Are you one of those people who at the first sign of pain, no matter if it’s a toothache, headache, backache, or etc., reach for painkillers and pain relievers? If yes, then you should stop since majority of these drugs are based on Ibuprofen, Nurofen, Motrin, Advil, or Nuprin.
Ibuprofen, belongs to a group of painkillers which is called ‘non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs’ or NSAIDs. It relieves moderate pain quickly, within only 15 minutes. But, it has temporal effect and it doesn’t provide a long-term problem solution.
No matter how nondurable the pain you feel is, always take into consideration the potential side-effects of taking so many painkillers. One of the commonest side-effects as a result of taking excessive painkillers are hypertension (high blood pressure), nausea, diarrhea, increased risk of heart attack, erectile dysfunction, risk of kidney cancer development, and gastrointestinal bleeding.
In addition, painkillers can provoke addiction. According to experts, many drugs which ease our pains and aches can be dangerously addictive. Also, there are an alarming number of people who use painkillers might be at risk of becoming drug addicts. Actually, according to statistics, 1.5 million people in the United Kingdom might be at risk of medication addiction.
On the basis on the website of Mills-Peninsula Health Services, 12 million people in the US use painkillers on regular basis. At the same time, they warn that the abuse of painkillers prescription is at epidemic levels. Namely, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health report that after marijuana, painkillers prescription are the most abused group of drugs within the nation.
Since painkillers use on long term can cause addiction and sever side effects, scientists are in a constant quest for safer alternatives that have potent anti-inflammatory benefits which don’t provoke any side effects if used on a long term.
So, the best option is to use completely natural ways for elimination of pain. One of the best natural painkillers is turmeric, the popular Indian spice. The main difference between ibuprofen and other NSAID’s work and with the way turmeric works, is in the former inhibit the Cyclooxygenase 2, which leads to inflammation, while the latter has a weaker effect which often provides incredible results without harmful or unwanted side effects.
Curcumin is the famous active ingredient that turmeric contains. It is the ingredient which gives the spice its color as well as its potent health-beneficial properties.
As a result, turmeric tea has been considered one of the oldest and most effective natural methods of treating inflammation and pain, as it is able to treat muscle and joint pain while relaxing the whole body.
NOTE: Breastfeeding and pregnant women aren’t advised to consume this powerful tea. Diabetes patients as well as patients suffering from gallbladder problems should also avoid consuming turmeric tea and turmeric supplements.
Down below is a step-by-step guide on how to prepare this incredible tea at home. All the ingredients you will need to do so have been listed below, but feel free to add other ingredients as well in order to increase its effectiveness.
Turmeric Pain Relief Tea:
- 4 cups of water
- 2 of grated fresh turmeric (or 1 tsp. of ground turmeric)
- fresh lemon or honey
In a kettle, pour the four cups of water and let them to boil. Then, add the turmeric and reduce the heat thus allow it to simmer. If you used the fresh turmeric, simmer for approximately 15 minutes, but if you used the ground one, simmer for 10 minutes at least. Next, by using a fine sieve, strain the tea. Add the lemon or honey to your taste at the end.
Optionally, you can add 1 tsp. of ginger powder to it. Cinnamon would be an excellent addition as well.
As curcumin contains low levels of bioavailability, it will be great if you add a little bit of black pepper to this turmeric tea.