Dr. Oz has been using the Doctor Oz show to really tackle the problems that Americans face every day. On March 22nd, 2012 Dr. Oz discussed prescription drug abuses in the US for weight loss drugs and pain. California Poppy extract was mentioned and discussed by Dr. Oz & his guest, Alternative Medicine Expert Bryce Wylde from Toronto, Canada.
The prescription drugs that the California Poppy seed solution is supposed to help you replace are ones like Oxycodone, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Percocet and Vicodent. Dr. Oz says all the other pain relieving drugs do is mask the symptoms and don’t offer any solutions.
California Poppy supposedly works as an analgesic for musculoskeletal pain and “it communicates to the brain and tells the opiate receptors to tell your body there is no pain.” [Ed: see bit in comments about this]
Yep, opiates are good for that. But if there were enough opiates in this, it would be an illegal drug. I have BIG problems with your illogical claims, Dr. Oz. If simple poppy solutions work so well, why did modern pharmaceuticals develop painkillers like ibuprofin and Percocet? Because the weak or nonexistent benefits of herbs aren’t enough. How is this extract offering a solution? If it works as described, IT’S A DRUG TOO! This stupidity astounds me.
UPDATE: (16-Apr-2012) I found this piece regarding studies of California Poppy for pain:
[T]he evidence that taking an extract of the California Poppy as a safe and effective pain reliever is based on very little actual research that demonstrates safety and efficacy in humans. In spite of televised claims that an extract of the California Poppy is a legal and natural remedy for pain, the truth is that the “multiple studies” claim to support the promotion of the product really just isn’t there. However, if you decide to try this pain cure for yourself, please see your physician and discuss with him your plans to do so and find out if you have an underlying condition that may contraindicate taking California Poppy for pain or as a sleep aid.