Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
(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.
(cinnamon) relieves pain and swelling
Huang (curcumin) is a mainstay of Chinese medicine and used for all forms of
pain. In Ayurveda, it is known as turmeric.
(myrrh) reduces inflammation and speeds healing
Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Medicine)
pepper is good for pain relief when added to food or drunk as a tea.
used for its warming properties in relation to arthritis.
is good for pain relief and sleep.
reduces pain, and is said to prevent cancer, though there is some concern about
is a natural anti-inflammatory good for joint pain.
is a delicious golden spice that gives flavor to many Indian recipes and is
often used to treat arthritis pain.
Native American Medicine
bark, willow and birch all have similar pain relieving properties to aspirin.
bark and leaves are good for inflammation when drunk as a tea.
is good for migraines.
seeds and tea are useful for headaches and have a pleasant licorice flavor.
is good for migraines.
is useful for pain relief and sleep disorders.
The case for kratom
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
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.
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.
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.
leaves are chewed when fresh, or dried and powdered. Since it has a bitter
taste, the powdered lea works well in shakes and smoothies.
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