Approximately two thirds of Americans opt for alternative medicines in a bid for relief from their symptoms. Many use natural remedies alongside Western medicine, often for chronic pain, stress and an overall improvement in their health. Conventional pain relief, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, have been linked to damaging your gut lining and good bacteria, which is why many people opt for natural pain relief. Natural pain relief comes in many forms, from supplements to diet and exercise. Many beneficial foods, herbs and plants can easily be grown organically at home, such as microbe-killing garlic, ginger for pain relief and aloe for its cooling gel.
Relieving Neuropathic Pain
Neuropathic pain is pain, weakness and numbness caused by damage or disease to the nervous system, often in hands and feet. Deficiencies in vitamins B, D, E and zinc have been linked to the onset of neuropathic pain, so increasing the levels of these in your body can relieve symptoms. One study found that 2,000 units of vitamin D a day reduced diabetic neuropathic pain by 47% in 3 months. Vitamin B is in dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale. Spinach can be grown all year round, and will be ready to harvest after 6 weeks. Pests aren’t usually a problem for spinach and colder weather, avoiding frosts, will make the plant thrive. Combining a healthy diet with exercise will also be beneficial this approach has been found to improve nerve function and reduce neuropathic pain. It’s important to exercise within the limits of what your body can do so you don’t make your symptoms worse.
Reducing Muscle Cramp And Spasms
Chamomile is a brilliant and attractive-looking herb with anti-inflammatory properties and can be grown at home, then use the leaves to brew tea to relieve sore muscles. Chamomile can be grown outdoors or indoors, making it an all year round plant. It will only need around 4 hours of light a day and will need to be planted on top of the soil at around 68 F to germinate, which takes around 2 weeks. Chamomile needs watering once a week and will be ready to harvest for tea in 60-90 days. Cayenne pepper will help to relieve muscle pain as it contains capsaicin which relaxes muscles. This is ideal for people with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis and comes in several forms. Cayenne peppers like to grow outdoors in hot climates with sandy, acidic soil, but can be grown in greenhouses or indoors near a heat source if they have 8 hours of light a day. They are a medium hot pepper so are great for adding to spicy cuisine.
Turmeric To Reduce Inflammation
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a medicinal herb and scientific studies now back up their beliefs. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Pain caused by inflammation will therefore benefit from consuming turmeric. Turmeric is believed to be more beneficial in root form, which can be expensive to buy but has been known to grow like a weed when given what it needs. It takes around 10 months to grow, so should be planted 10 months before your first frost. When turmeric isn’t grown organically it can contain pesticides and radiation, so growing it organically is much more beneficial and will usually grow bigger. Turmeric has been found to outperform ibuprofen and many other over-the-counter pain relievers, but comes with no side effects, making it very safe and effective.
Natural pain relievers can be just as beneficial as traditional medications, if not better, as they often come with no side effects and don’t threaten to damage the good bacteria in your gut or its lining. Medications aren’t always effective for pain relief, especially for chronic pain, and can cause problems in your body while delivering little or no benefits. Natural pain relief in the form of vitamins, herbs and other plants are an ideal option to avoid these nasty side effects and to relieve your pain.
Author: Jenny Holt
Jennifer Holt is a freelance writer and mother of two, who loves nothing more than to play, “where has the cat hidden itself now.”