Natural Alternatives for Pain Relief
With so many safe and effective natural alternatives there is no longer a need to rely on expensive prescription medicines or surgery for pain relief. Take advantage of the natural treatments above to get a handle on your pain.
Curcumin, which is found in the spice turmeric, has potent anti-inflammatory properties, similar to NSAIDs such as ibuprofen. It has been shown to be as effective as the prescription drugs cortisone and phenylbutazone in reducing inflammation. In one study of men experiencing surgery-related hernia, curcumin significantly reduced tenderness, as compared to drugs or a placebo.
Hyaluronic Acid is basically "motor oil for the joints." Due to this feature, it is often used to treat joint pain related to osteoarthritis. While the body produces hyaluronic acid, people with osteoarthritis have less of it in their joints, affecting joint lubrication and shock absorption and causing pain. Some oral hyaluronic acid supplements are derived from rooster combs, one of nature's richest sources.
Boswellin is an herb used in Ayurvedic (ancient Indian) medicine to treat arthritis and reduce associated pain. Extracted from the boswellia serrata tree, it contains anti-inflammatory properties and is sometimes used as an ointment for sores. Boswellic acids, the active components of the gum resin, provide relief from pain without the stomach upset of aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
White willow bark has been used for centuries in the reduction of pain and swelling due to arthritis. A potent anti-inflammatory, it was the inspiration for the development of aspirin, a synthetic pain reliever. The natural tannins in pure white willow bark are healthy for the digestive tract as opposed to aspirin, which can upset the stomach.