Garlic is densely packed with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds so it’s no surprise that it can be used to reduce ear pain. According to this article, it can be applied topically by pressing a crushed (and wrapped) clove on the outside of the ear canal. Or a tiny amount of infused oil can be dropped inside. As always, consult with your doctor beforehand as needed.
Hot and cold treatments are often mentioned in relation to muscle pain, but rarely are more detailed guidelines provided to maximize relief. That’s where this article comes in. It recommends that people ice to reduce swelling first then heat to boost healing blood circulation after. It also suggests that icing should only be done for short periods at a time and that the skin should always be protected to prevent damage.
Labor and delivery pains are some of the most excruciating pains that a human being can experience. As such, women have relied on different methods like epidurals, water baths, and Lamaze breathing techniques to make the experience more bearable. Now, hospitals are reporting surging interest in another method, hynobirthing.
Hypnobirthing is a form of self-hypnosis where women learn to relax themselves during childbirth. In fact, it has become so popular that one hospital in the U.K. is reporting that as many as 1,000 pregnant women will use it during 2015. Accordingly, a good number of midwives are also learning the technique. The practice has largely been on the rise due to word of mouth. It helped the early adopters manage their pain, and these women and their midwives shared the positive results with others.
Hypnobirthing could also be helping the birthing process itself, as the hospital noted that the women who relaxed themselves this way had an 80 percent rate of normal births compared to a general figure of 60 percent.
In this post, a doctor explains why people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome often do not respond to traditional medicines. And it’s because they tend to have numerous symptoms that require multiple drugs to treat. At the same time, each has its own side effects which 1. may not appear immediately and 2. could cause other symptoms to worsen.
Migraines can be debilitating and frequent for some people. Instead of taking medications each time, sufferers could try one or more of these natural remedies. They include plant matter like butterbur, feverfew, peppermint, chamomile, and willow bark. Other dietary solutions listed in the article include ginger, cherries, and a carrot and spinach juice mixture.
This post from PopSugar is all about back pain relief. And it should be no surprise that it’s been super popular with readers because back pain is one of the most common health problems in the world. In fact, 80 percent of us are expected to suffer from it at some point.
Rather than focus on the different treatments that are available, the piece takes a smart approach by drilling down on one key area of the body—the hip flexor. Also called the psoas, this muscle forms a band connecting the low back to the upper thigh bone through the pelvis. The strategic location makes it easy to understand how a feeling of tightness and even pain can occur in the low back if the muscle is tense or bunched.
To counteract this issue, which can easily happen with all the sitting people do, the writer presents two stretches. One is the hip flexor stretch which can be done anywhere with no props, and the other is the psoas stretch on a roller which requires the use of a foam roller or similar rounded device.
Stomach problems can be a hindrance since they can be painful and lead to other issues like sleeplessness, constipation, diarrhea, and nausea. According to this article, some natural remedies include cold, slightly diluted milk which acts an antacid, papaya if the problem is related to menstruation, and the juice from crushed ginger to relieve bloating.
There seem to be few pains worse than a toothache. It’s not only located prominently in the face, but it can also access the extremely sensitive network of nerves there as well. According to this article, chewing raw garlic or onion can help, as can clove oil and tea bags which have been steeped. These latter options may be more palatable for many.
Hyperbaric chambers seem to be mentioned most often in terms of Michael Jackson sleeping in one in the mid-80s and of burn victims recovering from their injuries. And while new technologies have attracted more publicity over time, these oxygen-delivering devices are still considered effective in treating certain issues like diabetic foot ulcers, trauma from radiation, and chronic bone infections.
They can also help to reduce pain which results from chronic wound and soft tissue damage. This is among the many reasons that Holyoke Medical Center in Massachusetts has recently added two new hyperbaric oxygen chambers to its facilities. Each 9-foot sealed tube delivers pure oxygen to speed healing and help fight infection. Because of the pressure inside, the body is able to absorb a higher concentration of oxygen molecules which eventually make their way to the injured area. The chambers are part of the hospital’s new Wound Care Center.
Pain doesn’t have to last for years to be considered “chronic.” Instead, it takes just three months to reach that intimidating designation. For some, for whom medication may not be appropriate or may not work, natural remedies can help—and likely for a much cheaper cost. They include exercise, fish oil and resveratrol supplements, turmeric, and heat therapy.