Many pharmaceutical pain medications, while effective and useful at times, can be downright dangerous. Though these drugs help in dealing with pain, they are known to cause adverse effects. They cause damage to the gastric tissue, delay muscle regeneration, obliterate the healing phase of inflammation, affect kidney function and also pose a risk of clotting.
One of the most commonly used analgesic drugs, ibuprofen, can cause the following common side effects: rash, dizziness, feeling like throwing up, heartburn and stomach cramps.
The inactive ingredients in different forms of a well-known drug Advil include artificial food coloring made from petroleum, artificial sugars, sodium benzoate, GMO’s, propylene glycol and parabens, which pose other types of danger.
Why not turn to mother Nature for help when we are in pain? There are hundreds of pain killers that nature offers us in abundance. One of the most powerful ones is turmeric. It is super powerful at reducing inflammation in the body naturally – without drugs.
The components identified in this yellow powder can be classified into two broad categories: curcuminoids and volatile oil. Most of turmeric’s medicinal properties are attributed to curcumin, which makes up 90 % of curcuminoids.
Based on research studies, turmeric is known to act as analgesic for nociceptive, inflammatory, and pathological pain. Nociceptive pain originates from skin and deeper tissues as well as from internal organs.
Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, was reported to significantly relieve the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
The analgesic effect of a complex made from natural extracts was investigated in treatment of degenerative joint pain. One of these extracts was turmeric. Two 650mg of this complex was given three times a day to patients with acute pain for 15 days and two times a day to patients with chronic pain for 60 days. At the end of the treatment, there was a significant reduction in pain scores.
In another study, the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect of turmeric oil was compared with aspirin in treatment of swelling in the paw of the animal. The inhibition of anti-inflammatory activity by turmeric oil was 76% at 100mg/kg while that of aspirin was 62% at the same dose.
According to another research, turmeric can be considered as a potential candidate to treat neuropathic pain, which is caused by damage to the nervous system.
Replacing commonly used analgesics or painkillers with turmeric will not only give you relief from pain but it will let you make the most of turmeric’s numerous health benefits.
Let us mention some of them:
- It is a powerful antioxidant, which means it fights cancer-causing free radicals
- It helps fight depression
- It controls inflammation
- It prevents blood clotting
- It kills cancer cells and prevents more from growing
- It helps fight effects of diabetes
- It regulates cholesterol
- It minimizes Alzheimer’s symptoms
This refreshing blend will contribute to your overall health and give you a boost of energy. You will need the following ingredients to make it:
- 2 inch piece of turmeric
- 1 bunch romaine lettuce
- 3 carrots
- 1 cucumber with ends removed
- 1 lemon with peel removed
- Wash all vegetables thoroughly and place into a large bowl
- Juice each vegetable in this order – turmeric, romaine, carrots, lemon, and cucumber
- Stir mixture before serving
- Clean juicer immediately