Pain is the body's way of telling us that something is wrong. Many people run from pain and try to cover up symptoms using pharmaceutical drugs and pain relievers, but they don't focus on the root of what is causing them grief in the first place.
Similar to how you feel pain when you touch a hot stove and instinctively jerk your hand away, when you feel pain in the body, it is a signal created with the intention of motivating you to change something in your life. When you simply cover up the pain, the root problem persists and may cause more serious health concerns.
I'm not saying there isn't a place for conventional pain medications. They can be very important in some situations! What I am saying is, along with using pain killers, you should always be searching for the root cause of your discomfort and confronting it directly.
What Causes Internal Aches & Pains?
There are many potential causes of pain in the body, but most of them stem from inflammation. Inflammation is the body's natural response to something going on in the body that is foreign or goes against the body's well being. It causes swelling, which may push against nerves that then signal to the brain that something is up. When the cause of inflammation is not addressed or continues, it may become chronic, which increases the pain and leads to other health issues as well.
A key to reducing pain in the body is targeting inflammation. When inflammation is soothed and the causes of inflammation are eliminated, the pain will likely disappear as well.
The following are all ingredients that target inflammation and pain in the body.
Here are our 3 favorite natural pain relievers!
For thousands of years, people all over the world have been using turmeric to alleviate pain, improve mental acuity, improve digestion and eradicate chronic inflammation. There are over 7,000 published studies, articles and documents showing the powers of turmeric as a super-spice.
The active ingredient responsible for most of turmeric's benefits is called curcumin. Many studies have found curcumin to be a powerful inflammation-reducing compound. So much so that it outperforms many pharmaceutical drugs! Along with curcumin, turmeric contains at least 2 dozen inflammation-reducing compounds.
Ashwagandha is a nutritious evergreen shrub grown in the Middle East and India. It is often referred to as the “Indian ginseng” and is classified as an “adaptogen.” These types of adaptogenic herbs are known to be extremely effective in bringing balance to your hormones and normalizing the physiological functions in your body.
Studies have also found ashwagandha to be an effective inflammation-reducing compound, which can be taken internally or applied topically to affected areas.
Mint is a potent herb that has gained popularity for its ability to reduce stress, tension and pain. It can be effectively used internally and topically to soothe a variety of ailments. Mint has been found to be useful in targeting symptoms of IBS, cavities, digestive problems, cognitive problems, poor hair and skin health, respiratory issues and colic.
We hope you have a wonderful spring that is pain-free!