5 Herbs That Work As Natural Painkillers
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Many people rely on prescription medication for pain relief, depending on the ailment or the condition, prescription meds may be the most appropriate option. However, for some ailments and conditions, patients may be able to experience relief, by turning to a more natural solution. For a few ideas, let’s consider some herbal options.
1 . Turmeric
Turmeric is a type of spice, it’s a popular cooking ingredient, especially for making curries. The ingredient contains curcumin, which can help to prevent free radical damage inside the body. Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory capabilities, meaning that it works well as a natural painkiller. Turmeric is said to be an effective remedy for headaches and joint pain and well as an upset stomach, and indigestion.
2. Peppermint Essential Oil
According to Health Line, Some research suggests that the peppermint plant has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and pain-relieving effects.’ There are several active ingredients in the oil such as limonene and menthol. Peppermint oil should not be ingested but used topically. One example might be, rubbing peppermint oil into an area of aching muscles. You should first dilute with a carrier oil, (such as coconut oil). There is also some evidence that rubbing peppermint oil onto the forehead can soothe the pain associated with headaches.
Capsaicin is a compound found in chili peppers, you can purchase capsaicin creams, for pain relief. It’s believed the capsaicin can help to dull sensitivity to pain, being particularly effective for muscle or nerve pain. If you are unable to find an appropriate capsaicin cream online, you may wish to ask your doctor.
Cannabidiol is a compound derived from the marijuana plant. It does not produce the ‘high’ associated with the plant, however, it does have a range of health benefits. Several studies have indicated that CBD is effective for reducing the symptoms of anxiety. There’s also evidence to show that it can be helpful with pain relief. According to research in HealthLine, ‘CBD can offer an alternative for people who have chronic pain and rely on medications, such as opioids.’
Of course, each chronic panic condition is different, and so it’s important to work with your healthcare provider, to figure out the best solution for you. To learn more about chronic disease management, contact Dan Mintz of the DuPage Medical Group.
5. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Medical News Today reported on a study which found, ‘inhaling eucalyptus oil relieved pain compared with almond oil. Participants inhaled eucalyptus oil for 30 minutes per day for 3 days.’ Evidence shows that eucalyptus may help to reduce swelling and inflammation. As with most essential oils, eucalyptus oil should not be ingested, only applied topically.
Whether it’s herbs for respiratory infections, or herbal remedies for pain, the natural world has much to offer us. Before you experiment with natural pain relief, it’s best to consult your doctor. Certain herbs, such as CBD may not be appropriate to take with some medications. If you are taking any medications, consult a professional beforehand.
*This article is based on personal suggestions and/or experiences and is for informational purposes only. This should not be used as professional advice. Please consult a professional where applicable.