Julie Wilson, President and Founder of Be Trū Wellness shares some of her favorite natural pain remedies in this article – 16 Ways to Alleviate Pain Naturally
1. Eliminate Grains and Sugars
Avoiding grains and sugars will lower your insulin and leptin levels and decrease insulin and leptin resistance, which is one of the most important reasons why inflammatory prostaglandins are produced. That is why stopping sugar and sweets is so important to controlling your pain and other types of chronic illnesses.
2. Take a high quality Omega-3 fat
Omega-3 fats are precursors to mediators of inflammation called prostaglandins. (In fact, that is how anti-inflammatory painkillers work, by manipulating prostaglandins.) Omega-3 fats can sometimes be a challenge for vegetarians and vegans, however, there are some amazing options for you including brussel sprouts, flax, chia and hemp seeds. This article published in Healthline shares more details about plant-based sources of Omega-3.
3. Optimize Vitamin D production
Optimize your vitamin D by getting regular, appropriate sun exposure, which will work through a variety of different mechanisms to reduce your pain.
4. Hemp-Derived Phytocannabinoids
In 1993, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and Dr. Lumir Hanus discovered the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body. The ECS is made up of receptor sites found throughout the body, from inside the brain and nervous system, to our bones, skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and digestive system. The ECS is responsible for a number of processes in our bodies including pain sensation, sleep rhythms, appetite and mood. Our brains produce chemical compounds known as endocannabinoids, the very same compounds found in the hemp plant. Adding pure, organic hemp extract to our daily routine supports the endocannabinoid system (same as Vitamin C to support our immune system), allowing our bodies to function at optimum levels while supporting the nervous system and even may decrease inflammation.
In the simplest terms, medical science has long produced drugs (ex: Vicodin, Oxycontin) that are received by an opioid receptor located at the base of the brain stem that incites a chemical reaction to tell the brain it doesn’t feel pain… this action masks the pain. It does not reduce the cause or promote healing; and opioid drugs are associated with a litany of negative side effects including decreased body function, physiological disorders, mood, addiction, and death.
Mirroring the effects of our body’s own endocannabinoids, high-quality hemp extract, just like what we use in all of our Be Trū Wellness products, provides natural relief, free of negative side effects, and no addictive properties.
For millions of people who live with pain, acupuncture is no longer an exotic curiosity. It’s now widely accepted among the medical community. And it’s pretty popular with patients as well. A recent survey found almost 3.5 million Americans said they’d had acupuncture in the previous year.
“In our clinic, we have been in existence for like 22 years,”says Ka-Kit Hui, MD, founder and director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. “We have a 4- or 5-month wait for new patients.”
Acupuncture — in which needles, heat, pressure, and other treatments are applied to certain places on the skin — has come a long way since 1971. That’s when the 2,000-year-old Chinese healing art first caught on in the United States, thanks to a story in The New York Times. The piece was written by a reporter who had visited China and wrote about how doctors healed his pain from back surgery using needles.
In 1996, the FDA gave acupuncture its first U.S. seal of approval, when it classified acupuncture needles as medical devices. In the 20 years since, study after study indicates that, yes, acupuncture can work.
6. Chiropractic Care
Many studies have confirmed that chiropractic management is much
safer and less expensive than allopathic medical treatments, especially when
used for pain such as low back pain.
Qualified chiropractic, osteopathic and naturopathic physicians
are reliable, as they have received extensive training in the management of musculoskeletal disorders during their course of graduate healthcare training, which lasts between four to six years. These health experts have comprehensive training in musculoskeletal management.
7. Physical Therapy
Regularly moving your body through work with a licensed physical therapist will help to strengthen your muscles and alleviate
stiffness. It will also create a wider range of motion and will help to avoid further injury and pain.
A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal Pain Medicine included 60 high-quality and seven low-quality studies that looked into the use of massage for various types of pain, including muscle and bone pain, headaches, deep internal pain, fibromyalgia pain and spinal cord pain.
The review revealed that massage therapy relieves pain better than
getting no treatment at all. When compared to other pain treatments like acupuncture and physical therapy, massage therapy still proved beneficial and had few side effects. In addition to relieving pain, massage therapy also improved anxiety and health-related quality of life.
It has very potent anti-inflammatory properties and in many cases works far more effectively than anti-inflammatory drugs. Higher doses are typically required and you may need high milligrams (mg) per day to achieve this benefit.
This herb has potent anti-inflammatory activity and offers pain relief and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice.
In a study of osteoarthritis patients, those who added curcumin to their daily regimen plan had reduced pain and increased mobility. A past study also found that a turmeric extract composed of curcuminoids blocked inflammatory pathways, effectively preventing the overproduction of a protein that triggers swelling and pain.
12. Green Juice
Consuming fresh, organic green juice every day will help
alleviate inflammation and also provide your body with supportive nutrients, minerals, and digestive enzymes to enhance your immune system and support cell regeneration and muscle repair.
Bromelain is an enzyme, found in pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can be taken in supplement form but eating fresh pineapple, including some of the bromelain-rich stem, may also be helpful.
14.Evening Primrose Oil
This contains the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is useful for relieving arthritic pain.
This spice comes from dried hot peppers. It alleviates pain by depleting the body’s supply of substance P, a chemical component of nerve cells that transmits pain signals to your brain. The active ingredient in cayenne is capsaicin which is what makes
your mouth burn and gives peppers their pungent odor. Capsaicin is known to trigger a release of endorphins which is an effective remedy for pain and other ailments.
Simply moving the body can help alleviate pain to some extent, since movement increases circulation and can alleviate inflammation. If someone is in chronic pain, where rigorous exercise might not be possible, yoga can provide a low-impact way to move the body. Yoga combines breath control, meditation, and controlled, fluid movement to stretch and strengthen muscles in the body and increase oxygen levels. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that a weekly yoga class increased mobility in people with chronic low back pain more than standard medical care
Be Tru Wellness is committed to helping you feel your best. Enjoy these natural pain remedies!
We believe in nurturing the body from the inside out. Pain is your body’s way of communicating with you. It’s time to listen to your body and take control, naturally. Your journey to wellness begins with taking care of you. Lifestyle changes and Be Trū Wellness™ natural products work together to help you feel your best. And, our Be Trū family is here to support you along your journey to wellness.