Ancient and holistic remedies are making a comeback as more and more people are searching for natural ways to find pain relief and treat their ailments. Natural and holistic options tend to be more gentle on the body and often have less side effects than their pharmaceutical counterparts.
While there are many herb and spice supplements linked to pain relief, the cause of your pain will determine which herb or spice to choose. Things like willow bark, turmeric, CBD oil, rosemary oil, and many more have all shown promise as natural ways to find pain relief.
Finding a trained naturopath or herbalist and working with your doctor is your safest best since many supplements can react with current medications or may carry their own risks.
Here are 5 natural ways to find pain relief. You may be surprised to learn the science behind how some of these work. Give them a try!
Try an omega 3 supplement
Whether you prefer fish oil or a vegan omega 3, according to an article in Surgical Neurology International, these supplements are proven to fight inflammation. When inflammation goes down, the pain often goes down with it.
Practice healthy coping mechanisms to reduce stress
What the heck is a coping mechanism? It’s how you think and behave when met with stress.
How’s that going to relieve pain exactly? It reduces pain by reducing stress.
There’s a proven link between chronic pain and stress, so even if reducing stress doesn’t eliminate your pain entirely, it will likely still help to some degree.
Some coping mechanisms aren’t super healthy, like drinking alcohol, smoking, and over-eating. If you weren’t even aware that you’re doing these types of things because of stress, then it’s called a defense mechanism.
Whether you’re dealing with an unhealthy coping mechanism or a defense mechanism, the good news is that you can learn new healthier ways to cope.
Neuroplasticity is the scientific word that basically describes your brain’s ability to change your thinking, behaviors, and more. In order to become a habit and not feel so unnatural, the new behaviors have to be repeated enough times to “wire” into the subconscious mind.
So for example, let’s say you decide to try breathwork as your coping mechanism. Before, you used to get stressed, your body would tense up, the pain would get worse, you might drink alcohol to numb yourself, which then caused more pain from the toxins and dehydration.
Now when you’re stressed and tensed up, you sit down in a peaceful space and activate your parasympathetic nervous system through deep breathing. This allows the tension to release and the pain to go along with it.
A few healthy coping mechanisms you can try are:
- Mindfulness practice - Place your focus in the present moment. When you notice your mind drifting into the past or future, bring it back to the present, over and over. It takes practice and patience, but offers big rewards.
- Meditation - A self-guided or guided meditation is a great way to release stress. Visualization is especially helpful because it can allow you to go to a safe and peaceful place of your choosing in your mind.
- Journaling - This works remarkably well for how simple it is. The body holds a lot of tension from stress, which causes pain. Emptying out the chaos in your mind through writing helps ease the tension in your body.
Practice healthy lifestyle habits
This is the one that a lot of people skirt right past, but it’s one that makes a huge difference. It’s understandable because well...working out isn’t easy for everyone and cake is wildly delicious.
Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly not only keeps your immune system strong to fight off infection and disease, but it also keeps your body running smoothly. It’s worth the effort ten-fold.
Think about your body like a car. If it sits too long, things start breaking and you need to tinker under the hood to get it running again. Also, if you put bad oil in the car it’s not going to run very efficiently and things might go wrong.
Your body is the same way. Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein, plus exercise regularly, and you’ll be well on your way to natural pain relief.
It’s important to note that if you’ve been inactive for a long time, you’ll need to start easy with exercise to avoid hurting yourself or making your pain worse. Gentle yoga or a stationary recumbent bike are both good places to start.
Wear a bio-frequency pain relief patch
Science has made some big strides thanks to quantum physics and these handy little BioActivate pain relief patches are proof.
Trying to figure out how they work? Sadly physics is a little too complicated to fully explain in a blog post, but this should give you an idea.
Remember in high school when your science teacher told you that everything is made of energy? Something about atoms being the building blocks of all matter…protons, neutrons, and electrons- oh my!
Well, your teacher was right. Everything is made of energy, including you. These little patches are charged with healing frequencies that work with your body’s natural energy field to melt pain away without the use of any drugs at all. Cool, right?
Drink 3-4 cups of green tea per day
Research shows that drinking 3-4 cups of green tea per day significantly reduces inflammation in the body, which also reduces inflammation-associated pain.
Not only have studies shown that green tea has anti-cancer effects, but some have shown promise regarding protection from degenerative diseases, and neurological diseases. It’s even suggested that green tea might lower blood pressure, plus so much more.
The healing compounds in this green elixir are called polyphenols, which are a powerful antioxidant. Green tea is very powerful for a wide variety of ailments, including pain.