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Several treatment modalities are available within the field of neuropathic pain and neuropathy.

MicroPEA: an essential component of modern PEA formulations!

MicroPEA is the content of special patented PEA formulations. Only these formulations have a long trackrecord of safety and efficacy.

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Rheumatism, Bechterew disease, mast cells and palmitoylethanolamide

Bechterew is a rheumatic disorder based on chronic inflammation. Since some years the treatment with the natural painkiller and anti-inflammation compound palmitoylethnanolamide in its new formulations containing micro-PEA gives new hope.

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Prostate, chronic pain and treatment with palmitoylethanolamide

Prostate Pains can be treated with the natural anti-inflammatory compound palmitoylethanolamide (PEA). We prefer PEA formulations containing micro-PEA (m-PEA, um-PEA and PEA-opt) as in Normast, PeaPure and PeaPlex.

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Treat burning and painful vagina with natural substance PEA

Vaginal pain, vaginal burning! This is quite common, more so than we think. Specifically among women older than 45 years of age. Many women don’t speak about it, but they do suffer from it. In case of vaginal pain, pain during intercourse or vaginal burning, it is obvious that the doctor or gynecologist needs to […]

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Amputation pain, phantom limb pain and treatment with palmitoylethanolamide

Post-amputation pain is a serious and difficult to treat pain, also referred to as phantom pain. Phantom pain can occur in the arms, legs, hand and feet after amputation, but also in cases of breast amputation related to cancer. Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is a natural and body’s own substance that has a pain relieving and anti-inflammatory […]

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MS spasms and pain treatment with body’s own substance palmitoylethanolamide

Palmitoylethanolamide is a new and promising treatment against pain and inflammation. It’s available as a supplement without prescription. PeaPure is a supplement in its purest form. Patients that suffer form MS pains and spasms can get some relief from this substance. In Italy, many neurologists are using this substance and both patients as neurologist are […]

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Endometriosis, menstruation pains and treatment with palmitoylethanolamide

Seven out of 10 menstruating women suffer from abdominal and menstruation pain. The medical term for abdominal pain during menstruation is dysmenorrhea. The so-called primary abdominal pain arises due to the ovulation, which is called primary dysmenorrhea. One of the most common causes of secondary dysmenorrhea is endometriosis. Over 1 out of 10 women suffers […]

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Study supports the significance of palmitoylethanolamide for endometriosis pain

A new study among 24 women with severe menstrual pains due to endometriosis and pain during intercourse, supports the use of palmitoylethanolamide (PEA as in PeaPure). The women experienced a clear decrease in pain, were able to take less pain medicine and experienced less pain during intercourse. The recommended dose is 400mg three times a […]

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Natural treatment of Parkinson with body’s own palmitoylethanolamide

The role of palmitoylethanolamide in Parkinson.

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Palmitoylethanolamide, PEA: key items presented

In the following sequence of presentations we bring to you the essence of knowledge around the body-own compound and supplement palmitoylethanolamide! We start with the general introduction, an overview of palmitoylethanolamide, an endogenous cellular protectant in plants, invertebrates, vertebrates and humans, tested extensively since 1970 and widely available as food supplement. Its main action is […]

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Cannabis cookies for neuropathic pain

Cannabis treatment for meuropathic pain using low dose cannabis during prolonged periods of time due to slow resorption from butter rich cannabis cookies: a better way to administer cannabis than the classical joint or marihuana tea.

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Bupropion for the treatment of neuropathic pain.

Bupropion for the treatment of neuropathic pain. A short review.

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Zoster pain and vitamine D?

The mechanisms relating to the development of post herpetic neuralgia (PHN) or zoster pain remain uncertain and many different factors are involved. 

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Anodyne Therapy System® for neuropathy: not proven!

Surfing the net you may encounter many different treatments for neuropathy, and the anodyne therapy is one of those. In the internet you may find advertorials like the following: f you suffer from diabetic neuropathy, you may benefit from Anodyne Therapy–a non-invasive treatment that increases circulation and reduces the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy. The Anodyne Therapy System® helps to release nitric oxide from the red blood cells of patients suffering from diabetes. It does this with monochromatic infrared energy (MIRE) administered through flexible pads containing infrared diodes. 

