What is the Best Herb for pain relief?
Turmeric, ginger?; clove or blue lettuce?.
Well, to begin with; I grew up in a village as a child and I hate medicines. My family members knew this and so does few of my ‘thick friends’; that I don’t take medication at all; not until I felt like I’m going to die.
However, just last year; my ‘wisdom tooth’ was coming out and it’s bitterly painful!; and for the first time in my life, I took pain killers! and guess what?. I have acid reflux for the whole week!
It was at this crucial time, that I start asking my parents; if there is such herb or fruits that have natural pain killers in them. Herbs that they might be knowing, in their times while growing up.
At this point, my mother told me something that she learned from my ‘Grandfather’; who happened to be a local herbal medicines giver but sadly he passed away one month before I was born and I don’t even have the chance to meet him.
My parents give me a peek, into the world of my grandfathers. Both my grandfathers are into medicines. My paternal grandfather is a certified medical practitioner and my maternal grandfather is a herbal practitioner.
It is through them; (with parents help) that I learn so much about plants and herbs, much more than I’ve learned in my college and being a Botany graduate; I’m quite taken by herbs and it’s remedied.
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Here’s a peek into the herbal world.
Herbs that are natural pain killers
Many people would rely on medications for their various needs but they come with the risk of side effects and addiction. Here we will see some of the best herbs for pain relief.
These herbs are natural pain killers; they give you comfort during pains. They are nature’s born and caused you no harm.
What is the best herb for pain relief?
1. White willow Bark
White willow bark contains salicin; a chemical similar to aspirin. Salicin is thought to be pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects on the body.
The willow bark; which obtain from a willow tree has been used since 400 BC; where people used to chew the bark of the tree and it reduces fever and inflammation. The plant also has flavonoids; compounds that help reduce pain; antiseptic and boost the immune system.
It is used for treating
- Lower back pain
- Menstrual cramps
- A pregnant mother should not take willow bark as it might have some mild side effect due to the presence of salicin
- People with a sensitive stomach should also avoid willow bark.
- It might lead to nausea and vomiting for some. Consult your doctor before using if you have allergies.
2. Clover a natural pain killer
I remember my grandmother was the one; who introduces me to this wonderful herb when I was just around 6-7 years old.
I burnt myself accidentally at the time and my grandmother crushed some of the clover leaves over my sores and the pain reduces. It has a cooling effect on the skin which helps reduces inflammation.
Clover leaves were found plenty as weeds in our garden but it has a great valuable treasure.
- Sores and burnt
- Skin rashes and inflammation
- Stomach ache and any kind of stomach related issues
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3. Valerian root- Another best herb for pain relief
Valerian is native to Europe and some parts of Asia. The roots of the herb were mainly used as a source of medicines since it has some sedative compounds in it.
It stimulates the brain and the nervous system and thus relieves psychological stress.
- It cures insomnia; the inability to sleep
- It induces relaxation to the brain and thus reduces psychological stress
- Because of its sedative nature; it helps sleep disorders
- Relief sadness and anxiety
- Reduces muscles cramps and spasms
4. Boswellia herb
For me, this is the number 1 herb for pain relief, but in no particular order; all the above herb mention are as superb as any other herb because they all have their own unique way of relieving pain.
However; I just adore Boswellia. It has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda and it is commonly known as the Indian Frankincense.
The compounds boswellic acids and terpenes; found in Boswellia are the main reasons behind it pain relief properties.
- Joint pain
- Knee pain
- Arthritis pain
- Heart diseases and
- It can even cure mild cancer
Ginseng has been used in traditional medicines for various purposes. Ginsenosides, a compound present in ginseng helps reduces pain and has many medicinal values.
- Stimulates physical and mental activity in people who are weak and tired
- Lower blood sugar
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Treat Fibromyalgia
Ginseng does have some few mild side effects if consumed in large quantity. It may lead to;
- rapid heartbeat
- low and high blood pressure
6. What is the best herb for pain relief- do you think it’s ‘Devil’s claw’
It is native to Southern Africa and has a long-standing history of medicinal uses by the local people.
- It is used for treating back pain
- Lower back pain
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
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This simple yellow flower is not just pretty but it might heal your soul and body ache. It is found abundantly almost worldwide and largely used as ornaments; however, in recent years it has proved to be useful in reducing body pain.
- Muscle soreness
- Muscles spasms
- Arthritis and joint pain
8. St John Wort
This is a flowering plant that has clinical evidence for an anti-depressant. The extracts of this plant are used in making pills and teas.
It is used for elevating moods and healing depressions. It can make you feel happy.
- Reduce depression
- Reduce wounds pain
- Bruises and burnt
Nature always has the best medicines for any kind of health-related issues. With the advancement in science and medicine; it has been easier for a man to cope with the ever challenging problems.
Raw materials are taken from mother Earth; for a quick and fast solution. The best herb for pain relief is discovered day by day because they have taken the place of modern pain killers; which has many side effects in the long term health.