Pain can kidnap the entire you! It can take over your thoughts, and spit crap all over our good life. It can seriously deprive us of quality life.
People suffering from chronic pain are more likely to endure psychiatric symptoms like tension, depression and anxiety. And that is really no suprise. When you are suffering from pain, it is naturally harder to enjoy things, even the ones that you love.
But luckily, in today’s world, we have options. While medical painkillers can be helpful and in most cases the best option, they can also lead to side effects like gastrointestinal upset. Also, medicines and drugs are never best as long-term strategy for coping with chronic pain. Our primary goal should be to try and get rid of inflammation and pain by figuring out the root cause(s).
Bromelain is a useful enzyme contained in one of the most delicious tropical fruits, the Pineapple.
Even though most enzymes get broken down in the digestive system, bromelain actually gets absorbed into our bodies whole, resulting in some good effects. Once absorbed into the bloodstream, studies have shown that it can lower inflammation and reduce pain (though the exact reason why this happens is still unknown).
Eating pineapple can provide add Bromelain to your body, especially if you juice the hard stem and drink it on an empty stomach. Juicing pineapple in a combo with Aloe Vera, Ginger and Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory pain relief remedy.
It may resemble ginger, but it is bright orange on the inside. Turmeric is available as a whole fresh fruit and also more commonly as a dried ground spice in North America and Asia.
Turmeric has been used for over 4000 years for the treatment of a variety of different medical conditions from cancers to inflammation to skin problems. In a 2009 study, researchers concluded that turmeric helped reduce pain more effectively in arthritis patients than ibuprofen.
You can enjoy Turmeric in the form of tea or in a variety of food recips. Indian foods make lots of use of this amazing natural remedy. Additionally, curcumin (the powerful compound in turmeric) is available as supplement.
3. Devil’s Claw
It looks creepy and very similar to the paw of a devil, but it sure doesn’t work like one! This funny-shaped natural item can reduce inflammation, pain and physical functioning in patients with osteoarthritis.
Devil’s Claw comprises of components like iridoid glycosides, which are thought to be the architect behind its pain relieving characteristics.
You can consume Devil’s claw in tea form, but it is also available as capsules and ointments.
4. White Willow Bark
White Willow Bark is simply the bark of a White Willow tree. Make sure to choose the right tree before chopping off the bark.
This magical natural remedy has been in use for thousands of years to treat fever and inflammation. It contains salicin, a powerful compound which works like aspirin. Studies have concluded that White willow bark helps treating lower back pain.
It is available in tea form, capsules or as a tincture. It is also one of the most used components by pharmaceutical organizations to make pain-relief supplements.
5. Egg Membrane
It is the transparent layer between the eggshell and the actual egg content inside. Egg Membranes are quite evident on hard boiled eggs.
Egg membrane consists of components that are basically designed to protect the egg and its inner contents including collagen and glucosamine. According to several studies, egg membrane effectively reduced joint pain and inflammation in patients with arthritis of the knee.
Egg membrane is available in supplement form, but if you have a cut or a wound, you can apply the membrane directly for fast healing.