There is nothing worse than being in pain. Not everyone tolerates pain medicine well, and some people just do not care for medicine at all, so sharing a few with you that are all natural, homeopathic medicine and supplements. That being said, if you have chronic pain, or an acute episode like a broken or sprained limb, please do not be afraid of taking needed pain medicine, keeping your pain under control helps your body to heal faster and decreases stress.
Chiropractors, or osteopaths, can frequently make adjustments and provide a large measure of pain relief. Massage therapy is often helpful, if you cannot afford a regular massage there are several good home options, including chair pads with heat, massage, and car plug-in options. Many people find relief in the regular practice of yoga and/or pilates. Also, increase foods that have natural anti-inflammatory properties, like fresh fruits and vegetables, and decrease trans fats, highly processed foods, sugar, and smoking. Regular exercise is highly beneficial, as tolerated, do not push. Many people find relief from consumption of lactic acid before, during, or after a workout, the proteins help repair the tissues faster. Relaxation and/or meditation work very well for some people as well.
Capsaicin is helpful for pain from arthritis, shingles, and neuropathy. This is available in a topical solution and is better for acute pain than for every day pain and stiffness. Wear gloves to apply, wash your hands very well also.
InflaThera or Zyflamend can be very helpful for arthritis pain. This is a combination of ginger, turmeric, and holy basil which have anti-inflammatory properties. InflaThera is a prescription and is a stronger blend, and somewhat cheaper than Zyflamend. You can also try the ingredients separately, or 500 mg of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, 4 times daily with fish oil and a low-fat diet, very effective for arthritis pain.
Arnica has been shown to be helpful in pain reduction for acute injury or post-surgery swelling. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, can use as an ointment on strained muscles, or available in pellet form which goes under the tongue, use as an adjunct with ice, herbs, or conventional pain medications.
Aquamin has been shown to be helpful with osteoarthritis pain, it’s made from red seaweed, naturally high in calcium and magnesium, this may reduce inflammation and help build bone, it’s available in capsule form.
SAM-e, or S adenosylmethionine is also helpful with osteoarthritis. It reduces inflammation as well as increasing production of serotonin and dopamine, feel-good chemicals from your brain. Recommended dosage is 400-1600 mg daily, make sure it has a USP or GMP quality seal, it should contain a stabilizing salt, have a far-off exp. date, and comes in a foil blister pack, it degrades rapidly in direct light.
Fish oil has been shown to be helpful with joint pain from arthritis or autoimmune diseases. For osteoarthritis the recommended dosage is 2000-4000 mg a day, compared to 1000 mg for heart health, for autoimmune diseases the dosage is 8000 mg daily, please talk to your doctor before taking this amount, especially if you already take heart or blood pressure medication. In a study of those with back and neck pain 2/3 stopped taking NSAID’s after 10 weeks.
MSM or methylsulfonyl-methane is another natural medication helpful with osteoarthritis pain, may prevent joint damage and cartilage degeneration, studies have shown 25% reduction in pain and 30% increase in joint function on a dose of 1.5-3 g daily after 3 month trial.
With getting a shot you can count backwards from 100 and often not recall any pain, according to researchers pain relief depends on your level of concentration, so if that is too easy concentrate on saying the alphabet backwards. This is only effective for short term pain such as a needlestick.
Boswaillia is an Indian herb that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, can try with other natural pain relievers like turmeric and holy basil, some people put these herbs in a green smoothie.
Pain hurts, help your body to ease it with what works best for you. Also don’t forget application of ice and heat, old standbys because they work, apply for 20 minutes, use a towel to protect your skin, ice for 72 hours after an injury, then heat, for chronic pain you can try alternating them for optimal pain relief.
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