularly useful Index of Herbs by Ailment

The book sells on Amazon in hard cover. As for statistics, it has a stunning 97% positive rating, with not a single negative review at the time of this writing. The number of reviews is less than the 200 I look for, however, with such a positive rating, this book is an obvious choice, indeed selling close to 500 copies per month.


The Modern Herbal Dispensary: A Medicine Making Guide


The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide
215 Reviews
The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide
  • North Atlantic Books
  • Thomas Easley, Steven Horne
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Edition no. 1 (11/29/2016)
  • Paperback: 376 pages

As the title suggests, this book is more about how to make medicines from herbs. It divides herbs according to their different types, for example, Pungent herbs, acrid herbs and salty herbs. A total of 13 different types of herbs. It also recommends different types of solvents. A solvent is the medium which delivers the herb to the body. It recommends using water, alcohol, glycerin, vinegar or oil.

However, each type of herb fits different solvents. So the book is really what to do with an herb, once you know what you need for a particular condition. As of this writing, it has a 4.8 star rating, with 214 reviews, 96% 4 or 5 stars. There is not much wrong with this book from an herbal preparation point of view.

The book also has a materia medica, which lists many well known as well as some newer herbs. This book would be a good complement to books that emphasize the identification and use of various herbs. This book is available either in Kindle or as Paperback.


Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal


Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal
1,373 Reviews
Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal
  • Rosalee De La Foret
  • Publisher: Hay House Inc.
  • Edition no. 1 (04/04/2017)
  • Paperback: 384 pages

As the title suggests, this book of herbs is a very practical way to ‘teach by doing’. While it does give some theory of how herbs work, unlike other books reviewed here, it limits the number of herbs to those you would commonly find right at home. It then gives you specific recipes for how to use them.

Apparently, a lot of people like this approach, because it sells over 500 copies a month, according to the latest statistics (which change daily). It also has well over 1300 reviews. What is really stunning is the fact that the average rating, as of this writing is 4.9 stars, with not a single 1 star review, a highly unusual thing for any item.

The main purpose of this book and why in my opinion it is so popular, is because–truth be told–most people don’t want to spend hours, days and years studying herbs a discipline. People just want to know, for example, if their child has a sore throat, is there a way to treat it without going to the drug store. And there is! Cinnamon tea. Or for colds and flu, Ginger Lemon tea.  The book gives numerous examples and recipes that are highly practical without being technical.

So Alchemy of Herbs is great for the average person who just wants some basic knowledge of how to treat common ailments easily and cheaply. The book is well illustrated, and very pleasant to read. Another benefit of this book is that it comes in three different formats:

  • Kindle–for those of you who prefer to go digital and not have lots of heavy books
  • Paperback–convenient to keep on the kitchen shelf
  • Spiral bound–best if you want to use it while working. The pages stay open

For your basic ‘home use’ herb book, this is the one you’ll want.


Alkaline Herbal Medicine: Reverse Disease and Heal the Electric Body


Alkaline Herbal Medicine: Reverse Disease and Heal the Electric Body
472 Reviews
Alkaline Herbal Medicine: Reverse Disease and Heal the Electric Body
  • Alkaline Herbal Medicine Reverse Disease and Heal the Electric Body
  • Aqiyl Aniys
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Paperback: 128 pages

As of this writing, this book is the #1 Best Seller in the Herbal Remedies category, and has a 4.7 star rating, with over 400 reviews. The main difference between this book and the others, is that it gives historical context to the question of diet itself. As the title suggests, it recommends a real change in dietary habit, based on the idea that humans originated from Africa, and the original diet which is plant based is superior to the diets that humans adopted as they migrated to more Northerly climates, and started to eat meat.

There is an emerging movement towards veganism, or a 100% plant based diet. So, if you’re attached to that T bone Steak, or KFC Chicken, this book may not be for you. However, if you find that your health is in such a state that you really need to rethink what you eat, then this may well be the book for your. Indeed the lead review even cites the reviewers mother, who had cancer, and benefited from changing her diet to an alkaline food and herb diet.

Alkaline Herbal Medicine also points out that the Pharmaceutical industry derives 50% of its drugs from plants–a point they really don’t want you to know. Indeed, buying an herb, or worse (from a corporation’s point of view) growing your own medicine for a fraction of what they charge, is way cheaper than going to a doctor, waiting for hours, paying for a prescription, and so on. Plus, it’s a lot more fun!

In sum, if you have doubts about your health, and want to make a real change, instead of just treating this or that ailment, this may be just what you are looking for.


Honorable Mention: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide


Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use
1,245 Reviews
Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use
  • Rosemary Gladstar
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
  • Edition no. 0 (04/10/2012)
  • Paperback: 224 pages

I include this book as an honorable mention. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow and Use is also a best seller on Amazon in the category of herbal gardening. So it is not exactly on topic here. Also, it does not have a very large list of medicinal plants. But if you are looking for  a beginners guide, to get you started in herbal medicine, then this book is also worth checking out.




If you type into the search area, “Herbal Remedy Books” in Amazon, it shows over 10,000 results. That is Ten Thousand choices of books in the category of Herbal Remedies! How are we supposed to decide what to buy? On one hand, I looked at what books have strong sales, which tells what the market thinks. But I also looked at books that have very high ratings. Every book reviewed here has at least a 4.5 rating, which is excellent. Second, I realized that people may be looking for quite different things when searching for a book about herbal medicines.

