Painkillers – medications designed to alleviate pain – are among the most commonly used drugs in the world.
However lots of research uggestes that they are not the best option for long term pain such as lower back pain, arthritis etc. Plus as with the majority of pharmaceutical drugs there can be side effects especially when taken long term.
Mother Narture has provided some natural pin killers, which whilst should not be taken instead of prescribed medication can be taken as a natural alternative or in cnojunction with medication:
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory food which is great for people suffering from heartburn and can also help with arthritis pain. It is the flavourful spice that gives curry dishes their beautiful bright yellow colour and distinct taste. It is the 'cucumin' within the turmeric which possesses the extreme anti-inflammation properties. So next time your making a curry reach for the turmeric.
Cherries, raspberries, blackberris, strawberries and even grapes contrain chemicals which can neutralise inflammation which can cause pain. Anthocyanins – chemicals that give cherries their lovely deep colour, work by inhibiting the pain enzymes and neutralising the free radicals which can cause inflammation.
Drinking ginger tea instead of coffee is a simple yet powerful way to fight pain and inflammation, and boost your health. Ginger has been used for thousands of years to alleviate arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, and more. It is also sometimes used to alleviate chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.
Adding a bit of this hot spice into meals can help ease pain as it contains capsaicin the key compound that gives the spice its hot and tangy flavour. This natural compound works by reducing the pain signals to the brain, thereby reducing pain.
The super tea which is well documented as a healthy alternative to normal tea and coffee is also great for stiff muscles. Green tea has nine muscle-relaxing compounds, more than just about any other plant! Plus, it contains a big dose of antioxidants.
This popular spice contains 10 analgesic and 20 anti-inflammatory compounds. Liquorice root is well-recommended to people suffering from sore throat.
Oregano, which works well in pasta sauces, contains 29 anti-inflammatory compounds. Other herbs like rosemary and thyme have analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Oregano is also being researched for its antibiotic properties.
Flaxseed Oil/Linseed oil
Flaxseed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3 and 6 fatty acids that fight inflammation and benefit your health. Also, omega-3 fights inflammatory response in the body. Although most commonly used as a laxative, flaxseed is also beneficial for women who suffer from breast pain, as well as symptoms of PMS, including irritability and cramps.
Mint whether fresh or in tea form has long been used for digestion and of course freshening breath however it is also helps in alleviating muscle spasms, and effectively treats irritable bowel syndrome.
So next time you have mirgraines, period pain, mild arthritis or any other aches and pains, why not give these a try before raiding the medicine cabinet!
**Always consult a healthcare professional when suffering from any pain. This list is not a substitute for prescribed medication***
Post taken from NaturalTherapyForAll.com