They say, “Pain is temporary”, but if you are someone who is a victim of chronic pains, you understand that pains though, are temporary, but they can last longer than one might think. And the scary part is that chronic pains are on the rise. As per estimates, more than 75 million U.S. residents are a victim of chronic or recurrent pains. 25 million people have migraines and one in six suffers from arthritis.
Even the slightest of the pains can take a toll on our overall health and when we talk about chronic pains, it effects your mind more than your body. Chronic pains increase stress levels that can eventually lead to emotions like depression, anger and frustration.
Estimates reveal that the global pain industry makes more than 50 Billion US$ in drugs annually. While over-the-counter pills may be effective for acute pains, people with chronic pains go through a lot of agony as these pharmaceutical pills are of little help for chronic conditions. Moreover; these medicines bring a lot of side effects and taking them too often has been linked with an increased risk of a heart attack.
So are there any “Alternative Medicines”? Well, the answer is that mother nature has got us dozens of natural pain relievers that are effective and have minimal to zero side effects. In this article, I am going to shed some light on natural pain remedies that can help you with different kinds of acute and chronic pains. So instead of reaching for the side-effects loaded pharmaceutical pills, try these natural remedies.
- Turmeric Tea: Headaches & Joint Pain
Turmeric is an essential ingredient of many middle eastern and South – Asian cuisines. Turmeric is a powerhouse and has overwhelming anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pains for chronic ailments like arthritis and severe headaches.
Boil a cup of pure water and add freshly grated ginger root and freshly granted turmeric root in it. You can also add a teaspoon of coconut oil or black pepper or a slice of lemon to maximize the benefits. You can also add a bit honey to sweeten the taste. Take this tea once a day whenever you face any headaches or joints pain.
- Rosemary Raspberry Lemonade: Acute Pains
Rosemary lemonade is widely recommended by physicians as a cure for acute pains. It is a refreshing drink that reduces inflammation and also improves your concentration levels.
Boil one cup of water and add ¼ cup fresh rosemary leaves. Strain the leaves after 10-15minutes and add this water in a fresh lemonade. Enjoy this refreshing drink and you’ll experience less pains.
- CBD Balms: Arthritis
If you experience pain in joints, try CBD Balms of arthritis. Arthritis is inflammation of joints and CBD Balms have anti-inflammatory agents that engage with pain receptors in our brain to reduce pain reception. CBD is a very powerful antioxidant that makes our joints strong and healthy.
How to Use Balms?
Apply 5-10mg of CBD balms on the points where you feel pain. This dosage is perfect for minor pains but if it doesn’t work, you can take the dosage upto 20-50mg per day. Though you can use CBD balms anytime of the day but its best to apply the balm at night. You can also consult your physicians for recommended dosage. Hemp balm CBD is considered best for almost all kinds of arthritis.
- Henna: Headaches and Migraines
Henna is very popular amongst the women of Asian culture for creating intricate and beautiful designs on palms and hands. The plant is enriched with healing properties and is known to cure headaches and migraines as a part of home remedy.
How to Use Henna?
The use of henna for pain management is very simple. All you need to do is to dip the powder of henna in 2-3 teaspoons of water and vinegar and apply the paste on the affected part of head. Try Henna massage on any part of the body where you feel pain, it will provide an immediate relief.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Stomachache
Apple cider vinegar is the most prominent vinegars available and is comprised of completely natural ingredients. Outside of cooking applications, ACV has numerous health benefits. It contains a lot of healthy nutrients that has immense pain-relieving powers.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar?
If you suffer from chronic stomach pains, try an ACV drink. Add two teaspoons of unfiltered teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water or fresh juice and also add a small quantity of fresh fruits. It is wise to use small amounts of ACV as it is acidic and increased amounts can be problematic. Enjoy this juice and get rid of stomach pains.
A Word of Warning
Herbal medicines and therapies for management is not new phenomenon and have been used for thousands of years but still they have yet to be studied in-detail. No matter which herb you try, always remember that they can be unfriendly for certain conditions so its wise to have a chat with your physician before you try out a herbal remedy.