Many of us turn to anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen when we are suffering from pain. The trouble is with a lot of over the counter products is the fact that they shouldn’t be considered for long-term use. Some people suffer some awful side effects too. So let’s take a look at some alternative pain relief.
Before you consider alternatives you should be reasonably free of other toxins in your body. Try to detoxify for a few days prior to taking some of the alternatives I will mention. It is very difficult for your body to react to healing if it is full of toxins, and a detoxify diet in itself can be a great pain buster! Take a look at this great video for an easy to follow diet to help the body get rid of some toxins.
This covers the foods you should completely eliminate, especially processed food which is proven to be the cause of a lot of common ailments we suffer from today. Now we have spent a couple of days ridding our body of as many toxins as possible we can look at some of the alternative pain relief ideas
Tumeric has made the headlines a lot lately, take a look at this really interesting article I discovered.
Drugs are often used as a treatment for the condition. However, there are many patients who prefer to look for all-natural alternatives such as turmeric. Many consumers believe that supplements can be more effective and safe than pharmaceutical drugs.
According to studies, turmeric potentially contains analgesic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers believe that the spice may not just protect the body from free radicals, but could also have calming effects on an irritated nerve. Turmeric is also suggested to be effective in reducing swelling.
Interesting reading I think you will agree and well worth further investigation. What about Cannabis (marijuana) as a viable alternative?
As explained in the book Marijuana As Medicine?: The Science Beyond the Controversy, published by the National Academies Press, peripheral nerves throughout the body that detect pain sensations contain abundant cannabinoid receptors, which are directly activated by the cannabinoids found naturally in marijuana. When consumed, cannabis effectively blocks pain, including extreme pain caused by autoimmune diseases and cancer, without causing harmful side effects.
Have you tried the topical cream Capsaicin? Thousands of people have found this treatment extremely beneficial. There is a great article found below:
What is capsaicin used for?
When a capsaicin cream or ointment is used on the skin (topical use), capsaicin helps relieve pain. Capsaicin works by first stimulating and then decreasing the intensity of pain signals in the body. Although pain may at first increase, it usually decreases after the first use. Capsaicin stimulates the release of a compound believed to be involved in communicating pain between the nerves in the spinal cord and other parts of the body.
When you apply it to the skin, capsaicin may help relieve pain from:
Pain disorders, including pain after surgery.
Nervous system problems such as diabetic neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia, and postherpetic neuralgia (shingles).
Joint problems such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Mouth sores due to chemotherapy or radiation.
To summarise, if you are looking for an alternative pain relief that doesn’t involve chemicals then remember the biggest favor you can do for yourself is to try a detoxify diet first. Consider the above alternatives. One of my favorite alternatives is the magnetic bracelets that are out there. These are said to increase the oxygen supply to the blood and of course we all know that oxygen is one of the first things a paramedic would give us if we are in pain!
I am leaving the comments box open for you all to leave your own discoveries, it would be so beneficial to so many if we could just bring a little relief to the suffering that pain causes without having to rely on drugs.