Some of you may want a much larger list and overview of all the possibilities. On that basis, the Lost Book of Remedies, or the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine would be the books I recommend. If you are looking for the more technical aspects of preparation of herbal cures, then The Modern Herbal Dispensary would be a good choice.

If you are doing a serious rethink of your overall health and want a road map for that, then Alkaline Herbal Medicine is the book for you.  And if you just want a basic book of household remedies with simple to prepare recipes, then Alchemy of Herbs or Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs  would be good choices. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and it helps you clarify, both your own objectives in looking for books  about herbal remedies, as well as specific suggestions based on your needs.

Be sure to click on any of the images or links for more information about these books.



The Top Six Ice Packs for Knees Reviewed

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Can Ice Packs for Knees Help You?


Do you ever have pain in your knee, or swelling or stiffness in one or both of your knees? I know I do. I have had 3 knee injuries over the years, and to be honest, from an athletic point of view have been kind of rough on them.

Now, if you want to know the top knee ice packs to reduce swelling, stiffness and pain right now, just scroll down to see the ones we recommend for you.  However, our top pick is the Polar Ice Large Knee Wrap. You can find more details for it by clicking here.

And if you want more detail information before that, including quick and easy ways to ice your knee, and learn more about this method to reduce knee pain, just keep reading.


How Do Your Knees Feel….Right Now?


What happens if you put too much impact on your knee from running or jumping? Truth be told, for older athletes, often times there is not much cushioning left, either  due to injury and surgery, or to wear and tear. Likewise, there are many other ways you can damage your knee joint. And you want quick relief. So ice packs for knees may give you just what you need.  Here is a quick and easy way to do cold knee therapy at home:


Conditions When Cold Therapy May Be Helpful


  •  Pain after knee replacements
  •  To reduce swelling in knees
  •  If you have a knee sprain or strain
  •  Leg swelling after surgery
  •  If you want to treat a twisted knee
  •  Cold therapy for meniscus tear
  •  Ice therapy for arthritis pain


“Ice treatment works most effectively when used immediately after an injury or surgery (in the first 3-4 days), but can also help reduce pain and inflammation in longer term knee problems. The simplest way to apply cryotherapy treatment is to wrap some ice in a damp cloth e.g.tea towel.”

via Ice Treatment for Pain & Swelling – Knee Pain Explained


Cold Compression Therapy Systems


We were talking about that acronym, RICE, rest, ice, compression, elevation. So one question people might ask is, ‘isn’t a bag of ice good enough’. And in fact, in a pinch, taking some ice out of your freezer, wrapping it in cloth (to avoid skin damage due to direct contact with cold) can certainly help.

“Knee pain resulting from common strains and sprains can be treated at home by following a simple plan called RICE, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.”

via RICE Therapy for Knee Pain | Everyday Health

You can also get an ice bag, or even take some frozen food out of the freezer, wrap it and use it.

However, what if you can combine two of the treatments, ice (that is cold temperature) as well as compression to your knee? Might that have the positive effect of two treatments at once (actually three, since you are resting your knee while using a cold compression therapy system, or cold compression wrap?


Cold Therapy Systems for Knees


You can do the quick and easy approach to cold therapy as shown here. If you are willing to spend some money to add the compression factor, there are several fine products readily available. So let’s take a look at them.

The system we are using to choose from the thousands of knee cold compression wraps is to use the search engine used by millions, Amazon. If you go to Amazon and type in the ‘All Departments’ Box, “Cold therapy wrap”, guess how many choices come up…..10?….100?….1000?….nope…it is 4000 at least. There are 48 just on the first page! Crazy! So how do you decide what’s best for you?


The Top Cold Knee Compression Wraps


Millions of  people are looking for, buying and then leaving feedback on their Amazon purchase. So what we do, is sort through all that, find the best sellers, with the best ratings, the most reviews and see what each product has. That way we can determine if a product will meet your needs. So let’s dive in.

Bear in mind that these are based on March, 2019 figures and are subject to change.

Pain Relief Flexible Ice Pack for Injuries by TheraPAQ


Pain Relief Flexible Ice Pack for Injuries by TheraPAQ | Hot & Cold Therapy Reusable Gel Pack/Heat Wrap - Great for Back, Waist, Shoulder, Neck, Ankle, Knee and Hip (Large Pack:14' X 6')
1,697 Reviews
Pain Relief Flexible Ice Pack for Injuries by TheraPAQ | Hot & Cold Therapy Reusable Gel Pack/Heat Wrap - Great for Back, Waist, Shoulder, Neck, Ankle, Knee and Hip (Large Pack:14" X 6")
  • ESSENTIAL - Reuseable Hot & Cold Gel Pack with adjustable extra long belt for all body parts. A first aid essential for home, ideal for sports injuries, swelling, muscle pains, post surgery, body aches, recovery after knee replacement, arthritis treatment, joint pain relief and more!
  • REUSABLE - Can be used for BOTH warm and cold compression. The gel pack is reuseable and can be freezable while still remaining soft or heated in the microwave. Serves as an ice pack or heating pad. Perfect for any body part: Knee, Arm, Thigh, Leg, Foot, Lumbar, Cervical, Upper and Lower Back, Shoulder, Rotator Cuff, Neck, Calves, Shins, Hips and more
  • FAST RELIEF, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE - Keep one handy in your fridge for a first aid icing emergency or your everyday comfort from pain. Just strap on and get the soothing relief from hot or cold therapy right away. Delivers up to 30 minutes of soothing cooling or heat relief for aches and pains
  • TRUSTED - Recommended by Physical Therapists, Doctors, Sports Trainers and Chiropractors. TheraPAQ has a non-toxic gel contained in a leak-proof blue plastic pac with elastic hook-and-loop straps (gel pack size: 14" x 6")
  • ORDER NOW WITH PEACE OF MIND knowing that we have a 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE, NO QUESTIONS ASKED, NO CATCHES! We stand above and beyond for our customers. If you're not thrilled with your purchase for any reason, just tell us and we'll refund 100% of your purchase price - anytime! IDEAL GIFT for Black Friday Deals, Cyber Monday, Prime Deal Day, Easter or Christmas


