Natural Ways to Find Pain Relief
- by Stephen Touhey
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: