No one should have to live with chronic pain. Besides the pain itself, it can create a host of other undesirable side effects, such as tension, spasms, sleeplessness, and depression. The typical pain medications might possibly remedy a couple of these side effects, but some herbal formulas have been shown to address them all. For example, a medical herbalist can create a combination of herbs that will treat the spasms (cramp bark), the pain (willow bark), act as a sedative (valerian), and alleviate the depression (St. John’s Wort).
For a holistic approach to treating chronic pain, hot, moist herbal packs can help relieve the discomfort and allow for increased blood circulation to the areas of pain. Meanwhile, herbal teas, juices and extracts help to soothe aching muscles and taxed nerves.
Here is a list of common herbs that can have a gratifying effect on tired, sore, and aching bodies:
*Chamomile acts as a calming agent on smooth muscle tissue. You can drink it as one to three cups of tea or as one to three capsules daily. You can also incorporate 10-20 extract drops into a cup of liquid.
*Bromelain, a pineapple extract, is a great anti-inflammatory. Start of with 2-3 g daily and then drop that down to 1-2 g daily as the pain lets up. When consumed as a tea, valerian, St. John’s wort, and Jamaican dogwood have the same effect.
*If the muscle tension is a result of emotional stress, take St. John’s wort, lemon balm, borage, or valerian teas.
*If you want to strengthen those back muscles, let fresh yarrow juice become your new best friend!
*If you want a heat pack to apply to your sore and painful areas, use a white or black mustard seed pack. However, do not leave it on the affected area for more than 10 minutes, as it can cause irritation to the skin.
*For pain related to physical strain, infuse meadowsweet three times daily with a rub of lobelia and cramp bark on the affected area.
*Like to keep things hot? Go for the cayenne pepper (capsicum). Red pepper contains the highly-effective pain-relieving chemical, capsaicin.