We all suffer from pain from time to time, but you can treat it with natural substances.

Whether it be menstrual pain, headache pain, backache pain, or something else, pain can be debilitating. But what if there was a better way to treat the issue than by popping ibuprofen or other pain meds? 

Dr. Holly Lucille, one of the nation’s leading naturopath doctors (ND), RN, author, educator, and radio and television host, recommends the following natural remedies to alleviate pain.

Curcumin

Curcumin is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs.

“When taken in supplement form, this golden-hued ‘miracle’ herb has the amazing ability to suppress cytokines,” explained Lucille.


Curcumin is the bright orange-yellow ingredient found in the kitchen spice turmeric. Courtesy of turmericpillreviews.com.

Cytokines are the substances secreted by the immune system that contribute to inflammation. But curcumin, which is found in turmeric (used to make curry powder) can help reduce inflammation! It can be taken as a supplement in pill form.

Research conducted with 45 patients revealed that curcumin was more effective in treating the symptoms of tenderness and swelling joints in people with rheumatoid arthritis. The patients were split into two control groups—one taking 500 mg of curcumin (BCM-95) per day and the other group taking 50 mg of a prescription drug called Voltaren. But before the trial was over, 14 percent of the people taking Voltaren dropped out of the study because they were experiencing severe side effects. The group taking curcumin remained side-effect-free.

Boswellia

Boswellia, also known as Indian Frankincense, is an herb that originates from India. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is used frequently in Ayurvedic medicine. This herb has been proven to not only mask symptoms of pain, but to stop the inflammation entirely.

Boswellia is an herb from India, also known as Indian Frankincense.
Boswellia is a herb from India also known as Indian Frankincense. Courtesy of DrAxe.com.

Boswellia comes in various amounts and strengths and is considered to be a botanical herb, so it is important to take the exact combination that is right for you.

These specific compounds help joints heal quicker and stop the damage caused by inflammation. Recent studies reflect that Boswellia is effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and some forms of cancer.

Hemp

Over the last few years, the CBD business has started to explode with the introduction of hemp-derived supplements being sold around the country. Thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill, CBD supplements became legal to sell, just like those found in marijuana dispensaries, with one caveat, they have to be derived from hemp. You can find CBD in everything from tinctures to capsules, to lotions and ointments and even in drinks and snacks. Although in its infancy, research has demonstrated there is enough science to back up many of the claims to help people relax and alleviate pain.

The hemp plant
Oil is extracted from the hemp plant to produce CBD. Courtesy of Yahoo.com/lifestyle.

The acronym CBD stands for cannabidiol, one of many beneficial plant compounds found in the hemp plant. More people are more familiar with its cannabis related cousin, THC, found in high levels of marijuana. Hemp plants on the other hand, contain only trace amounts of THC (0.3% by weight) that allows the hemp plant to produce more CBD. This makes the oils extracted from hemp high in CBD and other healing plant compounds that affects the brain’s reaction, minimizing—and in some cases, eliminating—pain. Dr. Lucille reports that research shows that taking the oral form of CBD helps control the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

In order to experience the most powerful herbal pain relief, Lucille recommends using a formula that combines hemp and either curcumin or turmeric.

SynchronicityPRO combines the benefits of either cucurmin or turmeric with hemp in tinctures and capsules. They are available through health care practitioners and the CBD Garage. Go online to learn more about these natural pain-relieving herbs.

Do you use any natural products for pain relief? Let us know in the comments!