We all experience some kind of pain, every once in a while. Most of us, deal with this by taking some sort of painkiller to alleviate migraines, physical injuries, or other aches associated with chronic diseases. However, before popping more ibuprofen or paracetamol pills, let’s take a look at more natural options and alternatives we have to alleviate different pains.
A healthy diet has numerous benefits for our overall health, especially in our efforts to alleviate discomforting pain. While vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients have a huge role in easing the pain, healthy blood circulation equally plays a critical part, as our blood supplies the strained areas with oxygen and other nutrients it needs.
Clogged blood vessels cause pain problems throughout our body based on their location. Despite the ubiquitous association with stroke, hypertension, and other cardiovascular problems, blocked arteries also cause lower back pain, chest pain, cramps in the calf, and sexual dysfunction.
The right sort of cleansing diet, such as, a high-fiber diet is most effective because of its proven effects in clearing arteries and reduce tense joints, back pain, and inflammation-related problems.
This involves a heavy rotation of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Start slowly by adding healthy snacks, such as, almonds, dried nori seaweed, and green tea to reduce bad cholesterol and inflammation. Moreover, reducing sugar and fried food intake will slowly make a difference in the affected areas without completely turning your regular food choices around.
Spicy food may not be one of the most popular choices when we talk about a healthy diet and overall well-being. The longstanding myth of spicy food’s ability to trigger ulcer, acid reflux and other stomach conditions are not helping either. But turning up the heat in every meal with cayenne pepper or wasabi can actually help us reduce pain without resorting to artificially-produced medication.
Cayenne pepper has long been used as both a sharp spice and a curative ingredient. Specifically, capsaicin, the compound that brings cayenne peppers their signature kick works by blocking substance P, our body’s neurotransmitters for pain. Apart from desensitizing the nerves that trigger pain response, the capsaicin found in cayenne peppers also soothes pain from diabetic arthritis, menstrual cramps, back aches, muscle soreness, and bruises.
Wasabi, on the other hand, while getting its highly flavored heat from a compound called allyl ithiocyanate also has the potential for pain relief. In particular, as study found that the allyl ithiocyanate in wasabi (as well as in horseradish and mustard) blocks TRPA1 or transient receptor potential ankyrin 1, the protein responsible for our body’s reaction to environmental irritants, cold, inflammatory pain, and itch.
However, it is important to know your body. If you have a pitta imbalance for example, according to Ayurvedic Medicine, then it is important to limit hot food and spices.
The experience of sipping hot tea on a slow afternoon does not go without its own sets of benefits for our health and body. Being the most preferred health and beauty beverage in most parts of the world, its numerous benefits include cleansing the body, speeding digestion, clearing the senses, lifting one’s spirits, and relieving pain.
With a broad selection of teas from different parts of the world, peppermint is favored as a strong painkiller. Applied to the skin, a bag of peppermint helps to soothe the tension and pain in the body. Likewise, it can also be used as a compress for pains associated with neuralgia and rheumatism.
Furthermore, the almost universal and cooling effects of peppermint extends to relief from pain brought about by bronchitis, laryngitis, sea sickness, nausea, and stomach cramps.
Ginger and aloe vera are known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-allergen effects. Due to these distinguished properties, the medicinal purposes of both herbs make them conducive for pain relief as well.
Medical research also notes that ginger blocks histamines and enzymes, which is responsible for inflammation within the body. Traditional Chinese medicine, however, broadens its benefits to the body to include warming effects that soothe the throat, reduce muscle pains and arthritis, all while activating a healthy circulation for reduced joint pain.
Aloe Vera, on the other hand, is an alkaline food that resembles the healthy tissue of our internal organs. It is free from toxins and acids that cause unhealthy aging and severe pains. Drinking its extracts soothes an upset stomach, relieves menstrual cramps, eases constipation, removes skin blemishes along with a host of food allergies. Moreover, fresh Aloe vera gel is also helpful in easing a sunburn.
People who suffer from chronic pain, particularly in the lower back, often find physical activities to be too excruciating to begin with. Walking, however, is one way to benefit from regular exercise, without putting too much strain on the lower back. Cardio, increases the spine’s stability and prevents bone density reduction, which helps lower risks for osteoporosis and relieve the pains of osteoarthritis. Similarly, walking also enables proper distribution of nutrients through healthy blood circulation.
Walking may worsen or cause more unbearable pain for some conditions on the lower back, however, one could get around this tricky situations with water-based therapeutic exercises, such as: deep-water aerobics or aqua jogging.
So before grabbing another painkiller for your backache, try one of the methods mentioned above! You can also schedule an appointment with me to discuss various ways you can heal yourself and your loved ones!