Millions of people suffer from acute and chronic pain worldwide. We’re bombarded daily with advertisements for pharmaceuticals to help alleviate and eliminate it. One thing’s for certain: pain affects everyone at some point in their life, and many live with it constantly.
There are a number of natural herbal medicines, extracts, and compounds that are non-addictive alternatives for pain management. Some may even help to alleviate or lessen other symptoms that often go hand-in-hand with pain such as stress, inflammation, anxiety, and fatigue.
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of over 113 active compounds called cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. It has a range of benefits that help with balancing the body, nervous system, and mind.
One of the major benefits of CBD is that it works naturally to reduce pain and promote relaxation without any mind altering effects or “high” for the person using it.
By binding to certain receptors within the endocannabinoid system in the body, CBD works synergistically with the body to support and bring balance to many different functions of the body. Consequently, CBD can be taken to help various ailments and symptoms, including pain and inflammation.
The root of Rhodiola has been used in traditional herbal medicine practices in Europe and China for thousands of years. It is an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body adapt to stress and counteract its effects in the body. Studies have shown Rhodiola to be effective against fighting mild to moderate depression and insomnia. This potent plant can also help with physical and mental fatigue.
Also known as Indian frankincense, the resin of Boswellia is used as an herbal extract.
It contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory effects, which in turn help alleviate inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis joint swelling, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease--all of which can become very painful in the body.
Matcha Green Tea
Matcha green tea is a delicious, caffeinated pick-me-up that has been widely used and for thousands of years. Its recent rise in popularity may have caught your attention at a local cafe, but did you know that it also has incredible medicinal properties?
Matcha contains powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, which when left unchecked, can build up in the body and cause damage to already-injured tissue. Additionally, new research evidence suggests that antioxidants also reduce oxidative stress, which plays a role in the development of a range of conditions, including inflammatory disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome. By taking preventative health measures to minimize pain and stress, we help our body thrive with more ease.
When we’re stressed and in pain, it affects every area of our life. With what has been shown through research over the last several decades, chronic stress and inflammation have a huge impact on several other body systems. Often, they are precursors to other chronic illnesses.
Whether you are suffering from inflammation, arthritis, or mild aches and pains, these natural alternatives can help you come back to comfort in your body.