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SUPPLEMENTS THAT CAN HELP YOUR PAIN

White Willow Bark For Pain

 White willow bark is the natural version of aspirin. Pharmacological companies discovered the active ingredient in white willow bark that decreased pain, and now they chemically produce it in a concentrated form. If aspirin were developed today, it would be labeled as a prescription drug because its lethal dose is so minuscule.

White willow bark contains aspirin in its natural state and is less likely to irritate the stomach lining or cause death. It is more expensive than a bottle of aspirin, but if you adhere to the lifestyle changes this book suggests, you should not need much of this herbal remedy.

Valerian Root For Better Sleep

If pain is negatively impacting your sleep, Valerian root may help. Valerian root is a natural sleep aid. If you have difficulty sleeping, which can negatively affect your pain, valerian root may help. You can find it in pill form.

Kava Kava Root For Muscle Tension

 Kava kava root is a natural muscle relaxer. It may help take the edge off pain caused by tense muscles.

Passion Flower For Relaxation

If you pain is due to stress and anxiety causing your muscles to tense, passion flower may help. Passion flower can help you relax when you are feeling stressed or anxious, which can contribute to muscle tension. You can take it in the form of a tea, or for a stronger dose, you can take it as a tincture.

Caution!

As with any muscle relaxer or sleep aid, you should first try these remedies when you don’t have to drive, work, or do anything that you would not do while impaired. It is best to take these herbs at night to help you relax and sleep.

Other Herbs That May Help You If You Are In Pain

Other herbs that may help with your pain are, curcumin (a natural anti-inflammatory from turmeric that is best absorbed with black pepper) and bromelain (a pineapple enzyme, another natural anti-inflammatory). I would not advise using these herbs without guidance from a practitioner who is well versed in herbal remedies.

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TOPICAL CREAMS AND OILS THAT CAN HELP WITH YOUR PAIN

Cryoderm

cryoderm for shoulder pain

Cryoderm is a formula designed not only to alleviate pain, but it's ingredients also facilitate healing. Cryoderm is available in a spray, gel and roll-on. If your pain is not in your hands or feet, the roll-on application preferred because the roll-on can be used the physically massage the region during the application process. If you have the spray bottle, be careful not to overspray on to the face, especially cautious to avoid any over spray into the eyes, as it will burn terribly.  CLICK HERE to learn more about Cryoderm.

Therapeutic Oils That May Help

Before using any topical therapeutic oil, check with your health care provider to verify it is appropriate for you to try, and do a spot test to make sure your skin will not negatively react to the essential oil.

ESSENTIAL OIL OF PEPPERMINT FOR MUSCLE ACHES 

Essential oil of peppermint is good for tense muscles. It has a nice cooling effect, which also helps diminish muscle aches. Massage three to four drops of peppermint oil into the area of pain.  

ESSENTIAL OIL OF CLOVE FOR MUSCLE TENSION 

Essential oil of clove is also good for muscle tension. Clove has a nice warming effect, which helps relax tense muscles. Massage three to four drops of clove oil into the area of pain.

ESSENTIAL OIL OF LAVENDER FOR RELAXATION

Essential oil of lavender is a calming oil. Massage three to four drops of lavender oil into the chest. Combine this with some deep-breathing techniques, and feel your stress melt away.

ESSENTIAL OIL OF MARJORAM FOR INCREASED BLOOD FLOW

Essential oil of marjoram opens up blood flow, which helps facilitate healing. Massage three drops into the area of the body where you are experiencing the most tension. 

ESSENTIAL OIL OF CYPRESS FOR EDEMA

Essential oil of cypress reduces swelling, which can cause pain and limit healing. Massage a drop or two of cypress oil onto the regions that are swollen.

My Advice On Using Natural Remedies

You can seek advice from a naturopath or another health practitioner who is well versed in herbs to find out if other herbal remedies would be better for your specific needs. However, like prescription medication, I am not a fan of relying on a surplus of pills, tinctures, etc. Natural or not, such treatments should be used sparingly so they work when you need them.

 This is why it is important to have good practitioners on your healing team. It takes a village to help you obtain your optimal wellness!

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HEAT OR ICE?

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING PAIN and are looking for an alternative to over-the-counter pain relievers, temperature therapy may be an option. Heat therapy and ice therapy are useful, and sometimes can be used interchangeably. 

Heat Therapy

Heat is a great analgesic (pain reducer) and opens up capillary beds, bringing more blood to the region that is experiencing pain. This is great for tight muscles. However, heat therapy is also inflammatory. If your knee pain is caused by inflammation, heat can make it worse.

Ice Therapy

Like heat, ice is a great analgesic. But ice is also an anti-inflammatory. Ice therapy is a suitable treatment for acute injuries (during the inflamed state) because ice therapy causes your blood vessels to constrict, which reduces blood supply to the region. But if you don’t have any inflammation, ice therapy is unhealthy for tissues already starved for blood, as with knee pain that is caused by spastic muscles. 

Careful!

Be careful with heat and ice. They are very effective tools when used correctly, but they can be dangerous when used incorrectly or to treat the wrong ailment.

Patients often make an emergency visit to my office after sleeping with a heating pad. This is a dangerous practice. It is too easy to overheat the region and wake up in a terribly inflamed state.

It is also dangerous to sleep with an ice pack, especially if you are on pain pills. I have had more than one patient wake up with frostbite under an ice pack after having slept with one.

I believe the safest self-treatment for most knee pain is to

1.     Heat the muscles above and below the region of pain (avoiding heat directly on the inflamed painful region) for ten minutes to bring nutrient-filled blood to the area and to relax the spastic muscles around the area of pain.

2.     Stretch the tight muscles you just heated gently while the muscles are warm and pliable (as shown in the stretches mentioned above).

3.     Finish with two minutes of ice to the most intense spot of pain to calm any inflammation that may have worsened with the heat and stretching.

I believe the safest self-treatment for most knee pain is to

1.     Heat the spastic muscles above and below the region of pain (avoiding the actual region of pain) for ten minutes to bring nutrient-filled blood to the area and to relax the spastic muscles.

2.     Stretch the spastic muscles you just heated gently while the muscles are warm and pliable.

3.     Finish with two minutes of ice to the most intense spot of pain to calm any inflammation that may have worsened with the heat and stretching.

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