We’ve all experienced pain at some point in our lives, whether fleeting or chronic, and given that our body is susceptible to internal complications and external bumps and bruises, it’s only natural that pain is part and parcel of life. With so many pain-relieving products available though, it isn’t something we have to tolerate for long. But what about that pain that just doesn’t subside no matter what medication you take? Or what about those of us who prefer a more natural remedy as opposed to a chemical-laden tablet? Well, if you’re looking for an alternative approach to pain-relief you’re in luck – there are a number of natural, safe and effective steps you can take to combat your pain for good. Want to know how? Take a look at these natural and little-known ways of easing pain and discomfort:
It may seem unlikely, but meditation has been proven to be a successful aid to pain relief for a number of reasons. The act of mediating relaxes the body and reduces the number of stress hormones present. Regular meditation can also reduce the intensity of pain when it arises. In addition to the physical benefits, mediation has also been proven to help with the mental and emotional aspect of pain as it enables you to change your perspective on your condition. When you detach your feelings from your pain you begin to see it as less permanent and debilitating and as more controllable.
If you’re like most people laughter probably couldn’t be further from your mind in times of pain, but current research suggests that laughter has the ability to repair damaged cells, thus accelerating the rate of recovery. Just like meditation, laughter also enables you to take your mind off the problem giving you some much needed mental and emotional rest. If you’re looking for further evidence of how laughter can aid pain relief, look no further than Norman Cousins, who used laughter as part of his own healing process. Professor of Medical Humanities for the School of Medicine at the University of California, Cousins made the claim that 10 minutes of genuine belly laughter would give him two hours of pain-free sleep as he fought off heart disease and arthritis.
It’s no secret that a healthy diet is important, but in addition to nourishing our body some foods may also be able to reduce pain. Ginger, for example, is a natural anti-inflammatory and with aspirin-like properties meaning it can help relieve migraines along with muscle and arthritis pain. Oily fish such as salmon and sardines are also thought to help pain specifically located in the back, neck and joints. Other beneficial ingredients include fresh mint and coffee, both of which are useful for treating headaches. Whilst there might be specific food you can use to target pain when it arises, it goes without saying that a healthy, balanced diet all year around will keep your body in a better condition than one built on a foundation of low-nutrient foodstuff.
So if pain is making an all too often appearance in your life, why not try alternative ways of easing it? If everything else has failed, these natural remedies could offer the relief you have been looking for.
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