Pain – the chemical signal that tells us something in our body has been damaged – is more often than not, an unwelcome visitor. For those who experience pain every day due to arthritis, migraines, tendonitis, or other chronic conditions, it may be tempting to turn to chemical pain-relievers to free yourself from the ongoing discomfort. Before you do, take a look at this list of natural pain-relievers from Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet.
1. Dark Cherries
According to a study performed at the John Hopkins Pain Treatment Center, anthocyanins – a group of bioflavonoids or plant pigments found in cherries and other dark fruits – are effective in blocking pain signals caused by inflammation. Enjoy a serving of 20 cherries to alleviate joint aches, gastrointestinal discomfort, PMS symptoms, and other pain caused by inflammation.
2. Ginger Root
Ginger root is another aspirin-mimicking anti-inflammatory.
A daily supplement of organic powdered ginger has been shown to lessen aches and pains from physical exertion by suppressing the body’s production of toxic compounds known to cause inflammation and tissue damage in the joints.
A ginger paste may be similarly effective when applied topically to sore joints and muscles.
Chewing on a slice of fresh ginger root is also super effective for treating stomach pain and nausea caused by illness, as well as for preventing morning sickness during pregnancy.
3. Cold-Water Fish
Cold water fish such as herring, mackerel, sardines, salmon, and tuna are renowned for good health. The omega-3 fatty acids that cold water fish contains enhances cardiovascular health, and lessens any inflammation that might gather around cartilage
Not many people are aware however that eating these fishes can also help to fight the pain of back injury, painful joints, and neck injury.
Tahini, which is used in North African, Greek Turkish and Middle Eastern cookery, is also an excellent pain relief agent. It is made from ground sesame seeds and is rich in magnesium, a mineral that many people have a deficiency of. This mineral has many health benefits, amongst which is the ability to ease muscle tension. You can also used it for treating headaches and sore muscles.
Turmeric is one of the most popular and valued spices, due to its numerous health benefits. its active ingredient, curcumin, has potent anti-inflammatory properties and treats pain. It has a delicious flavor and golden color, so it is a tasty addition to various meals.
6. Aloe Vera Juice
The gel of aloe Vera is extremely useful in the case of skin issues and burns. Its consumption treats stomach ulcers, and if you drink it twice a day, you will reduce fatigue, nausea, pain, and speed up the recovery process.
The enzyme papain found in the flesh of papaya fruit is another natural anti-inflammatory that works well in conjunction with bromelain (found in pineapple juice and stems.) Papain is often used following surgery to reduce pain and swelling.
While papaya extract may be taken as a supplement, the fruit is also full of anti-oxidants and vitamins which support a multitude of bodily functions. If you can find fresh papaya, enjoy it by itself or try adding it to a smoothie, salad, or salsa.
Human intestines are home to billions of microflora which are necessary for digestive health. When these symbiotic organisms become unbalanced (called disbiosis,) we may experience any number of health problems, many of which often seem totally unrelated to the gut (painful rashes, hair loss, hormone imbalance, etc.) Yogurt containing live and active cultures help to repopulate and stabilize these microflora which can definitely help with problems like IBS, excessive gas, and painful bloating.
9. Hot Peppers
Hot peppers (chilies) include a substance called Capsaicin, which is often found in pain relief ointments and creams. It draws the substance-P, which is a chemical messenger that carries the pain signal to the brain, out of the nerves, thus blocking pain.
Yet, remember to wear disposable gloves whenever you use capsaicin and be careful not to come into contact with your eyes.
Peppermint is an excellent treatment for soothing muscle spasms. It is the Menthol in Peppermint that works the magic. You can purchase Peppermint oil over the counter at many supermarkets and health food stores, which you can then apply topically to the areas where the pain is.
For treating headaches, simply crush some fresh Peppermint leaves against your temples or alternatively make a peppermint tisane, which is great for relaxing stressed and painful muscles.
Knowing about these natural pain relief agents as discussed above, can help you to banish any pain in a natural way, without any chemically manufactured drugs, and can help to get your holistic health lifestyle back in order.