Far and away, with over 2300 sales per month, is this product by TheraPAQ. It is a gel pack, and can be used for either hot or cold, you just have to heat or chill it depending on your need. It has straps that can fit just about any joint or area of your body. This is a well established product with over 1600 reviews and a respectable 4.2 star rating. Generally, a rating with at least 4 stars is advisable, so this falls within the range.

It’s good to see what customers say who give it bad reviews. Sometimes they are just being mean or they use the product incorrectly and blame the product. This product had a few bad reviews, generally speaking of defects. One customer complained about putting it in the microwave to heat it and it started bubbling…..My advice: Don’t blame the knee wrap… just don’t leave it in the microwave on so long. Another said that some of the pouches started to leak gel not too long after they got it.

However, these bad reviews which comprise 6% of feedback while 67% were 5 star reviews. And given the number of reviews and daily sales, it’s safe to say, that if you need an ice pack (or a heat pack) you can’t go wrong. It also has a one year guarantee.


Vive Knee Ice Pack Wrap – Cold/Hot Gel Compression Brace


Vive Knee Ice Pack Wrap - Cold/Hot Gel Compression Brace - Heat Support Strap for Arthritis Pain, Tendonitis, ACL, Athletic Injury, Osteoarthritis, Women, Men, Running, Meniscus and Patella Surgery
187 Reviews
Vive Knee Ice Pack Wrap - Cold/Hot Gel Compression Brace - Heat Support Strap for Arthritis Pain, Tendonitis, ACL, Athletic Injury, Osteoarthritis, Women, Men, Running, Meniscus and Patella Surgery
  • SOOTHING KNEE PAIN RELIEF: Targeting both the front and back of the knee with adjustable compression and hot or cold therapy, the Vive cold knee brace effectively reduces swelling, pain and inflammation due to muscle fatigue, injury or surgery. The soft knee brace also provides comfortable relief for sprains and strains, ACL, arthritis, sports injuries, surgery and more.
  • HOT OR COLD THERAPY: Includes three removable Arctic Flex gel packs for hot or cold therapy. Each pack easily slips into one of three pockets. Two pockets are located on the front of the knee brace and one behind the knee for targeted relief. The nontoxic gel packs are reusable, leakproof and latex-free.
  • FLEXIBLE FIT: Secured with a strong fastener system with four adjustable straps, the versatile knee brace fits knee circumferences up to 21". Suitable for both men and women, the soft brace can be worn on the left or right knee.
  • BREATHABLE NEOPRENE BLEND: Machine washable for added convenience, the knee wrap is made from a lightweight neoprene blend. Latex-free, the blend is soft and breathable for exceptional comfort.
  • VIVE GUARANTEE: 60 day unconditional guarantee so you can purchase now with confidence.


Coming up next in terms of popularity (monthly sales) is this brace, which operates similarly to the TheraPAQ mentioned above. It sells almost as many, and has similar characteristics.

It uses gel and has straps to wrap around the joint. It has a higher Star Rating, 4.8, which is excellent. However, this appears to be a newer product because it only has 79 reviews. Usually, it’s a good idea to stick with products that have at least 200 reviews. However, because of its very high rating and apparent popularity, it is a safe bet to get this Ice Pack Wrap.

It has almost all 5 star reviews with only a couple of 1 star reviews. One of those said it had a defect. However, there are far more 5 star reviews. In addition, you get a 60 day money back guarantee. That is not as good as the one year guarantee for the TheraPAQ, though.


Polar Ice Large Knee Wrap Cold Therapy Wearable Ice Pack


Polar Ice Large Knee Wrap Cold Therapy Wearable Ice Pack Adjustable Hook and Loop Closure (Color May Vary)
789 Reviews
Polar Ice Large Knee Wrap Cold Therapy Wearable Ice Pack Adjustable Hook and Loop Closure (Color May Vary)
  • Polar Ice products provide cold therapy for post-surgical rehabilitation and other injuries.
  • Hands free long lasting cold therapy
  • Soft. lightweight fleece covering to protect skin
  • Wearable ice pack
  • Removable, waffled ice pack for faster freeze time


Shown here is the large size Polar Ice Knee Wrap; there is an additional smaller size but the product is the same except for size. As the name suggests, this is not as versatile as the TheraPAQ. It has fewer sales, about 625 per month, which is still quite respectable. It also has 775 reviews and a 4.5 star rating. That is a good indication that the product has been around for awhile and people like it. What’s more, 75% of reviewers give it a 5 Star rating vs. only 3% with a 1 Star Rating.

The Polar Ice Knee Wrap does not use gel but instead, purified water, inside the ice pack which has a fleece cover, to prevent frostbite. You can also wear it during activities. It is suitable for both post surgery recovery, as well as sprains, strains and other types of injuries.  While the ice packs are solid ice, unlike gels which remain flexible, the wrap is designed to go all the way around the knee, and covers a large area around the whole knee.

