Natural Pain Relief: We’re all familiar with pain, or that unpleasant sensation, triggered via receptor nerve cells in your body, that tells your brain that something is wrong. Pain can serve as a first line of defense against a dangerous element or situation, but if your discomfort becomes chronic, due to illness or some other serious health condition, your overall quality of life can be greatly diminished. Using over-the-counter pain-relievers, or, in more severe cases, prescription drugs, can cause serious side effects. Some are even addictive, therefore leading to other potential health problems. Fortunately, you can reduce pain safely and naturally with the help of some simple compounds found in nature. Try these supplements to ease your pain the natural way, without the use of artificial chemical and stimulants.
Capsaicin for painful skin conditions, arthritis and osteoporosis: If you’ve ever sunk your teeth into a cayenne hot pepper, you know firsthand the kick of capsaicin-which gives these peppers their hot, spicy flavor. Capsaicin does more than make your eyes water when ingested. The chemical compounds in capsaicin lowers the level of substance P, the chemical responsible for transmitting pain messages to your brain, when applied topically. Use a cream or ointment containing capsaicin to treat skin conditions like shingles, as well as to soothe back pain, muscle pain, joint pain, and to reduce the pain associated with osteoporosis and arthritis.
Arnica for general joint pain and swelling: Arnica compounds, derived from the European arnica flower, contain anti-inflammatory properties that make it a natural pain reducer. Apply arnica in the form of an ointment or cream to inflamed joints or other swollen areas to reduce pain and inflammation.
Fish oil for arthritis and general joint pain: Fish oil (Omega 3 fatty acids) helps to reduce the production of prostoglandins, compounds that promote inflammation. Take 180 mg (milligrams) of fish oil daily to reduce arthritis-related inflammation and general joint pain.
Glucosamine/Chondroitin for arthritis and joint pain: Studies suggest that glucosamine and chondroitin, substances found in cartilage, may help strengthen joint cartilage in arthritis sufferers. Chondroitin is often combined with glucosamine in supplement form. Take 500 mg of glucosamine and 400 mg of chondroitin 3 times each day to safely treat arthritis and joint pain.
Magnesium for menstrual cramps: Magnesium is a mineral that helps maintain healthy heart, muscle and nerve function. Some studies indicate that magnesium supplements may also reduce menstrual cramps and pain. Consume 360 mg of magnesium each day to safely alleviate menstrual discomfort.
Bromelain for back pain, arthritis and general inflammation: Bromelain, derived from pineapples, contains a combination of enzymes thought to reduce inflammation resulting from back pain, sprains or other injuries. Take 500 mg bromelain supplements four times a day to reduce inflammation.
The occasional ache and pain is normal, but you don’t have to accept long-term or chronic pain, or resign yourself to a harsh medication regimen to treat it. Try these supplements to ease your pain naturally and to help you get back to your healthy, happy lifestyle.
- http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/cayenne (capsaicin)
- http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/arnica (arnica)
- http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78/3/376.abstract (prostaglandin, fish oil)
- http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega3-fatty-acids (fish oil)
- http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/menstrual-pain (menstrual pain)
- http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/low-back-pain (bromelain)
- http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/chondroitin (chondroitin)
- http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/glucosamine (glucosamine)
Originally posted 2013-11-14 11:55:32.