Chronic pain is ongoing pain that persists beyond an expected time frame. Most chronic pain does not actually originate in the muscles, bones, and tissues, but rather in the nerves, which means that regular chiropractic care and eating foods or taking herbs that promote central nervous system health may be the best approach to getting rid of chronic pain permanently.
How can you treat chronic pain naturally?
1. Chiropractic care: Chiropractors use a variety of non-surgical treatments, such as spinal manipulation, to address chronic pain symptoms, such as inflammation and muscle tension. Your chiropractor will do a physical exam as well as some tests to help him or her diagnose your pain. Once you are diagnosed with a pain condition, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan that may include spinal manipulation, manual therapies, and therapeutic exercises. Learn more about chiropractic neurology here: http://www.examiner.com/article/chiropractic-neurologist-featured-on-abc-s-nightline-called-a-genius
2. Willow bark: Willow bark is a powerful painkilling herb that is still used today to. Its active ingredient, salicin, was first used in the 1800s to develop aspirin. Though it may not work as fast as aspirin, it is said to provide longer-lasting benefits without harmful side effects.
3. Cannabis: The active ingredient in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is a strong analgesic with proven pain-relieving properties. Numerous studies have found that taking cannabis can help ease neurological pain without causing harmful side effects, making it a far better candidate than what conventional medicine has to offer. Juicing its leaves raw has been shown to actually reverse chronic pain and illness. A former government scientist in the United Kingdom and a forensic scientist in Ireland, was recently fined for maing cannabis oil to treat his own pain. See: http://www.examiner.com/article/former-uk-govt-scientist-who-made-cannabis-oil-for-pain-appealing-conviction
4. Turmeric: Almost nothing can compare to Tumeric's ability to treat arthritis, gout, autoimmune disease, sciatic, and other inflammatory conditions.
5. Kava kava: This natural botanical is effective at reducing anxiety, easing nerves, relaxing muscles, and easing pain. Because of its synergistic ability to promote mental and physical restfulness, it can be very helpful in overcoming chronic pain.
6. Valerian: Valerian is a natural herb with an extensive history of use in relieving pain and is often used as a sleeping aid due to its ability to promote relaxation. It is also useful for easing anxiety and psychological stress, which are often causes or exacerbates chronic pain. Valerian can also be used to treat depression, muscle and joint pain, headaches, and menstrual pain.
8. Devil's claw: Native to Africa, this herb works so well at relieving arthritis, lower back, knee, and hip pain that it has actually been approved as a non-prescription medicine in Germany. It has been shown in studies to effectively relieve chronic pain in as little as 10 days of therapeutic use without causing any harmful side effects and can also be used in place of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like acetaminophen and ibuprofen to temporarily relieve pain.
9. Magnesium: A treatment for both muscle and nerve pain, magnesium has been shown to balance levels of the brain chemical known as NMDA that is responsible for transmitting pain throughout the nervous system. Magnesium deficiency commonly causes and amplifies pain, so supplementing with it can help improve pain symptoms.
10. Vitamin D: A 2009 study found that patients deficient in vitamin D require almost two times the amount of pain medications as patients with sufficient levels. This demonstrates an inverse relationship between vitamin D levels and pain. Researchers blame vitamin D deficiency for the latest flu epidemic in Holland. See: www.examiner.com/article/researchers-blame-vitamin-d-deficiency-for-the-...
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