While the product is well received, has solid reviews, no mention is made of a guarantee. However, the very high percentage of 5 star reviews is a good indication that returns are very few.


O2 Cold Therapy Knee Wrap with Ice Pack and Air Compression Wrap


O2 Cold Therapy Knee Wrap with Ice Pack and Air Compression Wrap, Universal
435 Reviews
O2 Cold Therapy Knee Wrap with Ice Pack and Air Compression Wrap, Universal
  • O2 completes your therapy! If your Doctor wants you to do RICE Therapy (Rest Ice Compression Elevation), then we can help with the Ice and Compression! Great for Arthritis and Post Surgery
  • O2 quickens your recovery! By adding Air Compression to the cold, your recovery time is shortened according medical studies.
  • O2 is target designed! By designing for individual body parts, you get targeted pain relief for the area you need it most.
  • O2 is durable and reusable! The industrial design satisfies physical therapists for multiple uses per day. High quality materials, re-freezable cold packs with liners, and high end valves will ensure a long life to your needed therapy.


Coming in next with about 380 sales per month is the O2 Cold therapy knee wrap with ice and air compression. This knee wrap has over 430 reviews, and a 4.6 star rating, which is excellent.  Even better, 77% of the reviews are 5 Star and only 2% are 1 star. Lots of happy customers here. What makes this product unlike the other knee wraps in this review is the addition of air compression.

This wrap is primarily meant for knees, but you can use it on other body parts. It makes use of gel pockets that you put into the freezer and then insert into wrap.

But what makes this unique is the use of an air pump in addition to the ice. So when you strap it on, pump up the air into the wrap. The description specifically cites the RICE formula and the emphasis on both ice as well as compression, aided by the air compression component.

With its very high review ratings, this product could be just what you are looking for if you have one of the condtions where cold compression is recommended.


Shock Doctor ICE Pack Recovery Compression Knee Wrap Brace


Shock Doctor ICE Pack Recovery Compression Knee Wrap Brace
155 Reviews
Shock Doctor ICE Pack Recovery Compression Knee Wrap Brace
  • Anatomically designed with adjustable straps and multiple gel ice packs, this is the most complete icing solution for knee bruises, strains, sprains, and tendonitis.
  • The penetrating therapy helps reduce swelling and pain with gentle compression and deep 360 degree ICE or HEAT coverage
  • Includes 3 (S/M) or 4 (L/XL) removable and reusable gel packs to fully surround the knee
  • Adjustable straps with Z-Grip closures for customized fit and compression
  • Easy access Lycra gel pack pockets for convenient and comfortable use


Shock Doctor is a well respected brand in the knee wrap and knee brace marketplace. It has a number of products that can be useful, depending on the severity of the condition of the knee. This product has multiple gel pack which are removeable, and can be used for either hot or cold therapy. It uses straps to hold it in place and provide compression.

As regards sales, reviews and ratings, it has about 260 sales per month and about 160 reviews. Because this product is more specialized for knees, it has fewer reviews than the products that can be used for other parts of the body, such as the TheraPAQ.

However, even though it does not have a lot of reviews, under 200, 75% are 5 Star and only 2% are one star. That, plus the reputation of the Shock Doctor brand make it worth your consideration.


Cold Therapy Knee Wrap with Compression and Extra Ice Gel Pack


Cold Therapy Knee Wrap with Compression and Extra Ice Gel Pack - Essential Kit for Knee Pain Relief and Post Surgery Recovery by SimplyJnJ
68 Reviews
Cold Therapy Knee Wrap with Compression and Extra Ice Gel Pack - Essential Kit for Knee Pain Relief and Post Surgery Recovery by SimplyJnJ
  • REDUCES SWELLING & INFLAMMATION - The combination of cold therapy and compression provides quicker pain relief and reduces swelling and inflammation. The gel packs and wrap were designed specifically for the knee area for a more focused treatment.
  • PROVIDES BETTER COVERAGE - The added compression ensures proper contact of the ice gel pack with the injured knee for better coverage and deeper cold penetration, compared to just using regular ice packs. Great for knee surgery or knee replacement.
  • RELIEVES KNEE PAIN QUICKLY - Provides relief for knee pain caused by Arthritis, Runner's Knee, tendinitis, bursitis, meniscus / ligament issues and more.
  • BONUS ICE PACK INCLUDED - Comes with an extra ice pack so you don't have to wait in between icing sessions. Allows for longer knee therapy treatment times, if recommended by your doctor. The ice gel packs are re-usable, leak-proof and contain non-toxic gel.


This is a newer product, as indicated by its having only 62 reviews, and about 185 sales per month. What makes this knee wrap different, is that it has both air compression as well as an extra gel pack. That way, you can chill one while wearing the other. On the other hand, keeping your knee cold continuously for long periods of time may not be the best approach. Still, having an extra gel pack is useful.

As with other knee wraps, it claims to stop pain quickly and you can use it for the usual range of symptoms, from sprains and strains, to arthritis, runner’s knee meniscus, surgery and knee replacement. Its main advantage is the extra gel pack, which is removable, an air compression pump and versatility for all kinds of knee issues. It also has a 100% money back guarantee.




Just today, I was having lunch with a couple of guys and we were talking about joint pain. Both of them have used drugs like Ibuprofen, or Celebrex, both of which are NSAID’s or Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs. One friend said he’s had some serious pain and found that it worked well. My other friend told me he took Ibuprofen and his blood pressure spiked to 180/100! Point being, these drugs can work but there is a dangerous serious side effects, especially if you use them regularly.

