The slippery slope for pain relief frequently starts in pharmacy aisles with over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. Despite deadly risks associated with these drugs (such as gastric bleeding), a recent survey shows that one in six people say they take the maximum dose of these medications, while 3 percent admit to taking as many as needed regardless of the recommended dose on the package. Overall, more than a third do not discuss their pain with a doctor or a pharmacist.
The Herbal Pharmacist, David Foreman, says there are effective natural options to reduce inflammation that causes pain in the body:
1) Pass the Turmeric: Used as the main spice in curry, the root of turmeric is also widely used in herbal medicine for pain relief for arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps and cancer. The healing power of turmeric comes from its active ingredient, curcumin that is known to lower the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. Turmeric can be incorporated into your meals (instead of using salt and pepper) or it can also be taken in supplement form.
2) No More Fish Oil Required: One of the newest and most effective natural anti-inflammatory compounds comes from specific esterified fatty acids derived from bovine tallow oil, known as Celadrin, that can be used as a topical cream directly on the area in pain or in supplement form. Celadrin works much like essential fatty acids EPA and DHA from omega-3 fish oils, but with a much more dramatic result because it causes change at the body's cellular level. It works by decreasing inflammation and lubricating cell membranes throughout the body, restoring fluids that cushion bones and joints to promote flexibility and mobility. Clinical studies on Celadrin have reported significant results without any side effects.
3) Chug the Hops: A supercritical extract from hops cones (Humulus lupulus L.), is not only used to flavor beer but can also be ingested in the form of an ingredient called Perluxan to alleviate pain and stiffness that comes as a result of muscle damage. Unlike joint compounds, glucosamine and chondroitin, that can take weeks or months to work, the natural ingredient, Perluxan typically starts relieving minor pain within the first 30 minutes of taking it in supplement form.