Experiencing pain is such a pain. It’s distracting, annoying and frustrating. Be it backache, toothache, headache or any kind of ache, it has become a habit to use painkillers. Artificial medications are indeed useful and practical, but with it comes the risks of side-effects of habituation and even chemical mixing.
For side effect free painkilling, natural remedies are the ones to turn to. Surprisingly, many plants, herb and spices can treat inflammatory conditions and others, too.
The following are the recommended remedies out of everything out there:
Turmeric. It possesses the compound curcumin, an antioxidant that helps protect the body from cell and tissue damaging free radicals. But, this is also the compound responsible for turmeric’s pain relieving property. Not only that, turmeric can be used as treatment to many other conditions like ulcers, indigestion, psoriasis and even cancer.
Cloves. They are used whole for cooking but powdered or encapsulated for treatment. Of course, there is also what we call clove oil. Cloves can also be used to treat various conditions. Like ginger, it can help relieve nausea and colds. It’s anti-inflammatory all thanks to eugenol, a natural pain relieving compound and an ingredient used in some artificial medications. It can relieve pain in headaches, toothaches and arthritis. It can also be used like a topical pain rub. Warning to those with bleeding disorders. Clove is not recommended since it can increase the risk of abnormal bleeding.
Hot peppers or chili peppers. An example of this would be the jalapeno. Hot peppers contain capsaicin, the active alkaloid compound responsible for the burning sensation on any tissue it comes into contact with (because it’s actually an irritant). This capsaicin binds and activates heat receptors. When exposed to this compound long enough, the pain nerve cells will lose all sensation and will become incapable of ‘feeling’ pain. Besides being an antioxidant, it’s anti-inflammatory properties have shown to relieve pain in osteoarthritis, psoriasis and many more. Additionally, it can also increase metabolism and decrease bal cholesterol levels, reducing the risks of heart disease. Recent studies have als shown its promise in treating cancer, more specifically, prostate cancer.
Lastly, willow bark. It contains the chemical salicin, which is similar to the main ingredient of aspirin, the favored over the counter painkiller. Since people have been using it to ease inflammations which cause pain, the willow bark was originally chewed directly to relieve pain and fevers. Now, however, the willow bark is available as a dried herb that can be brewed to make tea. Supplements are also available.
So if you start to ache, you can use these instead.
Note: These cannot help relieve the pain caused by heartbreak.