Capsaicin is Good for Arthritis and Muscle Aches

Capsaicin is good for arthritis and muscle aches. Capsaicin is derived from hot chile peppers, and when placed into a topical cream, gives many people relief from the pain of arthritis or muscle strain. Capsaicin works by depleting a substance that helps transmit the sensation of pain from the peripheral to the central nervous system, so it may take a few days before you experience relief if you have not used capsaicin before.

Cloves are a Well-Known Natural Pain Reliever

Cloves can relieve the pain of headaches, arthritis and toothaches. Cloves are a spice commonly used in pies and other foods. The active ingredient is eugenol which is a natural pain reliever found in many over-the-counter pain creams. Cloves come in capsules, powders or in oil form.

Caution: People who are taking blood-thinning medications should use cloves with caution because clove oil can increase the risk of abnormal bleeding.

Turmeric is a Good Natural Pain Reliever

 Use turmeric for indigestion, osteoarthritis or generalized pain. Turmeric is a spice, a part of the ginger family, often used in Indian food that gives yellow curry its unique color and flavor. It contains curcumin, an antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radicals that can damage cells and tissue. It also relieves inflammation that causes pain. People with gallbladder disease should avoid turmeric, and has not been studied for long-term use.

Consider Willow Bark for Headaches, Low Back Pain, or Osteoarthritis

Willow bark eases inflammation which wil also ease aches and pains. The chemical salacin which is similar to the salicylic acid in aspirin is found in the bark of the white willow. White willow comes as a dried herb that can be brewed like tea, or it comes as a capsule or liquid supplement. Because the chemical property in willow bark is so similar to aspirin, you should not take it if you have sensitivity to aspirin or if you are taking a blood thinner. You should use willow bark with caution if you are also taking over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen.


Valerian Root Eases Muscle Pain and Spasms

Valerian Root for muscle cramps and spasms. Valerian root is most widely known for its treatment of insomnia and anxiety, but also has natural analgesic properties that help with muscle pain, and muscle relaxant properties that help lessen the severity of muscle cramps. Valerian is known to lower blood pressure, so should be taken with caution by people who are being treated for hypertension, as the additive effects may lower blood pressure too much.

Kava Kava is a Natural Pain Reliever

Kava Kava is a natural pain reliever used for tension headaches and neuropathic pain. Kava Kava is a member of the pepper family and has been used as a natural remedy throughout the South Pacific for centuries. Kava Kava contains Kavalactones that have an analgesic effect, but can also produce mild sedative effects. Kava Kava is typically prepared as a tea, although you may find it in capsules or paste that can be mixed into a drink such as a smoothie, as well. Kava Kava is known to cause interactions with some pharmaceutical medications and should be taken only after consultation with your physician. #MarktheSpotMassage

Ginseng is a Natural Pain Reliever

Ginseng is a natural pain reliever that is being used for fibromyalgia. Ginseng is one of the most commonly used supplements in the world. It is known as a fatigue-fighter and immune system booter, but has shown some surprising results in treatment for the chronic neuropathic pain of fibromyalgia without the side effects of the most common pharmaceutical treatment given today.

Any supplement can interact with pharmaceutical prescriptions so you should consult your prescribing physician if you are taking medicines of any kind. #MarktheSpotMassage

Natural Pain Relievers

Most people who experience pain will look for treatment to relieve it. Any drug or herb has the possibility of side effects, but over the counter pain management drugs are far more likely to cause side effects, drug interactions and dependency than are natural formulas.

On-going or chronic pain can be managed very well with neuromuscular massage, but between sessions, you may want to consider a natural pain reliever. Remember, however, that pain is the body’s way of indicating that something is wrong, so on-going pain or pain with unusual severity should be evaluated by a medical professional to determine if there is an underlying cause.

Bromelein for generalized pain and arthritis. Bromelein is found in pineapples and has anti-inflammatory properties that can help lessen pain.

Any supplement can interact with pharmaceutical prescriptions so you should consult your prescribing physician if you are taking medicines of any kind. #MarktheSpotMassage