Most people manage pain by popping pain killers, yet they don’t understand the detrimental impact it has on other organs within the body. There’s no point in solving one problem, only to create ten more.
Recent studies have proven that drugs like Acetaminophen (Tylenol/Paracetamol), are extremely hepato-toxic, meaning that it destroys your liver. Ibuprofen basically obliterates your digestive tract and causes internal hemorrhaging. Morphine can constipate you for weeks and oxycontin causes seizures, infertility, impotence and can actually cause stomach pain.
Stay away from the pharmaceutical pain killers unless you are absolutely desperate. Instead, solve your problem by consuming things that are all-round beneficial to your health.
Both a potent anti-inflammatory and pain killer, Turmeric is highly effective in many types of pain including muscle pain, headaches, prostate pain, Arthritis pain, and injury related pain as well as chronic diseases like Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis. Turmeric can be added to your diet or taken in a dose of no more than half a teaspoon at a time.
A lot of people are taking very high doses of turmeric and are unaware (due to lack of proper research) that this is quite dangerous. In the west, Turmeric is a new thing. In the east, its quite old. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic doctors are well aware of the effects of overusing turmeric and believe me, you do not want to experience it. Use it safely! There are literally tons of research on Turmeric and its active ingredient “curcumin” proving is effectiveness in reducing pain and inflammation.
Known as a sedative, antispasmodic, anti-flatulent and analgesic, Chamomile is an amazing herb that has been used for centuries. Muscular pain, headaches, menstrual cramping, and headaches can all be effectively relieved by using this herb.
Chamomile tea can be used for reducing anxiety along with pain, which is sometimes seen in woman struggling with painful intercourse. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Chamomile can also be used in the case of injuries as well.
I strongly advise against taking large doses, as that can result in vomitting.
3. White Willow Bark
A pain killer that is considered to be the best alternative to Aspirin, this herb has been used for all kinds of pain including headaches/migraines, lower back pain, muscle pain, menstrual cramps, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Gout. This herb may also assist in Fibromyalgia. The key ingredient in White Willow Bark is “Salicin” which functions a lot like Aspirin. Just like Aspirin, White Willow Bark must be used with caution as it slows down blood clotting.
Clove oil is well known for its ability to treat toothaches, however, it can be used for pain else where as well. Clove oil can be applied to Arthritic joints to reduce pain and swelling. Consumption of cloves is also high effective in treating all kinds of pain and inflammation (Overuse/high doses may provoke inflammatory conditions). Clove oil can also be used for muscular pain. (Its best to use clove oil in a carrier oil)
Clove is also used for treating toothaches, nerve pain, colic, and headaches.
When it comes to abdominal pain and menstrual cramps, ginger may be your best solution. Ginger is not only a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever but also a carminative-meaning it promotes the expulsion of gas/air within the digestive tract. This can relieve pressure in the abdominal organs including the uterus. Application of a paste of ginger can be used externally for treating muscular pain as well.
Other Natural Pain killers
– Arnica Oil – Injuries
– Eucalyptus – Muscle pain & Arthritis
– Bay Laurel – Back Pain, Earaches, Muscular pain
– Calamus Root – Tension Headaches, Stress Induced Stiffness
– Jamaican Dogwood – Headaches, Neuralgia
– Nutmeg – Stomach pain/cramps
– Feverfew – Menstrual cramps/pain, Arthritis, Headaches
– Stinging Nettle – Fibromyalgia, Prostate pain, Cramps
– Ashwagandha – Fibromyalgia, Inflammatory Conditions, Multiple Sclerosis
– Cats Claw – Arthritis
Therapies and Exercise
Many Chiropractors, massage therapists, and Alternative medical practitioners swear by it. Acupressure is extremely effective in treating a wide range of musculo-skeletal disorders as well as problems related to specific organs. Don’t forget, its extremely relaxing and a powerful tool for relieving stress and tension.
One of the most effective methods of treating muscular pain without drugs, is to properly stretch those muscles and improve circulation in the area. Every Yoga posture has therapeutic benefits. I have used Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) to treat a wide variety of illnesses in my patients. Menstrual pain, for example can be eased with postures like:
– Janu Sirsasana (Head-To-Knee Forward Bend)
– Pasasana (Noose Pose)
– Ustrasana (Camel Pose), etc.
Yogic breathing exercises like Alternative Nostril Breathing has been used to effectively and quickly treat headaches.
According to Dr. Weil, “Massage therapy has been shown to boost levels of endorphins and serotonin—the body’s natural painkillers and mood regulators—and to reduce stress hormone levels.” Massage has been used in Ayurveda for treating pain and has had magnificent results. However, Ayurvedic massage involves the use of certain oils, some of which have been infused with medicinal plants. The most common Ayurvedic oils used for treating pain are known as “Bala Tailam” & “Ashwagandha-Bala Tailam“. Unfortunately, these oils might be difficult to get, but, you may use plain Sesame Seed Oil (Preferably Black Sesame seed oil). This oil alone, can aid in reducing pain and improving circulation.
Other activities and treatments that can aid in relieving pain include:
– Acupuncture, etc.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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