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These 8 Must-Have Natural Painkillers are an Alternative to Prescription Medication

Inflammation is a natural part of our immune system, but when it’s happening on a consistent basis it can eventually cause side effects like chronic pain and discomfort. Fortunately, there are alternatives to opioids that can provide some relief.

Here are some great all-natural painkillers you’ll want to try before calling in a prescription.

1. Ginger

It is effective a pain reliever as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, and it reduces nausea and relieves symptoms of stomach distress; contains gingerol, an ingredient that works well against rheumatoid arthritis and is being studied for its anti-cancer properties.

2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Consuming this oil raw can prevent and manage pain. Studies recommend consuming up to three tablespoons a day, preferably higher quality extra virgin olive oils. The best way to get more EVOO into your diet is to drizzle it over a salad or to use it as a base for homemade salad dressings. Throw some salmon in your diet for extra pain-killing benefits.

3. Coconut oil

Contains natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It can be used internally or externally for boosting your immune system and reducing back and joint pain. It’s also great skin moisturizer as well as a hair conditioner for dry and frizzy hair.

4. Cinnamon

If you are in pain, simply sprinkle a teaspoon of freshly ground cinnamon on your cereal and in a couple of hours, you will end up feeling better. Or, you can simply make a tea from cinnamon. Blend one teaspoon of cinnamon with two teaspoons of honey and mix them in warm or hot water. Some studies also show that this paste can be used as a poultice to provide relief from arthritic pain. If you have sensitive skin, first try applying a little bit of this paste on the affected area and if it does not cause an irritation, go ahead and use it.

5. Cherries

Cherries are not only a tasty fruit, packed with antioxidants, but they also have anti-inflammatory properties, which make them good natural painkillers. There are numerous studies, which show that cherries can relieve pain caused by gout due to a combination of different natural compounds, which fight pain and provide relief.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric helps fight inflammation, chronic pain, back and muscle pain, toothache and arthritis. Also, this spice helps in successful recover of tissues and it is excellent for detoxification and improving overall health. You can add turmeric to various dishes as well as teas and juices. Turmeric is best combined with black pepper because it is most efficient used in this way.

7. Cloves

Toothache and pain in the gums can be immediately treated with cloves. The best way to use cloves for toothache is to chew it because in that way a powerful ingredient with analgesic effect, called eugenol is released. If you are not able to handle the strong and unique clove flavor, make a strong clove tea.

8. Lemon

Out of many qualities that lemon possesses, one is- ‘It is a natural pain killer’. Lemon extract is beneficial for frequent travelers, or for those whose job involves a lot of sitting. Dip a towel in a bowl of lemon juice and apply it on the aching area. You’ll get relief.

About Pasadena Pain Management

Pasadena Pain Management offers alternative pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs.

At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.