Whether its shoulder or knee pain, headaches, joint pain, menstrual cramps, back pain, or IBS gut pain, chronic pain can be very difficult to live with.
In todays video I discuss pain, the bodies inflammatory response, and some natural remedies we can use to get some relief.
Unfortunately, many people live with chronic pain. Listen in to learn what you can do.
Natural Remedies for Pain and Inflammation
When you experience pain in the body, its oftentimes because of inflammation. Your body becomes inflamed to bring your awareness to an area of the body that needs attention.
Pain is definitely a signal.
An injury or imbalance of some sort is causing inflammation which then leads to pain. So your first step is to try to establish the cause of the pain. Of course, as much as possible, you need to step back and give your body time to heal. If you continue to aggravate the inflammation with further activity or trigging behaviour the inflammation and pain will continue.
Inflammation doesn’t just happen on its own. It happens and gets worse when the bodies immune response is disrupted. Contributing factors can range from poor sleep, stress, past injury, poor posture, a sedentary lifestyle, nutrient deficiencies, food intolerances, adrenal or hormonal imbalances, and chronic viral infections to name just a few.
You can think of the bodies inflammatory response like fire. If left unchecked and if it becomes chronic it can lead to a whole cascade of more serious inflammatory conditions in the body. As always, its important you receive a diagnosis from a medical professional if you’re experiencing chronic or severe pain so that you can rule out more serious conditions.
Pharmaceuticals are sometimes a good option for temporary relief, but when taken regularly they can really lead to many more serious concerns. Studies show that NSAIDS (this is medications like ibuprofen) can cause stomach ulcers and gastritis after as little as 5 days in a row. Because of this, it can be helpful to turn to more natural remedies for relief.
There are many categories of herbs that help with pain. But for todays video, I’m going to focus on reducing inflammation in the body overall. As you implement these lifestyle changes and herbal remedies it may take some time but you should notice changes to your chronic pain levels.
Basic lifestyle changes can make a profound difference. First its important to get solid sleep, rest and reduce stress. Make sure you watch my other video on sleep for some tips there. I’d also recommend having an epsom salt bath at least once a week to help relieve stress, tension and pain. You could add a few drops of pure essential oil of lavender or another calming oil into your bath to help.
It’s super important that you eliminate inflammatory foods. This is things like sugar, white flour and alcohol. Eat lots of veggies, stay really hydrated with pure water, and get omega 3’s - this can come from food like wild fatty fish, flax, walnuts or chia. Or you can get them by using a supplement.
Tumeric is such an incredible herb! Its probably most well known for its yellow color and its use in curries and other Indian dishes. But this plant can be used for so much more than flavour and color.
The active constituent in turmeric is a carotenoid called curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to stop or inhibit many inflammatory compounds. Its particularly helpful in relieving the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis but can also be used for a huge range of inflammatory conditions.
The easiest way to use tumeric is in your food. Use about 1/4 - 1/2 a tsp of the ground root every day for the best results.You could also use capsules and in that case, you’ll want to use the dosage and contraindication recommendations on the packaging.
The next herb I’d like to highlight is Ashwagandha. Ashwaghandha could even be taken at the same time as tumeric.
Ashwagandha is a stress relieving herb that also has anti-inflammatory effects. Its energy building while at the same time being deeply nourishing. One of my favourite ways to take it is mixed into a warm milk like coconut or almond milk. The fat helps to deliver the herb and has a nourishing effect on the nerves. You can purchase ashwagandha here.
If you’d like to learn more about Ashwhagandha make sure you check out my video on adaptogen herbs.
Well, I hope that helps you reduce inflammation in the body leading to deeper ease. Let me know in the comments below which suggestion you’re going to adopt and if you found this video helpful.
See you again very soon.