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Natural Pain Relief That Works

There are many reasons not to take OTC pain relievers like NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or anti-inflammatories like aspirin. If you take them frequently, they can affect your health. Aspirin can cause Reyes syndrome, liver and kidney problems, and issues digestive issues. Chronic long-term use of NSAIDs can lead to heart and digestive problems. You can opt for natural pain relief that doesn’t involve drugs.

Quick relief can come from heat or cold therapy.

Heat or cold therapy can reduce arthritis pain. Dipping your hands in hot wax is a well-known measure people often take to reduce arthritis and muscle pain. Originally it was in the form of ice baths and ice packs. Recently, whole-body cryotherapy has been used by athletes or in spas to relieve pain after an intense workout. It’s proven to be effective for other types of pain, including arthritic pain.

Exercise is a natural pain reliever.

If you’re in pain, exercise is the last thing you think about doing. However, it can help. One of my clients had a horrible toothache and couldn’t see a dentist until the next day. He spent all night pacing and moving about because it seemed to relieve the pain. It triggered endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Exercise also stimulates circulation and can help heal muscle injuries. It causes the joints to lubricate to bring relief.

Drink herbal tea, eat anti-inflammatories foods, or get a massage with essential oils.

Herbs are natural, just as aspirin is, but like aspirin, ingesting them too frequently may cause other health issues. Herbs and other foods with anti-inflammatory properties like ginger, turmeric, berries, avocados, broccoli, and dark chocolate help reduce chronic pain. Cutting out inflammatory foods, like those with added sugar, also helps. A massage with essential oils like peppermint, clove, or lavender can help you relax and reduce pain.

  • Create a massage cream with hot pepper seeds, body cream, and aspirin. The capsaicin in hot peppers combined with the aspirin and a massage offers natural pain relief. Soaking your feet in Epsom’s salts can also relax muscles to bring relief.
  • One of the first natural pain relievers used by Native Americans was white willow bark. It contains a substance called salicin that changes to salicylate acid in the stomach. It’s the original aspirin.
  • Reduce stress in your life and learn relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation. Stress exacerbates pain. A cup of chamomile tea can also help you relax.
  • Go outdoors and walk. If possible, take off your shoes and walk in the grass. Walking barefoot on the ground, not on concrete, can help reduce stress and bring pain relief.

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