Herbs & Spices Used for Pain Management

Herbs & Spices Used for Pain Management

variety of types

There are a number of herbs and spices that have been used for centuries for pain management. The botanicals chosen will usual depend on the cause of the pain, such as arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, versus injury, headache, back pain and so on.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

 

Corydalis
(Yu Jin) is a tuber prepared with vinegar and used to treat chronic pain. It
has been compared to opioids in terms of potency, but without the risk of addiction.

 

Gu Zhi
(cinnamon) relieves pain and swelling

 

Jiang
Huang (curcumin) is a mainstay of Chinese medicine and used for all forms of
pain. In Ayurveda, it is known as turmeric.

 

Mo Yao
(myrrh) reduces inflammation and speeds healing

 

Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Medicine)

 

Cayenne
pepper is good for pain relief when added to food or drunk as a tea.

 

Ginger is
used for its warming properties in relation to arthritis.

 

Jatamansi
is good for pain relief and sleep.

 

Kava kava
reduces pain, and is said to prevent cancer, though there is some concern about
liver damage.

 

Skullcap
is a natural anti-inflammatory good for joint pain.

 

Turmeric
is a delicious golden spice that gives flavor to many Indian recipes and is
often used to treat arthritis pain.

 

Native American Medicine

 

Aspen
bark, willow and birch all have similar pain relieving properties to aspirin.

 

Blackberry-roots,
bark and leaves are good for inflammation when drunk as a tea.

 

Butterbur
is good for migraines.

 

Fennel
seeds and tea are useful for headaches and have a pleasant licorice flavor.

 

Feverfew
is good for migraines.

 

Valerian
is useful for pain relief and sleep disorders.

 

The case for kratom

 

In recent
years, kratom has garnered an increasing amount of attention in the medical
world and that of the Food and Drug Administration due to its powerful pain
relieving effects. Kratom comes from a south-east Asian tree related to the
coffee plant.

 

Its pain
relief effects have been compared to opioids, but apparently without the risk
of addiction. It has been used for a stimulant at low doses, a sedative at high
doses, and as a recreational drug, pain killer, treatment for diarrhea, and
supportive supplement for those recovering from opioid addiction.

 

It is
used for various other medical conditions, including arthritis, restless legs
syndrome (RLS), and fibromyalgia. It is inexpensive and available in health
food stores and from herbalists.

 

When the
US FDA tried to ban it in 2016, there was considerable public outcry amongst
hundreds of thousands of people who had been using it safely.
https://www.wired.com/2016/11/kratom-bitter-plant-help-opioid-addicts-dea-doesnt-ban/ Thus far, it is still
legal in the US.

 

The
leaves are chewed when fresh, or dried and powdered. Since it has a bitter
taste, the powdered lea works well in shakes and smoothies.

 

Anyone
concerned about addiction to opioids, or who is a recovering addict, might
benefit from one or more of these remedies. As always, they should research
side effects and possible interactions. Remember, just because it is natural
does not mean it is completely harmless.

 

Check https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ to learn more before taking any herbs
and supplements.

 

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20160919/what-is-kratom-dea-banopioid1

 

https://sunwarrior.com/healthhub/17-herbs-and-spices-as-painkillers

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