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Most prescription painkiller medications sold in drugstores can effectively relieve aches and pains. However, long term use of these medications have been associated with adverse side effects.
Could there be a natural yet effective means to cope with aches and pains without putting your health at risk?
Essential oils, herbs, and alternative therapies have for centuries been used as natural pain relievers. There is evidence to suggest that certain natural remedies can help in a great way, and many people have benefited from these methods.
This article discusses 5 natural ways you can relieve pains and aches instead of using over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs.
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1. Essential Oils
Studies have shown that some essential oils can be helpful in relieving pains and aches. Examples include Lavender essential oil, Peppermint essential oil, Rosemary essential oil, and Eucalyptus essential oil.
These essential oils have been shown to have pain-relieving, anti–inflammatory, and antioxidant properties which can alleviate pain in various parts of the body.
It is worth noting that essential oils should not be ingested because they can be toxic and therefore harmful for your health.
The mode of use for these oils is as follows:
- Lavender essential oil: Inhaling this oil relieves pain and anxiety.
- Rosemary essential oil: Topical application helps to treat seizures, headache, joint and muscular pain
- Peppermint essential oil: As a topical treatment, it has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and pain–relieving effects. It was traditionally used to relieve pain spasms and other issues associated with arthritis.
- Eucalyptus essential oil: Topical application helps to diminish swelling, pain, and inflammation in the body.
Certain herbs are being used continuously as home remedies to relieve aches and pain in various parts of the body. Capsaicin, cloves ginger, feverfew, and turmeric are some examples of herbs that can ease aches and pains.
- Cloves: In reference to a 2006 study, clove gel works like benzocaine, which dentists use to reduce needle pain.
- Capsaicin: Commonly found in chili peppers, it can relieve pain through topical application. Capsaicin may cause a tingling or burning sensation. Researchers believe that it reduces pain by reducing the skin’s sensitivity to pain. It does this by interfering with the nerves that relay pain signals.
- Ginger: Regular consumption of ginger reduces inflammation and speeds up the recovery process, especially after exercising.
- Feverfew: It’s traditionally been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, headache related to migraine, and abdominal pain. It is loaded with compounds (flavonoids) that fight inflammation and reduce muscle spasms.
- Turmeric: When taken continuously for four weeks, the curcuma extract found in turmeric can be as effective as ibuprofen in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. This is in reference to a small-scale study conducted in 2014.
3. Earthing Sheets
Apart being one of the most promising natural ways to relieve pains and aches, earthing has been shown to have other health benefits. They include stress reduction, increased energy, and better sleep.
The benefits of earthing can be experienced within a short time, although it may take longer for some people. Earthing your body calms the nervous system within a short time. It also helps to ease tension and relax your muscles.
The other benefits of Earthing sheets in reducing aches and pains include:
- Reduced stress
- Reduced inflammation and free radicals in the body
- Improved circulation
- Improved cardiovascular function
- Better mood
- Reduced pain including gastrointestinal problems, musculoskeletal pain, menstrual cramps, headaches, and joint problems.
Acupuncture represents an alternative therapy that advocates how believing in certain methods can be effective in treating pain. Recently conducted researches have added weight to these beliefs.
Acupuncture can be effective at addressing certain types of pains and aches, such as knee pain, neck pain, back pain, and osteoarthritis. This is according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
In addition, acupuncture can reduce how frequently you experience tension headaches and can prevent headache related to migraines.
A recent meta-analysis demonstrated how acupuncture can effectively manage chronic pain. Researchers attest that it can relieve headache, musculoskeletal pain, and pain associated with osteoarthritis.
Practicing yoga can be a great way to reduce back and neck pain. The practice involves physical meditation that may provide means to manage pain naturally.
Yoga caters to stretching and physical therapy, which is essential to manage back pain. By incorporating relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and self-care, yoga can ease aches and pains caused by stress and anxiety.
According to the NCCIH, although yoga can ease back and neck pain, it is still unclear whether it can help with headaches, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Further research is therefore required.
For long people have been looking for alternative methods to prescription painkiller medications as long term consumption of these medications have been known to have adverse effects on your health.
In this article we have discussed a few natural methods you can use to relieve your aches and pains. So find out which method best suits you and head to an early recovery the natural way.
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