Pain Control: 5 Natural Pain Relieversby Lisa Garber
Natural Society, 23 November 2012
Pain has innumerable causes, and therefore just as many remedies. If you’ve gone through the gauntlet of the usual treatments—stretching, exercise, massage, costly pain medication—and still find yourself with a stiff neck or sore joints, try some of these other natural pain relievers for pain control.
Natural Pain Relievers for Natural Pain Control
Ginger – Inflammation and Joint Pain
We’ve long touted ginger for its anti-inflammatory properties, which are especially useful for joint pain. Make ginger tea by cutting up and boiling pieces of ginger for several minutes and adding a dollop of honey and coconut milk; drink two to three times daily until the pain subsides. You can opt for powdered varieties if you’re on the go.
If you think ginger isn’t worth your time, consider that it’s been on several occasions more effective than dangerous cancer drugs at destroying tumors—without side effects, to boot. And no wonder: ginger is a close cousin to another one of our favorites, turmeric, which is also a powerful anti-inflammatory food. You will truly be amazed at the benefits of ginger.
Arnica – Injury
If you’re in a lot of pain from a sudden injury, consider using lesser known natural pain relievers such as arnica gel, which is made of a flower and is purportedly as effective at removing pain as ibuprofen gel. Apply three times daily until the pain goes away, but only on unbroken skin. Be wary, too, of what else is in the cream and be sure to avoid parabens, PEGs, and the like.
Capsaicin – Back Pain
If your nerves are shooting pain up your whole back, try rubbing some capsaicin cream onto the trouble spot. Capsaicin is a key component of chili peppers and provides relief for your neck, back, and muscles. Apply a cream or spray three times daily to unbroken skin, keeping an eye out for bad ingredients in the product.
Vitamin B12 – Overall Pain Relief
Great for pain control, this vitamin helps your body thicken the protective coating around nerves, preventing the “short circuiting” of pain. Vitamin B was once abundant in our soil but today is usually thought of as being found mostly in animal products like eggs, cheese, liver, and seafood. This can be problematic for those who don’t consume animal products or fortified foods, which are often heavily processed. (Rather than blame food choices, however, we can point at our vitamin B12-deficient soil and factory farming techniques for this predicament.) If you take B12 supplements, be sure they’re not genetically modified!