Using conventional forms of pain relief can result in many potential drawbacks, despite the fact that these pain medicines are easily accessible in most pharmacies, drug stores, and grocery stores. Taking conventional pain medicines can increase your risk of ulcers, bleeding, heart attacks and strokes.
In addition, many people every day exceed the proper dosage of pain medicine, which can significantly increase the risk of these symptoms. To avoid any potential negative drawbacks that may accompany over the counter pain medications, consider these natural alternatives.
- Feverfew Tea
“Feverfew” is a derivation of the word febrifugia, which means “fever reducer” in Latin and has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. One of the first documentations of its uses as an anti-inflammatory was by a Greek herbalist physician Dioscorides in the first century.
This flowering plant is native to the Balkans and Asia Minor, but has spread to other areas of the world. Feverfew can be used to treat pain, headaches, nausea, fever, muscular tension, liver disease, swollen feet and many other symptoms. This miracle brew treats a variety of symptoms and can be sweetened with a spoonful of honey. You can find feverfew tea leaves at your local health food store.
However, because feverfew can interact with blood thinners, increase the risk of bleeding, and interact with other medications that are metabolized by the liver, it is important to consult your physician before adding this natural pain reliever into your daily regime.
Turmeric is a plant that is part of the ginger family and is native to India and Southeast Asia. Though commonly known as a peppery spice that adds a wonderful color yellow color to food, turmeric can also be used to treat many different conditions. In addition to indigestion, ulcers, psoriasis, cancer and upset stomachs, turmeric can be used as a natural pain reliever.
The plant contains an antioxidant referred to as curcumin, which protects the body from molecules that can damage cells and tissue. In addition, curcumin combats pain because it blocks different pathways in the body that lead to inflammation.
However, the best part about choosing turmeric as your natural alternative to pain medication is the accessibility. You can find turmeric at your local grocery store in the spice aisle. In addition, this aromatic spice can be incorporated into your diet and works well in curry, soups, smoothies, teas and on vegetables.
- Kratom Powder
Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Kratom leaves have been used as an herbal drug by people from Southeast Asia as a stimulant at low doses, a sedative at high doses, a pain killer, medicine for diarrhea and as a treatment for opiate addiction. It is also an effective treatment for arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Kratom is available in powdered form, capsules, or tea. Indo Green Vein Kratom Powder is a strain from Indonesia that boasts a powerful aroma along with providing stimulation, relaxation and pain relief. In addition, kratom can be used as an anti-inflammatory, as a cough suppressant, to lower fevers and blood pressure, as a local anesthetic, and as an antidiarrheal.
You can mix the powder with water, juice or milk according to your preferences. Chocolate milk and kratom powder is the preferred mix because the sweet chocolate easily masks the taste of the kratom powder.
In the sixteenth century, Chinese doctors believed that illnesses were caused by an imbalance of energy in the body. Though this practice seems antiquated in the face of modern medicine, the prevalence and popularity of this treatment option speaks to its abilities to treat patients effectively. During an acupuncture session, needles are used to stimulate the body’s energy channels. These points are often near nerves, and when stimulated, the nervous system releases endorphins which block the message of pain from being delivered to the brain.
The acupuncturist uses four diagnostic methods to determine which points to treat on the body: inspection, auscultation and olfaction, inquiring and palpation. During inspection, the acupuncturist analyzes the tongue and its size, shape and color. In the auscultation and olfaction method, the acupuncturist will then observe the patient’s breathing and body odor. Inquiring focuses on chills, fever, perspiration, appetite, thirst, defecation, urination, pain and sleep. During the final method, palpation, the acupuncturist feels the body for weak points and checks the patient’s pulse.
Acupuncture can also treat many pain-related conditions, such as headaches, low back pain, menstrual cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and myofascial pain. Acupuncture is safe when administered by an appropriately trained practitioner, so it is important to do your research on the practitioners before attending a session.
5. Capsaicin Lotion
Capsaicin lotion contains an active component which is found in chili peppers, and works by decreasing pain signals in the body. It can also relieve muscle aches and ease joint pain for those with rheumatoid arthritis. You can find capsaicin lotion or gel at your local health food store. However, remember that, like chili peppers, capsaicin is hot. Please avoid touching your eyes or face while applying the lotion and be sure to wash your hands afterward.
There are many other forms of pain relief that are more natural and work with the body to treat symptoms of pain, inflammation and irritation. However it is important to remember that not every pain treatment is for everyone. Each person and their pain symptoms are unique, and their treatments should be a reflection of this. While these four miracle pain medicines are great alternatives to conventional medicines, there are many other pain treatments available than you might think and they too are worth exploring.
Even though over the counter pain medication is easily accessible, long term usage of the medications could increase the risk of heart and stomach issues. Natural alternatives such as turmeric, feverfew, Indo Green Kratom Powder, acupuncture, or capsaicin lotion can provide similar, if not better, pain relief without any of the potential drawbacks.