Updated on May 12th, 2018
Whether you suffer from fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or any other condition that causes chronic pain, there is no doubt that you are looking for fast and effective relief.
While synthetic medications like acetaminophen and prescription pain killers like Oxycodone can certainly provide much-needed relief, the relief does not come without adverse side effects.
Prescription pain killers can be habit forming and can be lethal if consumed in high amounts. Likewise, acetaminophen can cause liver damage and can negatively impact your mood.
Given the side effects of these synthetic medications, if you’re suffering from chronic pain, it’s important to find alternative options for managing your pain. Below, we list five herbs that have been scientifically proven to alleviate pain and discomfort without causing any adverse effects.
You probably already know that ginger can soothe an upset stomach almost immediately; but, did you know that it can also be an effective way to treat your chronic pain?
Ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine as a way to ease aches and pains. It contains phytochemicals that can help ease the inflammation that is associated with several conditions that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis, making it a highly effective and natural way to manage your discomfort.
Freshly ground ginger adds wonderful flavor to many dishes, or you can boil fresh ginger root to make a tea (strain the water before drinking). Alternatively, you can take a ginger supplement to help put your pain in check.
Turmeric is a spice that is often used in Indian cuisine. It’s what gives curry it’s unique flavor and vibrant color. However, turmeric is more than just a flavorful, colorful, and fragrant herb; it also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can boost circulation and ease pain.
The secret to the healing power of turmeric lies in the herbs active ingredient – curccumin. It reduces the levels of enzymes within the body that spark inflammation and cause pain. Add a few pinches of turmeric to your food (it tastes great with more than just curry; the spice adds wonderful flavor to scrambled eggs, for example), mix some into cool water with a bit of organic honey, or take a turmeric supplement.
3. Cissus Quadrangularis
Cissus quadrangularis is a well known herb that has the ability to treat the pain that is associated with a variety of ailments. This plant is native to Asia and Africa and it has been used medicinally for thousands of years.
Like other herbs mentioned on this list, cissus quadrangularis has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that have the ability to combat all types of pain, including mild, moderate, severe, and chronic.
One study, in particular, found that this herb can ease the pain that athletes experience when they engage in high amounts of strenuous exercise by reducing joint pain and inflammation.
4. Valerian Root
Affectionately referred to as ”nature’s tranquilizer”, this herb has been used for thousands of years to suppress the nervous system. Not only does it reduce sensitivity in the nerves (which causes pain), but it can also help to treat stress, anxiety, tension, and sleep issues – all problems that are often experienced with chronic pain. Brew up a cup of valerian tea when your chronic pain kicks in.
5. Eucommia Bark
The bark of the eucommia tree has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is most notably used to treat joint pain, particularly in the knees and hips. This natural herb also helps to boost the strength of the bones, ligaments, and tendons after they have been weakened by an injury.