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Some Simple Natural Remedies For Pain Relief

natural remedies for pain relief

Let’s be honest, most of us easily grab our painkilling tablets whenever we feel the need to. There is no doubting the fact that painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol help reduce pain. However, studies have shown that heavily relying on painkillers (both prescribed and over-the-counter) can have adverse side effects. Besides these side effects, prescription medications may also be addictive. The question then is this: ARE THERE NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PAIN RELIEF?

The answer to the above question is an absolute YES!

Whether you suffer from acute pain or chronic pain, there are a number of natural remedies for pain relief out there. Acute pain (short term pain) is that which is more sudden and immediate while chronic pain (long term pain) is that which lasts for a longer period of time. Chronic pain can last from months to years.

Piece Of Advice….

This article’s aim is not to get you to completely abandon your conventional medications. The natural remedies for pain relief we’ll be looking at do not have to completely replace what your medical doctor provides you. In fact, the two forms of pain relief and management can be used to complement each other.

We are all unique. As such, our bodies react differently to different forms of pain relief. What might work for a colleague of yours might not necessarily work for you and vice versa. It is therefore imperative that you consult a qualified medical practitioner before adopting alternative therapy, especially if you already have an ongoing medical condition. Alternative therapy is basically any form of medical treatment or relief that is adopted in place of conventional medication or treatment.

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Let’s now take a look at some simple but effective natural remedies for pain relief. You may be surprised by some of these alternative remedies.

The next time any form of pain is holding you back, resist the temptation to reach for the pills and consider these alternatives:

Exercise

This is understandably the last thing you want to do when you are in pain. Believe it or not, exercising helps the body to produce its own natural painkillers such as endorphins and hormones that increase your pain threshold. Endorphins work by interacting with brain receptors to block the perception of pain, similar to what morphine does to the body. Beside the pain relief, increased production of these natural hormones can also help you feel very positive about yourself.

There are numerous bodyweight exercises that can be done right in the comfort of your homes without the need to hit the gym.

That being said, we do have to be cautious when exercising. There is the need to ensure we do not overdo it. Strenuously exercising when already in some form of pain may worsen the condition by causing more pain and inflammation.

natural remedies for pain relief

Yoga

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to improve mental and physical wellbeing. It is a physical meditation practice that has the ability to provide natural pain relief. The breathing exercises and techniques associated with yoga also gives it the ability to relieve pain associated with stress. This is very vital as any chronic pain can be worsened by stress.

The improved flexibility associated with yoga helps to improve strength and relax the muscles. This goes a long way to help with pain management and relief.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an alternative therapy derived from ancient Chinese medicine. The practice of acupuncture seeks to enhance the flow of energy (known as qi, pronounced ‘chee’) throughout the body. Acupuncturists place thin tiny needles into your skin to enhance the body’s energy pathways. Good flow of energy (qi) means good health. The needles’s point of insertion is related to the pain’s source.

These needle insertions results in the body producing natural pain-relieving hormones such as endorphins and serotonin. Increased serotonin levels leads to improved mood and natural pain relief.

Studies have shown acupuncture can help with various types of pain, especially neck, knee and lower back pains.

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Heat And Ice Therapy

Directly applying heat and ice to points of discomfort and pain is one of the most common natural pain remedies. The only challenge here is knowing when to use which.

Ice helps to reduce swelling and inflammation. It acts as a natural anaesthetic by interrupting pain signals. Heat, on the other hand, aids in pain relief by increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to injured muscles by dilating the blood vessels of the muscles. This increased flow of oxygen and nutrients helps in healing damaged tissues.

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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is used either as an alternative therapy or a complementary therapy. It is often used as a natural remedy for chronic pain via the use of essential oils and aromatic materials in inhalation and massage. Several studies have shown aromatherapy may help ease pain.

Essential oils used for pain relief include, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus oil. Besides the reduction of inflammations and pain relief, these essential oils can help to ease anxiety and improve sleep.

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Massage

Massage is one of the most effective natural remedies for pain relief. It relieves pain by reducing stress and tension build-up in muscle tissues. Massage is basically a hands-on technique of manipulating the body’s muscles and other soft tissues in order to improve a person’s health and wellbeing. Massage stimulates blood flow and improves lymph circulation, which in the long run, helps the body to get rid of toxins.

