If you’re suffering from chronic pain, it’s likely that you’ve tried a variety of treatment options as you search for pain relief. Natural pain relief options such as herbs and supplements are generally easy to try, inexpensive, and have the potential for reducing your pain.
I’m going to provide some of these natural herbs and supplements that can go a long way in helping you cope with and manage chronic pain. Hopefully one or a few will work for you.
Willow bark: People have been using willow bark to ease inflammation, the cause of most aches and pains, for centuries. The bark of the white willow contains the chemical salicin, which is similar to the main ingredient in aspirin.
Originally, people chewed the bark itself to relieve pain. Now willow bark is sold as a dried herb that you can brew like tea. You can use willow bark to help relieve discomfort from headaches, low back pain, osteoarthritis, and many other conditions.
Turmeric: Turmeric is a natural pain reliever it helps relieve inflammation. It contains the compound curcumin, an antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radical molecules that can damage cells and tissue.
Turmeric can also be used for the treatment of following ailments:
- Stomach upset
Cloves: Whole cloves are often used to spice up meat and rice dishes. Ground cloves are used in various ways in varying dishes and for a great cleansing facial mask.
As a medicine, cloves can be found in capsule or powder form.
Like other herbal supplements, you can use cloves to treat a wide range of conditions. Cloves may help ease nausea and treat colds. They may also help relieve the pain associated with headaches, arthritic inflammation, and toothaches. Cloves can also be used as part of a topical pain reliever.
Arnica: Arnica is a yellow-orangish flower that grows in the mountains of Europe and Siberia. It’s sometimes called the “mountain daisy,” because its color and petals look like the familiar flower. Creams and ointments made from the flower head can be used to address the following ailments:
- Muscle soreness and aches
- Joint pain and swelling