Pain relief: A brief overview of natural painkillers
Pain is an integral part of human existence. If you have a body, you will have pain. Nobody can do anything about it. However, it is possible to reduce pain. Many painkillers in the market claim to provide pain relief. Unfortunately most of them have some side effect or the other.
It is always advisable to use things that are natural. Nature has blessed us with many natural pain killers. People all over the world have been using them for centuries. Here is a brief overview of some really effective natural painkillers.
Many experts worldwide link vitamin D deficiency to chronic pain. It is important to ensure that you are getting enough amount of vitamin D. Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D. It is advisable to walk during morning hours when the sunlight is mild. You body will get adequate exposure to sunlight, an excellent natural pain killer.
Pineapple is rich in bromelain, a mixture of enzymes that digest proteins. Bromelain improves blood circulation, inhibits inflammation and provides relief from cramps. It is found to be very effective against arthritis. Pineapple is a really effective natural pain killer.
As per a research study conducted at OhioUniversity, consumption of one cup of grapes daily provides relief from back pain. Grapes contain many nutrients that enhance blood circulation to the lower back. This provides pain relief naturally.
Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is used extensively in Ayurveda and in Indian cuisine. This amazing spice is known to promote longevity and vitality. Turmeric repairs damaged tissues and promotes healthy blood circulation. It removes toxins from the body and increases immunity.
Oats have been used to treat menstrual cramps for centuries. It is known to provide relief from endometriosis. Oats are rich in magnesium, a mineral that prevents cramps. Oats are also rich in zinc, another essential mineral.
Ginger reduces inflammation very effectively. It promotes healthy blood circulation. Ginger is used extensively in many parts of the world to treat joints pain. In fact ginger is more effective than NSAIDs like Tylenol and Advil.
This is because NSAIDs work only on one level. They prevent the formation of inflammatory compounds. Ginger not only blocks the formation of inflammatory compounds, but also existing inflammation and acidity in the fluid within the joints.
Chili peppers like cayenne, habanero peppers and jalepeno are found to be effective against pain. This is due to presence of capsaicin in chili peppers. Capsaicin is an excellent natural analgesic.
Clove is rich in eugenol, a substance that is found to provide relief from toothache. Clove has been used to treat toothache for centuries. It is a natural tooth pain killer.
Berries and cherries
According to Muraleedharan Nair, PhD, professor of natural products and chemistry at Michigan State University, tart cherry extract is 10 times more effective than aspirin in relieving inflammation.
Sweet cherries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are excellent painkillers. A research study found that blueberries increase the levels of compounds know as heat-shock proteins in the body. These proteins decrease as people age, thereby leaving the body vulnerable to tissue damage, pain and inflammation. Blueberries reduce inflammation, tissue damage and pain by enhancing these proteins in the body.
Garlic is an excellent natural analgesic. It is used to treat back pain and tooth ache. It is well-known for its antibacterial and anesthetic properties.
This amazing herb is known to provide relief from headache and joint pain. It is particularly effective against vascular headache like migraine. Feverfew relaxes tension in the blood vessels in the brain.
After reviewing 20 years worth of studies conducted by research scientists at Duke University Medical Center, experts concluded that yoga is effective in treatment of chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
It was discovered that patients who started yoga experienced significant reduction in muscle stiffness, joint pain and overall physical discomfort. Yoga also enhanced their flexibility, muscle strength and range of motion.
If performed correctly, under the guidance of an expert, yoga’s fluid movements enable swollen and painful joints to glide smoothly over one another. Yoga enhances mobility and strength without wear and tear.
There are many yoga asanas (postures) for joint and muscle pain. Cobra pose, supported warrior pose, butterfly pose, rear arm lift with strap and wall plank pose work well to cure pain.
Yoga for pain relief
Wall plank pose
Elbow and shoulder pain
It is important not to push beyond your limit while practicing these postures. Take it easy. Involve yourself, with all your heart; just enjoy the process. However, it while performing any of the postures if you experience too much increase in pain, you need to stop. Always stay in touch with your instructor.
It is very effective against lower back muscle strain. The heat dilates the blood vessels of the muscles surrounding the lumber spine. This results in increased flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, thereby facilitating healing. Heat decreases transmission of pain signals to the brain. This results in pain relief. Heat naturally stretches the soft tissues around the spine. This decreases stiffness and enhances flexibility. There is a feeling of relief and comfort. To administer heat therapy, you may use a hot water bottle.
Ice massage provides quick relief from many types of back pain. It slows the inflammation and swelling if the pain is due to an injury. Ice numbs sore tissues, thereby acting as an anesthetic. It slows down the nerve impulses in the area. This interrupts the pain-spasm reaction between the nerves. It reduces tissue damage.
- Vitamin D deficiency is linked to chronic pain.
- Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D.
- Pineapple provides relief from cramps.
- Turmeric removes toxins, repairs damaged tissues and increases immunity.
- Oats provide relief from menstrual cramps.
- Ginger is very effective against pain in the joints.
- Chili peppers is a natural analgesic.
- Clove provides relief from toothache.
- Blueberries reduce pain.
- Garlic is a natural analgesic.
- Feverfew is used to treat headache and joint pain.
- Endorphins are natural painkillers that are released in the body.
- Laughter is the best way to release endorphins in the body.
Find ways to release endorphins in the body
Endorphins are natural painkillers that are produced in the body. They reduce pain by blocking pain signals from the reaching the brain. There are many ways to release these hormones.
One simple and effective way of releasing endorphins is by smiling. Exercise is another excellent way. Chocolate releases this natural hormone in the body; however, it is important to restrict yourself to not more than one piece a day.
Laugh. It is a guaranteed way to release endorphins in the body. But laughter should not be forced. It should be natural. You may watch a comedy movie, or play with kids; there are many opportunities to laugh naturally.
Expose your senses to wonderful things in the world. Listen to the sound of birds tweeting or trees moving. Listen to pleasant music. Watch birds flying. Walk on the lawn barefoot. Surround yourself with natural fragrance. Eat tasty (but healthy) food. Your body will love these activities and release of endorphins will be the result. Be in tune with nature. Interact with other human beings. Own a pet. These activities release endorphins in the body.
Next time when you experience pain, don’t reach out for chemical painkillers in the medical aisle. Use any of the above-mentioned remedies.
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