Synthetic drugs may not be your only hope in getting rid of pain. Organic pain treatments such as herbal medicines are becoming more popular and that is for a very good reason.
Herbal medicines are trusted by many to cure many ailments. Experts on it also list other positive uses which include reducing inflammation and reducing body toxin levels. And for this feature we are focusing on herbal medicines that act as pain killers.
Below are some popular options for natural pain relief:
Capsaicin (Chili Peppers)
Capsaicin is a substance found in hot chili peppers. Topical capsaicin has been found by some to relieve chronic pain. “Capsaicin works by depleting substance P, a compound that conveys the pain sensation from the peripheral to the central nervous system. It takes a couple of days for this to occur,” noted David Kiefer, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Ginger has been used in many Asian countries for centuries to help relieve pain usually brought by arthritis and rheumatism. Dr. Kiefer explained that this herbal medicine has anti-chemicals that help reduce muscle inflammation, and because it is all natural, few or no side effects have been linked to it.
Feverfew in case it’s not obvious with its name has been an effective cure for headaches, stomachaches and toothaches (pain that can come with fever in some instances). Today, many people use it to cure migraines and rheumatoid arthritis. Admittedly more studies are needed to verify the effectiveness of this herbal medicine. Our expert however suggests that it may still be worth a try when done in moderation.
Don’t let the name of this organic pain reliever scare you. There is in fact some scientific evidence on its effectiveness against pain. This South African herb has been tested by many and has been found to be effective in managing arthritis and lower back pain.
While more commonly used to aid in sleeping problems like insomnia, this herbal medicine can also be used to cure spasms and muscle cramps. There are even pharmaceutical products made out of this plant. Many women also find that it helps in them manage menstrual cramps and symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes and anxiety.
Many of the herbal therapies we mentioned above are for pain management. They are not instant cure wonders and still merit additional scientific studies.
Remember that often, the cure for an illness can be a delicate combination of methods and techniques, which not only include the substance you take but also rest, diet and proper consultation with an expert.