Natural Pain Relief and Pain Management
Natural Ways to Relieve Pain
Pain is Nature’s way of letting us know that there is dis-ease or damage to body organs or systems. Pain usually involves inflammation, causing tissues to press against nerves, or spasms of muscles or valves—again, causing pressure against nerves. Whenever a person experiences persistent or severe pain, a professional diagnosis by a physician is definitely necessary.
The underlying cause must be sought, evaluated and treated. Minor or occasional pain, or pain that doesn’t involve potential damage to an organ or to the entire body, may receive successful intervention with therapeutic botanicals. Whole World Botanicals offers several products based on botanicals that may help with pain management.
Relieving Pain from Inflammation
A therapeutic grade of Camu-Camu (Myrciaria dubia) has a high Vitamin C content—well-documented for its natural powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Types of pain that respond well to Vitamin C include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, sciatica, dental pain, fibromyalgia, and headaches of all kinds, including migraines if caught early. Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) has been shown in published research to have strong anti-inflammatory effects. The research on Chanca Piedra (Phyllanthus spp) suggests that the pain relief for kidney stones is greater in the secondary (inflammatory stage) of pain than relief obtained from morphine.
Relieving Pain from Cramps and Spasms
Pain which predominantly involves spasmodic action in the body includes back pain, muscle cramp pain, menstrual cramps, and varicose veins. To the degree that these conditions may also involve inflammation, the use of the anti-inflammatory botanicals may be helpful, but these conditions are characterized by muscle or valve (of the veins and capillaries) spasms. A powerful anti-spasmodic botanical is Desmodium (Desmodium adscendens). Studies suggest, and it has been shown by both clinical and traditional use, that it is helpful in relieving all pain involving muscle cramps. In the Caribbean countries it is known as “Strong Back Herb”.
The pain of fibromyalgia is not well understood but has been lessened by the use of anti-inflammatory botanicals like Camu-Camu and Cat’s Claw. It has also been helped in some cases by the daily use of a therapeutic grade of Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii) concentrate.
Relieving Pain from Hormone Imbalance
Menstrual pain may be alleviated by the use of Desmodium, but its underlying cause appears to be hormone imbalance. The underlying cause of one type of migraine headache is related to hormone imbalance and is common in women undergoing peri-menopause, both in the estrogen-dominance phase and in the estrogen deficiency phase. For this reason, the daily use of a therapeutic Maca root concentrate may be the best long-term solution.
Relieving Pain from Headaches
Other types of headaches, including those related to chemical sensitivities, hangover, and food allergies and cluster headaches appear to have an inflammatory basis. This explains why they are often successfully treated with Camu-Camu and/or Cat’s Claw.