Dr. Mehmet Oz said there are inexpensive, natural pain killers that can relieve chronic back pain and migraines fast on the Sept. 3 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz's guest was acupuncturist Dr. Daniel Hsu, who said an ancient holistic remedy for chronic pain is the plant Corydalis, also known as Chinese poppy. Corydalis contains the powerful painkiller dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB), which has been shown to relieve headaches, joint pain, backache and menstrual cramps. It also releases dopamine in the brain, which produces feelings of well-being and happiness.
Corydalis has no side effects and is not addictive, said Hsu. 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.
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.
Another natural painkiller for migraines is magnesium citrate. Dr. Oz said over 50 percent 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.
Anti-Aging Beauty Secret: Remove Makeup Every Night
On a separate segment, Dr. Oz discussed the importance of removing your makeup every night before bed. His guest was dermatologist Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, who said not taking off your makeup before going to sleep contributes to acne and wrinkles.
To demonstrate the importance of makeup removal, a Dr. Oz fan agreed to sleep with her makeup on for one week and report her findings. After a week, she noticed her skin got extremely itchy, blotchy and dry and she looked 10 years older.
Dr. Ingleton said even if you don't have time to wash your face before bed, you can minimize premature aging and wrinkles by cleaning your face with a makeup wipe. Keeping makeup on for extended periods of time attracts dirt and bacteria and ages you, she said.