We've all tried NSAIDS (over the counter pain medications) like Tylenol and Motrin from time to time when in pain. But recent information indicates that these drugs can cause damage to the stomach, and increase the risk of renal failure. Prescription drugs like Vioxx and Celebrex come with their own serious health risks as evidenced by the nightly news.
Pain however is only a symptom that the body is not functioning properly. So what can we do to offer ourselves some relief?
One component that offers a good deal of benefit is getting nutritional support. Taking a whole food source vitamin/mineral formula that gives the body adequate magnesium, amino acids (proteins), antioxidants, zinc, selenium and B vitamins along with other nutrients, is critical for healing. Additionally, for those with arthritis, Glucosamine & Condrotin Sulfate and MSM may be an option. For nerve pain one might consider lipoic acid.
Getting to bed by 10 pm and sleeping a full 8 to 9 hours is optimal for health and healing. Our bodies heal while sleeping and has very precise duties during specific hours of the night. These responsibilities include such things as, recharging of the adrenals and endocrine glands, repair of tissue and detoxification. Sleep is of the utmost importance, as more serious illness can occur if the body is not given the chance to regulate, rest and heal.
If sleep is difficult, one might consider taking an herbal sleep formula with a combination of ingredients like Valerian Root, Skullcap, Hops and Passionflower, etc. , or trying a magnesium/calcium supplement, melatonin, 5htp/or L tryptophan.
Hormonal deficiencies should also be investigated, as a healthy hypothalamic function is often not present in chronic pain.
Infection in the body can and does affect pain. Due to the overuse of antibiotics both via doctor's prescription and those given to livestock, our bodies can become depleted of good bacteria. This increases the risk of yeast overgrowth. Yeast in the body, coupled with the excessive consumption of sugar (estimated at 150 or more lbs per year) can and does cause inflammation in the body, and subsequently can lead to pain.
Eliminating sugar and adding probiotics, while adopting an anti candida diet, and treating for yeast overgrowth with natural anti fungals (exp. garlic, capryllic acid, apple cider vinegar, and olive leaf extract) will assist you in getting yeast under control. For those with a more chronic yeast condition, prescription anti fungals like Nystatin plus Diflucan (which are gut and blood anti fungals respectively) may be considered.
Here are some additional natural remedies that are beneficial in reducing pain. You may want to investigate a number of these natural remedies in limiting the pain response.
There are no easy solutions in getting to the source of pain and relieving it. However giving the body maximum support often will silence the pain response.
Taking a painkiller is certainly not going to resolve your pain issues and only acts as a temporary yet toxic fix. The more toxic chemicals that we put into our body will only exacerbate our health issues. Of course you should always do the research yourself and by all mean consult your doctor. Investigating all of your options will certainly put you on the right road in you quest to become pain free.
Darlene Tabler is a health researcher interested in assisting individuals in discovering healthy alternatives to disease prevention.
You are invited to view her health blog at : http://www.truehealthylivingnow.blogspot.com