Pain - the chemical signal that tells us something in our body has been damaged - is more often than not, an unwelcome visitor. For those who experience pain every day due to arthritis, migraines, tendonitis, or other chronic conditions, it may be tempting to turn to chemical pain-relievers to free yourself from the ongoing discomfort. Before you do, take a look at this list of natural pain-relievers from Mother Nature's medicine cabinet.
1. Dark Cherries
According to a study performed at the John Hopkins Pain Treatment Center, anthocyanins - a group of bioflavonoids or plant pigments found in cherries and other dark fruits - are effective in blocking pain signals caused by inflammation. Enjoy a serving of 20 cherries to alleviate joint aches, gastrointestinal discomfort, PMS symptoms, and other pain caused by inflammation.
2. Ginger Root
Ginger root is another aspirin-mimicking anti-inflammatory. A daily supplement of powdered ginger has been shown to lessen aches and pains from physical exertion by suppressing the body's production of toxic compounds known to cause inflammation and tissue damage in the joints. A ginger paste may be similarly effective when applied topically to sore joints and muscles.
Chewing on a slice of fresh ginger root is also super effective for treating stomach pain and nausea caused by illness, as well as for preventing morning sickness during pregnancy.
3. Cold-Water Fish
There are many health benefits to gain by adding cold-water fish like herring, mackerel, tuna, salmon, and sardines to your diet. Among them are abilities to fight chronic pain from back and neck injuries and to help heal damaged joints. Additionally, Omega-3 fatty acids in cold-water fish improve cardiovascular function and decrease inflammation around damaged cartilage, promoting healing and overall good health.
CONTINUE READING ON NEXT PAGE