At the slightest hint of pain, some people reach for their preferred over the counter pain remedy. These pills can be purchased in most supermarkets and pharmacies and do not require a prescription. For more chronic pain conditions, pain relief often comes from highly addictive prescription main remedies that the patient can build up a tolerance to over time. That leads to the need for stronger and stronger medications.
Patients today have a choice in how they contend with pain, but instead of merely focusing all their attention on pills, whether over the counter or prescription based, many patients are resorting effective, natural solutions. Natural pain remedies do not have the same negative side effects as pills and are well tolerated by most individuals. Here are some of the most effective natural solutions available for all types of pain.
Natural and Effective Treatments for Pain
1. Willow Bark
Pain can be associated with various ailments and condition, but most often, pain is associated with inflammation in the body. Certain natural substances such as willow bark have qualities that alleviate inflammation. Aspirin is a common anti-inflammatory over the counter drug. Many doctors will place patients on an aspirin regimen for help with certain conditions. The substance found in aspirin that alleviates inflammation is similar to salicin found in willow bark.
Just like aspirin, willow bark can be used to treat inflammatory conditions, but does come with certain side effects patients need to be aware of. Using willow bark regularly can slow down kidneys and cause excess bleeding when cut just like general aspirin. For those that are sensitive to aspirin use, be careful when using willow bark for pain.
Turmeric is one of these spices that gets very little attention. It has an amazing flavor and can be used in a variety of dishes, but it is so much more than a flavor additive. Turmeric is used for natural relief of ulcers, psoriasis, cancer, indigestion, upset stomach, and yes, pain relief. It is turmeric’s natural anti-inflammatory properties and high antioxidant content that makes it ideal for many ailments, including pain.
3. Heat and Ice
Inflammation within the body can be deep within, or on the surface. Although it can be difficult to treat internal pain with this method, external or surface pain can be treated with ice and heat therapy. Doctors often tell patients to alternate between ice and heat to alleviate surface inflammation and reduce swelling or stiffness in joints. Sprains and common injuries such as these are easily treated with ice and heat therapy.
4. Olive Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar
Natural, unfiltered apple cider vinegar has been given a lot of attention in recent years. A small amount of apple cider vinegar taken daily can alleviate many common ailments including pain. However, when combined with olive oil, the effects apple cider vinegar can have on pain grows substantially. Although it might not smell the best, mixing apple cider vinegar and olive oil together and massaging it into a pain prone area can drastically reduce pain. It is recommended to perform this ritual 2 times each day. This form of pain relief can take a few weeks to take full effect but is among the few pain relieving options with no adverse side effects.
5. Lemon Juice
Inflammation can take hold of your body quickly and the foods consumed daily can make matters worse. However, one natural solution that many have found to relieve inflammation and pain is lemon juice. Lemon is a natural anti-inflammatory and when taken regularly, it can help alleviate common pain throughout the body. It is recommended that you take lemon juice in the form of warm water and juice to allow your body to drink in its goodness and give you a significant boost to your morning routine.
Your pain could be caused by a wide range of problems and the last thing you might want to do is head to another doctor, but a chiropractor is different than your everyday physician. They are trained to know and understand the body differently than the average doctor. Chiropractors treat patients by aligning their bodies through strategic adjustments. Pain is often the body’s signal that something is wrong and where these above natural solutions may assist in pain management, chiropractic care can sometimes alleviate the pain completely. Best of all chiropractic adjustments provide immediate relief in most cases, so you need not worry about waiting weeks for pain relief as with many of the natural solutions mentioned.
Pain is going to happen and a growing number of people are abandoning the use of over the counter and prescription remedies to avoid the side effects that are associated with them. Take some time and consider where your pain is coming from and what can be done about it. Talk to your doctor and see what natural solutions might work best for you.
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