Here are natural painkiller alternatives to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Nsaid painkillers)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs also known as Nsaid painkillers, are making headlines lately, but not for the right reasons. The BBC is reporting on a recent study that revealed that, heart attack risk is higher for people taking high doses of common Nsaid painkillers. But, if taking Nsaid painkillers might damage your heart what are the natural painkiller alternatives to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs?
According to BBC's report, some of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs under scrutiny include: ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib and naproxen. These are painkillers, which are usually prescribed by doctors, and researchers did not focus on other painkillers just bought over the counter.
But, there is not need to panic because there are some natural painkiller alternatives to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that will not increase the risks of a heart attack. Bellow, are some painkiller alternatives to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
1) Lactuca Virosa
This plant is also know as opium lettuce or bitter lettuce and has been used for hundreds of years for pain relief. This plant’s milky sap contains sesquiterpene lactones, which exhibit a wide range of biological activities, such as antitumor, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiulcer, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, and insect deterrent.
2) Willow Bark
The bark of white willow contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin. In combination with the herb's powerful anti-inflammatory plant compounds (called flavonoids), salicin is thought to be responsible for the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of the herb.
3) Essential oils
A study on the effectiveness of essential oils for patients with neck pain, has found that marjoram, black pepper, lavender, and peppermint essential oils can improve neck pain.
Arnica montana has been widely used as a homeopathic remedy for the treatment of several inflammatory conditions in pain management and postoperative settings. For example: In a randomized, double-blind 3-week study which involved 204 patients affected by osteoarthritis of interphalangeal joints of the hands, topical application of a 4-cm gel strip of Arnica (50 g tincture/100 g) 3 times a day showed similar efficacy to ibuprofen (5%) gel in reducing pain, functional capacity of the hand, number of painful joints in both hands and intensity of morning stiffness in the worst affected hand.
Aquamin is a natural multi-mineral supplement from seaweed, and it was tested for 12 weeks in patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis of the knee. Researchers found that Aquamin may reduce the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis of the knee.
6) Comfrey root ointment
Comfrey root ointment effects on pain relief were tested in a clinical trial, in which 220 patients suffering from osteoarthritis, had 6 grams of comfrey root ointment applied locally, for a period of 3 weeks. The results suggest that the ointment is well suited for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. Pain is reduced, mobility of the knee improved and quality of life increased. It has been also reported to relieve the pain of Unilateral acute ankle sprains.
It is important to note that prescribed drugs and any other medicine taken for pain relief might have undesirable side effects. Therefore, it's very important that, before consuming any medication, the patient reads the package insert of the prescribed drug. So, if the patient thinks the side effects might be too risky, then it might be time to seek for alternatives that may incur less risks. The overconsumption of many painkillers has been widely reported to cause deaths among women and have very undesirable adverse effects, such as: erectile dysfunction, and also interfere with prostate cancer screening.