Pharmaceutical drugs may not be your only way of relieving pain. Natural pain treatments – like natural medicine, in which parts of a plant are used medicinally to treat health problems – are also an increasingly popular way to manage pain. Although the majority of people prefer to use Western drugs to get instant relief from their problem, they avoid the fact that they are prone to many side effects in the long term. Some of them become addicted to these pain relievers, and as a result people develop habitual uses and narcotics. However, you can find the best and safest relief your body needs with natural pain relievers.
1. Rosemary essential oil
Rosemary is a fragrant herb native to the Mediterranean and takes its name from the Latin words “ros” (dew) and “marinus” (sea), which means “dew of the sea”. It also grows in England, Mexico, the United States and North Africa, especially Morocco. Known for its distinctive scent that features an energizing, evergreen, citrus-like herbaceous scent, rosemary essential oil is derived from the aromatic herb Rosmarinus Officinalis, a plant belonging to the mint family, which includes basil, lavender, myrtle and sage. Rosemary oil helps reduce stress levels and nervous tension, stimulate mental activity, promote clarity and understanding, relieve fatigue, and support respiratory function. It is used to improve alertness, clear negative moods, and increase information retention by improving focus. The scent of rosemary essential oil stimulates appetite and is also known to reduce the level of harmful stress hormones that are released when involved in strained experiences. Inhaling rosemary oil stimulates the immune system by stimulating internal anti-oxidant activity, which in turn fights ailments caused by free radicals and relieves throat and nasal congestion by clearing the airways.
2. Heat and ice
Many doctors recommend heat and cold treatments to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Each offers different advantages: Cold pack reduces swelling and inflammation of the joints. Apply an ice pack to the affected joint during a RA flare, for example. Apply the cold compress for 15 minutes at a time. Take a break of at least 30 minutes between treatments. Heat relaxes your muscles and stimulates blood circulation. You can use a damp heating pad or a warm, damp towel. Many people like to use warm, microwave-safe compresses. Don’t go too hot. Your skin should not burn. You can also use heat therapy in the shower. Let the hot water touch the painful area of your body. It can help soothe him. Another great way to relax stiff muscles is a hot tub. Do not use hot tubs or hot tubs if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or if you are pregnant.
3. Ginger And Turmeric
Both ginger and turmeric are rhizomes, or root stalks, used around the world, not only as food seasonings but also as traditional herbal medicines. As herbal remedies, both spices are used primarily to help alleviate different types of pain. Ginger has long been used as an herbal remedy to relieve motion sickness, morning sickness, general nausea, and upset stomach and, more recently, post-surgical nausea and chemotherapy-induced nausea. Ginger has also been used to treat and prevent the growth of H pylori, the bacteria responsible for gastric infections and ulcers. A study of 150 women with equally severe menstrual pain compared the pain-relieving properties of ginger to ibuprofen and a prescription NSAID and found them to be equally effective. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory action appears to help improve rheumatoid arthritis, post-operative inflammation, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and stomach ulcers.
Capsaicin is taken from chilli peppers. It works mainly by reducing Substance P, a pain transmitter in your nerves. Capsaicin is the main medicinally active component of chilli peppers which is taken from the plant’s tissues. It’s licensed in the UK for osteoarthritis and you can get it on prescription in the form of gels, creams and plasters. It’s important to keep capsaicin away from your eyes, mouth and open wounds because it will cause irritation. There have been no reported drug interactions. The effectiveness of capsaicin gel in treating osteoarthritis when compared to a placebo gel. Capsaicin was applied four times a day (0.025% in two trials and 0.075% in one).Most trials have used either 0.025% or 0.075% of capsaicin gel applied to the skin four times a day. Capsaicin has played an important role in folk medicine, often on the basis of using like to treat like, for example, treating burning pain with a substance which causes burning pain.
Feverfew is a plant native to Asia Minor and the Balkans. It is now cultivated all over the world. Feverfew leaves are normally dried for use in medicine. Fresh leaves and extracts are also used. People most often take feverfew by mouth for migraines. People also take feverfew by mouth for itching, tension headaches, and many other conditions, but there is no strong scientific evidence to support these uses. It’s been suggested that it reduces the release of an inflammatory substance, serotonin, from your blood cells and slows down the production of a chemical transmitter in your body called histamine. Both serotonin and histamine play an important role in migraines.
6. Birch Leaf
Birch leaves are diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and tonic. Birch leaf is an effective remedy for cystitis and other urinary system infections. Because of its diuretic action it has been used to treat gout, rheumatism, and mild arthritic pain. Birch is a natural pain reliever containing salicylate, the compound found in aspirin. Salicylate relieves inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and general muscle pain. Salicylate discourages the production by the body of certain prostaglandins which are linked to inflammation, pain and fever, among other things. Another reason why birch alleviates arthritis and gout is its cleansing diuretic action which removes toxins and excess water. Sweet birch can have good results against cellulite.
The natural painkillers described above may only be effective for specific causes of pain. It’s possible that not all of the suggestions on this list will work for you. However, these natural alternatives to prescription or OTC medications may at least give you some decent options to try before you turn to pharmacological solutions.