Chronic pain is a widespread problem, with around 20% of the adult population experiencing pain for more than three months. Long-term pain is also linked to emotional discomfort, with up to 85% experiencing major depression. Overdose from opioid painkillers is the top cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. As a result, pain management is a critical public health issue with significant economic and societal implications. Below, we’ll look at natural remedies and lifestyle changes that can help.
Herbal Medicine for Pain Relief
Boswellia/Indian Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)
Used for centuries to address chronic pain, this potent herb has considerable anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that help to increase your pain threshold. It can also be used topically.
Suggested dose: 350mg or 2-3 dropperfuls of tincture daily. Do not use it internally if pregnant.
Known for its pain-relieving properties, CBD is a safe and effective remedy for peripheral neuropathic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer pain. Importantly, it is non-addictive. It helps to ease pain by modulating the endocannabinoid, inflammatory, and pain-sensing systems.
Suggested dose: 20-40mg/day.
Safety: Research has found that even high doses up to 1,500mg are well-tolerated. However, it is not recommended to take higher doses with other medications as it may cause liver damage. Side effects may include diarrhea, appetite changes, and fatigue.
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
Long-used for relieving migraine and toothache pain, feverfew is also a powerful pain reliever for acute, inflammatory, articular, and neuropathic conditions.
Suggested dose: 100mg/daily.
Possible interactions: Blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), or aspirin and medications broken down by the liver.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
As an outstanding adaptogenic anti-inflammatory, reishi is exceedingly helpful for reducing the pain associated with inflammatory, arthritic, and autoimmune disorders.
Suggested dose: 2 dropperfuls of dual-extracted reishi tincture, twice daily.
Dietary & Lifestyle Tips
If you are suffering from chronic pain, diet plays an important role in relieving symptoms. An anti-inflammatory diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, fatty fish, antioxidants, and fiber is an excellent choice. Avoid processed foods, refined sugar, saturated and trans fats, and conventional dairy as they make inflammation much worse.
Supporting your microbiome is also crucial for managing pain. Why? Recent studies have found that the gut microbiota plays a significant role in pain signaling — including the pain involved with inflammation, headaches, neuropathy, and visceral areas such as the abdomen, chest, intestines, and pelvis. Eating a prebiotic and probiotic rich diet that includes Jerusalem artichokes, flaxseed, chia seed, sauerkraut, kimchi, coconut kefir, tempeh, and fermented pickles is helpful. For additional support in healing the gut and encouraging a robust microbiome, my Balanced Gut Blend is an outstanding option.
Chiropractic care, acupuncture, light exercise and stretching, stress management, and quality sleep are all important for managing chronic pain. Oftentimes, sleep is disrupted because of pain. Taking an Epsom salt bath (magnesium sulfate) and having a regular sleep-promoting bedtime routine can help. If you need an extra level of support, my Sleep Blend is formulated with potent botanicals that improve sleep quality, and promote natural, healthy sleep patterns, including healthy REM cycles.
Getting enough vitamins and minerals is also essential for pain management. Focus on vitamins B-12, C, and D, along with fish oil, magnesium, and probiotics.
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