Ways to Treat Chronic Pain Naturally

Millions of people suffer from chronic pain due to arthritis-related joint inflammation, sports injuries, or even simply long hours on your feet at work.

No matter the cause, we all look for a way to relieve those aches and pain.

Many of those who suffer rely on prescription or over the counter pain relievers to reduce unwanted aches and pain. While pain pills reduce suffering, they can also produce their own side effects. Worse yet, they often fail to eliminate what is actual cause of the pain.

Don’t feel discouraged, because there is an alternative way to treat pain, and you can find it in your very own kitchen, health store or local market. Many people utilize all-natural remedies to fight inflammation, relieve pain, and even address underlying disease. Rather than reach for a pain pill right away, you can instead reach for the right foods, herbs or even supplements that help alleviate pain. Once you know what the cause is, you can look into all things that would help, which may include prescription drugs, but may also include physical therapy, exercise, and diet changes, as well as supplements.

We’ve researched the top all-natural ways to treat chronic pain. With these herbs, foods and supplements, along with good restful sleep and stress management, you will finally be able to say goodbye to pain!

Always consult with your professional medical physician before taking or discontinuing any supplements, or before making changes to your diet.


Ginger

FeelSimplicity-ChronicPain-GingerTargets: sore muscles, anti-inflammatory, circulatory stimulant, aching joints, migraines and arthritis.

Ginger works wonders on not just soothing stomach aches and pain, easing nausea and the common cold. In fact ginger is rich in inflammation-fighting compounds, such as gingerol the active constituent of fresh ginger, which may reduce the aches of osteoarthritis and soothe sore muscles. This superfoods anti-inflammatory powers work similar to some over-the-counter aspirin- type medicine in treating arthritic pain.

There are multiple ways to use ginger. Either by drinking it to using it in your bath like our Sweet Orange Ginger Bath Soak made with fresh organic ginger. Give this easy recipe a try!

What You Need:
• 1 cup water
• ½ fresh ginger
• 1 tbsp green tea leaves (or a green tea bag)
Bring one cup of water to boil, then add the fresh ginger into the sauce pan. Once ginger is added to the water boil water for another minute more. Remove from heat and add the green tea leaves (or green tea bag). Let it steep for about 2 minutes. Finally remove green tea leaves and ginger, relax and enjoy!

Turmeric

Targets: back and joint discomfort, reduces pain for inflammation and stiffness related arthritis.

FeelSimplicity-ChronicPain-TumericTurmeric is a root that is part of the ginger family. Many people know turmeric as the bright yellow spice that we cook with that adds a distinct bitter peppery flavor to your dishes. It is also widely used for a variety of conditions such to relieve arthritis pain and heartburn, and to reduce inflammation. Turmeric is usually safe to use, but high doses or long-term use may cause indigestion. Always consult with your physician before use and any dietary changes.

White Willow Bark

Targets: back pain, headaches, muscle and joint inflammation, pain and stiffness, and conditions such as sports injuries and gout.

White Willow bark is an ancient remedy used for pain relief. It obtains salicylic acid, which is an anti- inflammatory agent which serves as the active ingredient in aspirin. It’s main use is in muscle and joint inflammation, back pain, headache.

You can take it as tea or as a capsule. For tea, boil 1-2 teaspoons of dried bark in 8 ounces of water. Note: for those who have a sensitive stomach, you should definitely consult with a physician before taking, since this is known to cause gastric problems those with a sensitive stomach. Of course, always consult with your professional medical physician before taking or discontinuing any supplements, or before making changes to your diet.

Boswellia

Targets: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, back pain.

Also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” comes from the Boswellia serrata tree that grows in the dry hills of India. Boswellia produces boswellic acids in a resin and have been identified in research as the specific active anti-inflammatory ingredient in this herb.  In May of 2013, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) indicated that boswellia extracts “can reduce pain and improve mobility in people with osteoarthritis in joints. Research shows that it might decrease joint pain by 32% to 65%.” The gum resin extracted from this little known plant has a positive and unique effect on joint health. Scientists claim that it reduces the white blood cell count in joint fluid, thereby improving arthritis sufferer’s joint functionality.

Green Tea

Targets: joint health, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis.

FeelSimplicity-GreenTeaGreen Tea is a popular and healthy herbal drink, green tea is said to improve your general health due to its high antioxidant content. A study from the University of Michigan Health System indicates that the anti-inflammatory compounds found in green tea may be beneficial to people with RA. One of those compounds, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), interferes with certain molecules of the immune system that can cause inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation stated in an article that a cup of tea can be good for overall health and that polyphenols help tea boost the immune system and fight inflammation. Arthritis Today reports that tea may have anti-inflammatory properties that may help stop the progression of arthritis. Green tea can provide a host of health benefits, and is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. It’s effect on joint health, scientists have found that green tea helps prevent cartilage degradation, which is just what the doctor ordered for patients with arthritis. (Plus, green tea is also great food for healthier beautiful skin.)

