If you’re a regular user of common painkillers like aspirin or ibuprofen, you might want to hold off on popping another pill before reading this post. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen are known to cause intestinal bleeding, stomach ulcerations and even perforations, especially at high doses. If you were unaware of these side effects, you’re not alone. Drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin are available without prescription and advertised as safe, convenient pain remedies when really they can be highly damaging to your health.
Chronic pain is a sign of imbalance or dysfunction in your body that needs to be addressed. It’s essential to seek treatment that uncovers the actual cause of the pain to prevent the condition from worsening. For instance, severe menstrual cramps are often a sign of hormonal imbalance. Investigating and treating the cause of the imbalance could eliminate the pain for good and prevent serious, long-term health issues.
Every condition requires different treatment but one powerful remedy that applies to nearly all inflammatory states is fish oil. The omega-3 fats in fish oil are highly effective in blocking inflammatory processes in the body. Daily consumption of high-dose fish oil may significantly reduce symptoms of pain related to inflammation. You can also increase omega-3 fats in your diet through the form of wild salmon, sardines or vegetarian sources like flaxseeds or chia seeds.
Fast-acting, natural treatments for pain relief include heating/cooling patches and ointments, ice packs and the old but effective remedy of a hot water bottle. Patches are generally the most convenient form of pain relief as they can be applied directly to the site of discomfort (on the skin) and offer an immediate heating or cooling effect (from natural herbs) that effectively numbs the pain.
Every drug you put in your body comes with side effects and the more aware you become, the more likely you are to avoid long-term damage to your health. Give your body the treatment and anti-inflammatory nutrients it requires and you might find you don’t need the painkillers after all!