This natural remedy has been clinically proven to help get rid of the discomfort associated with muscle over-use, everyday stresses, as well as many acute and chronic pain conditions.

Massage therapy

Self Myofascial Release

Self myofascial release exercises such as foam rolling seeks to relieve pain by relaxing stiff muscles, stimulating the muscle’s stretch reflex and improving blood and lymphatic circulation. Foam rolling has gained popularity in recent times as it helps to reduce the risk of developing Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). DOMS is a very common exercise-related pain.

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Ginger

Besides being used to spice up our dishes, ginger has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation. According to some research, ginger’s anti-inflammatory prowess is even stronger than drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Ginger can be helpful in relieving muscle pain caused by exercising. Ginger prevents the formation of inflammatory compounds and also has an anti-oxidant effect that breaks down inflammation.

natural remedies for pain relief

Turmeric

For those of us who don’t know, turmeric is part of the ginger family and it is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour. Turmeric contains an antioxidant compound called curcumin. Circumin is responsible for lowering the levels of enzymes in the body that cause inflammation.

Turmeric can also be used for treating other conditions such as stomach upset, ulcers and indigestion. It also boosts blood circulation and prevents blood clotting.

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Capsaicin

Present in chili peppers, capsaicin can be used as a natural pain relief. It is a topical remedy that reduces joint and muscle pain. This reduction in pain is caused by the stopping of pain signals to the brain. It is worth noting that, many pain relieving products contain capsaicin.

Users just need to be aware that it causes a mild burning sensation when applied topically.

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Cherries

Cherries are said to have the highest antinflammatory content of any food. They contain the compound called anthocyanins which help to relieve pain.

Studies also show that cherry juice supplements can help to reduce swellings, inflammation and pain. The anti-inflammatory prowess of cherries also play a part in improving your sleep.

natural remedies for pain relief

Cloves

Cloves, besides being used to spice up rice and meat dishes, can be used to tackle a wide range of conditions. Cloves as a medicine, comes in oil form, powder form or capsule. Cloves have the ability to relieve pain associated with toothaches and headaches. They have also been shown to help ease off pain from arthritic inflammation.

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Bone Broth

Bone broth is basically a liquid (stock) containing brewed bones, marrow, tendons, skin and connective tissues. It is made by simmering the connective tissues and bones from just about any animal. The common ones include bones from animals such as chicken, cow, turkey, lamb, buffalo, venison and fish.

Bone broths are rich in minerals such as magnesium, sulphur and calcium, just to mention a few. The minerals contained in bone broth are easily absorbed into the body and help in reducing inflammation and joint pain.

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Feverfew

Feverfew (also known as bachelor’s button) is a flowery plant with pain relieving prowess. It is a traditional medicinal herb used to tackle migraine headaches, stomach aches, tooth aches, fever and arthritis.

This plant, occasionally grown for ornament, is rich in compounds that may reduce muscle spasms and inflammation. It is important to seek expert advice before using this plant as overuse could result in side effects such as nausea and vomiting.

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Valerian Root

Valerian root, often referred to as “nature’s valium or tranquilizer”, is an ancient herb that is used to relieve insomnia, stress and nervous tension caused by anxiety. Valerian’s use has been in existence for centuries. It has become a common ingredient sold in dietary supplements.

Valerian root’s role in relieving pain is associated with its ability to reduce nerve sensitivity.

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Pineapple

Pineapple contains a powerful enzyme called bromelain. Studies have shown bromelain to have an inflammation and pain reducing effect once absorbed into the bloodstream. Bromelain reduces levels of prostaglandins in our body. High levels of prostaglandins cause inflammation, which is associated with the symptoms of swelling and pain.

Eating pineapple will provide you with enough bromelain to feel the full pain relieving effect, especially when taken on an empty stomach.

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Final Thoughts

Despite the effectiveness of the above mentioned natural remedies for pain relief, there still might be times when conventional medicine is rightfully needed to tackle whatever health condition you might be experiencing.

Natural remedies for pain relief may not always be effective for all types of pain, especially when the pain is way too severe. What might work for your neighbour might not be that effective for you.

