We talk about ginger a lot on this blog because it offers so many valuable health properties. But here’s one we haven’t discussed yet. According to this post, fresh chopped ginger can be used as a topical wrap to reduce back and wrist pain. This may work because the heat from ginger can relax muscles and/or dull pain sensors as hot chilis do. Read the full article here: Heated Ginger Removes Back And Waist Pain
Touch can be a powerful tool which is why the ancient form of healing called Reiki is based around it. The connection can help to reduce pain, and the energy flows that occur as a result can also boost overall health.
Dr. Mercola discusses findings from recent research that music has pain relief benefits that can be the equivalent to medication. And that’s just the main benefit. It’s also inexpensive, safe, has no side effects, and results in overall relaxation. There’s also been some evidence that biological changes happen in the body when there’s music like activating cells that fight bacteria. Read the full article here: More Evidence: Benefits of Music Easing Pain and Anxiety After Surgery
According to a recent study of older cancer patients, about a quarter are reportedly on alternative or complementary therapies like vitamins and supplements. While this behavior isn’t necessarily bad, many are not telling their oncologists which can have downsides. St. John’s Wort, for example, can reduce the effectiveness of some cancer treatments. Read the full article here: Older Cancer Patients Flock to Alternative Treatments
Yoga is a highly regarded treatment for pain for numerous reasons. The body not only becomes stronger and more relaxed but so does the mind. A woman is featured who realized she got more pain relief from yoga than from years of chiropractic.
Cinnamon has been touted as a great way to lower blood pressure while managing blood sugar levels, but, according to this article, it can also help to reduce pain related to arthritis. It achieves this effect by reducing inflammation around the joints which helps to prevent tissue damage, and by slowing bone loss from these areas. Read the full article here: 3 ways to use cinnamon to curb arthritic pain
According to this article, garlic milk is not only effective at treating worms and eventually sweating legs, but it can also help to relieve symptoms related to the back condition sciatica. The remedy is exactly what it sounds like—freshly crushed garlic is mixed in with raw milk and drunk. Or apparently, the garlic can be cooked in milk and consumed that way but is less potent. Read the full article here: Garlic Milk – A Magical Remedy To Relieve You From Sciatica Pain
A doctor writes how his wife’s massages helped to relieve his migraine pain when none of the medications he was prescribed did. He hypothesizes that this may have to do with the electromagnetic fields in the body that are activated by human touch.
Just as you think you’ve become familiar with most of the herbs that have pain-relieving properties, you come upon a post like this one that lists four you’ve never heard of. According to reports, blue lotus can help with muscle issues, Kava Kava works as an analgesic, wild opium lettuce is a painkiller, and kratom helps with severe pain. If you decide to explore any one of these options, it’s important to do additional research on the herb and proper sources for it. Read the full article here: 4 Natural (Legal) Herbs for Pain Relief You Don’t Know About
This Q&A in the Straits Times of Singapore is particularly interesting because the answer is clearly from an Eastern medicine perspective. The writer asks about her severe shoulder pain which one doctor has diagnosed as degenerative spine disorder and another has said is frozen shoulder. The medical expert acknowledges that either of these two conditions can cause such shoulder pain, but in traditional Chinese medicine, it means she has issues with her liver and kidneys. Read the full article here: Tips for shoulder pain relief