The healthcare system has reached its peak, but chronic pain is still bugging us. People reach for alternative methods.
Arthritis pain and headache can be debilitating, and unfortunately, too many people deal with pain. Painkillers are our best friends in “those” days, but they provide a short relief accompanied with numerous side effects. You don’t want all the toxins in your body, right? There are some natural ways to relieve your pain and keep it away for good. Find what works best for your system, and use it regularly.
Robert Bonakdar, MD, notes that acupuncture is really efficient in treating lower back pain, headache and arthritis. The benefits are even greater when you do more treatments.
A few years ago, Dr. Bonakdar could have been accused of “blasphemy” for his support of acupuncture. Alternative therapies were not really accepted in the past. Times have changed, and Dr. Bonakdar says there is a huge evidence supporting acupuncture and other alternative treatments. We get even more chances of treating ourselves naturally.
Chronic pain and natural therapies
“… opioid-related overdoses have increased within the past few years, causing physicians and policymakers to reconsider using opioids as long-term treatments.” – Christine Potkul, Specialty Pharmacy Times
The National Center for Health Statistics notes that chronic pain hits more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. About 11 percent of American adults deal with chronic pain, and 25 percent deal with pain for longer than 24 hours. About 18 percent of American adults deal with severe pain every day.
Traditional pain-relieving methods involve taking a pill. These pills affect the brain chemistry, and cause overdose, coma, and even death.
The educational piece “Treatment Opinions for Chronic Pain” is focused on this problem. The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) does not really focus on alternative treatments. In this piece, the ASRA discussed the power of antidepressants, anticonvulsants, muscle relaxants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids.
Opioids claim the life of millions of people. Overdose and death are all around us, but ASRA did not even mention addiction as a possible side effect of opioid use.
We need more options and treatments that would not harm our health. How can we treat our condition naturally?
The World Health Organization made a project called “Acupuncture: An Overview of Scientific Evidence,” and authors confirm that acupuncture can be effective in 96% of many conditions, including chronic pain. The WHO rated acupuncture as a method that has “evidence of positive effect” in patients with chronic lower back pain and chronic headaches. These are the two main causes of chronic pain in the world.
Some believe that this method alters the body-to-brain pathways that receive and perceive aches. Given that the body adjusts to the treatment, the pain will eventually disappear.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is related to several pain-related conditions. According to an article released in the Journal of Endocrinology, it also affects sleeping. Inflammation is caused by sleep deprivation and other aches. Research has shown that vitamin D actually has an anti-inflammatory effect.
In other words, vitamin D can inhibit inflammation, promote a good nights’ sleep, and suppress aches.
- Anti-inflammatory diet
Anti-inflammatory diet can help you treat your pain. Foods in Mediterranean diet regulate blood sugar, and this actually works well in obese. An anti-inflammatory diet plan can block the progression of pain and fix pain tolerance.
Eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, fatty fish and healthy oils.
Caffeine blocks adenosine, a chemical that is related to drowsiness. The blockage of this chemical makes coffee powerful and promotes wakefulness. According to a study released in the journal Nature, the blocking of adenosine does not happen in the brain only, it happens in the body, too. This mechanism triggers the body-to-brain pathways that block the inflammatory response which gives an instant pain relief and increases pain tolerance.
Chronic pain affects the neural pathways in the brain, as confirmed by research. These brain changes may have a negative effect on your cognitive and emotional processes.
A study released in the journal Nature found that stretching and yoga can have a positive effect on the brain. This can reduce and relieve pain, and there is also works on the psychological side effects that come with it. These side effects include anxiety, depression and fatigue.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. It gives this spice its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect. Turmeric can also improve cognitive function.
Nanocurcumin is a more bioavailable form of curcumin. It is even more powerful in the pain relieving effect than regular turmeric. A piece published in Arthritis Research & Therapy confirms that this ingredient in turmeric blocks the progression of osteoarthritis (OA) and relieves pain.
There is a strong bond between your body and brain. Your behavior, emotions and thoughts affect the way your brain responds to pain stimuli. Mindfulness and other relaxation methods help fix the brain’s reaction to brain. Try meditation, yoga, and deep breathing.
Cognitive behavioral therapy can also be effective in eliminating and relieving chronic pain. Meditation does wonders for some people, but CBT is a much better option for extroverted types who go for personal communication over quiet introspection.
Pain can affect one’s mood and feelings. Natural treatments have great effect, and sometimes work even better than other therapies. The most important thing is remembering that you have to stay positive. Look for the right remedy for your condition.