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Treatment of CRPS pain acc to protocol including ketamine (&DMSO) creams

In our clinic we developed a new treatment protocol for pains in CRPS, Sudeck’s dystrophic pains. We combine various treatments, all with a low propensity for side-effects. Basically our treatment protocol consists of:

1. Topical analgesic creams:

a. start with ketamine 10% racemic cream and on top of it (if necessary) DMSO 50% cream. 

b. or switch to amitriptyline 10% cream ( with/without DMSP 50%)

c. switch to Algonerv cream on top of either one of the creams before (consisting of the immune-modulator adelmidrol and capsaicine low concentration)

Creams in addition to:

2. Normast (palmitoylethanolamide) 600 mg twice daily.

Start with 20-30 days on Normast powder sublingually (melt in saliva under tongue, not to swallow, but to resorp in the mounth, and after treat with Normast 600 mg tablets twice daily. (order by

Topical creams in CRPS: background 

Chronic severe pain in Sudeck or CRPS we treat with a combination of various topical creams, especially a 10% ketamine cream, in severe cases together with DMSO 50% cream. Topical analgesics have clearly advantages over systemically administered medications. This is especially true for racemic ketamine. The reduction or elimination of side-effects is one of the major advantages.

Many patients are totally unable to ingest ketamine, but as a cream the application of ketamine is no problem. We treated already 40 patients without any problems, and a Canadian academic group decribed another group of 60 patients. Topical analgesics differ from transdermal delivery methods in that prescribers use topical applications to deliver local, rather than systemic effects.

In our institute we have developed a variety of special-compounded creams to improve our patients’ experience with intractable pain due to Sudeck / CRPS. Ketamine 10% is one example.We also developed amitriptyline cream, baclofen cream and gabapentine creams. 

Our compounded ketamine 10% cream can be used for specific patients in e.g. the Netherlands, Germany and the UK if the physicians order a prescription document at

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New treatment options neuropathic pain urgently needed

More and more randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials on neuropathic pain treatment are published, and it seems there is a surge! Will this help the patient? Some top pain experts analysed one hundred and seventy-four studies, a twothird increase in published randomised, placebo-controlled trials in the last 5 years. What did they find out?

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NUCYNTA® a new opioid from Gruententhal

Combining Opioid and Nonopioid Activity in One Centrally Acting Oral Analgesic, is the communication of this newly registered opioid from the laboratories of Gruenenhal in Germany. The second wave of marketing communication is:  

  2. ASCENDING PATHWAYS Works primarily on ascending pathways to inhibit transmission of pain impulses through binding to mu-opioid receptors, and
  3. NOREPINEPHRINE REUPTAKE INHIBITOR DESCENDING PATHWAYS Works primarily on descending pathways to enhance the inhibition of pain signaling through norepinephrine reuptake inhibition. 

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Treatment of neuropathic pain in elderly and frail patients

How to best treat the elderly and frail patients suffering from neuropathic pain? For painphysicians this is a key question. Happily new data are guiding our prescribing behaviour in this field. The most important issue is how to achieve optimal analgesic efficacy without creating bothersome side effects like dizziness and unsteadiness or unwanted drug interactons! For instance, the best analgesics, the TCAs in elderly can cause cognitive functiondisturbances, confusion, gait disturbances, and falls. 

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Low dose naltrexone for neuropathic pain

Low dose naltrexone is popular in the alternative treatment world. It is a bit strange, as this molecule is quite non-alternative. But low dose naltrexone (LDN) is recommended on lay internetsites for a multitude of diseases, from MS to cancer. That always provokes anti-bodies by doctors, but naltrexone indeed has anti-inflammatory properties. It might be an interesting treatment option for  treatment refractory neuropathic pain patients.

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Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA): information for MD’s


Palmitoylethanolamide (‘PEA’) is a endogenous compound and is in Europe available for the treatment of chronic pain and chronic inflammation. Most clinical data have been gathered and published around its efficacy in various neuropathic painstates, such as in diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatic pain, and we outline these indications and the clinical and preclinical data below. 

Under the follow link an extensive review for specialists can be downloaded. The article appeared in The Open Pain Journal (2012) 

Palmitoylethanolamide has be described as an endogenous fatty acid amide, belonging to the class of lipid signaling molecules (autocoids). Since 50 years of research around this molecule, the last decade the number of scientific papers on PEA’s biological and clinical activity has been expanded to nearly 400.

PEA has been demonstrated to bind to a receptor in the cell-nucleus (a nuclear receptor, PPAR), a number of other receptors, and therefore it exerts a great varity of biological functions related to chronic pain and inflammation. It is considered as a breakthourgh in the treament of chonic pain, and with PEA a new mechanism of action in the world of analgesics has been introduced and validated in a great number of studies.

PEA can be seen as a glia modulator and proof of principle (POP) as well as proof of concept (POC) has been generated via PEA studies of glia as an important factor in the genesis of neuropathic pain.

Brandnames of drugs containing PEA 

PEA is available under various brandnames: Normast and Pelvilen in Italy and Spain, and as PeaPure (JP Russell Science Ltd) for the rest or the world. PeaPure is available in Europe as a food supplement. 

