When it comes to pain relief, oftentimes we default to popping pills. It may not be a major issue if you just do it every once in awhile but many of us suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain tends to necessitate more frequent reliance on anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief. One problem is that in Western medicine, anti-inflammatory pain relief generally equates to Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen and acetaminophen, which contribute to major health problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the severe issues caused by long term use of NSAIDs can cause liver failure, heart attack and stroke.
People have used essential oils, herbs, and alternative therapies as natural pain relievers for hundreds of years.
Researchers have not fully explored these options, but some evidence suggests that certain remedies can help, and that many people find them useful.
In this article, we discuss eight natural pain relievers and the science behind them. Read on to learn how to manage pain naturally without relying on over-the-counter pain medication.