All pain types and herbs

All pain types and herbs

Painkillers are a part of our lives. Nearly every family has some sort of pain relief medication readily available in a first aid kit, or drawer somewhere. It is however important to be aware that while pills may be effective in relieving pain, they not only have side effects, but also come with a risk of addiction, abuse, misuse and/or overdose. The alternative, although relatively unpopular and grossly underutilized, is herbal medication.

 Interestingly, a lot of medications contain a measure of herbs, for instance eugenol, which is an active ingredient in many over the counter pain relief ointments, is the main active ingredient in cloves, which are often used to spice up meat and rice dishes, and have also been found to be effective in treating a wide range of medical conditions such as nausea, colds, arthritis and toothaches. 

Another potent pain relief herb is the willow bark, which has been found to contain salicin, a chemical similar to bayer, the main ingredient in aspirin.

 Many other natural herbs are popularly known for their pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties amongst which is aloe Vera, a herb whose despite its effectiveness doesn’t possess the negative effects of most drugs commonly used for arthritis pain; frankincense,  derived from the gum of boswellia trees grown in India which have been found after human trials to be effective pain relief; eucalyptus leaves which have been found to contain tannins which may help reduce swelling and pain related to arthritis; ginger, which not only has desirable cooking properties, but also have been proven to be medicinal, and according to research, could one day be an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other honorable mentions of herbs which have pain relief capabilities are green tea and turmeric.

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