Pain is an inevitable part of life, and many people go straight to modern medicine to ease it. However, there are a plethora of natural treatments that you can use to manage any pain you may suffer from. Here are our 4 favourite ones.
This method of relieving pain uses different herbs and plants to naturally help to relieve pain. Ginger and turmeric are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to help with muscle pain and stomach pain. The best way to take these are through foods, so adding them to curries or smoothies are great ways to use them. Other plants including lavender, rosemary and peppermint are known to soothe muscle aches, and can be used in the form of essential oils. You can put drops into a bath, humidifier or massage them onto the affected area.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is an extract from the cannabis plant. It comes from its hemp form, which contains an extremely small amount of the psychoactive chemical THC, which is known for producing a high. CBD can be highly effective as a pain reliever, and can be taken in a variety of ways, including ingesting it through its oil or gummy form, it can be vaped, or applied as a topical cream. The benefits of CBD are plentiful, making it a highly versatile natural remedy for issues including: muscle spasms, arthritis pain, anxiety and seizures.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese natural pain treatment that relieves pain through the balancing of the body’s energy pathways. Small, very thin needles are inserted into the skin, with the location depending on where the pain is. It is widely supported as an effective alternative treatment for migraines, chronic pain and back pain, as well as many other conditions too. It is believed to help the brain produce more serotonin, the brain’s feel-good hormone to ease pain.
Mindfulness & Yoga
Mindfulness is a practice that utilises breathing exercises to create a sense of presence. It encourages people to feel in tune with their bodies, and more aware of their feelings, emotions and bodily sensations. It is supported as a way of aiding pain related to depression and anxiety, and can improve quality of life for those who use it. The sense of calm it produces can aid pain relief through reducing stress and anxiety, which can both worsen, and be a source of, pain. Yoga is also a form of mindfulness that uses a variety of poses and moves that stretch and strengthen the body. The physical therapy that yoga provides can reduce back and neck pain, and be used in a wider therapy strategy to support other forms of therapy.
These forms of natural pain management can be used in parallel with each other, as well as with modern medicine to aid pain symptoms, and help you to more effectively manage pain without total reliance on drugs.