Unfortunately, more than 50 million Americans experience chronic pain which interferes with their productivity, mobility, most daily activities and can result in severe depression. Pain isolates people and puts them at high risk for many chronic diseases.
People who suffer from chronic pain seek medical help and are given prescriptions for many medications, which might include opioid drugs. About 130 people die from opioid overdose each day. Such things as acupuncture, proper diet, meditation, physical activity, and other remedies can be helpful. But it’s worth remembering that Mother Earth gave us plants that contain certain compounds with anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties which can be used in chronic pain treatment. They can be a good substitute for opiates that have horrible side effects. The plant world is full of nutrient-rich foods and powerful natural compounds.
Although these plant painkillers haven’t been FDA-approved, many studies confirm that they are able to provide pain relief and have a low risk for severe side effects. However, it’s important to consult your doctor before using any natural painkiller.
Turmeric is commonly used in Indian food. This spice is derived from the root of the turmeric plant. It contains curcumin, which has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Turmeric is often used in managing any joint pain including arthritis, but it can also be helpful for managing headaches, neuropathic pain, and acute muscle pain.
2. Devil’s claw
Devil’s claw is a plant of the sesame family. Its tuberous roots contain a group of compounds which are called iridoid glycosides. They mostly consist of harpagoside that is able to inhibit enzymes responsible for inflammation and the pain. Devil’s claw is a great painkiller that is effective for back pain, muscle pain, joint pain, and even severe headaches.
Clove has been used to treat any inflammation since the oil can effectively numb the pain and reduce inflammation. It contains eugenol, which is a natural antiseptic. You can also use it if your teeth hurt. Dab a small amount of clove oil onto a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area or add it to a small glass of water and make a mouthwash.
4. Evening primrose oil
The evening primrose plant is one of the best sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is an essential omega-6 fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory properties. You can use it topically to improve skin health and hair growth or take supplementation of evening primrose oil, which improves symptoms of neuropathic pain and can also help in the repair and regeneration of damaged nerves.
Bromelain is an enzyme obtained from the pineapple fruit. It is important for inhibiting some of the inflammatory mediators that are directly linked to pain, including the Cox-2 enzyme. Its effectiveness has been found to be similar to some prescribed pain medications. Bromelain can help you relieve pain caused by severe injury or muscle spasms. It also has antithrombotic effects and even reduces the formation of blood clots.
6. Willow bark
Willow bark is the bark from several species of the willow tree. Willow bark acts like aspirin since it’s a great source of salicin that is contained in aspirin. Willow bark is often used for back pain, joint pain, gout attacks, muscle strain, headaches, and even dizziness.