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Dr. Oz details natural painkillers to relieve migraines and back pain

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Dr. Oz said there are inexpensive, natural painkillers that quickly relieve migraines and back pain on the Jan. 28 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

"You can kill the pain before it starts," said Dr. Oz, who said you shouldn't always reach for pills because they usually have side effects.

Corydalis Relieves Chronic Pain

Dr. Oz's guest was acupuncturist Dr. Daniel Hsu, who said an ancient Asian secret for relieving chronic pain is the plant Corydalis, also known as Chinese poppy.

Dr. Hsu said Corydalis contains the powerful painkiller dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB), which alleviates headaches, joint pain, backache and menstrual cramps. It releases dopamine in the brain, which produces feelings of well-being and happiness.

Dr. Hsu said Corydalis has no side effects and is not addictive. Unlike drugs, you don't develop a tolerance for Corydalis, so you don't have to keep taking larger and larger doses to relieve pain.

Dr. Oz suggests taking three to nine grams of Corydalis two to three times a day to treat chronic pain.

Butt Pillow For Back Pain and Magnesium For Migraines

Dr. Oz said a drug-free remedy for back pain is a butt pillow, which is a horseshoe-shaped pillow that reduces pressure on the lower back, tailbone and hip bones. It's especially helpful for people who sit a lot. A less expensive but effective alternative is an orthopedic wedge cushion.

Meanwhile, an effective natural painkiller for migraines is magnesium citrate. Dr. Oz said over 50% of migraine sufferers have a magnesium deficiency. He suggests taking 400 to 600 mg of magnesium a day for migraine relief.

Magnesium has also been shown to reverse osteoporosis, prevent heart disease, regulate high blood pressure, and treat diabetes.

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