Devil’s Claw Root

Devil’s Claw Rootis an herb that may ease low back pain and common arthritis discomfort.

Capsaicin

Capsaicin, which gives chili peppers their fiery kick, may temporarily ease arthritis pain. It comes in a skin cream, gel, or patch.

Avocado Soybean Oil

Avocado Soybean Oil is a natural vegetable extract made from one-third avocado oil and two-thirds soybean oil. Over the years, several studies have been conducted on this supplement and have found ASU to be effective in improving cartilage health, relieving joint pain, and slowing the progression of osteoarthritis. Soybeans are rich in isoflavones, compounds that may reduce joint inflammation. A study published in the “Annals of Rheumatic Diseases” in 2013 determined that avocado soybean unsaponifiables slow hip osteoarthritis.

Glucosamine

Targets: Osteoarthritis

Glucosamine is a natural chemical compound in your body, but it also comes in the form of a supplement. Glucosamine plays an important role in making glycosaminoglycan and glycoproteins, which are essential in building blocks of many parts of your joints, including ligaments, tendons, cartilage and synovial fluid. As you get older the level of this compound begins to decrease, which leads to the breakdown of your joints.

According to the Arthritis and Glucosamine Information Center, Glucosamine builds and maintains cartilage, tendons, and other connective tissues in the body by acting as a building block for these materials and inhibiting enzymes that destroy cartilage. When the body does not have adequate supply of glucosamine arthritis — most commonly osteoarthritis — can develop. Glucosamine cannot cure arthritis, but it will do wonder for your arthritis and joint pain. Note If you have a shellfish allergy, be cautious about using glucosamine because you could have a reaction due to sulfate supplements are often manufactured from the shells of shellfish. Be sure to take the shell- free variety. Also if you are a diabetic be cautious about taking glucosamine since it may increase your blood sugar level. Always consult with your professional medical physician before taking or discontinuing any supplements, or before making changes to your diet.

Arnica

FeelSimplicity-ChronicPain-ArnicaTargets: arthritis, back pain, sports injuries, pain in muscles and joints.

Widely used in both herbal and homeopathic medicine, arnica’s vivid yellow flowers make an excellent remedy for aches and pains of all kind. It is quick and effective in easing bruises, sprains and sports injuries. Best used as a lotion, cream, oil or ointment. You can find this at a health store.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C may help prevent or relieve inflammation in joints. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a role in protecting joints, boosting your immune system and relieving inflammation. Since it is not stored, it is important for you to consume vitamin C-rich foods throughout the day. It has many beneficial effects on inflammation throughout your entire body. Arthritis is a form of chronic inflammation that leads to stiffness and pain in your joints. There are several types of arthritis, but each one stems from an autoimmune response. Vitamin C is essential for the formation of collagen, explains the Linus Pauling Institute. Collagen is a structural component of bones, blood vessels, cartilage and connective tissue. During periods of chronic inflammation, collagen within cartilage may break down, such as in osteoarthritis. This can make bones rub against each other, causing excruciating pain. Getting adequate amounts of vitamin C helps keep cartilage and other connective tissues strong, possibly relieving pain associated with arthritis. (Sidenote: Vitamin C also a natural way to treat acne for healthier, more beautiful skin!)

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Targets: inflammation, fibromyalgia, back pain, may also help alleviate depression, asthma, painful periods and rheumatoid arthritis.

Feel Simplicity Blog: Natural Ways to Treat Acne Through DietOmega-3 fatty acids are common nutritional supplements often taken in the form of fish oil or flaxseed oil which help relieve arthritic pain by lubricating the joints. The anti-inflammatory effect of omega-3 acids are already known to help reduce and relieve pain. You can obtain Omega-3 fatty acids from natural food sources. Below is a list of foods that are a great source of Omega-3. You can also get Omega 3 fish oil gel capsules from any health food store.

  • Nuts and Seeds: flaxseed, mixed nuts, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, dried hickory nuts, almonds, chia, perilla and kiwifruit seeds
  • Legumes: Chick peas, Cowpeas, Lentils, Peas, Lima Beans
  • Grains: Oats germ, Rice bran, wheat bran, wheat germ, barley bran.
  • Fruit: Avocados California, Raspberries, strawberries.
  • Vegetables: Pinto beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Red Leaf Lettuce, Soybeans, Spirulina, Spinach
  • Oil: Soybean, Canola
  • Fish: Salmon, Herring, Mackerel, Cod, Catfish, Anchovy, Halibut, Sardine, Sea Bass, Swordfish, Trout and Tuna

Always consult with your professional medical physician before taking or discontinuing any supplements, or before making changes to your diet.

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