With the constant media exposure about the present opioid epidemic, many of us are second-guessing the way health care providers traditionally treat physical pain. Synergy Lifestyle Medicine has always been an advocate of holistic ways to heal that are far less intrusive to the body, mind and spirit. In an effort to promote better options for our patients and their families, this article provides other options through natural food remedies to ease aches and pains that can come from exercise, the normal aging process, as well as healing after surgery, injury, or cancer treatment.
Find These Food Remedies for Pain in Natural Grocers Stores
Refer to these foods and supplements when searching for healthy solutions to treat pain, as well as accompanying inflammation, providing alternatives to over-the-counter medications that put undue stress on the liver.
Tart Cherry Juice
- Drink 8 ounces or more a day
- Tart cherries and their juice lower oxidative stress and inflammation
- Drinking tart cherry juice is great to ease the pain associated with arthritis and also decrease the pain associated with gout.
Ginger Root or Powder
- Ingest 2 grams every day
(1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger root OR
¼ teaspoon of dried ginger powder)
- Ginger helped relieve muscle soreness 25% more than a placebo post-workout, according to a study by the Journal of Pain.
- Turmeric contains curcumin which helps fight inflammation that contributes to joint pain, especially in arthritis.
- One analysis from the Journal of Medicinal Food found that a curcumin extract helped relieve discomfort from osteoarthritis as effectively as over-the-counter pain relievers.
- The curcumin found in turmeric can also lower overall inflammation in the body.
Salt Baths Can Also Ease the Discomfort of Bodily Pain
Soaking in a hot bath (at a safe temperature) can curb aches and pains but also provide a calming effect, similar to mindfulness practices which have provided emotional and physical relief of health-related symptoms for centuries.
The use of salt for pain remedy has also been used as part of a larger scientific protocol.
Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy
A pilot study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine examined the use of intravenous micronutrient therapy for the treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia. It’s a formula containing salts, vitamins and supplements.
The intervention is based on the current Myers’ cocktail containing:
- 5 mL of magnesium chloride hexahydrate (20%)
- 3 mL of calcium gluconate (10%)
- 1 mL of hydroxocobalamin (1,000 μ/mL)
- 1 mL of pyridoxine hydrochloride (100 mg/mL)
- 1 mL of dexpanthenol (250 mg/mL)
- 1 mL of B-complex 100 containing:
- 100 mg of thiamine HCl, 2 mg of riboflavin, 2 mg of pyridoxine HCl, and 2 mg of panthenol
- 100 mg of niacinamide, 2% benxyl alcohol
- 5 mL of vitamin C (500 mg/mL)
- 20 mL of sterile water.