SARASOTA MAGAZINE – For any type of pain, we typically turn to NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen and acetaminophen.
The drugs are helpful and quick-acting—but when they’re taken in excess, they can contribute to a variety of negative side effects, such as stomach ulcers and liver damage.
Luckily, there are hundreds of natural remedies that can also do the trick for relieving pain. Next time you need relief, consider one of the following.
Curcuma for joints
Curcuma, a natural compound produced by plants, is the orange compound found in turmeric root and is a potent anti-inflammatory that can help with joint pain.
If patients have arthritis, doctors may recommend taking curcumin supplements, which can be found at health food stores.
Herbal blends for osteoarthritis
You may have. heard recently about Inflamox, an herbal supplement made out of turmeric root, ginger extract, blueberry and cranberry fruit extract. It comes in tablet form and is dissolved on the tongue for five minutes. The supplement claims to reduce pain by 50 percent.
Inflamox is commonly prescribed with another herbal supplementation called Inflazyme, which works like an NSAID to reduce inflammation.
Magnesium for a migraine
If you suffer from chronic migraines, it can be hard to find treatments during an attack. This is why prevention is key. The mineral magnesium has been shown to help prevent and reduce migraine attacks when taken consistently.
You can also eat foods containing more magnesium, such as bananas, flax seeds, chia seeds and dark, leafy greens, to boost your intake.
Holy basil oil for back pain
Holy basil oil, also known as tulsi, is a popular herb in natural medicine …