Study links Celebrex, heart valve calcification after earlier research declared drug safe via Study links Celebrex, heart valve calcification after earlier research declared drug safe


That’s why non drug approaches to joint pain may be just as effective, safer, and in the long run cheaper than constantly having to go out and buy more medicines. Give this some thought. Better yet, you can click on this link or one of the links of products discussed here and check them out for more detailed study.

As you can see, out of over 4000 products sold on Amazon, these are ones that are considered by people just like you to be their top choice. So I hope this review will save you a lot of time and energy. Good Luck, and take good care of your knees!

Rowing Machines Burn Calories–What You Need to Know

Rowing Machines Burn Calories


Does this apply to you? You are reasonably careful about your diet…..or maybe you don’t watch what you eat at all. Meanwhile that extra layer of fat you seem to have accumulated slowly gets bigger and bigger. So what to do? Well, as pretty much everyone knows by now, there are basically two ways to lose weight:

  1. Eat Less Fattening Food
  2. Exercise More to Burn Calories

And what is one of the best all around exercises for both strength and weight loss? Using a rowing machine to burn calories! I’m going to show you how many calories you can burn from rowing and the most effective ways to use a rowing machine.

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What Are Calories


Calories are units of energy. Our bodies need energy to perform day-to-day activities and come from the foods we eat.


Our metabolism burns calories by breaking down our food and transporting the nutrients to where they are needed: carbohydrates break down into glucose and sugars, fats into fatty acids and protein into amino acids.


Our bodies then make a choice: use the food now for energy or store it to use later on.


The average person needs around 2,000 calories a day but this will change based on your height, weight, age and daily physical activity. So, the more you exercise, the more calories you will need to burn to lose weight.


For reference, one pound of fat equates to 3,500 calories. This means that you can lose one pound of fat a week by burning an extra 500 calories a day.


How Many Calories Are Burned Rowing on a Machine


The number of calories that you burn from rowing is based on your diet plan, body weight and how hard you train:


  • If you weigh around 125 pounds, you will burn around 420 calories per hour rowing at a moderate pace. At an increased intensity, you will burn around 510 calories per hour.


  • If you weigh around 155 pounds, you will burn around 520 calories per hour rowing at a moderate pace. This will increase to around 630 calories per hour at an increased intensity.


  • If you weigh around 185 pounds, you will burn around 620 calories per hour rowing at a moderate pace. This will increase to around 750 calories per hour at an increased intensity.


  • If you weigh around 240 pounds, you will burn around 650 calories per hour rowing at a moderate pace. At a very vigorous pace, more than 1,000 calories can be burned per hour.


I found these numbers from the Harvard Health Site but please note that these are just estimates and will be different based on the factors I mentioned earlier.


Rowing For Calories Vs. Rowing For Meters


I row to burn calories but some people row to reach a certain distance. While it may look like we are doing the same thing, there is slight, but key, difference between us.


When you row for meters, every time you pull back the handle, your machine will show your distance travelled. When you stop rowing, the display will briefly continue to increase the number of meters you row.


On the other hand, when I row for calories, I see the number of calories you’ve burned increase. When I stop, the number of calories I burn stops straight away


So, the key to rowing for calories is focusing on the stroke. Pull it back hard to burn calories as quickly as possible.


Each stroke should equal another calorie burned. This may even go up to two calories burned per stroke – if you can do that, you’re a beast!


Aim for around 20-25 strokes per minute for 1,500 calories per hour. This will keep you at the 1 calorie per stroke mark.


I found an awesome video that explains this a little more. Click here to watch it.


Best Rowing Workouts To Burn Calories


Before starting any exercise, I always warm up to loosen my muscles and increase my heart rate. For rowing, I start slowly for around 5 minutes and before starting my workout.


I found a number of ways to use a rowing machine to burn calories but here are my top 3.


Interval Training


High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a series of sprints that are broken up by lower-intensity recovery periods. You will burn a lot of calories during the sprinting phase but continue to burn them when the workout is slower.


Sprint for 20-30 seconds followed by a slower resting period for 40-60 seconds. Repeat the sprint/slow/sprint/slow routine for 20-25 minutes. It may not take long but you will burn a hell of a lot of calories.


The best thing about HIIT is that you will continue to burn a large number of calories long after finishing the workout. HIIT will also grow your muscles and make you stronger.


Endurance Training


This is when you row for long periods but at a much lower intensity. Set a low resistance level and row with a steady rhythm. Because the pace is a lot slower, you can continue to row for much longer.


Aim to row for around 30 minutes but after a couple of sessions, you can increase this to between 45-60 minutes.


Several endurance training sessions a week will improve your overall health and burn thousands of calories. Endurance training also reduces your recovery time which burns more calories in the long run.


Power Stokes


The final way to burn calories by rowing is using power strokes. After warming up, complete 3 sets of fast, hard strokes that explode you backwards.


Maintain the same rhythm throughout the routine, pushing hard with your feet and pulling strong with your arms and core.


Do 10-20 power strokes at around 22-24 strokes per minute before 10 recovery strokes. In the next set, do 10-20 power strokes at around 24-26 strokes per minute before another 10 recovery strokes. The final set should be between 28-30 strokes per minute.




