Is there anything natural I can take to relieve my pain and reduce inflammation?
The answer to the above question is YES! After all that we have heard about opioid addictions over the last several years and how high doses can slow your breathing and heart rate, leading you closer to death, it is no wonder that so many patients are now reaching out to me for alternatives to harsh pain killers. There are a variety of remedies found in nature that serve as natural pain relievers and natural anti-inflammation agents.
I will discuss some of the most common ones you may or may not have heard about.
Most Common Natural Pain Relief Remedies
Boswellia for Natural Pain Relief and Inflammation
, otherwise known as frankincense, is often used in Ayurvedic medicine. The resin from the Boswellia Serrata trees is used to create capsules, tinctures, and topical ointments. Boswellia is a good choice for natural inflammation, natural pain relief, and reduced swelling, even in the brain. Boswellia can also reduce skin damage after radiation treatments. This herb, like all herbs, is best prescribed by a specialist in natural medicine
as there can be adverse reactions if used with anticoagulant and anti-platelet drugs.
Turmeric, the Natural Pain Reliever
, the spice that gives curry its yellow hue, contains the compound curcumin. Curcumin is an antioxidant that reduces inflammation naturally and protects the body from free radical molecules that can damage cells. As a natural anti-inflammatory medicine, turmeric can be used to treat indigestion, ulcers, stomach pain, and arthritis. Some individuals may experience nausea, headaches, or rashes when using in excess. Again, it is always best to check for quality and dosage with your naturopathic doctor.
Other Natural Pain Relievers
Other herbs include green tea, capsicum, white willow bark, cat’s claw
, S-adenosylmethionine, and omega-3 fatty acids. Depending on the type of pain
, the quality of your pain, and your nature or constitution, a good holistic doctor will find the right blend for you. Arnica and rescue remedies may also work in acute situations and can be obtained at your local health food store.
Natural Pain Relief Therapy
My favorite protocols for pain
include meditation, yoga, laser, massage, and gentle stretching. When incorporating these protocols into your life, please always remember the importance of deep breathing. According to traditional Chinese medicine, stuck qi is the cause of most pain. It is vital to enhance blood flow to the affected area. If you get an acute bump or bruise, begin to massage it immediately to encourage blood flow to the area. Ice is best applied to reduce swelling. Heat can increase the swelling to a new injury.
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