Herbs and natural foods to ease chronic pain

By TNT Bureau

Jan 18, 2016: The National Institutes of Health or NIH revealed that chronic pain affects more people as compared to cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Chronic pain is any pain that exceeds 12 weeks and such pain is slowly emerging as the leading cause for a wide array of disabilities across the world.

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Cherries for inflammatory pain

According to a research conducted at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimor, anthocyanins found in tart cherry can help to treat inflammatory pain. Not only this, the anthocyanins are also antioxidant flavonoids that can be found in varied colorful trees and plants like cherries, berries as well as grapes. Such antioxidant properties result in a number of health benefits such as reduced pain, instant pain- relief etc.

Turmeric for reducing sensation of pain

Turmeric or Curcuma longa is a staple herb that can be found in Indonesia and India The main healing element in turmeric is curcumin which helps to reduce nerve endings of substance P which is a pain neurotransmitter.

Reducing such substance disrupts pain signals that help to decrease the sensation of pain. This popular herb also slows down pain with the help of a similar mechanism used in varied medicines like cyclo-oxygenase (COX-1 and COX-2) inhibitors.

It is suggested to mix 4 tablespoons of turmeric powder with honey and stir it well in a cup of water or warm milk and drink it twice daily. This helps to reduce acute pain thus, making you feel relaxed and pain-free all the way. You can also take it in form of supplement where you can consume about 1500 mg of curcumin on a daily basis.

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Bromelain for combating inflammation and pain

Bromelain is usually related to fresh pineapple. It also consists of an extended history of combating inflammation and pain.

According to a research conducted at Duke University Medical Center, bromelain helps to reduce production of numerous pro-inflammatory chemokines and cytokines that are eminent in varied kinds of diseases that induce pain.The findings were published in the journal Clinical Immunology.

Ginger as a natural pain fighter

This is one of the most widely used herbs in ayurveda, the traditional healing method of India. It can be added to a variety of meals such as Thai and Indian curries and as well as teas. While ginger can be found in supplement form, the fresh root is truly your best bet for fighting pain. It also helps to promote better digestion.

Cayenne as a pain-fighting natural remedy

This spice helps to increase circulation which can help in curing of physical injuries and decrease pain. Cayenne is loaded with capsaicin which is a popular anti-inflammatory and analgesic compound known to reduce pain.

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