Across the US and other countries, people are turning to natural medicines to help counter and/or limit drug resistance, addiction and side-effects. With bacteria becoming more resistant to antibiotics, there is a race from drug companies to come up with new medicines. However, there are a number of natural substances that can provide just as much help as traditional drugs.
People suffering from chronic pain are having the same issues. The traditional painkillers are becoming less effective, and there have been growing instances of irritation to the gut. Also, there is an increasing opioid epidemic across all the states as people become addicted to the drug.
Therefore, here are a few of the top natural alternatives to prescription drugs.
These endorphins are hormones that reduce the perception of pain. They work in a similar way to codeine and morphine, but because they are natural, there is no allergic reaction. Additionally, there are various activities, etc. that you can do to increase your level of endorphins; these include meditation, massage therapy and a balanced diet. Studies have also found that endorphins can also help to alleviate depression and low mood.
Turmeric is a well-known herb used for cooking and flavouring, but it also has medicinal qualities that not many people know about. It isn’t clear why this herb is so effective, but it has been used in ancient medicine in many countries such as India. Turmeric contains a substance called curcumin, which has been proven to alleviate joint pain. Therefore, over longer periods, it has also been seen to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
As well as these benefits, Turmeric has been able to reduce the pain caused by menstrual cramps, heart disease, and pain after surgery. However, the best part about Turmeric is that is a natural herb. Therefore, people can take it without any apparent side-effects. Many coffee shops are starting to offer turmeric lattes, etc. so keep an eye out.
White Willow Bark
This herb has been used in China and parts of Europe for hundreds of years, and it is believed that it is the compound salicin which does all of the work. White Willow Bark has been found to be as effective as the synthetic painkiller in aspirin. However, it is far less irritating to the stomach, meaning it may be a good alternative to those who have sensitive stomach linings, etc. Therefore, for this reason, it is a good herb for those suffering from stomach ulcers, diabetes and haemophilia. It is also great for pregnant women and those allergic to the properties in aspirin.
Fish oil is widely used in many foods and vitamins, and it is believed to be as effective as NSAID’s and painkillers. Fish oil tablets block the chemicals responsible for inflammation in conditions such as Crohn’s disease, gout and arthritis. Additionally, fish oil is an effective painkiller due to its Omega 3 fatty acids. They are thought to help relieve menstrual pain and help with rheumatoid arthritis.
These are just some of the many alternatives you can find to help with pain relief. However, it is important to check with your doctor before trying alternative medicines.