In this article we will be beating pain the natural way. Do you know those people who always hurt? What about those who hurt on a regular basis? How many of them use ibuprofen/aspirin as if they are skittles? Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), available both over-the-counter version and more powerful prescription variant. Ibuprofen is commonly used for a number of chronic painful conditions such as arthritis, menstrual symptoms, headaches, and various inflammatory conditions. The problem is NSAIDs are also linked to hypertension, anaemia, DNA damage, hearing loss, intestinal bleeding, miscarriage, influenza mortality, and disrupting intestinal flora. It is important to note and right on the bottle, “for temporary pain relief”, SO continuing to take it for chronic issues doesn’t make sense. It is just as if your car’s check engine light is on and you cover it with tape… problem is still there, it’s going to keep being there, you are just masking the issue.
Chiropractic Care is excellent at beating pain, acute or chronic
Chiropractic care is designed and only focused on finding the cause of the issues. If you haven’t had a chance to get an examination and consultation in the office call 303-254-8430. If you’re not yet ready to address the cause consider these natural supplements you can find just about anywhere. These supplements have research behind them and like Chiropractic have no side effects.
1) White willow bark
Asprin is made from the active ingredient in white willow bark, so why not get the real deal instead of a synthetic side effect causing pill? The active ingredient in this herb is salicin, which converts to salicylic acid in the stomach. White willow bark is much less irritating to the stomach than the synthetic drug, aspirin which as we learned above can cause intestinal bleeding!
Tumeric is the herb that contains the active ingredient curcumin, click here to learn more. It is potent at beating pain, by blocking inflammatory pathways. Curcumin also stops the neurotransmitter known as substance P, which sends pain message to the brain. Several studies show that curcumin is great at helping to reduce the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory condition. It is also great and easily used in cooking.
Boswellia serrata is an anti-inflammatory remedy from India. It works due to the active ingredient known as boswellic acids. These acids improve blood flow to the joints, which helps prevent inflammatory white cells from entering damaged tissue.
4) Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids have great anti-inflammatory properties. It is most often used to help reduce pain in people with arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Omega-3s have been proven to reduce cardiovascular risk. When looking for a supplement if it makes you have that fishy burp, you have just found and consumed spoiled omega 3’s. This means that it has set on the shelf too long. Consider high quality sources.
Capsaicin works similar to Curcumin by clocking substance P, a potent pain causing neurotransmitter. It can be applied topically or ingested. Capsaicin is commonly used to help with nerve, joint and muscle pain. Spicy foods contain capsaicin which gives them their punch, so when applying it, it can initially cause burning sensations.
Studies on cannabis have helped with beating pain relief especially in cancer patients with pain don’t respond to opioids, this study was in the Journal of Pain. Using cannabis has contributed to a decrease in other medications such as mood stabilizers and pain relievers. Cannabis has less severe side effects than its counterparts and may seek further investigation.
A note about supplementation for beating pain
It is important when purchasing supplements to understand that there are not many if at all any regulations by the FDA. That means that two different labels can read the same but not have the same percentage of what is called active ingredient (the actual working part of a supplement). This is problematic because if it isn’t active ingredient its fluff, often cheap bulk product the manufacturer uses. Consider using quality supplements, ones who have pharmaceutical grade facilities and standards to ensure high levels of active ingredients.