(Health Secrets) What do you reach for when you’re in pain? If it’s aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) it’s time for a change. Although they are popular, these over the counter pain relievers have a heavy load of side effects, some of which can be deadly. For a better choice, rely on these natural pain relievers brought to you by nature.
Why it’s best to skip OTC pain relievers
Aspirin has long been linked to gastrointestinal problems and ulcers as well as hemorrhage and stroke. Tylenol has repeatedly been shown to be toxic to the liver.
Ibuprofen is another NSAID (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug) in addition to aspirin and Tylenol. Ibuprofen drugs go by names such as Advil and Motrin, and are known for side effects such as nausea and dizziness, hypertension, DNA damage, hearing loss, and miscarriage.
Synthetic drugs may offer fast pain relief, but they are risky. There are many effective pain relieving and anti-inflammatory natural remedies that are effective after time, but below are some that offer fast pain relief.
Relieve pain fast with these five natural remedies
Kratom is an herb that is both fast and natural for pain relief, but unknown to most of us. Kratom has an interesting history from its early times as an herb to reduce pain, increase energy, and lift spirits among Indonesians. Many who were hooked on opium used kratom to help them easily endure opium withdrawal.
According to legend, that’s why it was banned there. It was interfering with the opium trade. Maybe so, maybe not.
The fact that kratom was banned in its country of origin, as well as the fact that it promotes a good feeling that helps overcome depression. caught the attention of U.S. drug enforcement officials. It’s actually been banned in the state of Indiana!
But kratom is available online in all other states and in most other countries. Check the first source below for more information.
Devil’s Claw is a South African herb that has been popular in Europe for a couple of hundred years. It has proven effective as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis, tendonitis, and muscle pain.
The German Commission E, Germany’s version of our FDA, has approved it as a non-prescription or OTC medicine. It’s not medically recognized by the FDA, but its legality is not an issue currently.
Cannabis, unfortunately, has a legal issue. It has been clinically proven to relieve pain rapidly. It too has the side effect of altering mood if inhaled. But there are other methods of using cannabis, known to most as marijuana, that don’t have that affect.
If you are fortunate to live in a state that permits medical marijuana, and get approved for a medical marijuana card, you’ll have access to a pain remedy that works well immediately for even agonized chemo patients and glaucoma patients suffering severe eye pain and headaches.
Turmeric/curcumin is without controversy or legal issues. Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, taken properly will offer faster pain relief from inflammation than turmeric alone.
High dose curcumin enteric coated capsules with piperine, black pepper’s active ingredient that increases nutrient absorption, are excellent for getting past the stomach intact. Enteric coating protects capsules from deteriorating in the early stomach phase of digestion, allowing the ingredients to get into the lower intestinal intact where it can be absorbed.
Or you can empty a regular capsule of curcumin with piperine into a spoonful of good quality coconut or olive oil and ingest that. If it lacks piperine, add black pepper.
Arnica with DMSO combines a homeopathic topical cream with DMSO as an adjunct to give fast pain relief from injury, arthritis, or sciatica. Adding DMSO speeds and deepens arnica’s topically applied efficacy while adding some of its own pain and inflammatory relief.
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