Did you know that Ginger has been used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine for intestinal discomfort and flatulence, as well as for inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis and rheumatism. Ayurveda still forms the basis of much medical practice today in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, where orthodox Doctors work alongside Ayurvedic physicians.
Some well known herbal agents for pain are skullcap, valerian, tumeric, poppy, willow bark, St. John’s wort, angelica, motherwart, black cohosh, wild yam, lavender, cayenne, kava kava and rose. Essential oils of pine, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, rose, clove, frankincense, rosemary, ginger, juniper and birch are all well documented analgesic agents. Essential oils can be used to rub into painful, swollen joints or the herbs can be taken as a tincture or in tablet form and can help quieten the nervous system, and relax muscles, sooth pain and can have an anti inflammatory effect. In China, herbalists use bupleurum, ginseng and licorice to reduce and relieve pain resulting from inflammation and cat’s claw, a herb grown in South America has been found to reduce inflammation and researchers have discovered that it contains anti-arthritic compounds.
According to Mother Earth Living others include – Chile: Capsaicin, the compound that puts the heat in hot peppers, helps relieve nerve pain and arthritis discomfort when used in topically applied creams. Chamomile: Aromatherapists use chamomile essential oil to promote relaxation and pain relief. Clove, as mentioned above is an Essential oil from cloves is an age-old remedy for toothaches. Put a drop on a sore tooth while waiting to see the dentist. Lavender of course, an essential oil that has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory chemicals; it can soothe the soul and alleviate pain. Rosemary: Delicious rosemary has pain-relieving, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Don’t let people deter you from trying some herbal medicines, oils or tinctures. You just have to read all about it before you buy it and buy from a reputable dealer and if you are still not sure then check with your Doctor as some may clash with your regular prescription drugs. A great link to more on herbs is an article on Homeopathy and Back Pain in Search Warp.