In Normast and Pelvilen, the active ingredient is palmitoylethanolamide. In Normast and Pelvilen excipients like magnesium stearate, povidone and polisorbate are added. In the Normast sachets a sweetener has been added, sorbitol.

In PeaPure the sole content is palmitoylethanolamide (no excipients). 

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Integrated Medicine concept for the treatment of neuropathic pain

Research over the last few decades has shown an increased use of complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) and an integration of aspects of CAM into mainstream medical treatment, health care organisations and insurance plans.  It has been shown that the process of care may be as important as the outcomes of treatment, which may explain in part the relatively large popularity of CAM for many patients on a world wide base. (Muir Gray JA. Evidence-Based Healthcare. How to Make Health Policy and Management Decisions. 2. London: Churchill Livingstone; 2001) 

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Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) versus NSAID in the treatment of TMJD pain

In a head to head comparison study the Italian research group from the Department of Orthodontics, of the  School of Dentistry, at the University of Bologna, could demonstrate that treatment with the natural analgesic compound palmitoylethalonamide (available under the brandnames Normast®  or PeaPure® ) was superior over the treatment with a classical NSAID in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), or Costen syndrome.

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Pregabalin, Lyrica® not for fibromyalgia in Europe

The EMEA has adviced against the marketing authorization of Lyrica® in the indication fibromyalgia in Europe. This is their argumentation:

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Integrated Medicine concept for neuropathic pain at the Berlin congress (2010)

Treatment of neuropathic pain, an overview presented at the 3rd European Congress for Integrative Medicine,in Berlin, December 3rd, 2010. The founding fathers of the Institute of Neuropathic pain attended the above mentioned congress to present the integrated treatment concept for neuropathic pain to an audience of physicians interested in pain treatment. The director of research and development from the institute, professor Jan M. Keppel Hesselink, presented the multimodal therapy as it has been developed within the institute for the past years.

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Neuropathic pain treatment as presented by Dr Nadine Attal

The link here under contains a nice and crisp talk by Dr Nadine Attal. She is a neurologist and pain specialist, Director of the Pain Evaluation and Treatment Centre of Hôpital Ambroise Paré, France, and a member of the INSERM U 792 team. Dr Attal is a member of several scientific societies, including the Society for Neuroscience, the International Association for the Study of Pain and the American Pain Society. Dr Attal has authored 60 referenced journal articles and over 30 book chapters, has co-ordinated books on neuropathic pain in France, and is associate editor for the journal Pain. She recently co-chaired the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of neuropathic pain and was involved in the EFNS guidelines on the assessment of neuropathic pain. She also recently joined the NeuroPsig management committee.

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Intractable neuropathic pain in Diabetes treated with palmitoylethanolamide and topical cream

Case description

A 53 year old famale patient suffered from diabetes type II since more than 10 years. She developed severe pains at the age of 48 and was totally refractory for many analgesics. Prescription of gabapentine, amitriptyline, pregabalin and carbamazepine remained unsuccesful in reducing her pains. On the numeric rating scale (NRS) for pain she scored 8 over 10.

She was a candidate for a spinal cord stimulator and wished first to follow our treatment protocol for treatment-resistant neuropathic pains, based on palmitoylethanolamide (Normast, PeaPure).

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Pharmacotherapy of painful neuropathy

In the journal JAMA, October 2009, was a description of a patient with diabetes mellitus and much discomfort from neuropathy. The doctor described the case, showed a list of drugs to see the usefulness of these values. Here on this table we see a number of recent rfindings and the relative strength of various painkillers for neuropathic pain. In this paper a clear message: Lyrica and Cymbalta are no better than older and cheaper drugs, which may be even better!

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Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) at the 3rd European Congress for Integrated Medicine

A presentation of how to treat neuropathic pain in elderly and treatment refractory neuropathic pain patients prescribing the food for medical purposes and our own body-own compound palmitoylethanolamide (Normast®  and PeaPure® ): a presentation in Berlin at the 3rd European Congress for Integrated Medicine by Jan M. Keppel Hesselink, MD, PhD

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Ziconotide in chronic pain requiring intraspinal analgesia: orphan drug

Ziconotide is a man-made equivalent of a molecule composed of a 25-amino acid chain, which is found in the venom of a fish-eating marine snail, Conus magus. Ziconotide blocks the action of specific molecules found in nerve tissue, called N-type voltage-sensitive calcium channels. These molecules play an important role in chronic pain. Ziconotide is expected to decrease pain by blocking the function of these molecules.

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Pudendal neuralgia responding to a novel use of palmitoylethanolamide

Pudendal neuralgia is the most common and most disabling form of pelvic pain. It presents as unilateral or bilateral burning pain of the anterior or posterior perineum that is worse on sitting and relieved by standing, not usually associated with night pain.This pain is a cause of chronic, disabling, and often intractable perineal pain.

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