A common medical problem in the US is finding the best natural remedies for chronic pain. Chronic pain stems from many different injuries, illnesses, and other ailments and can cause significant issues in one’s professional and personal life.
Typically classified as pain that lasts three months or longer, chronic pain can be both difficult to diagnose and treat. It can prove to be a very frustrating experience for the person suffering from the pain, as well as close family, friends, and the medical professionals called on to help.
Below, we will explore the four easiest to find natural remedies for chronic pain, and how to administer them.
Many chronic pain conditions are associated with varying levels of inflammation throughout the body. Among its many health benefits, fish oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Fish oil contain high amounts of omega-3s which may serve to help decrease levels of inflammation in the body. Decreasing inflammation has been shown to be to moderately beneficial in decreasing the intensity of joint pain, neck pain, back pain, and general musculoskeletal pain. This is a great source as a natural remedy for chronic pain!
Turmeric / Curcumin + Piperine
Turmeric, also called Curcuma Longa, is a root that is used in cooking. It is often found in spicy foods. Curcumin, when given with black pepper (which contains piperine) can produce powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
When used as a modality in a program to treat pain, heat serves to relax muscles and ligaments. This increases the blood supply to the affected area. The relaxation and increased blood flow facilitates stretching and lengthening of the injured area (serving to relax soreness and stiffness). It also facilitates elimination of toxins from the injured area, and is one of the easiest to administer as a remedy for chronic pain, especially in the lower back area.
Even though heat therapy is a great method to relieve chronic pain, there are many other tips that will over time naturally relieve lower back pain too. Check out one of our blogs on it!
Meditation / Hypnosis
The therapeutic effects of meditation and hypnosis on acute and chronic pain have been extensively studied and researched over the years. Both modalities have been shown to be effective as adjunctive, and sometimes primary treatment modalities. Many individuals who have sought medical hypnosis treatment (from a trained professional), or taken part in consistent and regular mindfulness meditation programs, have had significant and measurable clinical improvement in their pain. Objective measures of improved mood, decreased pain, as well as many other health benefits are certainly possible with hypnosis and meditation.
There you go!
Whether you suffer from acute pain, ongoing chronic pain, or even lower back pain, there are many natural ways to help decrease that pain so that you can lead a happier, more active life.
If you are feeling more pain than usual, and these natural methods are not helping, do not wait a minute longer! Please contact Scottsdale Internal Medicine today!