Over 30 million Americans use painkillers, such as aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen, to treat muscle cramps, headaches, sport injuries and chronic conditions like back pain, neuropathy, and arthritis. But these painkillers come packed with side effects. The good news is that there are natural remedies available. We bring to you 8 herbs, without any side effects, to replace these painkillers with.
Arnica contains sesquiterpene lactones, compounds which boost immunity and reduce inflammation. It can be also used to treat acute injuries, including bruises, strains, sprains, and postoperative healing.
Boswellia soothes both minor and chronic pains. Its active ingredients reduce the production of inflammatory compounds which are involved in many chronic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
This natural remedy does wonders for pain. Capsaicin, the active pain-reducing ingredient, temporarily desensitizes nerve receptors called C-fibers which cause the pain response. Capsaicin also diminishes soreness for 3 to 5 weeks while the C-fibers regain sensation.
Turmeric contains curcumin, an active ingredient which inhibits inflammatory properties and improves body`s ability to fight inflammation. It soothes chronic pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis and helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer`s disease.
5. Devil`s Claw
Devil`s claw is actually a fruit covered with little hooks which snag into the skin and cause pain. When used as a remedy it reduces pain and is very effective in reducing back pain and arthritis.
Ginger contains enzymes which stop the production of inflammatory compounds. For acute pain, take 2 grams of ground dehydrated ginger on a daily basis. For chronic conditions, reduce the intake to a gram of it daily divided into three doses.
7. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These are critical for long-term pain reduction because your body breaks omega-3 fatty acids down into anti-inflammatory compounds. Moreover, lack of omega-3 fats in your diet will make you more prone to pain and greater inflammation in cases of sickness and injuries.
8. White Willow Bark
White willow bark is extremely effective in treating headaches, as it contains a compound, salicin, whose effects are very similar to the ones of aspirin. It reduces inflammation like aspirin, but it is much gentler.