There are many natural remedies we can use to help different ailments but all too often we turn to the over the counter remedies, which can have some side effects. Depending on your situation there could be many alternatives available.
The treatment of pain is always a tricky one and it’s all too easy to fall into the habit of using over the counter painkillers on a regular basis, maybe there’s a more natural way which won’t have side effects.
Aspirin is a commonly use pain killer, but as it’s also used for thinning the blood, if overused can lead to stomach bleeds, or other internal bleeds, which becomes more risky as you age.
Exercise could be a good place to start, such as Tai Chi which helps ease chronic neck pain, as studies have shown from Harvard University, and it can also help ease back and rheumatism too.
The Alexander Technique is another option, which focuses on posture, as poor posture can often be the cause of neck or back pain.
Harnessing the power of our minds to overcome pain is also very beneficial and the placebo effect has been proven to work in many studies.
Acupuncture has also been proven to be effective, and research has proved that the meridian points used in acupuncture mirror the pathways that painkillers follow.
There are many herbs too that help ease pain such as feverfew which contains aspirin, lavender is well known for its soothing properties, St John’s Wort, turmeric and of course the currently fashionable CBD oil.
So you can see there are many options available to try, especially if your current painkilling regime isn’t working, but always consult your GP for advice.