From Chapter 4: Cox-2 Inhibitors: A Revolution in the Treatment of Inflammation
The term Cox-2 inhibitors describes compounds-both the natural versions and the synthetic-that inhibit an enzyme in the body called cyclooxygenase-2. Pharmaceutical firms have created two popular prescription versions of these drugs-Celebrex and Vioxx. These Cox-2 inhibitors are fast becoming two of the most prescribed pharmaceutical drugs on the market.
Interestingly, modern scientists for the pharmaceutical companies were not the first to discover Cox-2 inhibitors. Healers since the time of Hippocrates have known about the extraordinary healing powers of plants with natural Cox-2 inhibiting ability.
The new approach toward integrative care can only benefit the public and health care professionals alike. The Cox-2 inhibitors, whether in the form of synthetic drugs or natural herbs, can help patients and their health care providers deal with the inflammation that results from any number of "bodymind" disorders that afflict people at present. In fact, incorporating natural versions of Cox-2 inhibitors into health care will probably always be helpful to patients. It seems that the Cox-2 inflammation process may be involved in the onset of many diseases. So, long before symptoms appear, the living "bodymind" may be struggling with, and may eventually succumb to, inflammation caused by these potent enzymes.
The whole story is yet to be told about the synthetic Cox-2 inhibitors, but the promise of time-tested natural remedies that inhibit Cox-2 inflammation may turn out to be a major advance in medical care. Only time will validate the synthetic inhibitors' safety. Western science is now able to identify the chemical constituents of many herbs that inhibit Cox-2-induced inflammation. With this form of treatment, relief through symptom suppression may not be the whole story. With Cox-2 inhibitors, it may even be possible for the disease process to be reversed.
Who can Cox-2 inhibitors potentially help? As discussed, those with chronic and acute inflammation may benefit. Apparently, people with colon cancer, breast cancer, esophageal cancer, bladder cancer, and skin cancer may benefit. And there may be a role for Cox-2 inhibitors in the management of Alzheimer's disease.