There is no doubt that pain is unpleasant. It can be intense and acute, like when you stub a toe or bump your head. It can also be persistent and chronic, possibly caused by disease such as arthritis. Pain is essentially a sensation caused by a message being sent through the nervous system to the brain. Physical pain is typically a result of injury and is associated with tissue damage. As unpleasant as it is, it does play an important role in our lives. The reason why we experience pain is to motivate us to withdraw from harmful situations in order to avoid further injury, to protect the damaged body part so that it has a chance to heal, and is a reminder to avoid similar experiences in the future.
Mother Nature's pain solutions
There are a number of treatments for pain, ranging from the use of modern medication such as aspirin and other painkillers to traditional and natural treatments such as acupuncture. We'd like to take a look at what Mother Nature has on offer and highlight a few natural remedies to choose from the next time you need relief.
This herb comes from a European flower of plants in the sunflower family. It contains natural anti-inflammatory properties and works wonders for bruising, swelling and pain relief. It is usually applied as an ointment.
Fish oil such as cod-liver oil is found to break down into hormone-like chemicals in the body, which reduces inflammation. Numerous studies show excellent relief for joint pain from arthritis or other autoimmune disorders. Supplements are taken orally.
Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers and works as an analgesic in topical ointments by temporarily desensitising skin nerve receptors. It is used with excellent results to reduce pain from arthritis, shingles and nerve damage or nerve sensitivities.
Turmeric is made from the rhizomes of the flowering plant that belongs to the ginger family. It is found to work best when taken orally and is an excellent in relieving inflammation and fighting joint pain, and may even slow down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
The African Potato is an indigenous geophytic herb and the extract comes from the corm of the plant. It is found to possess potent anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-inflammatories inhibit the effect of chemicals that are involved in the production of pain and inflammation at the damage site. This herb can be taken orally or in topical ointments such as the African Potato Cream.
Camphor is an herb that is extracted from the wood and roots of the camphor tree. It has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties that provide relief from spasms and cramps. It has a stimulating and cooling effect on skin that helps relieve pain. It is usually applied as an ointment or an essential oil.
These are just a few examples of the natural options you have to treat pain. Mother Nature is indeed a wonderful supplier of healing and soothing remedies!