Natural Remedies For Pain Relief
There is a wide range of natural remedies for pain relief that can be very effective for people who need to find a healthy alternative to over the counter or prescription drugs. Whether it is due to illness or injury, too many people suffer from debilitating pain that may be eased with a natural remedy.
While the pharmaceutical industry produces plenty of pain reducing drugs, the side effects these medications cause are sometimes worst than the pain they’re suppose to relieve. Non-steroidal anti-inflammation drugs are the most commonly prescribed for joint, back, arthritis and other inflammatory disease- related pain. These prescribed medications are the most common cause of reported serious side effects, according to a recent article in the Biomedical Central Journal: Family Practice by R.J. Adams.
Due to many positive clinical studies conducted on the natural pain relievers described below, many experts consider them some of the most effective natural remedies for pain relief. However keep in mind that they may not be appropriate for everyone. You should first consult your doctor before self-medicating.
Krill Oil. According to a study published in 2007 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, a daily dose of 300 milligrams of krill oil reduced pain, stiffness and inflammation after seven days. It is believed this powerful omega 3 oil is a lot more absorbable and effective than the regular fish oil. Krill contains astaxanthin, a potent carotenoid with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Turmeric. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is a very popular spice in Indian dishes. It is also an Ayurvedic herb often used in alternative medicine therapies. Many clinical studies agree that this spice is very helpful at reducing inflammation and pain. However, you’d have to eat lots of it to feel the benefits, so it seems the best way to take turmeric is in capsule form. Naturopaths usually suggest a dose of 400 mg three times daily.
Bromelain. According to Dr.Joseph Pizzorno Jr., N.D., the president and founder of Bastyr University, the naturopathic medical shool in Kenmore Washington, many studies show bromelain is effective at relieving pain and swelling. Dr. Pizzorno suggests taking 250-500 mg three times daily on an empty stomach. Pineapple is a rich source of this enzyme . A fabulous product that worked wonders for me when I had a debilitating bursitis pain is Wobenzyme N. This product contains bromelain and other great enzymes that relieve inflammation and pain fast.
Sunflower Seeds.These seeds contain a chemical called phenylalanine, which prevents the breaking of the body chemicals responsible for pain perception. Some herbalists, such as James A. Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, suggests making a habit of eating sunflower seeds and even placing ground seeds secured with a bandage or dressing on painful areas.
Essential Oils such as a blend of eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint. Many aromatherapists often recommend this particular blend of essential oils. This is because lavender and peppermint are natural pain relievers while eucalyptus speeds up the absorption of these pain-relieving oils. These aromatherapy oils are suggested to be used only externally.
Clove Oil. This oil is particularly effective for toothaches and many dentists recommend it as an emergency toothache reliever. They recommend applying it directly to the painful tooth.
All Varieties of Red Peppers. Capsaicin, a compound contained in red peppers, boosts the release of the body’s natural pain killers called endorphins. Some clinical studies show that capsaicin may be particularly helpful at relieving the nerve pain that remains after a shingles attack, as well as the pain caused by arthritis, diabetes (peripheral neuropathy), backaches,fibromyalgia, and headaches. Capsaicin is available as powder and cream.
Herbal Blend. Dr. Duke suggests an herbal blend of ginger, peppermint, red pepper, willow bark, mountain mint and cloves. He says you can drink a tea or make a poultice out of these herbs and apply it to the painful areas. I would favor the poultice over the tea. Caution: If you’re allergic to aspirin do not use willow bark and do not use it on children.
Extensive research on these nature medicines has been conducted and has been determined that these are some of the best natural remedies for pain relief. You can find out about these studies by visiting the websites below.
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