Pain and inflammation can be caused by a number of things, including injury, stress and poor lifestyle. It’s normal for us to experience pain and inflammation occasionally, but when they become chronic conditions, we need to take action ASAP.
While there are conventional medications that can help, there are also natural ways to alleviate pain and inflammation.
1. Turmeric and Ginger
Turmeric and ginger are anti-inflammatory and nutritional powerhouses. Both of these roots are similar in appearance, but turmeric has an orange flesh under its skin.
People have been using turmeric for thousands of years to treat a wide range of conditions, including inflammation. A study from 2009 found that turmeric eased pain just as effectively as ibuprofen in patients with arthritis.
Ginger also has similar anti-inflammatory properties that function in the same way COX-2 inhibitors work, which are conventional drugs to treat pain and inflammation. A 2001 study found that high concentrations of ginger extract were effective at treating people with osteoarthritis in the knee.
You can steep ginger and turmeric in hot water and drink it as a tea. You can add the fresh roots to your food, or you can buy them as ground spices and add them to your daily shakes or meals. Combine turmeric with black pepper to maximize its effects.
2. Burdock Root
A natural botanical, burdock root is used to help treat a wide range of conditions, including arthritic pain, rheumatism and swollen joints. But burdock is perhaps best known for its ability to cleanse the blood.
This natural root contains a high concentration of fatty oils, tannins and sterols which have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
There are many ways to use this root to treat pain and inflammation. It can be taken in capsule form, or it can be simmered in boiling water for ten minutes and drank as a tea.
3. White Willow Bark
Derived from the white willow tree, white willow bark has been used for thousands of years to decrease inflammation and also ease fever. The herb contains the component Salicin, which is similar in structure to aspirin.
White willow bark can be prepared as a tea, or taken in capsule form.
4. CBD Oil
CBD is a cannabinoid – one of 120. It’s found in cannabis, but it’s also found in the hemp plant. Hemp-derived CBD is legal and effective at alleviating pain.
Unlike THC, CBD does not have psychoactive effects.
CBD oil is typically taken internally, but you can use it topically as well.
5. Devil’s Claw
A strange-looking root, devil’s claw has been shown to reduce pain while improving physical functioning in patients with osteoarthritis.
The root contains components called iridoid glycosides, which are believed to be the root cause of the pain-relieving properties.
Devil’s claw can be prepared as a tea, but it’s also sold in capsule and ointment form.