5 Natural Pain Remedies




5 Natural Pain Remedies


We all suffer from aches and pains in our joints, muscles and organs and of course it's normal and correct to wish to alleviate pain when we experience it, but reaching for pain relief pills is not the only option.
Over the counter painkillers like ibuprofen and acetametaphin are beginning to be associated with more long term health concerns than previously believed. Prescription painkillers often come with more serious side-effects too. Routinely reaching for the pillbox whenever you have a headache is unnecessary when there are so many other useful and natural pain relief methods you can try which don't carry the same potential risks of long-term overuse.
You might be surprised by how simple some of these treatments are – and just how easily you can adopt them.


1. Magnesium

Magnesium helps to relax stiff muscles or muscles in spasm. It controls the neurochemical NMDA, which is associated with pain. You can take magnesium daily in capsule form. Pro tip: Epsom salts are magnesium. It might sound old-fashioned but taking a bath with epsom salts added can be effective because the magnesium is easily absorbed by the skin. The hot water alone will also have temporary pain relief benefits.


2. Ginger

Ginger is great for relieving joint pain. It's an anti-inflammatory which can also increase circulation. There are many ways of consuming ginger. It can be powdered and taken as a capsule or brewed in tea. Ginger is also great for cooking with but the effects may be less noticeable. Pro tip: Get in the habit of drinking a few cups of ginger tea per day. This will help with pain relief and keep you hydrated thus avoiding one of the main causes of headaches too – dehydration.


3. Vitamin D

A deficiency of vitamin D can exacerbate any chronic pain issues that you have. One study found that of people requiring pain medication, those who were deficient in vitamin D required twice the amount of pain relief pills than those with sufficient vitamin D levels.


4. Meditation

Sometimes to fight pain, you don't need to take something but to do something. Or in this case, do little. The practice of mindful meditation reduces the creation of the hormone, cortisol, which can increase inflammation and increase the perception of pain. Relaxing this response can help to reduce pain.


5. Movement

Putting undue stress on a strained or injured body part carries a risk but if you seek the advice of experts, then movement and exercise can actually help alleviate pain. For example, joint pain in the fingers, hands and wrists is very common these days as more of us work at desks and don't always follow best typing practices. Resting the hands helps to alleviate pain but massaging the fingers and regularly doing hand and finger exercises works even better long-term. The same is true for other body parts.

Pro tip: Regular breaks from repetitive actions like typing can help your body and refresh your mind.
Modern medicine can be very effective but there are often much simpler solutions available too. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, temporary or long-term, there are ways of taking control of your pain relief (under the guidance of a doctor as necessary) which can help you feel not only healthier but happier.

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