Opioid addiction is a serious problem in our country.
According to recent science, drug overdoses kill more people than HIV/AIDS and guns,
but there is surprisingly little information out there about it.
More importantly, there are very few resources for people who might want to avoid opioids
and other pain relievers altogether.
“The idea that opting for natural remedies
over pharmaceutical options is weird or strange
is profoundly false.
There isn’t anything wrong with wanting to
find natural pain relievers.”
First Things First
Before we get into the various natural substances you can use to dull or cure pain, we need to
address a couple of elephants in the room.
Firstly, the idea that opting for natural remedies over pharmaceutical options is weird or strange
is profoundly false.
There isn’t anything wrong with wanting to find natural pain relievers.
For some of you reading, these might be your only options left after fighting drug addictions or
dealing with other illnesses.
And if this feels close to home, you should know that stopping opioids and pain killers cold turkey
can be rife with issues.
The withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly severe.
This is why many professionals recommend getting professional and inpatient help for their
According to one drug detox center in Georgia:
“During a medically supported detox, each patient is treated by a team of medical
professionals who have years of experience managing withdrawal symptoms.
Aside from medical support, patients will also benefit from detoxing in an emotionally
stable and supportive environment away from the distractions of the world.
Having the both physical and emotional assistance is what helps detox patients stay
clear of relapsing due to intense withdrawal symptoms.
For this reason, inpatient detox presents patients with the best opportunity for
success as they are able to focus on what is truly important, getting clean.”
Going Au Natural
Even if you aren’t fighting or recovering from an addiction, eschewing pharmaceutical
painkillers can be challenging.
For one thing, natural pain relief ingredients are often more expensive than a small bottle
For another, they usually require some processing and time to work. Even so, it is worth it.
A Quick Word About Cannabis
It’s true: Marijuana is completely legal in several states, even for recreational use.
It is also legal for medical issues in many more states.
And there is significant science behind cannabis’s medical and pain relieving properties.
Even so, for most readers, obtaining cannabis is illegal so we won’t be talking about it
beyond what we have already said here.
Natural Pain Relief Products and Techniques
Unlike pharmaceutical pain relievers, which somehow magically just “know where to go,”
the type of natural substance you use will be determined by the type and location of your pain.
You’ll want to stock up on a few staples to keep all of your options covered.
White willow bark is one of the closest natural methods you’ll find to a “cure all”
for pain relief.
Originally chewed to reduce fevers, willow bark can now be taken as a capsule or brewed
into a tea.
It works because one of its primary chemical compounds is salicin, which is very close,
chemically speaking, to the primary ingredient in aspirin.
And, like aspirin, willow bark is dangerous for children, can make you nauseous and affect
It should not be used long term or in large doses.
Cloves can be used to treat a number of ailments but we are most interested in them as a
topical pain reliever.
It is best known for its use in helping ease the pain of toothaches and mouth pain in
It is a good idea to dilute the oil, though, because it’s potency when undiluted has been
known to cause problems.
Turmeric has many medicinal purposes but it has proven most useful to those who suffer
from arthritis pain or psoriasis.
It is helpful in these cases because the properties in turmeric–known as curcumin–help
reduce inflammation and swelling.
This is found in red chili peppers and it very nearly earns the term “miracle cure.”
Capsaicin helps alleviate pain by dulling the nerve receptors in your body that are
responsible for the pain sensation.
This dulling can last for hours, days, or even weeks depending on how and for how long
it is applied.
Talk to a naturopath and your doctor for help before you try capsaicin on your own.
Cranberry juice is useful for more than the passing of kidney stones and UTIs!
Cranberry juice contains properties that attack and kill H. pylori, the bacteria that is
responsible for ulcers acting up and other indigestion pains.
These are just five substances found in nature that can help you alleviate pain and
Use them in conjunction with those wonderful old standbys: heat, ice, and pressure
and you should be pain free in very little time.
What are your favorite ways to treat pain naturally?
Share your thoughts and comments with us.