Pain is, unfortunately, a common ailment. From mild discomfort to chronic illness, pain can have a devastating impact on lives. As well as prescribed and over-the-counter medications, there are a wealth of natural treatment options available. In this article, we’ll discuss five of the best choices.
Capsaicin is an active substance found in chilli peppers (capsicum). It works to relieve pain by depleting substance P, a neuropeptide that transmits signals between nerves and the brain. Capsaicin is extracted from the chilli pepper plant as an oil, and added to gels and creams. These can be applied topically to areas affected by pain. As you may expect from a product of the capsicum plant, a mild burning sensation may be experienced when using an ointment containing capsaicin. However, this soon settles into a pleasant warmth that soothes pain away.
Boswellia, also known as Indian Frankincense, has been used for centuries as a treatment for conditions such as arthritis, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. This mechanism also makes it a good treatment for other inflammatory illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and asthma. In addition, boswellia has been known to assist in wound healing, reproductive and gynaecological health, and as an aphrodisiac. Boswellia resin is generally made into a capsule, and can be found in your local health store.
In a similar way to boswellia, turmeric is known to reduce inflammation in the body. This can be helpful for people living with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other joint pain. Turmeric can be taken as a capsule; however, the powdered spice is a versatile and enjoyable ingredient to add to your favourite dishes. Why not try a delicious curry with a dash of turmeric powder?
Although sometimes a controversial treatment, there is a body of evidence to suggest that cannabis provides relief to people suffering from painful conditions. Medical marijuana is known to ease the symptoms of arthritic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It can also be beneficial to patients with cancer; relieving pain whilst also offering relaxation and encouraging increased appetite. For people living with Multiple Sclerosis, cannabis can ease painful muscle spasms. There are many cannabis clinics available to support you in making informed treatment decisions. Before purchasing or consuming any medical marijuana products, don’t forget to check their legal status in your jurisdiction.
Willow Bark contains a chemical called salicin, which is very similar to the active ingredient in aspirin. It works to relieve pain by reducing inflammation. Willow bark is useful in relieving lower back pain, tendinitis, menstrual cramps, and headaches. It can be purchased as a capsule, powder, or tincture. Be aware that willow bark is only suitable for adults, and should not be taken by children.
These are just five of the best natural pain relievers. It’s always a good idea to consider alternative therapies, to ensure you have all the options regarding your health and wellbeing. Make sure to speak with your doctor before starting any new treatments.