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Chronic Pain

It is a form of pain that last for six months or longer, usually worsening as time goes by and it often outlives its original cause. The longer it is left untreated, the worse it becomes, and it has been proven that it may have destructive effect on our kidney functions and the immune system.

However, we still have much to learn about chronic pain. For instance, most chronic pain seems to be not in the muscle, bone or tissue, but in the invisible hydra of the nerves. That means that most chronic pain actually has a neuropathic element.

Many chronic pain sufferers end up taking vast amounts of anti-inflammatory drugs, which, in turn, can have more than serious side-effects. For instance, many people take ibuprofen, but it may put them at risk for gastro-intestinal bleeding or liver dysfunction.

How to Treat Chronic Pain

As research has shown, chronic pain, it turns out, is not simply a sensory or cognitive state. It's actually a biological disease. Scientists recognize that treatment can help suppress the unusual nervous system sensitivity. They are in accordance with the idea that when pain strikes, you must act immediately to relieve it, being that “tough it out” policy is usually counterproductive. You should not allow acute pain to turn into deeply ingrained chronic pain. Substances which soothe, nourish, and calm the nervous system can help relieve pain, and, in some cases, herbs that relieve pain, can also help against depression.

Herbs for Pain Relief

Some of these herbs have been used for centuries, and have a long history of success in folk medicine. Sometimes, when normal medicine fails folk medicine steps up and does the job. If you are one of the people with nowhere else to turn, these herbs are sure to help you.

If you suffer from chronic pain, you should drink four to six cups of skullcap infusions daily, or take 10-15 drops of skullcap tincture four to six times daily. If the pain is acute, use skullcap as needed, as often as every few minutes. Skullcap is known to calm the nervous system.

Also, the roots of ginseng, angelica, wild yam are rich in anti-inflammatory steroids. 20-30 drops of tincture made from the fresh or dry roots of any of these herbs helps calm sore joints.

St. John's wort oil

When scented with essential oil of lavender, it is extremely helpful for the relief of muscular and neurological pain.

Angelica tincture

It is useful for relieving arthritic aches and pains, and, being antispasmodic, it eases menstrual or muscular cramps.

Ginger syrup

Drinking ginger syrup or applying a warm ginger poultice will help ease the pain and inflammation of arthritic joints.

Rose oil

Rose is a calming pain reliever, and any part, whether used fresh, or as an infused or essential oil, tea, or flower essence will assist in the relieving of any pain.

Willow bark tincture

20-30 drops of willow bark tincture is generally an effective dose to calm muscle aches and pains, pain and inflammation of arthritis and rheumatism, as well as headaches and muscle aches and pains.

In order to successfully relieve chronic pain, simple exercises, such as walking or even gardening may help you in your struggle for relief. It has also been shown that meditation, deep breathing exercises, and visualizations can be used to ease pain.

 

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