Many painkillers are actually obtained from plants containing substances that relieve pain. These plants have much less harmful effects, unlike painkillers.

Pain is the way our body tells us that something is wrong. Many doctors will advise you to take a couple of aspirins and continue what you were doing. But, is this really safe? If you are constantly using this type of medication it can cause side effects such as anemia, DNA damage, hearing loss, hypertension and heart diseases. But, worse than that is that the pharmaceutical painkillers just mask the pain, and do not cure the cause.

natural pain relievers

However, there are many natural ways to relieve pain without any adverse consequences.

Willow bark

Originally, willow bark was used for the production of aspirin. It contains a substance called salicin, which is converted into salicylic acid when it reaches the stomach. The scientific literature considers this substance as an effective remedy against inflammation, fever, stomach disorders and a variety of other types of pain. Traditional Chinese Medicine also used willow bark as a medicine.

Boswellia

It is also known as “Indian incense”. Boswellia extract is a powerful anti-inflammatory substance. It is rich in boswellic acid that improves blood flow and prevents inflammatory blood cells to enter the damaged tissue. One study found that boswellia reduced the pain index in patients who have suffered from various kinds of pain by 90%.

Capsaicin

It is a substance which gives peppers their characteristic hot taste. Capsaicin blocks the specific chemical known as “substance P” that transmits pain signals to the brain. Capsaicin cream can easily be prepared: Mix spicy red pepper with some oil (any kind) and add a bit of wax and you’ve got a natural painkiller cream.

Cat’s claw

This South American plant (Uncaria tomentosa) contains a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that naturally prevents the production of prostaglandin, a hormone that causes pain and inflammation process. The plant has been utilized for thousands of years in traditional medicine. It’s interesting that even modern medicine has confirmed that cat’s claw can repair damaged DNA, maintain strong general immunity and preserve healthy joints.

Omega 3 fatty acids

These acids represent a remarkable, natural anti-inflammatory remedy. There is a number of studies showing that these fatty acids help ease chronic pains, inflammatory conditions, reduce the risk of heart diseases, help the patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, facilitate morning stiffness, relieve the inflammation in a natural way and are more efficient than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines.

Curcumin

This turmeric ingredient (yellow spice powder) acts just as same as capsaicin, blocking pain signals that are sent to the brain. People suffering from chronic pain report that they have experienced a dramatic improvement while consuming curcumin on a daily basis. It particularly helps relieve the symptoms of arthritis.

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