Herbal Help for Chronic Pain

Alternative herbal supplements can provide relief of general pain or pain related to specific body systems. General pain-relieving herbs include turmeric, boswellia, devil’s claw and white willow bark, a natural alternative to aspirin. Curcumin is a component of turmeric, and a curcumin extract that is 500 times as strong as basic turmeric is available.

Feverfew is an herb that works on the neurotransmitters of the brain to help alleviate migraine headaches. Herbs like red raspberry leaf, cramp bark, black cohosh and blessed thistle help alleviate menstrual cramping. Other herbs such as mangosteen, andrographis, oregano, wild rosemary, and even simple ginger can help alleviate pain associated with inflammation. In addition, many dietary enzymes, such as bromelain, pancreatin and papain have been show to relieve many pain symptoms.

Essential oils also have pain-relieving qualities. These include peppermint for headaches, tea tree for burns and blends containing black pepper, rosemary, lavender and ginger for back pain. There are a diverse range of other herbal aids to help individuals cope with chronic pain, and experts to help customers find out what might work best for them.

For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch, at 405-736-1030 or PawPaw@TheHealthPatch.com, or visit TheHealthPatch.com

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