1 in 5 adults experience chronic pain in the United States. Some of the most common causes include arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and low back pain.
The good news is that pain can be treated with medications. Natural pain relievers are an option as well for those who want to avoid drugs and their side effects.
Interested? Looking for some natural pain relief remedies? If so, you’re at the right place. We’ll be going over some options below.
Keep reading to learn more!
1. Willow Bark
Willow bark has been used medicinally for more than 3,500 years. A medical herb, it contains salicin, an organic compound that’s similar to the main ingredient in aspirin. Not only does it have analgesic effects, but it can also help reduce inflammation.
In fact, studies have shown that it may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
There are many ways that you can take it as well. For instance, you can chew the bark or brew the herb like tea. It also comes as liquid or capsule supplements.
While it’s generally well-tolerated, it can occasionally cause stomach upset. It can also prolong bleeding time, which is why you should always talk to your doctor first before taking it.
Acupuncture—a form of traditional Chinese medicine—has been around for thousands of years.
It’s capable of reducing pain by balancing the body’s flow of energy, also known as qi. The acupuncturist will do this by inserting tiny needles into targeted areas of the body.
Not only will it balance the body’s natural energy pathways, but it’ll also cause it to release serotonin, a ‘feel-good’ chemical that will act as a natural painkiller. This can help those with migraines, joint pain, neck pain, and menstrual pain.
Common side effects include bruising, soreness, and minor bleeding where the needles are inserted.
Tip: Some acupuncturists offer at-home visits so you can receive treatment in the comfort of your own home.
3. CBD Oil
CBD oil is made by extracting cannabidiol (CBD) from the buds and flowers of the cannabis plant. It exerts its pain-relieving effects by interacting with the inflammatory, nociceptive, and endocannabinoid systems. For example, it can help those with fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, and cancer pain.
And there are many formulations to choose from including tinctures, drops, and capsules. There are topical products that you can use as well, such as this cream.
While it’s fairly well tolerated, some people may experience side effects such as fatigue, diarrhea, or changes in appetite and weight.
Trying Natural Pain Relievers
And there you have it—three at-home pain relievers that you can try. As you can see, you don’t always have to rely on medications.
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