Ouch! 5 Surprising Natural Remedies for Pain Relief
Are you suffering from aches and pains in your body? Read through our list of surprising natural remedies for pain relief so you can start feeling better.
Are you suffering from headaches, stomach aches, or lower back pain? Are you handicapped by arthritis? Do you want to avoid pain medication?
Scholarly research is finding evidence for the healing properties of many natural remedies for pain.
Read on to learn about five all-natural ways to relieve pain.
Ginger has been used for thousands of years to treat stomach problems. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help it act as a pain reliever.
Current research shows it helps with stomach pain, nausea, and menstrual pain.
Butterbur is a shrub whose name comes from the way its large leaves were once used to wrap butter. Extracts from the roots have proven effective against headaches, and root or leaf extracts may also reduce hay fever symptoms.
The raw butterbur plant contains chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) that can cause liver damage, so consumers should look for extracts that are certified as PA-free.
- Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne can be applied to the back to reduce lower back pain.
Its capsaicin, the chemical which makes peppers spicy, stops muscle and joint pain by “confusing” pain transmitters. If you don’t want to rub cayenne pepper on your back, you can buy ointments made with capsaicin.
Yoga, which helps people strengthen muscles and practice relaxation, has been shown to manage aches and pains ranging from lower backaches, headaches, arthritis pain, and neck strain. Other similar practices, including mindfulness, relaxation techniques, meditation, and tai chi have also been shown to reduce pain.
Music also helps to relieve both short-term and chronic pain. Studies show that it can decrease pain perception, reduce the intake of pain medication, and relieve depression. Not only does it distract from other problems, but it may also work because it gives patients a feeling of better control when managing their pain.
Other Natural Remedies for Pain
Other popular remedies that have some evidence for pain relief include devil’s claw for lower back pain, peppermint for stomach pain, and feverfew or magnesium for headaches.
Kratom has chemical compounds that may relieve pain, but the potential for side effects means that you should consult a doctor if interested in kratom. You can learn more about kratom on this page.
While scientific studies show the effectiveness of the above substances and practices, you should exercise caution when taking them. Supplements bought off the shelf aren’t regulated, so each supplement might contain different doses of the product.
Certain supplements also interfere with various drugs, so you should check with your doctor to learn about drug interactions and side effects.
You should also consult with your doctor before trying yoga if you think it may cause you physical strain.
Take Care of Your Pain
With so many natural remedies for pain, you have several options to try before you need to turn to medication. See if any of these practices can help free you from pain so you can take back control of your health.
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