Pain can be a deeply scary experience. We experience pain of varied kinds all throughout our lives. Whilst some pain is commonplace like headaches, menstrual pain, joint pain etc., there are other types of pain that could be related to accidents, bodily conditions and the like. Most of us rely on pain medications of various types to control pain.
However, there are quite a few interesting herbal remedies that can be administered at home for controlling pain. These remedies may not be effective for all kinds of pain even though most of them can mask pain, which can be classified on a scale of mild to moderate. Take a look.
Effective Herbal Remedies for Pain
The simplest herbal remedy that is recommended for all kinds of pain, ginger works by increasing the blood circulation in the body and also by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent, which helps with arthritic and digestive related pain. Make a tea out of ginger by boiling crushed ginger with a cup of water.
You may also get the same effect by chewing on a ginger stalk or massaging ginger extract with olive oil on the area where there is pain. Ginger works on inflammatory pain by reducing the levels of prostaglandin and is a much-favored herb due to its long-term health benefits.
Fish oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which is a natural anti inflammatory agent and analgesic. Apart from consuming food that is rich in omega 3 fatty acids like fish and flax oil, you might need supplements of higher doses based on what kind of pain is being treated. Fish oil when digested breaks down to form prostaglandins, which are anti inflammatory in nature.
High doses like 2000- 8000 mg is required for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis etc. Talk to your doctor about the right dosage for your condition. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis and other neck and back pain have found fish oil to be extremely beneficial and in the long run they have been able to stop being dependant on NSAIDS altogether.
Capsaicin is known to help manipulate the pain perception of humans by releasing endorphins, which are known as feel good hormones. Capsaicin is present in chili peppers and this ingredient can be found in creams and tablets as well. Capsaicin can mask peripheral nerve pain, pain related to HIV and cancer and digestive pain. A daily dosage of one gram of cayenne pepper powder too can be taken for masking pain.
The active ingredients in devil’s claw that can treat pain are harpagide and harpagoside, which have anti inflammatory as well as analgesic properties. Devil’s claw extract is known to cure osteoarthritic pain of the hip and knee, rheumatoid arthritis etc. The normal dosage that is suggested is 750 mg which can be taken thrice a day as tincture, capsules or a tea. Again, safety instructions say that pregnant and nursing mothers, children, people with liver and kidney problems and ulcers must avoid taking it.
This herb that is rich in antioxidant and muscle relaxing properties is a great herbal treatment for stiff joints and muscles. Green tea can be prepared and taken 2-3 times a day for its health benefits and it also has stress relieving properties that will help in the long run. Green tea contains nine muscle relaxing compounds; much higher than what you would find in other herbs and hence excellent for treating pains of varying degrees.
Fennel seeds have sixteen analgesic chemicals and several more anti spasmodic compounds that help in treating pain related to a number of conditions and diseases. Mostly favored as a herbal remedy for menstrual cramps, a tea can be prepared with this herb by adding one teaspoon to a cup of boiling water and steeping it for fifteen minutes. Due to its estrogenic properties, fennel seeds must be avoided if you are pregnant and breastfeeding.
Clove oil is an anti-inflammatory agent that is used for treating tooth pain. Clove can be crushed and inserted under the affected tooth to prevent tooth decay and also mask pain with its numbing action. If you are using clove oil, apply directly on the aching tooth for instant relief.
With close to 32 anti-inflammatory compounds in this herb, oregano is a powerful analgesic as well. Oregano can be made into a tea by mixing it with several other herbs like thyme and rosemary. Which too have excellent analgesic properties. Add a teaspoon each of these herbs or one tablespoon of any one of these herbs into a cup of boiling water. Simmer for ten minutes and cool it before drinking it.
This powerful herb has more than ten analgesic compounds along with several anti inflammatory and anaesthetic properties. A tea can be prepared by adding one tablespoon of dried licorice root to a cup of water and simmering it for about 15 minutes. Cool and drink twice a day. Ensure that you do not have heart problems, hypertension, kidney problems, diabetes and eye diseases like glaucoma while taking licorice.
Good for nerve pain and osteoarthritis, willow bark has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti neuralgic and analgesic agents like salicylic acid, apigenin, salicin etc. Willow bark extracts can be taken or a tea can be prepared by adding two teaspoons of willow bark to eight ounces of boiling water. Simmer for ten minutes and take 3-4 cups to get the right dosage of salicylic acid. A word of caution for this herb as it can interact with blood thinning medications and should not be given to children and people with kidney problems, aspirin allergies, liver problems, bleeding problems etc.
Peppermint is a much sought after herb for treating digestive disorders and pain like irritable bowel syndrome, flatulence, bloating, colic pain etc. It is a muscle relaxant as well and relaxes the stomach muscles, thereby easing pain. Peppermint is also good for migraines and headaches though it is not recommended for babies as it can cause jaundice. Peppermint capsules of the right dosage can be taken for stomachaches and 3 drops of the oil can be added with olive oil for massaging on the forehead for treating headaches and migraine.