Natural Pain Relief

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If you have ongoing problems with pain, having to take pain relief medication all the time can begin to cause other problems. Some people don’t feel comfortable taking medications regularly. If this is you, but you want to protect your health, there are some natural supplements that can help. 

Before you can treat pain with supplements, you need to know first what the problem actually is. The best thing that you can do is to visit your Doctor. Tell them what you feel, when the pain occurs, and how long it has been going on. Once you have identified the cause, you can look into solutions that might help, including physical therapy, exercise, diet changes and supplements. 

CBD Oil

Marijuana has been used to treat pain for many years. In more recent times, scientists have discovered that some components of marijuana, including CBD, are responsible for the pain-relieving effects. 

The body has a system called the endocannabinoid systems (ECS), which aids in the regulation of some functions like seep, appetite, immune system response, and pain. The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. 

CBD can also lessen chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters. 

Learn more about CBD oil on this website

Supplements For Back And Joint Discomfort

Turmeric

Turmeric is a root from the ginger family. It is know to curb inflammation. You can get turmeric into your diet to help you by cooking with it or making tea with it. You can also take turmeric in capsule form. 

Devil’s Claw Root

This is a herb that can help to ease pain in the lower back and discomfort from common arthritis. Studies show that 30 – 100 milligrams of the active compound, harpagoside per day can help. If you have a sensitive stomach, you ought to stick with a low dose of the root, or you could end up with a mild stomachache. 

Capsicum/Capsaicin

These both come from chili peppers. You can use a skin cream with 0.025% – 0/075% capsaicin to soothe back pain. Put the cream directly on the area that is painful. Supplement pills can be used to help wih cramps and diarrhea. 

Comfrey

If your pain is in your lower or upper back, you could try a skin cream that has been made with comfrey extract. This kind of cream can be used three times a day. Don’t use cream before you have seen a doctor first to diagnose your pain. Back pain can be caused by many different things, and some causes can be life-threatening. Comfrey can harm your liver if you take it by mouth, so do not drink comfrey tea.

Glucosamine

Glucosamine can help with joint pain, but the research is conflicting. Chondroitin is often sold with glucosamine, can ease pain and give you better movement in your joints.  Some people who take glucosamine and chondroitin combine it with aspirin or other treatments, so it’s hard to know which part is effective. 

Supplements For Headaches

Headaches can be caused by many different things. The best treatment is to find the source of the pain, although there are some natural remedies. 

White Willow Bark

White willow bark is like natural aspirin. It contains salicin, which eases inflammation. It can be used for headaches or lower back pain. Take white willow as a tea or as a capsule. Stay away from high does if your stomach is sensitive. Under 18s should not take willow bark as they have a higher risk of a serious condition called Reye’s syndrome. 

Boswellia

Boswellia comes from the boswellia tree. It’s sometimes known as Indian frankincense. One study found that people who struggle with cluster headaches had milder, less frequent headaches when they took boswellia. 

Caffeine

Combining acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or other pain relief with caffeine can work better than taking pain relief alone, especially in the case of migraines or tension headaches. However, remember that caffeine withdrawa can also cause headaches too. 

Feverfew and Butterbur

These are herbs that can help to prevent and treat the pain of migraines. Research on the effects is inconclusive, as further study is needed. 

Other Supplements

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

These are ‘good fats’ that can lower inflammation. Lowered inflammation can help with joint pain and stiffness, back pain, and the pain of menstrual cramps. 

Experts suggest that foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids are the best way to get them. Eat fatty fish, canola oil, Brussels sprouts, spinach, and food with added omega-3, like eggs. You could also opt to take up to 3 grams of fish oil every day as a supplement. Get permission from your Doctor first. 

Probiotics

These bacteria live in your gut and help you to stay healthy. Probiotics can help to lessen inflammation. It could also help with irritable bowel syndrome, especially the pain and bloating it can cause.

Try eating foods that are high in probiotics, such as some yogurts (check the label for ‘live active cultures’), kimchi, kefir, and sauerkraut. You can also take a probiotic supplement. 

There are many different supplements that can help to ease pain. Whatever you decide to take, it is important not to self-medicate, even with natural supplements, without speaking to your doctor first. Some supplements can interact with each other, or with other medications, so it’s essential for your heath and safety to check first. 

Ask your doctor which supplements could be used alongside of or instead of more traditional methods of pain relief. Supplements could also be used alongside other natural methods of pain relief including yoga, meditation, exercise, massage, and acupuncture. 

Supplements can be bought online or from health food stores. Before you choose what to take, do plenty of research to be sure what you are taking, and whether you are taking the best supplement for the condition that you are tring to help. When you start, be patient, and don’t expect results over night. 

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Mia Guerra

Mia Guerra

Executive Editor at Chispa Magazine
Executive Editor at Chispa Magazine, Mia Guerra is a writer at heart. Regardless the topic, she loves to investigate, encourage, and ruminate on topics that can make us better people. Aiming to live a Proverbs 31 life, Mia is ecstatic to be following her calling with Chispa. At home she is her husband's sidekick and together they are raising a God-fearing family in Atlanta.
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Executive Editor at Chispa Magazine, Mia Guerra is a writer at heart. Regardless the topic, she loves to investigate, encourage, and ruminate on topics that can make us better people. Aiming to live a Proverbs 31 life, Mia is ecstatic to be following her calling with Chispa. At home she is her husband's sidekick and together they are raising a God-fearing family in Atlanta.