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7 Herbs to Replace Painkillers Without any Side Effects

7 Herbs to Replace Painkillers Without any Side Effects
Swap your meds for these natural and effective alternatives. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are widely used on a daily basis by more than 20 million people all across America, and they have also been a staple in most athletes’ pain killer arsenal for years. Most commonly taken NSAIDs are naproxens, ibuprofens, and aspirins, and the real reasons for why they are so heavily used is because their producers claim they can help you cure a number of conditions, among which are muscle cramps, sport injuries, headaches, back pain, neuropathy, and arthritis.
As with most health conditions, in order to successfully cure them you need to know where the source of the problem lies. Well, most pain comes from inflammations within the body which cause your tissue to swell and increase the pain signal from your nerve.

That’s why most people go for anti-inflammatory pills when they feel pain.

However, what they don’t know is that NSAIDs also have a number of horrible side effects if used regularly. If you take NSAIDs continuously for a longer period, you are likely to have higher chances of getting stomach bleedings, heart attacks, ulcers, kidney failure, and the reason for this is that NSAIDs affect the prostaglindings, which are vital for your body.

According to Jonathan Wright, MD, the medical director of Washington’s Tahoma Clinic, “I wouldn’t take them (NSAIDs) on a regular basis for more than a few months, if at all. Some individuals might even see adverse effects after just a few days.”

So where can you turn if the pills designed for your problems are also a hazard to your health in the long run? Well, like always you can turn to nature and make use of all the anti-inflammatory herbs that are easily available to everyone.

White willow bark is especially effective in curing intense headaches because it contains salicin, the substance found in most aspirin pills. Salicin has a direct effect on inflammations; however, it should not be given to children.  The recommended dose of 120-240 mg of salicin on every 3-4 hours will get you rid of the pain effortlessly.

Feverfew is also great for treating headaches, but it is more recommended for prolonged conditions.  Feverfew relaxes the blood vessels in your brain and prevents future headaches from appearing but it should be used as a preventive measure, and not after the migraines have appeared, and it also takes up to 2 months to see the real benefits from its usage.

The reccomended dose is 100-200 mg a day, with at least 0.2 of parthenolide concentration.

Arnica has been used for centuries around Europe from where it originates, and the reasons why it is a great pain killer is that it contains sesquiterpene lactons, which reduce inflammations and improve your immunity.  According to a study from 2007 which involved 200 people from Switzerland, arnica gel has the same effectiveness as ibuprofen in eliminating pain and reviving joint functioning.

In cases of bruises, sprains and after surgery recoveries you should apply the gel 3-4 times a day, while for 1-2 punch you can use pellets, with 30c, 12c, or 6c, and keep them under your tongue 3 times a day.
Boswellia,  or frankincense, is rich in boswellic acids which directly affect your body’s rate of creating inflammatory substances which are behind most serious diseases like the rheumatoid arthritis. If you want to use boswellia, make sure you get a formula that has 60% of acids and take it three times a day, in 750mg doses. If you happen to buy some of the new formulas with higher percentages of acids, make sure you read the inscriptions and follow the dose recommendations.

Curcumin, which is found in the turmeric plant, also stops enduced inflammations and prevents the body from creating more. According to researches, curcumin eliminates chronic pain in arthritis patients, but also can be used as a preventive measure against diabetes, heart conditions and arthritis.

Use 400-600 mg per day, or combine it with an equal dose of bromelain half an hour before your meals, if you want to use more of it.

Ginger  is rich in enzymes which prevent the body from creating inflammations. However, according to Seattle Bastyr University’s ND Paul Anderson, “the amount of ginger in a spice, tea, or candy isn’t going to provide much pain relief, no matter how good it tastes,”

If you are having an acute pain, use 2g of ground dehydrated ginger 3 times per day, while for chronic treatments, use 1g instead.

Devil’s claw, is also great for eliminating back pain and treating arthritis, according to recent researches. One such a research involving around 120 osteoarthritis patients proved that devil’s claw had the same effectiveness of the commonly prescribed osteoarthritis pharmaceuticals, but without so many side effects.

This is due to the iridoid glycosides, especially the harpagoside, which are found in devil’s claw and which also are very powerful in eliminating pain and inflammations.

All you need is 400mg of dry devil’s claw, however make sure you consult your doctor first if you are suffering from ulcers, since it can increase gastric acid production.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in hempseed, flaxseed, as well as sardines, mackerel, and salmon, but they can also be found in pill form. According to Wright, “they are critical for long-term pain reduction because your body breaks omega-3 fatty acids down into anti-inflammatory compounds.”
All you need is 1-2,000 mg per day, or increase the dosage to 4,000 mg if your pan is more chronic. To make sure your omega-3 acids don’t oxidize in your body, combine them with 400 IU of vitamin E.