Support yourself naturally when dealing with chronic pain.
Being in pain can seriously impact your quality of life. Whether you suffer from regular headaches or a chronic condition like fibromyalgia - it can be hard to stay positive when you are hurting.
While of course seeking medical advice is integral to the treatment of your pain and you are advised to follow your doctor's guidance, there are ways you can naturally support yourself to reduce inflammation and tackle pain. Take a look at the following herbal remedies.
Note - always check with your doctor before trying a new course of treatment.
Bromelain is a powerful enzyme that can be found in pineapple. Normally, enzymes get broken down during the digestion process, but bromelain gets absorbed whole - resulting in system-wide effects. Studies have shown that once absorbed into the bloodstream, this enzyme can reduce pain and inflammation. Get your fix by eating pineapple or taking the enzyme in supplement form.
Looking very similar to ginger, turmeric is a root that can be purchased as a whole fresh fruit or, more commonly, as a ground spice. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years to treat inflammatory conditions and one study found it to be as effective as ibuprofen for pain in patients with arthritis. You can use tumeric in recipes or brew it as a tea.
This slightly scary sounding root gets its name from its appearance. And while it may not be pretty to look at, studies have shown it can help reduce pain in patients with osteoarthritis. The root can be taken in tea and is often sold in capsules and ointments.
White willow bark
Bark from the white willow tree has been used for centuries to reduce fever and inflammation. Part of the reason behind this is that the bark contains salicin, a compound very similar to aspirin. Try it in tea, capsules or as a tincture.
If you want to find out more about natural remedies like these, please read our herbalism page.
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