Natural Pain Relief
There are Safe, Natural Ways to Deal with Pain
Nobody likes pain and any normal person wants relief from pain
when he/she experiences it. Modern medicine has been very effective
in creating pain-killing medications, but there are two problems
with using these substances. First, they do not fix the cause
of pain; they only relieve the effect. Pain is a signal that something
is wrong. When we touch a hot stove, the pain tells us that what
we just did is damaging to the body. This is how we learn to avoid
doing harmful things to ourselves. Pain killers don't fix the
problems that are causing pain.
Secondly, most of these pain killing drugs have serious side
effects. Opiates and other substances that numb nerves are typically
addictive. Corticosteroids, once heralded as miracle drugs, have
been found to have numerous dangerous side effects. Now, one of
the major drugs in the new class of COX-2 inhibiting pain killers
has been removed from the marketplace because of dangerous side
effects, So, while pain killers are nice to have, they aren't
a good long-term solution to pain.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to pain killing drugs. Herbal
remedies and nutritional supplements for pain may be slower acting,
but they tend to have more positive cumulative effects. That is,
they usually promote tissue healing and repair so that the cause
of the pain is also relieved.
Pain almost always involves inflammation. Inflammation occurs
whenever tissues are damaged in some way, usually through mechanical
trauma or chemical irritation. Inflammation causes fluid and plasma
proteins to accumulate in tissue spaces, depriving cells of oxygen
and nutrients, and causing accumulations of waste material in
the tissue spaces. Under these conditions, cells communicate their
distress by sending signals to the brain which we interpret as
pain. Disrupting the signals doesn't help tissues to heal. What
are needed are remedies that bring oxygen and nutrients to tissues,
remove wastes, and help tissues to heal. This is done by increasing
blood flow to the damaged area and by improving lymphatic drainage
at the site of damage.
One of the earliest natural pain relievers was herbs containing
salycilates. These compounds were the forerunners of modern aspirin,
and although they are not as strong as aspirin, they are without
side effects and have tissue healing properties that work on the
cause of pain, not just easing the effect. Willow bark was one
of the first salycilate-bearing plants used for pain, As far back
as the time of Hippocrates; willow bark has been used for arthritis,
headaches and other aches and pains. Other salycilate -bearing
plants include black cohosh, meadowsweet, and wintergreen. These
plants reduce inflammation, tighten tissues to relieve fluid congestion,
and speed tissue healing.
The best way to get the maximum effect from these herbs is to
use them as part of an herbal formula. Two anti-inflammatory and
pain reducing formulas which contain salycilate-bearing herbs
(as well as other remedies to enhance circulation, promote lymphatic
drainage and reduce inflammation) arc APS II with White Willow
Bark and Nerve Eight.
The body produces its own anti-inflammatory internally in the
form of the adrenal hormone cortisol. Corticosteroid drugs were
designed to mimic this hormone, but there are also natural substances
that either enhance the action of cortisol or have a cortisol-like
effect without the harmful side effects of corticosteroids. These
include licorice root, wild yam and yucca. Since adrenal fatigue
often contributes to pain, these herbs in conjunction with Adrenal
Support can be helpful for chronic pain, especially when that
pain is associated with auto-immune disorders.
There are also natural alternatives to COX-2 inhibitors. Omega-3
- Essential Fatty acids, CLA and/or Super GLA can be used to naturally
promote a natural change in COX-2 and other prostaglandin production
that can ease chronic pain. The formula Triple Relief contains
a plant extract that acts as a natural COX-2 inhibitor along with
boswellia (frankincense) and willow bark. It provides better relief
for headaches, back ache and joint pain.
Back and muscle pain often involve muscle cramping and spasms.
Antispasmodic remedies relax muscles and ease these types of pain.
Lobelia, Kava Kava and Cramp Relief all act as antispasmodics
to relieve pain caused by muscle constriction.
There are numerous other anti-inflammatory remedies that also
help to ease pain. Examples include Devil's claw, turmeric, chamomile,
feverfew and yarrow. Joint Support contains a variety of herbs
that ease inflammation and is very helpful for pain associated
with gout or arthritis. Thai-Go is a blend of antioxidant fruits
and herbs which reduces inflammatory responses in the body. Regular
use of Thai-Go has helped reduce many types of chronic pain.
Massage promotes better circulation and lymphatic drainage to
tissues which reduces inflammation and promotes healing. Using
Tei Fu oil, Tei Fu Massage Lotion, or Deep Relief oil topically,
along with regular massage, has helped to relieve and eventually
heal painful tissue. For more information, on this type of pain
relief consult the Dr. Mom-Dr. Dad course from Tree of light Publishing.
There are many other natural remedies that can ease pain and
promote healing. To help select the remedies that are right fur
you consult your local Herb Specialist.
For educational purposes only. Seek appropriate professional
assistance for all serious health problems. Handout prepared by
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