Pacify Your Pain Naturally

There is one thing most of us have in common—we have experienced pain. I’m talking about physical pain. The pain threshold varies widely among us; some people are extremely sensitive and others are incredibly resistant to feeling pain. Some are born without the protective effects of pain at all, which is not a benefit. These people are less likely to know when their health or life is at risk and to take action.

There are two types of pain: acute pain is a normal sensation triggered within the nervous system to alert you to injury and the need to take care of yourself. Chronic pain doesn’t go away after the initial mishap; pain signals in the nervous system often keep firing off. Some people experience chronic pain without an injury. This is referred to as psychogenic pain.

Chronic neurogenic pain results from damage to the central nervous system or peripheral nerves. Some examples are diabetic neuropathy, MS, radiation injury, complications of chemotherapy, shingles, malignancy-related symptoms and spinal cord injury. Common symptoms include numbness, itching, burning or cold sensations, shooting pains and dysesthesia.

The over-prescription of opiate medications for pain has led to a devastating crisis in our country. Saying “no” when your doctor begins to prescribe such meds may be in your long-term best interest. The popular over-the-counter medications known as NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and others) may also deliver unfortunate adverse effects, particularly to the gastrointestinal tract, leading to leaky gut syndrome, peptic ulcers and other possible serious problems. NSAIDs may also contribute to increased risk of heart disease, renal failure and fluid retention. Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) in high or frequent doses or when taken with alcohol can lead to severe liver disease and is the recognized cause of close to half of all cases of acute liver failure in the US!

Alternatives to the Rescue!

There are safe and effective natural options available for pain management. Being completely pain-free after an injury or trauma may not always be attainable or advisable, but a substantial diminishment of pain can often be achieved through these methods depending on your overall health, lifestyle and pain tolerance levels.

Massage: For tension headaches, back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and surgery-related discomfort.

Acupuncture: For migraines and tension headaches, sciatica, fibromyalgia, chronic back pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Meditation:  For chronic pain reduction and managing symptoms. People who hurt too much to exercise benefit from the controlled deep breathing during meditation practice.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy:  It can reduce stress and help you think about your symptoms in a new way.

Yoga:  Sciatica, migraines, lower back pain and arthritis are among the issues that may be significantly improved from a well-planned yoga practice. Learn which postures are most beneficial for your symptoms, and always move slowly and gently.

Power Supplements for Pain and Inflammation Relief

Turmeric/curcumin with Boswellia: Reducing inflammation is essential. Anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin (the active component in turmeric) are shown to surpass hydrocortisone for joints, supporting reduction of arthritis pain (both types– osteo and rheumatoid). Learn More Here.

Hemp-based Extracts:  Multiple studies show that the main (non-psychoactive) component in hemp is very helpful against many types of severe chronic pain, including rheumatoid arthritis, MS, cancer-related pain and musculoskeletal pain, which is quite common among the elderly. This may prove to be the great breakthrough in pain management for which we’ve been waiting.

Whole Leaf aloe vera juice is the most effective natural pain reliever and tissue healer on earth. It’s well known for reducing pain topically, but are you aware of how well it works internally? Consuming whole leaf aloe vera gel delivers numerous natural anti-inflammatory and steroidal substances, immune enhancers, amino acids, minerals, fatty acids and vitamins that provide the optimal means of reducing pain and repairing tissue damage.

Whole leaf aloe vera delivers more than 75 known active components. One of these is salicylic acid, which has been shown to disrupt the production of inflammation-causing hormones and provide an analgesic effect, thereby reducing pain. It contains healing enzymes, including bradykinase, which inactivates a chemical that contributes to chronic pain and inflammation. It also naturally inhibits COX-2, an enzyme that causes inflammation. There are many different compounds in whole leaf aloe vera gel that work together in unison for maximum benefit.Learn More Here.

Collagen maintains and repairs cartilage, promotes joint health and pain relief, and speeds healing and recovery. Learn More Here.

*Vitamin D3 can help reduce the risk of chronic inflammation, and a deficiency is considered a potential trigger to chronic pain. While scientists refer to vitamin D as a vitamin, it is actually a steroid hormone made in the skin from sun exposure. It’s also provided in some foods and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) supplementation. I suggest you enjoy some early morning (or after 4pm) sun exposure without sunscreen or sunglasses. Sunlight exposure offers many irreplaceable physical and mental health benefits. Learn More Here.

Magnesium: Due to magnesium’s effects as a muscle relaxant and benefits to the central nervous system it is known to assist in cases of tension headaches, acute migraines and in some cases of neuropathic pain. (Avoid magnesium oxide as the sole source in supplementation since it is very poorly assimilated. Always choose a chelated form instead.)Learn More Here.

Vitamin B-12 and folate: Peripheral neuropathy (this is most often related to methyl cobalamin B12 deficiency, but in some cases vitamin B1 and/or vitamin D deficiencies may also be involved. Always take a high quality daily multivitamin-mineral complex to cover your bases.) Also: nerve damage; pain, including bone pain in legs; legs hurt and “jump” at night (restless legs); and a burning sensation (possibly on thighs). Learn More Here.

Dietary suggestions to reduce and control pain: Stay well hydrated with pure water; avoid junk food, simple carbs, alcohol and sugar (this includes fruit juices–increased insulin levels will often worsen pain dramatically); avoid caffeine; minimize dairy products; stay away from the artificial sweeteners sucralose and aspartame; include ocean salmon, sardines or other good sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats in your diet.

Eliminate nightshades like peppers (including cayenne and paprika), eggplant, white potatoes and tomatoes. Unfortunately, these foods contain calcitriol which impairs calcium from entering bones and leads to it lodging in joints and soft tissues instead. They are also a source of nicotine (leads to cravings) and solanine which may cause and/or exacerbate a wide range of health problems. Experiment by eliminating these foods completely for six weeks. Many people are sensitive to these substances and are unaware of the possible hazards and problems they are causing. If you decide to add them back into your diet later do so sparingly, and always cooked, and pay attention to how you feel afterward.

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*Vitamin D Dose Recommendations (Have regular blood tests to measure your D levels)

Age Daily Dosage
Below 5 35 units per pound per day
Age 5 – 10 2500 units
Adults 4000-5000 units
Pregnant Women 8000 units

If you live north of the 37th parallel you may want to pay special attention to checking your vitamin D levels regularly and supplementing if necessary to bring levels into the optimal range. If you live south of the 37th parallel but always wear sunscreen and avoid all sun exposure the same goes for you.