Are You Knocking Back the OTC Pain Relievers? Find Out Safer Ways to Treat the Paintweet
Aspirin is one of the most popular over the counter drugs in the world and most people think that aspirin is safe to use except for some minor stomach upset. However, aspirin can cause ulcers in the stomach and duodenum and even lead to bleeding if ulcers are there. Just a small dose of aspirin causes some degree of intestinal bleeding while excessive aspirin can poison you – it is called salicylism – with such symptoms as tinnitus, nausea, vomiting, acute pancreatitis and even death. Others are allergic to aspirin with some so much so that there is the risk of anaphylactic shock and death. You can find out more about aspirin here.
Although aspirin has a whole host of benefits, it comes with a risk. So perhaps if you are looking for a pain reliever, you should seek a safer, more natural remedy.
Ginger effectively reduces inflammation and successfully heals nerve damage. You can make it into a tea by taking off the skin and slicing the ginger root before steeping in hot water or you can use ginger supplements in pill form. Chinese herbalists have used ginger in variety of treatments for thousands of years.
But ginger is not your only option as there are many other natural products and strategies that can offer pain relief:
Arnica has been used for centuries by the Native Americans. It helps reduce inflammation, which may aid in nerve repair. Arnica should never be swallowed without being diluted, because it can be harmful if ingested. Instead, apply it topically to that area of skin that is painful.. Do not use it on an open wound without a physician’s supervision.
The herb flaxseed provides you with an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids which in turn effectively reduces inflammation to counteract nerve damage and heal damaged nerves. Flaxseed oil comes in liquid form or as a pill supplement. Most effective is flaxseed oil.
Jon Baron’s Essential Relief comes complete with DMSO, arnica, cayenne, MSM and more. The DMSO (which is a simple chemical made from wood pulp that penetrates the skin and and has demonstrated the ability to promote the healing of pockets of inflammation) helps the oil to penetrate while the other ingredients help the pain. MSM is biological sulfur found in most plants and animals. For more information.
Boswellia is also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense” and this herb contains specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients. Alternatively, you can use Nature’s Herbs Boswellian Cream which has an excellent reputation for joint, arthritis and muscle pain. The cream does contain menthyl salisate derived from wintergreen, so if you are scent sensitive, you need to be aware of this.
St. John’s Wort and Vervain will both relax the nervous symstem and reduce inflammation of the nerves and are available as supplements in your local health store. Get rid of the inflammation, and the nerves become less constricted and pinched and more able to heal.
Krill oil is rich in the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA which have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce joint inflammation and promote joint lubrication.
Bromelain which is the enzyme found in delicous fresh pineapples is a 100% natural anti-inflammatory that can also be taken in supplement form.
CMO is the natural oil found in fish and dairy butter, acts as a joint lubricant and is anti-inflammatory.
Evening Primrose, Black Currant and Borage Oils are three natural remedies high in essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (or GLA) and good for treating pain especially arthritic pain.
Cayenne pepper (or capsaicin) is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. The topical application of capsaicin can ease those aching joints caused by arthritis as well as help reduce the itching and skin inflammation that are symptomatic of psoriasis. Derived from the spice from dried hot peppers, it works on alleviating pain by depleting the body’s supply of substance P. This is a chemical component of nerve cells transmitting pain signals to your brain. Cayenne pepper has many natural and effective uses apart from pain relief.