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Natural Muscle Relaxants and Pain Relief

Updated on September 17, 2014
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

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Muscle Relaxants and Pain Relief

You know how it feels. Maybe you are just getting up in the morning and your hip let's you know that you were crazy to have gone ice skating at your age. Or, perhaps you're bending over to pick something up and your back decides that's going to be your permanent position. It could be almost anything, the important thing is that it hurts. A lot.

You want to feel better fast but before you reach for a bottle of prescription meds you might like to know that there are many types of muscle relaxants for pain relief.

Most people think of prescription drugs when they have pain or a pulled muscle however there are other ways of dealing with these health issues without resorting to narcotics and chemicals.

When a persons begins asking about the combination of muscle relaxants and pain relief most often they are having pain in the back. There can be a number of reasons for this, so if your pain lasts more than a few days, is very severe, or does not respond to any of the following treatments be sure to check with your health care provider.

Herbs for Pain Relief and Muscle Relaxers

Herbs are natural products that have been used safely for thousands of years to promote healing in the human body. They were the first medicines used and have been in use far longer than chemical medications.

Herbs can be used internally as a tea, in capsules, or in oils. They can be used externally in poultices, rubs, salves, and soaks. Always follow instructions for use that have been given. They should be taken with caution, and careful consideration of the dosage recommended. lways discuss your plans to take any supplement with your health care provider, especially if you have other health issues or are taking other medications. Herbs can interact in dangerous ways with other medications so use caution.

Some herbs for pain relief recommended by both herbal practitioners and Rutgers University Medical Forums are:

  • Valerian: Valerian is one of the primary herbs to consider when you need pain relief coupled with muscle relaxation. It is an anti-inflammatory and will help relax spasms so that you can get comfortale. It also induces sleep. Its awful flavor requires that it most often be taken in capsule form.
  • Chamomile: Is a muscle relaxer, best used in combination with other herbs. It is often made into a pleasant tea with an apple flavor.
  • Licorice: An anti-inflammatory that works much like steroids. Licorice root can be taken as a tea, capsule, or syup, and may be added to other herbs to increase their effectiveness.
  • Kava Root: Pain relief that is taken in a variety of ways.
  • White willow: Pain relief. This natural medication has a natural form of aspirin.
  • Horsetail: Pain relief
  • Cramp Bark: Anti-spasmodic that is most often used as a tea.
  • Cayenne Pepper: External applications of poultices provide topical pain relief.
  • Devils Claw: Reduces pain and is an anti-inflammatory
  • Passiflora: Muscle relaxer that is often used in conjunction with valerian.
  • Rub lobelia extract on the affected area to relieve spasms.

You could pick and choose from the list and try to come up with something that works, but herbs most often work best when combined with other herbs. Many good companies have done the work for you by combining herbs into teas or capsules to help with muscle spasms, aches, and pain. Look for Devil's Claw in the remedy as it is one of the best herbs for pain.


The body burns extra nutrients when it is in the process of healing. It is important to replenish these vitamins and minerals to keep the body working properly and effectively.

  • Calcium:1,500 mgs a day
  • Magnesium:1,000 mgs a day

These work to relieve pain. Magnesium also helps repair damaged nerve endings and therefore reduces the pain by promoting healing.

Other nutrional supplements that are important are:

  • Potassium: 99 mgs per day
  • Silica as directed on label
  • Vitamin C: 3,000 mgs a day
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid: A potent antioxident. 100 mgs per day.

In addition to the above supplements, drink plenty of water to keep the toxins flushed out of your system.

Homeopathic Remedies

Many people find help through homeopathic remedies. It may take some experimentation to find exactly which remedy will work best in your situation. The results, once the proper remedy is found, are normally very quick.

Always take homeopathic remedies in a clean mouth. No food or drink for 30 minutes before, or 30 minutes after. Do not drink coffee or items containing caffeine, or mint (even mint toothpaste) when taking homeopathics.

Remedies include:

  • Calcarea phosphorica: If you experience a stiffness and soreness in the muscles of the spine and joints, especially if it is in the neck and upper back,this may be the remedy you need.
  • Kali carb: If low back pain drives you out of bed at night, and you have to get up to turn over this may be what you need.
  • Arnica: excellent for muscle soreness that happens after overworking your muscles. It can be used by mouth or as a rub.

There are other remedies that can be very helpful. Check the links that follow for homeopathic information.


Other home remedies include hot baths, massage, and rest. Try to allow the body time to heal itself and don't push yourself to do things that could impede the healing of your body.

We are such a fast paced society that we don't like allowing ourselves times of rest and healing, but often this is the best remedy of all.


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      Pharmd404 4 years ago

      Very nice site!

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      snusmani@YAHOO.COM 4 years ago

      no dought it is great information to me i often suffer from this muscles tention

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      Very interesting, Marye. I try to use natural things as much as possible...they are generally safer. Great article.

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      WhydThatHappen 4 years ago

      How do you ensure that the herbs you're buying are high quality? When I buy herbal supplements I'm always aware that the contents of my purchase may not equate to the description on the package.

      And on this list, kava's effects are surprisingly strong, I wasn't prepared for the strength of the numbing sensation.

      I'd love more in depth reviews of each herb listed. Voting up as interesting and sharing

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      lynn 5 years ago

      people are combining remedies that can be dangerous. Hope everyone does not believe everything they read on the internet.....and speak to a professional licensed physican or pharmicist before self medicating.

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