There are many natural ways to reduce pain without the need to turn to medication. As more and more people become addicted to pain killers such as solpadeine and other codeine medications, its important to realise that there are plenty of natural ways to reduce your pain. There was a time in my life when I would rely on a good pain killer for the symptoms of a hang over! Now that I am older and bolder, I go for herbs instead. Well, the truth is my social life is less exciting also! So lets have a look at the natural alternatives for pain relief. If you suffer from pain and would like to come and see me, I am a Master Herbalist practicing in Rialto, Dublin 8, phone 0860261240. I hope you enjoy this post and the video that goes with it, just click here.
Cherries contain a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanin which also gives these berries their red colour. Anthocyanin blocks inflammation and inhibits pain enzymes. It is recommended to eat at least 10 organic cherries per day to gain their pain relieving benefits.
Ginger acts as a natural aspirin impersonator and anti-inflammatory, offering pain relief from migraines, arthritis pain and muscle aches. It is recommended to use ginger in food when cooking or as an infusion, with some lemon and honey on a daily basis.
Cranberry Juice helps to black a bacteria called H Pylori which attacks the stomach lining causing ulcers and severe pain. It is recommended to drink at least one glass of fresh cranberry juice per day.
Turmeric is one of natures most powerful anti-inflammatories. Most pain in the body arises due to the process of healing and inflammation. So when we reduce the inflammation, we also reduce the pain. Many peoples bodies are in a constant state of inflammation from a diet high in animal fats and dairy.
Capsaicin is a natural pain killer found in Cayenne Pepper, which temporarily desensitises nerve receptors called C Fibers. Cayenne pepper can be take in water internally or externally as an ointment rubbed in to the muscles and joints.
Evening primrose oil
Evening primrose oil balances the hormones and also acts as an anti-inflammatory and has been found to be effective in the treatment of pain associated with arthritis. It also contains vitamins A, D, E, K and is a source of omega 3.
Epsom Salt Baths
Epson salt is rich in magnesium a natural pain killer. By soaking in a bath of epson salts, you will find instant relief to muscle and joint pain. Hot baths are so relaxing and good for our overall health.
Devils claw is another natural anti-inflammatory. It blocks the pathways that cause inflammation. Devils claw is particularly good for muscle pain associated with detoxing off opiates. Its effective in the treatment of arthritis, headaches and muscle pain.
Peppermint oil is a natural pain killer and muscle relaxant especially good for back pain and tension headache.
Omega 3 oils
Omega 3 oils found in nuts and seeds is another of natures great anti-inflammatories and helps to relive pain and reduce inflammation.
Valerian is known as natures tranquilliser and has been used for centuries to relieve nerve pain associated with stress and anxiety.
Feverfew was used by the Greeks to reduce inflammation and treat menstrual cramps. It can be used to treat migraine headaches and rheumatoid arthritis.