The next time you wake up, do you want to look in that mirror and feel great. From what you’ve learned about burning calories from rowing, I know you can do it. If you’re over 60 and want to know about some of the best rowing machines for seniors, go here.

And here is my review of the top rowing machine on Amazon,

Best Rowing Machine for Seniors

For some people over age 70, using the treadmill or rowing machine is just fine … The equipment available in gyms can vary widely, so when you’re choosing the best exercise machine in a gym — or buying a machine — keep these factors in mind. via The Best Exercise Machine for Over 70 Years of Age

The study looked at seniors who had mild cognitive impairment and assigned … If you’re concerned about your balance on a stationary bike, ask about the benefits of a rowing machine instead. via Charles: Take 9 years off your brain age

For the more budget conscious, a very popular rowing machine is the Stamina Air Rower. At $299, it’s a bargain and really isn’t too bad. Stamina Air Rower Review via Exercises that Keep Seniors Active – Indoor Rowing

Stamina ATS Air Rower | Rowing Machine | LCD Monitor | Dynamic Air Resistance | Folding Design | Tone Muscle and Improve Heart Health
1,022 Reviews
Stamina ATS Air Rower | Rowing Machine | LCD Monitor | Dynamic Air Resistance | Folding Design | Tone Muscle and Improve Heart Health
  • Rowing Machine Dimensions: 75.5 L x 18.75 W x 22 H Inches / Weight: 54 Pounds. Features Comfortable Padded, Upholstered Seat Slides Easily.
  • Designed With Efficient Wind Resistance for Smooth Rowing Stroke And Multi-Function, Electronic Performance Monitor Displays: Speed, Time, and Calories Burned.
  • Equipped With Large Foot Plates To Fit Every User. Adjustable Nylon Foot Straps Hold Feet Securely in Place While The Over-Sized Seat Rail Offers Smooth Sliding Seat. Angled Seat Rail for Easy Seat Return.
  • Sturdy Steel Construction with Tough, Nylon Rowing Strap. Folds For Storage And Features Wheels for Portability and Floor Protectors Safeguard Your Workout Area and Prevent Skidding.
  • Enjoy 3 years manufacturer warranty on frame and 90 days manufacturer warranty on parts plus free shipping when you purchase from Dazadi.

Your absolute workout buddy will solve your problem regarding cost. Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic SF-RW5515 Rowing Machine. Hands down cheaper than others, but as good as others. It will aid you in your cardio Sessions. With 8 levels of resistance, you can bet on yourself and sharpen your skills at each stage. via Best Rowing Machines For 2018 Buyer’s Guide – Top Picks …

Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine with LCD Monitor by SF-RW5515
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Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine with LCD Monitor by SF-RW5515
  • DIGITAL MONITOR - The large LCD console displays time, count, calories, total count, Scan. The convenient scan mode displays your progress to assist you in tracking all your fitness goals
  • FOAM GRIP HANDLEBARS - Help prevent calluses with the improved Sunny Health & Fitness Handle Bars. Non-Slip foam grip handlebars offer comfort while enduring those long rides. Slide rail inseam: 44 inch
  • NON-SLIP FOOT PEDALS - Textured non-slip foot pedals will ensure safe footing during the most demanding and vigorous workouts! Foot straps keep your feet saddled in so you can focus on the workout without feeling unbalanced
  • TRANSPORTATION WHEELS - Built in transportation wheels for easy portability. Simply tilt and roll out for use or away for storage, no need for heavy lifting or muscle strain. Folded Dimensions: 37L X 19W X 53. 5H inches
  • ADJUSTABLE RESISTANCE - With a simple twist, you can increase or decrease resistance, so your workout can remain challenging and effective throughout your fitness journey. 8 Resistance levels
The Best NSAIDs for Arthritis

The Best NSAIDs for Arthritis

Is there a ‘Best NSAID for Arthritis Pain’?


The other day, I was having lunch with a couple of friends of mine, and  the subject of pain relief, such as painful joints, painful back and in my case, painful knees came up. My two friends mentioned that they were using a couple of drugs which are generally known as NSAIDs, or Nonsteroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs.


To learn more about the most popular brand name and generic pain relief NSAIDs, scroll down for the reviews.(note to editor: if possible make this link clickable to go straight to the reviews)


What are NSAID Drugs?


NSAID stands for Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs. One of the main causes of pain is inflammation. So some drugs, the steroidal drugs, such as cortisone or prednisone are steroids, which also reduce inflammation. NSAIDs, though, work differently from Steroids. They are so called COX (Cyclo-Oxygenase enzymes) blockers, thus reducing another chemical in the body, prostaglandins. This results in reduction of symptoms such as pain, inflammation and fever.


Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) are a group of medicines that relieve pain and fever and reduce inflammation. There are nearly two dozen different NSAIDs available, but they all work in the same way, and that is by blocking a specific group of enzymes called cyclo-oxygenase enzymes, often abbreviated to COX enzymes. via List of Common NSAIDs + Uses, Types & Side Effects –


What are the Benefits of NSAIDs?


Pain is an unfortunate aspect of life. It can come at any age and from a variety of causes, such as illness or injury. In seeking relief from pain, people often use some types of medicines. Two common ones are opioids and steroids. Both can lead to significant problems.  Opioids can be highly addictive. In fact there is a serious crisis from the use of opiods, such as Oxycontin, which we hear about in the news almost daily.


Steroids are not addictive, but they can have significant side effects, such as the thinning of tissues. Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatories, especially those sold ‘over the counter’, that is, without a prescription, are readily available, not expensive and they do work.


