Natural Pain Relievers
When researching the topic of back pain treatments, either for yourself or a loved one, the most common options you will research are:
Each one of these treatments are well researched, well practiced, and have proven results. That's right. Each of these treatments has helped millions of people recover from chronic pain conditions such as lower back pain. Unfortunately, not all of these treatments work for all people, and none of these treatments work in some cases. Also, all of the non-PT based treatments are associated with complications and side effects.
For some people whose treatment programs have not responded well to traditional treatment programs, or for those who have been adversely affected by treatments, there are natural options available that have also helped millions of people?
What are natural pain relievers? Natural pain relievers are herbs, supplements, foods, or other types of treatments that are derived from all natural, pharmaceutical sources. Technically defined, natural pain relievers are foods and natural products that are non-pharmaceutical and have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. Most of these products are considered safe, because their active ingredients are derived from natural products grown or picked from nature and have not been pharmaceutically altered.
Here is a general description of how these natural products will affect your body: (these are not absolute rules, these are the general opinions of those who are strong supporters of natural pain relievers and other natural products.)
- Physical therapy exercises
- Physical therapy (PT)
- Analgesics (pain medications)
- Pain management (corticosteroid injections)
- Back Surgery (i.e. Discectomy)
- At worst, they will have no effect at all. Regardless of whether they work or not, they shouldn't be any side effects because these products are natural and are thus non-toxic.
- At best, these products will provide the same benefits of many pharmaceutical medications without the adverse complications and side effects.
Before I go on, I will make a note that there are legions of websites and doctors testimonials attesting to the fact that many of these products have no other benefit to the patients other than the classic placebo effect (patients feel better because they think the product will make them feel better). That being said, I will present to some of the most popular natural pain relievers that are available people with chronic pain conditions and want to get better.
Boswellia: Boswellia may be extracted from the resin of the tree Boswellia sacra. This tree is native to India, Africa, and Asia. The active ingredient of the extracted resin is an acid that treats both asthma and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin D: Despite the fact that the machines used to manage pain and aid in patient's therapy programs are becoming more and more complex, sometimes activities as simple as going outside and spending some time in the sun can have important health benefits. The sun is a rich source of our body's Vitamin D, and it is readily available simply by taking a walk out the door on a sunny day. People who regularly get between 400 to 800 IU daily units of Vitamin D experience less pain than those who didn't. Experts believe that the absorption of Vitamin D directly aids in the body's ability to absorb calcium, which is an essential element needed for bone growth and repair. Other natural sources of Vitamin D include dairy products, Eggs, Orange juice, and many fish (e.g. Salmon, Swordfish, Cod liver oil).
Bromelain: Bromelain has protease enzymes that help to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain. These enzymes are available in the fruit of Pineapples as well as their stems. Other plant proteases that may provide the same anti-inflammatory benefits as those found in pineapples include those in figs, kiwi fruit, and papaya.