Natural pain relief using herbs and other treatments can limit your risk of unintended side effects but it does not eliminate it completely.
These are real medications, albeit in a natural form, and they have real effects on your body. They must be used with care and with guidance from someone experienced in the use of herbal medications.
More than 100 plants have been found to contain one or more compounds to relieve pain.
Even though many of these herbal preparations have been used for hundreds of years; researchers have only recently determined how they work.
Many have been found to contain different forms of the active ingredients in some prescription drugs.
Acai Berries from South America
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Natural pain relief with chemicals that relieve pain such as helenin and boswellic acids can be found in many different herbs such as Boswellia, Fennel, and Licorice Root.
Do not take licorice if you have high blood pressure, heart conditions, diabetes, kidney disease or glaucoma.
Compounds to relieve spasms and cramps can be found in Oregano, Fennel, Peppermint, and Green Tea. Lavender and Chamomile oils are also very effective and they are gentle enough to be use with children.
Chemicals that reduce inflammation such as harpagoside found in Devil's Claw, and salicylic acid in White Willow Bark can be found in many different herbal remedies. To relieve the pain of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or muscular aches and pains you could consider trying Clove oil, Arnica, Boswellia, or Ginger Root.
Aromatherapists use Lavender, Peppermint, Chamomile, and Damask Rose for pain relief and relaxation. These preparations are thought to affected brains electrical activity and alter the perception of pain. Headaches that are caused by stress, anxiety, or depression often will respond to natural pain medications with a calming or sedative effect.
Neuropathic pain from shingles, peripheral neuropathy or diabetic nerve damage can be treated with Capsaicin. This is the chemical that puts the heat in Chile peppers. It has an analgesic effect by altering the way the pain signal is transmitted
These natural pain relievers can be prepared many different ways for different applications. Tinctures can be prepared for absorption under your tongue. Many can be brewed into a tea, while others may be blended into an ointment or cream for topical application.
My friends at www.medicinalherbs-4u.com have more information about natural pain relievers and how to prepare and use them.
All of these natural pain relievers can be helpful for relieving pain in a number of different ways. But they are still medications, and medications can have side effects and interactions with other medications. You should always discuss any new treatment you are considering with your doctor, especially if you're pregnant or have specific medical conditions that are being treated with multiple medications.