Pain is a big deal.
Considering pain is the number one reason patients seek medical care and that pain issues affect more Americans than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined… patients reach for pain medications in alarming amounts at alarming rates and with alarming side effects.
Prescription opioid drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, and these rates are steadily on the rise.
Many pain medications are addictive and cause incalculable harm to the dependent patient struggling with pain issues. I know in my practice working with folks to reduce their dependency on addictive substances is an incredibly difficult issue.
Even over the counter pain medications like Tylenol, Motrin, aspirin, etc… can cause liver problems, renal failure, GI side effects like ulcers and bleeding. Remember this blog post I wrote about a study in the medical literature that reveals that taking just one extra Tylenol increases your risk of death? Not good.
So I’m here today to tell you that there are plenty of holistic alternatives for reducing pain.
Here are my top 5 Go-To Pain Relief Tools:
1. Grounding Patch Kit
If you follow my blog at all, you already know that grounding is the most powerful anti-inflammatory there is.
Using medical grade grounding patches right where you have pain can give you control over exactly how, when and where you are grounded, so that you can target a specific area of pain, a specific joint or area of inflammation, or any area of tension you would like to have as a direct healing point of contact.
2. Turmeric Supplements
You can literally take turmeric just like you would take any other over-the-counter NSAID like Motrin — it is such a powerful anti-inflammatory, that you will absolutely notice a decrease in pain and your body will remind you if you forget to take it one day!
I can literally feel a 100% difference in my finger joints and left knee if I do not take my Turmeric.
This formulation is the best because it is certified organic, 100% vegetarian, and since it is liquid formulation, has superior absorption.
Taking this supplement can halt a tension headache or your arthritic joint pain in its tracks within minutes.
3. Omega 3 Supplements
This incredible study in 2006 found that Omega 3 Fatty acids worked every bit as well as NSAIDS and are a safer alternative in managing chronic back and neck pain.
Omega 3s have anti-inflammatory benefits from head to toe, reducing painful inflammation not just in your back but throughout all the joints of your body, decreasing pain in your knees, fingers, elbows, hips, etc… as well as soothing skin irritation, protecting your heart, even preventing brain atrophy!
I recommend krill oil over fish oil… or, for a vegetarian option, Ovega 3.
4. Topical Magnesium Lotion
Magnesium acts as a holistic, all natural muscle relaxant, and the best way to get healing magnesium into any sore areas of your body is through therapeutic touch.
For that reason, I love love love this topical magnesium rub, which allows you to apply relaxing magnesium right where your sore tense muscles need it the most, and massage it in.
5. Epsom Bath Soaks
For easing pain all over the body, preventing and resolving muscle aches and pains, nothing could be easier or more welcome at the end of the day than slipping into a warm bath filled with Epsom salts.
Ahhh… need I say more?
Want me to pull these all together for you into a Pain Relief Care Kit?
At incredible savings? Done and done!