We all experience pain at one time or another. It can manifest in your muscle or joints, an occasional headache, back pain, or aches from a cold or flu. Some people find more relief in natural alternatives such as creams or supplements, and even relaxation techniques. They can be easier on your system than some everyday chemicals that are so readily available.
Many of us reach for a simple pill to ease our pain, be it acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or similar drug. Even prescription painkillers often contain drugs like acetaminophen (classified as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs) but may not work for everyone. These drugs come with side effects of various intensities ranging from stomach pain, nausea, and adverse reactions like rashes, or wheezing that should be addressed by a doctor right away.
The natural pain reliever
You can turn to these natural pain relief options to help manage your symptoms!
- Turmeric is an Ayurvedic spice available in capsules, powders, extracts, and as a whole root. It is known for its help in controlling pain, supporting circulation, and improving tissue repair.
- Ginger is known for its ability to reduce inflammation and increase circulation. It’s also ideal if you suffer from joint pain. You can find it in capsule form, as a tea, and its root is a great addition to soups, stir-frying, desserts, and other dishes.
- Vitamin D is available in supplement form and can help with pain intolerance. Studies have shown that those who are deficient need almost twice as much pain medication to provide relief.
- Yoga has been shown to release endorphins, which help control pain responses within the body. It also stretches your soft tissues, releasing tension that may be causing pain and discomfort.
- Walking also releases which can help anxiety, stress and depression, as well as pain.
- Massage brings blood to areas of tension and stimulates lymphatic fluid to circulate. Drink plenty of water and see a massage therapist to help heal stuck tissues.
Creams, gels, or patches containing natural pain relieving substances such as:
- Capsaicin is a compound that is derived from the chili pepper and has a long time reputation for its ability to relieve pain when applied topically.
- Menthol and camphor create a cooling sensation on the skin that distracts your nerves and mind from pain.
There are many other supplements that have been found to help various kinds of pain. Look into the following to see if you could benefit from them as well: Spinach and other leafy greens, Pineapple, Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex, Acetyl-L-carnitine, Alpha-lipoic acid, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Magnesium.
Break the cycle of pain and do something good for yourself in the process! Try adding some of these natural pain relieving tips to your reserve.