Benefits of NSAIDs


When an individual is feeling pain or experiencing inflammation on a certain region of the body, OTC medication is often adequate for providing pain relief. These kinds of OTC drugs called NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are accessible at department stores and drugstores. via Benefits Of NSAIDs – Benefits Of


Common Side Effects of NSAIDs


NSAIDs are enormously popular drugs which can relieve pain. However, they can have either annoying or even serious side effects. The most common one is stomach irritation. However, if you take them over a period of time, more serious symptoms such as tendency to bleed more easily, ringing in the ears, headaches, and even an increase in blood pressure.  For this reason, taking them over an extended period of time can cause real problems such as kidney or liver problems or even heart attacks and strokes!


What are some common side effects of NSAIDs? … Other side effects are less common. … WebMD does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. via What are some common side effects of NSAIDs? – WebMD


One friend told me that he took Ibuprofen, one of the most common NSAIDs for 3 days, and his blood pressure then jumped to 180/100! He knew something was wrong because he started feeling dizzy. Fortunately, he has a home blood pressure monitor and caught it. For that reason, reason it might be better to use more natural alternatives if possible.


Anyway, the fact is that NSAIDs are very popular and effective if used properly. 


The Top NSAIDs for Arthritis



Arthritis is perhaps the most common source of knee, back and joint pain, especially as people get into their 50s’s and beyond.  Let’s take a look at the top brands of NSAIDs, to see what literally thousands of buyers chose, and why.


We went to Amazon and typed in the search box, “NSAID’s for Arthritis”.


260 products came up. However, for our purposes, in this case, we chose the top pills, capsules or tablets. (Other methods of pain relief are also possible of course). Click here to learn about those.


We looked at the following criteria:

  • The top sellers in the past month by sales
  • Their overall Amazon rank
  • How many reviews they have (preferably over 200)
  • What is their star rating–at least 4.0


Basic Care Ibuprofen Tablets, 500 Count


Basic Care Ibuprofen Tablets, 500 Count
763 Reviews
Basic Care Ibuprofen Tablets, 500 Count
  • Compare to Advil active ingredient
  • Pain reliever/fever reducer
  • For adults and children 12 years and over
  • Temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to headache, muscular aches, minor pain of arthritis, toothache, backache, the common cold, and menstrual cramps
  • Gluten Free


The number one best seller according to the latest (March 2019) results is the Basic Care Ibuprofen Tablets. It has the same ingredient as Advil, and according to their information, it is good for headaches, muscle aches, minor arthritis pain, toothache, backache and menstrual cramps.


It also ranks as the #1 Ibuprofen product.


Over 600 people reviewed it, and gave it a stunning 4.8 star rating. With 89% giving a 5 star review, while the combined 1 and 2 star reviews amount to only 1%. Very few products have such high scores.


Excellent Supplemental Information


One of the value added benefits of the product, is that the listing has some excellent general information about what causes pain, and what to do about it. So go to the listing just for the information it provides.


It also provides extensive warnings about possible adverse reactions, so be sure to read that, as well.


Basic Care Naproxen Sodium Tablets, 300 Count


Basic Care Naproxen Sodium Tablets, 300 Count
495 Reviews
Basic Care Naproxen Sodium Tablets, 300 Count
  • Compare to Aleve active ingredient
  • Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer (NSAID)
  • Temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to minor pain of arthritis, muscular aches, backache, menstrual cramps, headache, toothache, the common cold; temporarily reduces fever
  • Strength to last 12 hours
  • Gluten Free


Basic Care Naproxen is a very strong contender in the NSAID pain relief space. It sells over 7000 bottles a month, not as many as Basic Care Ibuprofen, which sells over 15,000. However, it is the #1 Naproxen Sodium product, with a 4.8 star rating, and over 400 reviews. 


It compares with the active ingredient in Aleve, and provides temporary relief of minor arthritis, muscle, headache, menstrual, backache, and tooth ache pains for up to 12 hours.


It also has extensive supplemental information about pain relief and cautions about its use. If you are looking for an alternative to Ibuprofen, then this might be what you are looking for.


Advil Liqui-Gels Pain Reliever / Fever Reducer Liquid Filled Capsule, 200mg Ibuprofen, Temporary Pain Relief (160 Count)



Advil liqui-Gels is another very popular pain reliever, selling over 5000 bottles a month. It has a 4.6 star rating, and over 500 reviews. The main possible advantage is that, unlike Basic Ibuprofen, which comes as a tablet, Advil is a liquid gel.


So some people who have difficult swallowing those dry tablets, will find it easier to take the smoother capsules. It also claims to be fast acting. This may well be true because, when the gel coating dissolves, perhaps faster than the solid tablet, your body absorbs it more easily.


So this may be an advantage, depending on your preference. Again, it comes with detailed information about how to take it, and what you should do if you experience any side effects, which can occur with any drug.


Aleve Liquid Gels with Naproxen Sodium, 220mg (NSAID) Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer, 120 Count


Aleve Liquid Gels, Naproxen Sodium Capsules 220 mg (NSAID), Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer, Fast Pain Relief, 120 Count
211 Reviews
Aleve Liquid Gels, Naproxen Sodium Capsules 220 mg (NSAID), Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer, Fast Pain Relief, 120 Count
  • Aleve is Proven Better* and Lasts Longer on Pain than Tylenol.
  • Get Fast, Continuous Pain Relief with Aleve Liquid Gels.
  • Only Aleve Works at the Site of Pain All Day with Just Two Pills. Aleve is different, unlike Tylenol and Advil, each Aleve liquid gel has the strength to last 12 hours.
  • Aleve is an over-the-counter (OTC), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that has provided temporary relief from minor aches and pains for 25 years.
  • Aleve provides temporary relief of minor aches and pains due to backaches, muscular aches, headaches, minor arthritis and other joint pain, menstrual pain, toothaches, and the common cold. Also temporarily reduces fever. *Data on file. Based on minimum labeled dosing.


