Do you remember the days when you felt healthy and whole? The days when you would wake up refreshed, tackle the day, and still have plenty of energy left over to enjoy your leisure time?
Millions of people just like you live with chronic pain and inflammation. This not only limits mobility and energy, it can cause frustration, feelings of isolation, and in some cases, anxiety and depression.
The most common chronic pain conditions are back pain, headaches, stomach pain, and nerve pain. If you are living with a condition caused by chronic inflammation, you’ve likely tried more than your fair share of prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers.
While these pain relievers may temporarily ease inflammation and the pain that comes with it, they do not address the underlying cause of chronic inflammation.
The following supplements not only treat chronic pain, some can help improve your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Turmeric is a yellow spice commonly used in Indian cuisine. This powerful spice is also a free-radical scavenger, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory, which has made it particularly effective in the treatment of arthritis pain. Research has shown that alcohol extracts of curcumin (turmeric) have been found to be just as effective as cortisone in the treatment of chronic inflammation.
From a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism:
“A highly purified and standardized ginger extract had a statistically significant effect on reducing symptoms of OA of the knee.”
In addition to its strong anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is also quite effective in treating nausea, poor digestion, and chronic stomach pain.
To get the most anti-inflammatory benefit from ginger, purchase fresh organic ginger, cut some into small chunks, place the chunks in a silver tea ball, put the tea ball in a cup, and add raw honey and boiling water into the cup.
Place a lid or plate over the cup and allow the tea to steep for up to 10 minutes. Drink.
Arnica is one of the best topical treatments for muscle pain and bruising. This natural anti-inflammatory is made from a European flower. It is usually sold in the form of a gel or cream. Arnica can also be used internally, but only when taken in diluted, homeopathic form.
Also called Indian frankincense, boswellia is a powerful natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. The active compounds in boswellia are called boswellic acids, and they may help calm an overactive immune system while providing protection against cartilage loss.
Those with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis may experience significant benefits from this natural anti-inflammatory.
5. Holy Basil
Holy basil isn’t the same as the sweet basil you’re used to seeing in traditional pasta dishes. Native to Southeast Asia, holy basil has been used medicinally for hundreds of years to treat multiple health conditions.
From a study published in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology:
“The antibacterial activity combined with anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities of the oil, could make it useful in inflammatory disorder resulting from staphylococcal infection.”
Holy basil can be used in the form of a dietary supplement or as an essential oil in aromatherapy.
Capsaicin is the component in hot peppers that gives them their spicy flavor. In addition to adding zest to your favorite dish, capsaicin can provide effective natural pain relief. Capsaicin works by binding to nerve receptors (which causes that initial burning/tingling sensation) and blocking pain.
Capsaicin is so effective at relieving pain because of its ability to deplete “substance P”, a neuropeptide that transfers pain signals to the central nervous system.
For arthritis and chronic muscle pain relief, I recommend turning to a capsaicin oral supplements, cream, or gel.
7. Wintergreen Essential Oil
Wintergreen essential oil is said to be one of the best sources of methyl salicylate, an inflammation-fighting compound that provides effective pain relief. When applied topically, wintergreen absorbs quickly into the skin, numbing pain, cooling irritation, and promoting healthy blood circulation.
For best results, mix a couple of drops of wintergreen essential oil into a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, and rub it into the painful areas. Take care not to get the oil near your eyes, mouth, or mucous membranes.
Wintergreen essential oil is meant for topical use only. Do not use on broken skin.
Bromelain is a digestive enzyme extracted from the pineapple plant. It provides effective natural pain relief when taken between meals. (If you were using it as a digestive aid, you would take it immediately following a meal.) Research has shown that taking 250 mg of bromelain twice a day can help ease joint swelling and pain while improving mobility.
9. Krill Oil
Krill oil provides powerful anti-inflammatory relief by safely targeting the destructive molecules that attack healthy joint tissue.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 300 milligrams of krill oil taken over a period of 7 and 14 days significantly inhibited inflammation while reducing arthritic symptoms.
Serrapeptase is a proteolytic (protein-destroying) enzyme responsible for dissolving a silkworm’s cocoon.
When you take serrapeptase, it binds to the alpha 2 macroglobulin in your plasma, which keeps it safe from your immune system so its enzymatic activity can be transferred to areas of your body where it is specifically needed.
Serrapeptase is unique in that it only destroys dead tissue, not live. This provides rapid relief for localized inflammation without posing any danger to your healthy, living tissue.
Always take serrapeptase on an empty stomach. For best results, take it before bedtime where it will have plenty of time to dissolve all non-living tissue (blood clots, cysts, arterial plaque, and fibrin) as you sleep.
Note: If you are pregnant, nursing, or taking any prescription drugs, talk with your health care provider before using these or any other dietary supplements. While supplements are generally regarded as safe, there is always the possibility of allergic reaction or drug interaction.
When trying natural treatments for chronic inflammation, use no more than two at a time to see how they affect you. Everyone is different, and you may have to experiment for a while before you find the correct combination for you.
Don’t just live with chronic pain, reclaim your health, and start enjoying life again!
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