Tag Archives: integrative health

Your Pharmacist’s Role in Integrative Health

More pharmacists are helping their patients find integrative health and medicine practitioners to meet their whole-person health goals.  Pharmacists will advocate for evidence-based services, educate you on the pros/cons of the practice, navigate the integrative health system, innovate by creating new channels of communication between traditional medicine physicians and non-traditional practitioners, and motivate you to be the healthiest whole person you can and want to be in your life journey.

Have you asked your pharmacist for a recommendation for a primary care physician who practices/believes in patient-centered integrative health practices?  Why or why not?


Rx Integrative Solutions Office Hours #ALONETOGETHEROHIO

Dear Clients and Friends,

We’re back – our BLUE ASH OFFICE is open and we are anxious to serve your integrative health needs! In an effort to provide a safe and professional experience, we have made some important changes to our office practices and policies. We take the health and well-being of our community and YOU very seriously.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our office, we will practice social distancing of 6 feet or more between individuals and wear face masks during all wellness consultations. Rest assured, the same high quality, personalized integrative health and medicine services are being delivered.

We’re also available for MICROSOFT 365 TEAMS VIDEO CALLS for wellness consultations if you prefer the added comfort of your home, and at drcathy@rxintegrativesolutions.com to answer any health and wellness-related questions. You will find us on www.Facebook.com/rxintegrativesolutions regarding upcoming community events.

We are all in this together.  For more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe during these trying times, please visit the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov.

Be mind body and spiritually well!


Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum
Holistic Clinical Pharmacist
Founder/CEO Rx Integrative Solutions
10274 Alliance Road
Blue Ash, OH 45242
(513) 607-3495

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) & Osteoarthritis Pain

This yellow spice/dietary supplement from the ginger family has become popular in recent months. Its active ingredient is curcumin, one of the spices found in curry powder frequently used in Indian cuisine, and in yellow mustard. Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Research studies have been conducted with turmeric for osteoarthritis pain management. Turmeric side effects include heartburn, as it is truly ‘spicy.’ So, if you already experience GERD (acid reflux disease) you will not be a candidate for this product.

A typical turmeric extract dose is 1 gram/day or less. One gram is ~ equal to 3 – 15 teaspoonsful of the ground spice, so there is wide variability between products and food. Some of the turmeric dietary supplement manufacturers add black pepper to their formulations to increase turmeric’s absorption and inhibit turmeric’s metabolism. I’m not sure that has been scientifically proven to work.

If you suffer from osteoarthritis pain and have been taking NSAIDs for years (e.g., Naproxen, Motrin, Celebrex, Feldene, Diclofenac), you may wish to consider talking with your physician about the appropriateness of taking the supplement turmeric in place of them to avoid significant long-term NSAID side effects on the stomach, heart, kidneys, and liver.

Please do not start taking turmeric without the advice and consent of your physician. Schedule an appointment for a prescription medication/dietary supplement/integrative health consultation with Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum today!

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