Many of you rightly think twice before taking over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, fearing their terrible side-effects. Well, good news is here – we have compiled a list of 15 natural painkillers that help manage chronic pain. Some of them are already sitting on your kitchen counter, waiting to help you!
[highlight color=”green”]Let’s explore these 15 natural painkillers[/highlight]
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help in easing muscle and arthritis pain. It is said to be one of the best herbs for treating stomach disorders. Ginger is believed to lower the levels of inflammation-inducing hormones, thus reducing chronic pain. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, indicated its broad anti-inflammatory properties which can be even more effective than non-steroidal drugs like aspirin and can ease chronic pain.
This vibrant yellow curry ingredient has a rich history of treating various pain-related issues. The compound Curcumin that is present in turmeric proves to have therapeutic applications for various medical conditions including inflammatory disorders which could ease chronic pain.
Similar to the properties of ginger and turmeric, basil is believed to have an anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant property, which is why it proves to be a great stress-buster.
As evil as it may sound, several studies published in the University of Maryland Medical Center indicated that, due to its anti- inflammatory properties, devil’s claw was successful in treating chronic pain as well as liver and kidney problems.
The leaves of the birch tree are considered as one of the best pain relievers in the world. A chemical compound found in the birch tree leaf called methyl salicylate acts as a detoxifying, analgesic, anti-spasmodic agent besides other characteristics and could prove beneficial in easing chronic pain.
It has a similar effect to that of Birch leaf; methyl salicylate being a common component between them, its effect is like aspirin and helps in relieving chronic pain.
It effectively lowers the body’s level of hormone-like compounds called prostaglandins that can cause inflammation and pain. Salicin, one of its main compounds is thought to be the reason for the herb’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Present in chili peppers, it is used mostly as a topical application for its desensitizing and numbing effect on the pain causing nerve receptors. According to a study conducted in the New England Center for Headaches, patients experienced a lower intensity of migraine and cluster headaches after the application of capsaicin cream.
This compound is an Omega-6 fatty acid and is present in various seed oil such as primrose oil, borage oil, etc. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, GLA can have anti-inflammatory properties which may reduce nerve pain mainly in conditions such as diabetes.
They have the highest content of anthocyanins (an antioxidant); according to studies conducted by the Oregon Health and Science University, this gives cherries their anti-inflammatory power to help fight chronic pain.
A natural mineral derived from red seaweed, it is a good source of calcium and magnesium and thought to be beneficial in reducing inflammation and reinforcing bones. A study published in the Nutrition Journal concluded that Aquamin could diminish pain and inflammation related to osteoarthritis of the knee, in a treatment span of 12 weeks. However, further studies are required.
Also called as ‘mountain daisy’, Arnica is known for its pain relieving property according to some studies. Its flowers and root are used for preparing topical remedies for pain relief. Arnicare works by relieving muscle pain and stiffness and to reduce pain, swelling, and discoloration from bruises. As a gel, arnicare has a cooling effect. This non-gel is quickly absorbed by the skin, and it’s unscented and paraben-free. Arnicare Gel works best when applied at the first sign of pain.
A common toothpaste ingredient, peppermint helps in relieving pain related to stomach disorders, dental problems, muscle soreness and even headaches.
The resin obtained from Boswellia is used as an analgesic in health supplements and Ayurvedic medicine preparations for treating pain associated with the muscles, the stomach, and arthritis.
An enzyme found in pineapple stems, Bromelain is believed to have strong therapeutic It reduces the levels of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, responsible for causing inflammation. They also help in the recovery of muscles and connective tissues as a result of musculoskeletal tension and may also help in treating arthritis.
These are just few of the vast collection of painkillers that nature has to offer. So, make a habit to include the right foods in your diet and they could become potent, natural painkillers!