It is estimated that some 25 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, the majority of whom will have been prescribed pharmaceutical pain killing drugs, complete with their often serious and very harmful side effects. Some of these pain killers actually cause pain in the form of headaches.
How to relieve debilitating pain while protecting your health from toxic drugs?
Fortunately there are alternatives that are safer and even more effective for treating chronic pain than the “standard of care” in mainstream medicine which are narcotics. Of course narcotics such as NSAIDS or acetaminophen are very effective for acute pain and as a quick short term solution but, used long term, the risks clearly out way the benefits.
Other medical suggestions include Tramadol as a prescription non-narcotic that is fairly safe and effective for most people or a Lidocaine patch that can be applied directly over the injured area.
For long term chronic pain relief, alternatives should be the way to go
I have listed a very diverse set of suggestions so that everyone should be able to find something that works for them.
We have all heard of acupuncture, chiropractic care
for managing pain but there are some less well known ones too.
Arnica is one natural pain reliever from a long discovered medicinal herb, applied in salve form or as a tincture to give quick and safe relief. It is anti-inflammatory, treating injuries and chronic pain like arthrits before leaving your body feeling refreshed rather than achy. The name of its healing compound is thymol, working to stimulate the white blood cells to disperse those fluids trapped in your joints and muscles while reducing swelling so your body can take over and finish the healing process more efficiently.
- A change to a healthier diet is often an effective treatment for chronic pain. A poor processed diet can adversely affect your brain, triggering a type of food-induced brain dysfunction called CARB syndrome. People with CARB syndrome will always experience more pain than those with normal brain function. The key to treatment is of course removing sugar, HFCS, high glycemic carbohydrates and even grains from your diet, enabling the brain to start to heal but over time – no quick fix.
- Along with the change of diet, is the necessity for a detox from accumulated toxins of all types. The liver in particular, when overloaded, can cause pain in the upper shoulder as well as headaches and backaches.
- One solution for back pain and even arthritis is an inversion table where gravity actually takes pressure off the vertebrae, realigning and creating space and looser muscles. It could well help with arthritis symptoms too by creating space in the joints and aligning them correctly.
- A natural product is Warrior Mist which supplies a transdermal delivery of DMSO, peppermint oil, olive oil, distilled water, MSM, magnesium chloride, lemon oil, coconut oil and chlorella growth factor. The DMSO helps absorb the other ingredients deep into the tissue for long lasting topical relief for pain.
Myotherapy is procedure for pain relief which is a trigger point therapy for re-training muscles. It works well in conjunction with yoga.
Medical cannabis, which is just about legal in some US states, has been found very helpful by those who have used it to give relief from chronic pain.
- Another suggestion to use in addition to any of the previous suggesions is a daily dose of cold pressed hemp oil. As well as taking internally, the hemp oil can be massaged into painful joints.
- Enjoying water therapy in a warm pool helps reduce the weight on any affected joint but to be effective, this sometimes difficult alternative needs to be carried out under the supervision of a trained personal trainer. As part of an alternative pain relief strategy, water therapy undertaken at least 3 times a week will help to keep the sufferer flexible and pain free.
Grounding and rebounding are two different natural ways to help with pain relief. I have written about both in greater detail in earlier posts.
Vitamin D is one of my hobby horses but knowing your vitamin D levels is very important to your overall health as just mild degrees of vitamin D deficiency are now understood to be one of the causes of a vast array of chronic diseases causing pain and other symptoms. They may develop because of, or be exacerbated by, such a deficiency. While sun exposure to a large portion of your skin (until it turns the lightest shade of pink) as near to the solar noon as possible is the best way to optimize your vitamin D levels, the alternative is top up with a sufficient dose of vitamin D3. It is not called the “feel good” hormone for nothing.
- A less well known therapy for pain and inflammation is focusing on enzymes. One suggestion is 3 tablets of Serrapeptase 3 times a day on an empty stomach for ten days to alleviate chronic pain. If successful, the dosage can be reduced to a maintenance one of 3 tablets for two months before discontinuing. Do not use this supplement if you are on any blood thinning medication because it acts as a natural blood thinner.
And there are still more
These suggestions give you plenty of scope to find a method to suit you. Further ones include the use of astaxanthin, ginger, curcumin, cayenne cream, bromelaine
(another source of enzymes), evening primrose, black currant
and borage oils.
It can take time and patience to find safe and effective alternatives to prescription and over-the-counter painkillers that work for you but it is well worth the effort for your good health.