There are lots of great herbs for pain that are much better than all the over the counter drugs that you can buy.
Here are some of the best herbal pain relievers:
White Willow Bark - This is the natural form of aspirin and it has been around for thousands of years. It’s by far one of the best pain relievers on the planet, without all the side effects of modern pain relievers... but those who take a lot of pain relievers and have stomach conditions should avoid White Willow Bark or take it with Marshmallow Root or Slipper Elm to protect their stomach. By the way Marshmallow Root and Slipper Elm both have natural anti-inflammatory and pain killing abilities too, especially for the GI tract.
Chamomile - Many people think chamomile is just for relaxing... but in reality it’s a great anti-inflammatory agent that works well for GI distress. Also helps you relax and get to sleep... and works wonders for stress too.
Turmeric - This herb has been around in Ayurvedic Medicine for hundreds of years and works great as a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, and it also doubles as a good antibacterial and antiviral agent too. Curcumin is the chemical that does all the magic, so eat your curry, curry contains turmeric.
Devil’s Claw - Some people call devil’s claw that 8th wonder of the world for anyone suffer from pain. Devil’s Claw grows in northern woods and is full of iridoid glycosides which is very effective pain killer... including back pain.
Bromelian - Which is made from pineapple enzymes works wonders as a good pain reliever and also a good anti-inflammatory. Also you can find bromelian in creams and ointments for swelling, pain, and bruising.
Boswellia - A powerful anti-inflammatory agent (Contains Boswellic Acids) from India that works wonders for pain. One of the best herbs for rheumatoid arthritis and pain in general, you can also find it in creams and ointments for topical use.
Feverfew - Another powerful herb that goes back to the time of the Romans and the Greeks. A wonderful anti-inflammatory that also works well for long term pain and even migraines.
Licorice Root - This herb is powerful and containing up to 20 anti-inflammatory agents, 9 pain relieving agents, and 8 anesthetic agents. Amazing what a little Chinese Licorice Root will do for pain and works wonders for joint pain and sore throats too! Remember Licorice Root should only be use sparingly or under the supervision of a master herbalist.
Clove Oil - Is a powerful anti-inflammatory that works wonders for tooth pain. Many of the drug store toothache remedies contain clove oil... you need to keep this in your medicine cabinet just in case you have a toothache.
Peppermint Oil - This is a natural soothing agent for the GI tract and works wonders for the liver and gallbladder too. It can be used as an oil that contains anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-spasmodic compounds that will sooth away aching muscles... and increase circulation at the same time.
Green Tea - Most people don’t know that green tea has 8 different natural chemicals that relax your muscles, thus allowing your pain to disappear. Many times we have pain because our muscles are tight... so take some green tea. Plus it will do your body good with polyphenols that remove free radicals from your body.
Fennel Seed - These amazing little seeds contain 40 different antispasmodic and analgesic chemicals. Really great for gas, cramps, and colic... and it will sooth away pain with a hint of licorice flavor... makes a great tea.
Oregano, Capsicin (hot peppers), Thyme, and Rosemary all contain oils that are powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antispasmodic agents. (Many of them have over 30 anti-inflammatory compounds) Add all of these to your food for better health.
Ginger - A very common herb that contains lots of anti-inflammatory and analgesic compounds and works wonders for GI upsets, motion sickness, cramps, spasms, and even fibromyalgia.
Arnica - A powerful healing herb that contains helenin which is a great anti-inflammatory plus analgesics that works well in creams, and can be taken in capsules and tablets too... rub a little arnica on any pain and feel great in no time.
St. Johns Wort - This herb is well known for boosting your mood, but it also has the ability to sooth way pain. You can take it in teas, in capsules, in tablets, and it also can be found in oils for topical use.
All of these great herbs can be ordered on-line or found at your local health food store.
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist, Counselor, and Spiritual Advisor for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, Center for Creative Living Church, Meditation for the Soul, and Relax Into Success, Punjab teas www.paulhaider.com