5 Natural Pain Relief Remedies

August 15, 2018

If you experience chronic pain but do not want to constantly take painkillers, you need to familiarize yourself with natural pain relief remedies that you can use instead within the comfort of your own home.

All of these remedies are inexpensive, easy to use, and quite effective for providing pain relief:

 

Exercise

Studies have shown time and again that regular exercise is effective for long-term pain relief. Exercise causes your body to release endorphins, which are hormones that actually increase your body’s tolerance for pain. If you have not exercised in a while, it is best to get back into the groove slowly so that you do not injure yourself further. Start by walking around the block a few times or doing some light yoga, then you can work your way up to more strenuous exercises.

 

Fish Oil

Fish oil naturally has many anti-inflammatory properties, and as such, it can be highly effective for pain relief. The suggested dose for neck or back pain is 1200 milligrams a day. Don’t fret if you do not enjoy eating fish; you do not have to eat any of it to get the benefits of fish oil! It is actually more effective to get your fish oil in the form of a capsule, but feel free to supplement with a couple servings of fish per week if you desire.

 

Turmeric

Turmeric is a root that is related to ginger, and it has long been regarded as a powerful pain reliever in parts of Asia. You can get your daily serving of turmeric (650 milligrams) through food (such as Indian food), by mixing it into your water or simply by taking a capsule. Be careful if you handle the powder itself because it can easily stain your fingernails and clothes!

 

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a compound found in red wine, and it has been shown to decrease the risk of developing cancer and slow the aging process, in addition to providing pain relief. You can reap the benefits of resveratrol by drinking a glass of red wine (not white wine, unfortunately), or if you do not like red wine, you can also purchase capsules and resveratrol-infused creams.

 

Heat and Cold Therapy for Pain Relief

Heat and ice therapy is a tried and true pain relief method. The heat will relax your muscles, and the cold will decrease inflammation, but the key is knowing when to use which. Immediately after an injury, you should use cold therapy, but after the first day or two, you should switch to heat therapy to combat any lingering pain.

 

Meditation

If you have never tried meditation, you will probably surprised at how effective it can be in treating pain and relieving stress. There is no right or wrong way to do meditation, as long as you are making an effort to clear your mind. Yet, if you do want some guidance to get started, you can look up tutorials on YouTube or gather some tips from a health & lifestyle website.