As mentioned earlier, you can combine these natural remedies for pain relief with your conventional treatments. Pain can either be temporary or a signal of serious health problems requiring professional attention. It is therefore important to consult your healthcare provider to uncover the source of your pain and to avoid any unwanted reactions with natural remedies.

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10 Comments

  1. Wow, your article is amazing, I was just searching for some pain relief using natural methods, as I’m having a headache right now from lack of sleep, and it is preventing me from doing my writing work properly.

    I’m in awe that there are actually so many different kinds of foods that are natural pain relievers! I have some ginger in my kitchen, am going to add some into my smoothie right now.

    • Thanks for the comment Joo, I am glad you found my article helpful. There are indeed many natural pain remedies out there. It is still very important you stay safe and consult your doctor should you experience a reaction after using any of these natural remedies.
      Ginger is a great natural remedy, go for it!

  2. I’m really into the natural alternatives and these are great ideas. Some of these things I use and some I didn’t realize they were good for pain. In our house, we use essential oils, lavender and peppermint, for headaches. We take Turmeric and have used clove oil for toothaches.
    I knew that pineapple was good for coughs, but I hadn’t heard that it helps with pain. I find that interesting. I’ll have to try it next time I need pain relief.
    Thank you for the information!

    • You are very welcome Lynn, I am glad you found the article helpful. With pineapples, I recommend you make a routine of including it as part of your daily fruit intake. It will go a long way to help you without even realising it. It is nice to hear you’ve already tried some of the mentioned natural remedies. Please do share the good news with others. Hope to see you here again sooner than later.
      Thank you!

  3. Hi Daniel,
    This is an informative post on natural remedies, I had heard most of them apart from Fiverfew and Bone Broth. These days there is huge influence of conventional medicines as people want instant relief from pain however they are forgetting about the side effects. I have a specific question: Do you know some home remedies for acne and rashes ? Looking forward to hear from you on the same.

    • Thanks a lot for the comment Satish. Bone broth has always been a favourite of mine so it was great news when I first learnt about its positive effect on human body.
      Natural/home remedies for acne and rashes include:

      Apple Cider Vinegar
      Olive Oil
      Aloe vera
      Coriander and
      Chamomile

      Hope this helps. See you here again soon.Take care!

  4. Ugh, since I had my daughter I have had crazy weird pain from lack of movement or weird positions to rock her to sleep. I’ve noticed excercise really is amazing. If my legs are aching a lot one day I’ll go for a long walk and the next day the pain is gone! I’ll have to try some of these other natural remedies too.

    • Exercising does help with pain relief, as long as you stay safe and don’t overdo it. It is nice to hear you are considering giving some of these natural remedies a go. Let us here of how effective these remedies were. As I mentioned in the article, what might work for your neighbour might not necessarily work for you and vice versa. Thank you, Jordan!

  5. I wish I had seen this article earlier. my friend has been suffering intense pain over several weeks and the doctor gave him 3 different medicines to take at the same time. They were pain killers and anti-inflammatories. The combined effect has caused major problems for him, with vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea to name a few. He is now going through withdrawal symptoms after coming off the medication.
    I have practiced yoga and meditation for many years and have tried to get him to implement a program of ‘self-help.’ It good if we can maintain our body in a state of health so that we do not get sick in the first place. I think with some of the ideas you offer, like regular exercise and a diet with some of the supplements that you suggest, we will go a long way to helping ourselves maintain a state of wellness and reduce our reliance on conventional medicine.
    The more we realize that our health is a choice we make each and every day due to our thoughts, which lead to our levels of exercise, or lack of it, as well as the nutrition we consume, the more responsible we will become for our own lives.
    many thanks for sharing.

    • I really appreciate your input Andrew. It is common knowledge that conventional medications do have side effects. Trying natural remedies does really help, and of course, these conventional medications can also be safely combined with natural remedies to achieve desired results. As always, seek medical advice if combining conventional with natural remedies.
      As you rightly said, looking after the body and staying healthy is the way to go. This prevents us from having to visit the doctor every now and then. Prevention, we all know, is way better than cure. Please do share this article with others. There are others out there yet to know of some, if not all, of these natural remedies for pain relief.

      Once again, thank you and take care!

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