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While natural alternatives may not work in blocking acute pain, during surgery for example, they can be highly effective in helping to manage chronic pain. Instead of just trying to block the feeling of pain, natural ingredients target the inflammation that causes the pain in the first place. Natural compounds have strong health healing properties, without all the toxicity and addiction associated with pharmaceutical medications.
While you should always speak with your naturopathic doctor and/or physician regarding natural remedies and dosages, here is a list of natural products can help reduce inflammation related to conditions like arthritis, tendonitis, musculoskeletal tension, autoimmune disorders, asthma and trauma related pain – all of which are associated with excessive inflammation.
Devil’s Claw root comes from a plant that has been shown in numerous studies to be effective in substantially reducing arthritis pain, particularly long-term, chronic pain.
Boswellia is used in Indian medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of arthritic conditions and asthma. It also has anti-cancer properties.
Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that is especially useful for respiratory tract infections.
Seabuckthorn is a plant containing a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound.
Quercetin has been shown to help strengthen small blood vessels and is helpful in chronic inflammatory conditions.
Bromelain decreases the levels of prostaglandins, which are believed to cause pre-menstrual and other types of pain.
Turmeric, which belongs to the ginger family, contains the active ingredient curcumin. This compound is capable of decreasing the levels of cytokines, another group of chemical-signalling molecules responsible for inflammation and pain. Like Boswellia, it also has anti-cancer properties.
The Marijuana Element
No discussion on pain is complete without citing the clinical importance of medicinal marijuana. The cannabis or marijuana strains which have been shown to have less THC and more Canabidiol (the two major active ingredients in cannabis) have been found to have potent anti-inflammatory and anti-pain properties. They can also alleviate depression, increase appetite and increase the sensation of well being without the psychoactive, intoxicating effects of strains with high THC content.
Cannabis has had great pain relief and other symptoms relief results with cancer, multiple sclerosis, ALS, glaucoma, depression, epilepsy and arthritis. And it’s not illicit — you can actually apply for the impurity-free medicinal strains legally from Health Canada via your doctor.