The main cause of pain is the inflammation, a defensive response which leads to swelling in the tissues.
Over 30 million Americans use drugs, such as aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen, to treat muscle cramps, headaches, sport injuries and chronic conditions like back pain, neuropathy, and arthritis.
However, the problem with these drugs is that they cause some serious side effects.
The good news is that there are natural remedies available. They are all-natural, safe to use, and extremely effective in reducing inflammation and soothing pain.
1. WHITE WILLOW BARK AND FEVERFEW
White willow bark is extremely effective in treating headaches, as it contains a compound (salicin) whose effects are very similar to the ones of aspirin. It reduces inflammation like aspirin, but it is much gentler. It is recommended to take 120-240 mg standardized salicin every 3-4 hours. Please note that children under the age of 17 should not take willow bark.
Feverfew provides a long-term relief and it helps prevent headaches. It has the ability to relax blood vessels in the brain, which in turn prevents constriction, the main cause of migraines.
It is recommended to take 100-200 mg on a daily basis. It may take 1 to 2 months to see the benefits.
Boswellia, also known as frankincense, soothes both minor and chronic pains. Its active ingredients reduce the production of inflammatory compounds which are involved in many chronic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
You should take 750 mg on a daily basis in three divided doses.
Turmeric contains curcumin, an active ingredient which inhibits inflammatory properties and improves body`s ability to fight inflammation. It has been scientifically shown that curcumin soothes chronic pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
Take 400-600 mg of curcumin three times on a daily basis.
Ginger contains enzymes which stop the production of inflammatory compounds. For acute pain, take 2 grams of ground dehydrated ginger on a daily basis. For chronic conditions, reduce the intake to a gram of it daily divided into three doses.
Arnica has been long used for medicinal purposes, because it contains compounds which boost immunity and reduce inflammation. Topical application of arnica soothes pain and restores joint functions, just as ibuprofen does. It can be also used to treat acute injuries, including bruises, strains, sprains, and postoperative healing. For that purpose, apply arnica gel or cream 3-4 times on a daily basis.
6. DEVIL’S CLAW
Devil’s Claw is a native fruit of South Africa and when used as a remedy, it can help to relieve pain. Recent studies show that this fruit is very effective in reducing back pain and arthritis.
Devil’s Claw contains active ingredients which have powerful pain-relieving and inflammation-causing properties. It is recommended to take 400mg dried devil’s claw on a daily basis for natural pain relief.
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