Chronic pain is something that affects everyone in all walks of life. Whether you suffer from an actual disease like arthritis or you just have a chronically bad back, pain can be a limiting factor in your life. Living with chronic pain adds another dimension of difficulty that many people without chronic pain will never understand.
Chances are, if you suffer from chronic pain, you’ve looked everywhere for relief. Doctors, acupuncturists, and everything in between are all common stops for chronic pain sufferers. But, there are plenty of natural remedies for chronic pain that don’t cost an arm and leg. We’ll clue you into a few below.
The name sounds uninviting, but the benefits are powerful. There are actually two different kinds of skullcap: North American and Chinese. The North American variety has been in use for around 200 years and is well-known for its ability to treat convulsions, chronic pain, and anxiety. The Chinese variety fights against inflammation, headaches, and has recently been indicated for use in treating cancer. You read that right. Clearly, skullcap (of either variety) can prove effective for treating your chronic pain.
Many chronic pain sufferers actually combine valerian with skullcap to create an “herb cocktail.” Valerian itself is frequently used to treat anxiety because of its unique relaxation properties. Of course, these relaxation properties are also useful in combating chronic pain. The herb has been shown to reduce pain associated to headaches, muscle and joint soreness, and even menstrual cramps.
- Willow Bark
Willow bark is a well-known painkiller that has been used for its medicinal properties for over 1,000 years. A compound in willow bark called “salicin” was one of the first active ingredients used in aspirin 200 years ago. The herb is still used today to treat everything from back pain and arthritis to bursitis and tendinitis.
Many doctors suggest the use of magnesium as a painkiller, because of how it interacts with the brain and the nervous system. Studies have indicated that magnesium is responsible for balancing the levels of a chemical called NMDA, which transmits pain signals throughout the nervous system. More magnesium tends to reduce those chemicals.
This is “super-herb” if there ever was one. Turmeric is known for its ability significantly curb inflammation and pain associated with it. Diseases like sciatica, arthritis, gout, and virtually any inflammatory condition known to man can be treated with turmeric. It can also stop inflammatory diseases from materializing. If you have pain from inflammation, turmeric may be a godsend.
- Devil’s Claw
Again, the name sounds threatening, but the effects are more than soothing. Devil’s claw is an herb native to Africa that is known for its ability to combat pain from arthritis as well as pain from the back, knees, and hips. In Germany, it was approved as a non-prescription medicine, and it can be used as a replacement for drugs like acetaminophen.