There is probably nothing more debilitating than chronic pain. Defined as pain lasting for six months or longer, chronic pain afflicts 50 to 80 million mid-life Americans and costs us over $100 billion in social costs every year.
Back pain can make your life a misery. You can’t concentrate on your job, your personal life is affected and you can’t do any day to day tasks. The back pain will always be at the forefront of your mind.
Recent research has shown that chronic pain is destructive to the body. The longer chronic pain goes untreated, the worse it becomes. Chronic pain unleashes a cascade of harmful hormones, such as cortisol, that adversely affect the immune system and kidney function.
7 Herbs For Chronic Back Pain Relief
It is a popular home remedy for a toothache. Apply a drop or two of this excellent anti-inflammatory directly to your aching tooth or tooth cavity.
Angelica is rich in constituents that quiet the nervous system, is grounding and helps establish ease. Anti inflammatory agents make it one of my favorite allies for alleviating arthritic aches and pains, and it’s antispasmodic, so eases menstrual or muscular cramps.
The roots of ginseng, angelica, wild yam, and black cohosh are rich in anti-inflammatory steroids. 20-30 drops of tincture made from the fresh or dry roots of any of these herbs helps ease sore, painful joints. Synthesized steroidal drugs, unlike natural herbs, often have a negative impact on the immune system, and are known to stimulate osteoporosis.
It contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic boswellic acids that can soothe pain from sports injuries and also can help osteoarthritic knee pain. Take 150- to 400-mg capsules or tablets (standardized to contain 30 percent to 65 percent boswellic acids) three times daily for two to three months.
While Cayenne adds spice to ethnic dishes, it is also a potent pain fighter. The George Mateljan Foundation, committed to educating the public about healthy foods, acknowledges cayenne to be an effective pain fighter in people suffering with cluster headaches and osteoarthritis. Cayenne is found in commercial pain products such as muscle rubs.
Willow bark (Salix alba) was used for treating pain by the ancient Greeks more than 2,400 years ago. American Indians throughout North America used it as a pain reliever even before the arrival of the European colonists. Investigation of salicin, a pain-relieving constituent in willow bark, led to the discovery of aspirin in 1899. The most important active constituent is salicin, but other anti-inflammatory constituents also appear in the willow bark.
Flaxseed oil is rich in essential fatty acids that promote balance between Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids in the blood. This balance reduces the inflammatory response in the body. Although most commonly used as a laxative, flaxseed is also beneficial for women who suffer from breast pain.
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