Natural pain relief, explained

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.

A Brief History of Pain Relief

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.

Natural pain remedies

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.

  • Ginger – Often used as a cooking spice, ginger has long been used to treat digestive problems, flu and nausea. It’s also helpful for muscle pain caused by exercise or osteoarthritis.
  • Reservatrol – This is a plant-based polyphenol molecule found in the skins of red wine, berries and in Japanese knotweed. It has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with pain management.
  • Turmeric – Another spice, and a member of the ginger family, turmeric provides natural pain relief for upset stomachs, osteoarthritis and is an anti-inflammatory.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids – Oily fish like salmon and mackerel contain omega-3 oil, which has a natural anti-inflammatory effect to help keep joints supple. The natural properties found in these types of fish are why some people take cod liver oil supplements.

Alternative pain relief therapies

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.

  • Acupuncture – This ancient Chinese treatment requires the insertion of needles into the skin. Stimulating the nerves under the skin and the muscles provokes the body to produce natural pain-relieving endorphins.
  • Yoga – More than just a form of exercise, yoga can help people with arthritis, migraines, and lower back pain as it stretches the muscles and increases mobility. With its breath control and meditation, yoga places an emphasis on mental well-being, which can in turn help physical well-being.
  • Chiropractic treatment – This is the most common non-surgical treatment for back pain and may also be useful for headaches and neck pain. The treatment is a hands-on massage to properly align the body’s musculoskeletal structure and spine
  • Reiki – Reiki is an energy-based technique that is gaining in popularity. The treatment does not require physical contact, practitioners instead will seek to guide energy through the body to encourage self-healing.
  • Aromatherapy – This technique uses essential oils in massage or inhalation. Evidence suggests that aromatherapy can be successful for pain relief in osteoarthritis and can be used to manage labour pains.

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.

  • TENS machines – Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) deliver small electrical impulses to the affected area of your body. These act as a distraction and help to mask pain signals as they pass through the spinal cord on the way to the brain. It’s a similar technique to rubbing the pain away.
  • BioWaveGO’s patented technology differs from outdated TENS machines insofar as it actually blocks pain, rather than just masking it. High-frequency electrical currents go right to the nerve, blocking pain at its source for up to eight hours of deep relief – without any of the nasty side effects of opioids. 

How BiowaveGO Relieves Pain Naturally

  • Our smarter, 100% drug-free pain blocking technology cuts pain off at the nerve.
  • For lasting relief, place our electrodes at the source of your pain  
  • Activate your device, treatments take only 30-minutes
  • BioWaveGo sessions can provide you with pain relief for up to eight hours
  • BioWave has an immediate effect, but there is also a cumulative effect on the nerve signals so prolonged used might have additional benefits