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Natural pain relief covers any type of pain treatment that hasn’t been artificially created.
Natural remedies are traditional ways to provide pain relief without resorting to artificial chemicals or invasive surgery. In the twenty-first century, most people’s first reaction to pain is to reach for opioids, but there are many natural forms of pain relief to consider, some of which has been effectively used for centuries.
Throughout history, people have sought relief from pain symptoms wherever they could. The Chinese developed acupuncture – a technique that, thousands of years later, is still recognised as an effective treatment. The ancient Greeks and Romans used alcohol. While we can all accept the short-term numbing properties of alcohol, it’s no longer looked upon as a significant solution to pain.
Africans drank or smoked mind-altering substances and induced trances – recognising that pain could be suppressed psychologically, just as well as physically. And Native Americans used the bark of the willow tree, which we now know is the source of aspirin. People across the ancient world found relief in plant by-products, some of which – marijuana and opium from the poppy plant – continue to be used for their sedative properties.
Opioids and other medicines like tramadol are artificially created and therefore potentially addictive. However, many medications derive from naturally occurring plants, herbs and chemicals and have pain-reliving properties strong enough to work in their natural state.
In ancient times, our ancestors recognised the importance of treating the mind as well as the body to relieve pain. And in recent years the benefits of mind-body therapies – treatments which also stimulate the brain – have enjoyed a renaissance. Here are a few of the most popular alternative therapies.
Electrical impulses have been shown to reduce pain signals going to the spinal cord and the brain. Pain relief devices use electrodes placed on the body to deliver these electrical impulses and offer natural pain relief. Here’s how they work.
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