We all know that pharmaceutical companies rely on medications such as pain killers to make billions of dollars per year. The goal is to keep you reliant on their pain medications instead of fighting for a cure to the ailment. The truth is, there are natural foods that you can take that can help alleviate some of the pain you experience. This is not to say these are cures but these foods can help ease your reliance on pain killer medications.
Let’s take a look at 10 powerful pain killers that are all-natural.
Garlic relieves pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis through the flavonoid quercetin, which may dampen the inflammation-causing chemicals called leukotrienes, prostaglandins, and histamines.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Many people believe that adding apple cider vinegar to your bath before bed can also help to relieve RA pain. Add one cup of the vinegar to your evening bath and sit in the solution for 20 to 30 minutes. This can help reduce overnight stiffness and swelling.
Some scientific evidence does suggest that drinking cherry juice or eating tart (pie) cherries in season can help relieve muscle pain, arthritis pain and the pain of gout as well as – or better than – aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
Peppermint oil is very helpful in digestion as it has a carminative property of expelling gas (from the stomach or intestines so as to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain or distension). Massage several drops on your abdomen, place a drop on wrists or inhale to soothe motion sickness or general nausea.
Drinking more water may not cure your joint pain, but it can help to improve the health of your joints. Drinking water can stimulate our production of synovial fluid (in charge of lubricating the cartilage), reduce inflammation around the joint and encourage the growth of new cells in the cartilage tissues.
Clove oil contains the active ingredient eugenol, which is a natural anesthetic. It helps numb and reduce pain to ease a toothache. Eugenol also has natural anti-inflammatory properties.
Curcumin is a key chemical in turmeric. Claims: Reduces pain, inflammation and stiffness related to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA); treats bursitis. Known as a cleansing agent, turmeric often is used as a digestive aid in India.
Bromelain is a mixture of protein-digesting enzymes found in pineapples. Bromelain, which is derived from the stem and juice of the pineapple, was first isolated from the pineapple plant in the late 1800s when it was approved to treat swelling and inflammation following surgery.
Horseradish is a plant. It is frequently prepared as a condiment, but the roots are also used as medicine. Some people apply horseradish directly to the skin for painful and swollen joints or tissues and for minor muscle aches.
Researchers aren’t sure what the exact mechanism is, but they believe that foods high in antioxidants, like blueberries, help reduce the systemic inflammation that can lead to RA pain.