Like Advil Liqui-Gels, Aleve comes in an easy to swallow form. It is also extremely popular, selling several thousand bottles a month, has a 4.5 star rating and respectable 200+ reviews. It specifically states that it is meant for minor arthritis, back and body pain.


The liquid gel capsule provides 12 hours of pain relief. It ranks #2 as Naproxen Sodium on Amazon, however, it maintains that “Aleve is the #1 Orthopedic Surgeon recommended over the counter brand for minor arthritis pain”. That is quite a strong endorsement. Its possible advantage is its liquid gel form, which may be absorbed more quickly and easily than tablets, although this is not authenticated.


Advil Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer Coated Tablet, 200 mg, 300 Count


Advil Pain Reliever / Fever Reducer Coated Tablet, 300 Count, Ibuprofen 200mg, Pain Relief For Headaches, Back Pain, Muscle Pain, and Toothaches
654 Reviews
Advil Pain Reliever / Fever Reducer Coated Tablet, 300 Count, Ibuprofen 200mg, Pain Relief For Headaches, Back Pain, Muscle Pain, and Toothaches
  • Advil coated ibuprofen tablets temporarily relieve minor aches and pains due to: headache, toothache, backache, menstrual cramps, the common cold, muscular aches, and minor pain of arthritis. Advil coated ibuprofen tablets temporarily reduce fever as well
  • So whether you have a headache, muscle aches, backaches, menstrual pain, minor arthritis and other joint pain, or aches and pains from the common cold, nothing's stronger or longer lasting.(1) The medicine in Advil is #1 doctor recommended for pain relief.(2)
  • Includes one bottle 300 Advil coated ibuprofen tablets, temporary pain relief. Make pain a distant memory with Advil ibuprofen, the #1 selling pain reliever (among over the counter pain relievers), providing safe, effective pain relief for over 30 years


Recent Amazon rankings (which change frequently) say that Advil Coated Tablets ranked very high, #4 in Joint and Muscle Pain Relief Medications and #7 in Arthritis and Pain Relief Medications. It sells over 3500 bottles a month, has over 600 reviews and has a 4.7 Star Rating.


With a stunning 87% of reviews giving it 5 stars, and only 1% giving it 1 star and 2 star reviews. Consumer sentiment is very high for this Advil product. And of course, it is a trusted brand name for 30 years. It also claims to be the #1 Doctor recommended pain reliever.


What makes this product different is that it is a coated tablet. So it is a tablet like the Basic products reviewed above, and it is also coated. This is Ibuprofen, like several other products reviewed here.


One interesting issue that comes up is the difference between generic drugs, such as Basic, and brand named drugs such as Advil. One question implied that Advil compared to generics is ‘amazing’. And refered to the opinion of the answer, that ‘nothing is better than the original’.


According to the individual who answered the question, the amount of ibuprofen may vary more or less than the amount that Advil states it contains. So just because it uses the same ingredient, how much is in it and how it delivers to the body may be better than the generic. That is one person’s opinion and not something that this reviewer would speculate about.


The bottom line here, is that if you have arthritis, muscle pain, fever, headache, etc., all of these products are highly recommended according to the hundreds of 5 star reviews and thousands of monthly sales. How to choose? It comes down your personal preference in the kind of pill you like, which is easier to swallow and which brings on relief faster and lasts longer. These are subjective factors, that is, up to the individual to decide.


Is There a Difference Between Generic and Brand Name Drugs?


So how do you decide what to buy? The Basic Store Amazon page doesn’t use the word “Generic”, which would be kind of nice. Why not just call things by their true name. It does point out that all its products are made according to the highest standards.


On the other hand, the University of New Hampshire makes a strong case for generic over prescription drugs.


Generic vs. Brand Name Drugs: What’s The Deal? via Generic vs. Brand Name Drugs: What’s The Deal?


So if the quality is the same but the price is lower, then what? Well, it boils down to the issues discussed earlier, such as how easy is it to take? At these prices which are not terribly high, even for the brand name drugs, it may not matter too much. Do you prefer easy to swallow gels, or does it not really matter to you?


Check out the Amazon listing for these offerings and see what you think is best.


Prescription vs Over the Counter Drugs


A final consideration is, whether you think you should get a prescription rather than a non prescription, OTC drug. Prescription drugs require seeing a doctor. Which can take time and money for the doctor, and higher cost of the drug itself. Not discussed in this review are NSAIDs that require a prescription.


They’re generally stronger but may also have side effects which you need to thoroughly check with your doctor. And, whenever your doctor recommends a drug, do a search for ‘side effects of…..’ and see what results you get. Are potential side effects worth the benefit of the medicine itself?


On the other hand, if your condition really demands it, that visit to the doctor could make all the difference in your treatment being successful or not. For starters, click on the links here, to see for yourself what works for you, if you want to get some fast relief, and are willing to put off a visit to the doctor.  Good luck! Nobody wants to be in pain. My wish for you is to get better fast!