The news seems to be full of stories these days about people becoming addicted to opiates and prescription painkillers. Is there a better way to deal with pain using natural pain killers?

A: Making a positive change starts with awareness of a problem, exploring creative solutions, and making a commitment to the brighter, more vital path.

The tragedy (for people, families, communities, and institutions) of drug addiction is that the pain created by addiction is much worse than the original injury.

But the good news is that there are many well-documented and useful methods of easing pain without the scourge of addictive pharmaceuticals.

The Power of Nature: 10 Natural Painkillers

1. Painfully Spicy Foods

If you’ve got a taste for hot stuff, you likely know some level of pain is involved. Interestingly, though, hot foods like wasabi and cayenne pepper can actually act as natural painkillers. Cayenne pepper benefits include several types of natural pain relief. The powerful pepper actually helps alleviate post-operative pain, including pain relief after a mastectomy or amputation.

Cayenne pepper is also a potent candida killer. Scientists found it’s active against 16 different fungal strains, including candida, a common internal infection linked to joint pain, among other candida symptoms.  Cayenne also provides external pain relieve. Capsaicin, an important natural painkiller found in cayenne, helps treat muscle soreness, tension and even skin infections. Look for it in natural painkilling creams.

Wasabi is another spicy food with natural painkilling properties. Scientists are studying the isothiocyanates in wasabi as potential pain relievers. Researcher from University of California San Francisco made a recent discovery suggesting that isothiocyanates could block an inflammation receptor, making it a potentially important natural painkiller.

2.Ginger, Turmeric, & Holy Basil

This set of herbs forms a sort of trinity in Ayurvedic medicine. All of them have anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric (a curry ingredient) contains curcumins which ease inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, according to the Methodist Research Institute in Indianapolis. “Each herb has its own scientific database of evidence,” says James Dillard, MD, author of The Chronic Pain Solution.

3.Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Peppermint is most often used as a natural remedy for toothaches, discomfort from bloating and gas, joint conditions, skin irritations, headaches and muscle pain.


This natural pain-reducer comes from the enzymes present in pineapple stems. Research shows that it reduces levels of prostaglandins, which are hormones that induce inflammation. Bromelain may benefit people with arthritis and conditions marked by musculoskeletal tension (like TMJ syndrome), in addition to those suffering trauma-related inflammation. The enzyme also promotes healing in muscles and connective tissues.

5.White Willow Bark (Salix alba)

The active ingredient in white willow is salicin, which the body converts into salicylic acid. This tree’s covering lowers the body’s levels of prostaglandins, hormone-like compounds that can cause aches, pain, and inflammation. What’s more, white willow bark doesn’t upset the stomach or cause internal bleeding like many over-the-counter aspirins. Turn to this herb for relief from menstrual cramps, muscle pains, arthritis, or after knee or hip surgery as it promotes blood flow and reduces swelling.

6.Birch Leaf (Betula Lenta)

The leaves from the Birch tree act much like cortisone, a prescription drug used to treat endocrine disorders, arthritis, lupus, skin disease, autoimmune disorders, and more. A main chemical compound found in Birch leaves is methyl salicylate, similar to salicylic acid used in aspirin. It is anti-spasmodic, analgesic, astringent, antifungal, diuretic, detoxifying, reduces oxidative damage to skin (stopping wrinkles), and enhances circulation. It also promotes enzymatic secretions in the body. It is truly one of the first powerful pain-relievers ever used.


When you use clove oil for toothache pain, it’s the eugenol (an ingredient within clove oil) that provides relief. Eugenol is a natural anesthetic and antibacterial, and it works well at reducing inflammation in the mouth.


Garlic has a theoretical benefit for pain and arthritis when taken orally. There are many ways you can take garlic. You can eat the cloves raw or cooked. You’ll also find it in powdered or dried form and in capsules or tablets. It’s also available in liquid extracts and in oils. Always talk to a doctor before you try garlic as a remedy for arthritis or other pain.

9.Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been a traditional home remedy for arthritis for thousands of years. Being easily available and not prohibitively expensive, apple cider vinegar’s healing and health-promoting properties were probably discovered by trial and error, but it’s been tested and proven time and again.

Apple cider vinegar can lessen the pain and swelling of the joints that characterizes different types of arthritis. However, not all types of apple cider vinegar are effective. You need to use pure vinegar naturally fermented from apple cider. As a matter of fact, any fruit juice or other carbohydrate-rich liquids that can be turned into ethyl alcohol (ethanol) by fermentation can be further fermented to get vinegar. It usually undergoes filtering and pasteurization before appearing on shop shelves. But this processing robs the vinegar of many of its natural healing properties.

Use raw, organic apple cider vinegar that is unfiltered and unprocessed. It should contain what is called the “mother of vinegar,” which gives the liquid a cloudy appearance. It is an active complex of polysaccharides, acetic acid bacteria, and fungi that continue to produce B-complex vitamins and other beneficial compounds. In fact, you can use this to make vinegar from apple juice or cider.


he water cures may not work for everyone. Effectiveness depends on a number of factors. It will most likely work if the pain is the result of or related to a fluid and electrolyte imbalance. When it does not, there are additional treatments that may be beneficial and help the body to eliminate the underlying cause of pain. Additionally, water cures may help these other treatments work even better.


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