When it comes to pain, especially chronic pain, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of prescription, or even over-the-counter, drug use. You could even become addicted to prescription drugs, which would lead you down a path to needing rehab and living the rest of your life as an addict.
Luckily you don’t always have to use prescription, or any other kind of, medications to treat pain. There are natural ways to help deal with even chronic pain. Here are some things to consider when it comes to natural ways for fighting pain.
Eating the Right Foods
From anti-inflammatories to antifungals, food can do some amazing things for the human body. It is absolutely true that what you put into your body determines your overall health. If you want to be pain free using food, here are a few things you should be eating:
Berries and cherries– Pretty much all berries, including cherries, are rich in antioxidants, which not only help remove toxins from your body and blood stream, but they also help fight inflammation. Generally, with inflammation comes pain. Cherries also have an ingredient in them that helps block pain sensors, making them a double whammy against pain.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids– A healthy dose of foods rich in these good fats will help lubricate your joints, which will help ease both joint and muscle pain. This also makes them good for people fighting arthritis pain. You can get a good dose of these healthy fats in fish and in avocados, as well as nuts.
Acupuncture and Acupressure
Back pain? Migraines? Whatever your ailment, it’s a sure bet that acupuncture can help. In fact, it has been used for centuries to help people naturally deal with pain. Worried about those needles? They are actually hair-thin filaments and they don’t hurt that much.
If you still can’t bring yourself to getting acupuncture done, at least try acupressure, which uses those same meridians, but just puts pressure on them to help fight pain.
For back, muscle, and even joint pain, chiropractic care can help. Getting your spine back into alignment can actually make a difference when it comes to headaches and even stomach issues as well. Talk to a chiropractor and see what they can do for you.
Herbs and Aromatherapy
From simply finding some relaxation to helping you get to sleep at night, herbs and aromatherapy can do wonders when it comes to pain management. Drinking tea with ginger in it does more than soothe an upset stomach, it can also fight headaches. Valerian tea can help you get some sleep at night, even when your pain seems like it’s at a ten.
Try something as simple as burning some sage just to get relaxed and let the world fall off your shoulders.