You can always replace the harmful chemicals with these healthy natural alternative remedies.
It is a common joke amongst athletes that their primary vitamin intake is vitamin I, that stands for ibuprofen to relieve their aches and pains from training. However they are not the only ones that take ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen for the common headaches, sport injuries and muscle cramps. More than 30 million Americans consume these pain-killing drugs on daily basis.
80% of the pain we feel comes from inflammation of a certain area. Pain is the defensive response of the brain that causes the tissues of the area to swell and that amplifies the signal from the pain nerves. What the pain killers do is they block these signals and lower the pain. But this relief comes for a price. Sometimes there can be scary side-effects like bleeding in the stomach, strokes, kidney damage and even heart attack.
But just like every other thing that nature has a solution for – it has a solution for pain too! Today we are going to present you with 7 herbs that work twice as efficiently as pain-killers with NO SIDE-EFFECTS! Say good bye to all those harmful chemicals forever.
Boswellia or also known as frankincense is a herb that eases chronic and minor pains. The way it works is that it decreases the body’s production of inflammatory compounds that are implicated in chronic diseases. The proper way to consume the miraculous compounds is to look for a formula that is standardized to about 60 % boswellic acids and take 750 mg daily in three divided doses. This year a 90% formulation was released so you’ll be able to get your hands on it easily.
Arnica is a remedy that has been used for centuries to relieve pain. It is usually found as a bright yellow arnica flower that grows in the alpine meadows in Europe. The compounds found in this Arnica flower boost the immune system and decrease the inflammation.
A study done in 2007 showed that a topical arnica gel had restored joint function and soothed pain as well as ibuprofen, if not better. It also works wonders in cases of strains, sprains, and bruises. The gel should be applied three times a day.
Curcumin or as some people like to call it “the spice of life” is a compound found in turmeric that blocks most of the inflammatory proteins and enhances the body’s ability to deal with inflammation. It also relieves chronic pain and it helps ward off heart diseases, Alzheimer’s diabetes and more. The daily intake dose should be from 400 to 600 mg three times a day.
#4 Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered critical and essential for long-term pain reduction thanks to their anti-inflammatory compounds. Many scientists believe that the lack of omega-3 fatty acids in our daily diet causes us to feel more pain and weakens our immune system.
Omega-3 fatties can be found in hempseed, cold-water fish such as salmon and sardines, flaxseed or they can be taken in a supplement form. Try to make your daily intake from 1000 to 2000 mg a day. If you happen to be suffering from a chronic pain, you can increase it somewhere between 2000 and 4000 mg daily. However when taking these fatty acids be sure to intake lots of Vitamin E to keep the fatty acids from oxidizing your body and turning against you.
Ginger is the most famous natural remedy root out there. People have been using it for centuries for its amazing miraculous properties. The amount of ginger that should be consumed is 2 grams of ground dehydrated ginger per day, in three divided doses. However if you happen to be suffering from a chronic illness or disease, cut down to 1 gram daily, in three divided doses.
#6 Devil’s claw
Usually found in South Africa, the hard fruit by the name of “Devil’s Claw” serves as a strong herbal remedy that takes away pain, especially serving as the best relief remedy for arthritis and back pain.
A 4 month study with more than 120 participants with knee osteoarthritis has shown that the fruit has increased the function and decreased the pain just as efficient as regular medicine.
The miracle compounds have been revealed to be harpagoside and iriod glycosides that have potent anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. The daily intake of this fruit should be 50 to 100 mg of harpagoside daily or roughly translated to 400 mg of dried devil’s claw. However if you have a stomach illness be sure to consult with a doctor before using the fruit on your own hand.
#7 White willow bark and feverfew
Nothing screams “aspirin” louder than a headache. It is the simplest solution, but not the most efficient and healthiest. Luckily nature has provided us with white willow bark. It contains salicin which is a compound that is very similar to aspirin. An extract of 120 to 240 mg salicin every four hours will work miracles with your headaches. NOTE: Do not give willow bark to children because of a risk of Reye’s syndrome.
Also, a 100 to 200 mg of Feverfew daily can stop headaches before they even occur. It relaxes the blood vessels in your brain and it prevents them from constricting – which is the primary cause for migraines.