If the pharmaceutical drugs are not helping, you may want to turn towards another relatively unpopular but effective way of treatment. i.e. the herbal remedies for pain. It deploys nature’s gifts to relieve humans of their pain. Herbal remedies are based on a variety of plant extracts to treat many human diseases.
Although there is still more room for extensive research in this field, it is getting popularity rapidly and researchers have been able to find a large number of herbs which have proved to be helpful in curing pains. However, it would always be better to take maximum caution, because, when something has not been thoroughly researched and approved, you may run high on the risks of unwanted side effects or allergies. So, it is always better to consult your physician and avoid self-medication.
Popular Herbal Remedies for Pain
Some of the most common herbal remedies for pain today include the following;
Feverfew; The use of feverfew in relieving pain is not a newer phenomenon. It has been used since ancient times to cure headaches, stomach-ache, and toothaches. Today, it is also been used to cure migraines and rheumatoid arthritis. Although we still need extensive research to validate its effectiveness, however, one thing is for sure that there have been no cases of dangerous side effects associated with the use of feverfew, so it can be tried. There have been some minor side effects in some cases though, like tongue irritation, lips irritation, and canker sores. Pregnant women must not use it without a proper prescription.
Capsaicin; Topical Capsaicin is extracted from hot chile peppers and it may help some people to overcome pain. Capsaicin is believed to have the pain-relieving ability because it depletes substance P, it is a compound that conveys the pain sensation from the peripheral to the central nervous system, taking a couple of days.
Turmeric; It has been associated with the cure of arthritis, heartburn, and reducing inflammation. It is still not known, what component in Turmeric makes it in the list of herbal remedies for pain, but a calculated guess says that a chemical named curcumin might be responsible for that. Usually, Turmeric doesn’t cause any side effects if it is used moderately, but high doses for a longer period may lead to indigestion. Moreover, those people who suffer from gallbladder malfunction should avoid it.
Ginger; Although there is a need for more research, when it comes to ginger’s potential to relieve pain, phytochemicals in ginger may prove to be useful in relieving the pains associated with joints and muscles. However, researchers have witnessed some side effects in some people when ginger is used in small doses.
Devil’s Claw; Some scientific evidence has proved that the use of the South African herb, Devil’s Claw, is effective against arthritis and lower backache. However, there is room for more research. People with gallstones or ulcers of stomach and intestine should avoid prolonged use.
Besides the above-mentioned herbs, there are some other useful herbal remedies for pain too, like Boswellia, and willow bark. Some of the herbs advised by the American Pain Foundation are as under;
Kava Kava for neuropathic pain and for headache caused by tension
Ginseng for curing fibromyalgia
Valerian root as anti-spasmodic
A Word of Caution;
Although many of the herbs are being used to cure pain since the birth of mankind, however, until there is extensive research to support the use of a particular herb for curing pain, one should be very cautious. Moreover, herbs are not been scrutinized for quality by the governments, as is the case with other pharmaceuticals. So it is imperative that you avoid self-medication and consult your doctor.