Why do I Hurt?
Today, most of us know what it’s like to be in pain. Whether you suffer from arthritis,
muscle pain, joint pain or neuralgia, pain can keep you from doing the things you love or
just getting through a normal day.
Body pain is the result of an electrical signal being sent from the nerves surrounding
areas such as joints or muscles, through the nervous system to your brain. When an
injury occurs, such as a sprained ankle, the damaged tissue releases chemicals called
prostaglandins (similar to hormones), which causes the tissue to swell. Prostaglandins
also amplify electrical signals from the nerves increasing the pain you feel.
How Does Conventional Pain Relief Work?
Pain relievers work with the body’s cells, nerve endings, nervous system, and the brain
to block you from feeling the pain. Initial pain is the body’s early warning system that
there is something wrong. This allows you time to take action to correct the issue. The
body uses initial pain as a ‘good’ thing. If you couldn’t feel pain, you would suffer awful
injury and could end up with infections.
Taking Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen,
keeps injured or damaged cells from making and releasing prostaglandin and when the
body doesn’t release this chemical, the brain won’t get the pain message as quickly or
clearly. Unfortunately, when you stop taking these drugs, the pain returns. This may
increase the risk of addiction to pain killers, as you may become dependent on the
short-term relief that they produce.
The most commonly NSAID’s include:
1.Aspirin (Bufferin, Bayer, and Excedrin)
2.Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin)
3.Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis)
These conventional pain relievers also carry the risk of side effects. While Aspirin has some benefits (it works against the formation of blood clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes) it may also cause bruises to worsen (due to the blood not clotting properly under the skin) and other complications. Also other NSAID’s raise the risk of heart disease in some people – researchers admit they don’t fully understand how NSAIDs work.
Natural Help for Pain Relief
Many natural and homeopathic remedies are formulated with ingredients to help all
affected mechanisms in the body to ease pain effectively and soothe soreness. Here
are some great natural alternatives to help you get back to enjoying life!
Arnica: This homeopathic ingredient has been used for centuries for its anti-
inflammatory and pain reduction properties. Arnica (link to CobraZol page) also contains
thymol (an essential oil), flavonoids, inulin, carotenoids and tannins which stimulate
blood circulation. Arnica stimulates the activity of white blood cells that perform much of
the digestion of congested blood, and assists in dispersing trapped fluids from bruised
tissue, joints and muscle. Arnica has also shown to improve the health and conductivity
of certain nerves and never endings.
Fish oil and Omega-3s: Fish oil can ease the inflammation and pain caused by many
chronic conditions. The dose used in the most convincing research is 2 to 4 grams of
DHA + EPA daily (link to Naturasil Fish Oil) (read labels carefully!). Although beneficial
omega-3 fatty acids are available from other sources, experts say that fish oil has the
Omega-3s (link to Naturasil Fish oil) are recommended those with chronic pain. They
are shown to help with headaches, back pain, some nerve pain, and autoimmune
conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. The pain relief derived from fish oil alone, is not
tremendous - but combining it with other pain supplements such as tumeric or ginger
can boost the pain killing effects. Be sure to check with your doctor to make sure these
combinations will work for you.
Capsaicin: Capsaicin comes from chili peppers and may soothe pain when applied to
the skin. Topical capsaicin (link to cobraZol page) has shown to be helpful for all sorts of
pain. Studies have found it can help relieve pain from rheumatoid arthritis,
osteoarthritis, psoriasis, shingles, and diabetic neuropathy. It may also offer natural pain
relief for back pain, fibromyalgia pain, and headaches.
Glucosamine sulfate: In regards to joint pain, glucosamine supplements (link to our
triple joint supplement) have some of the best data available. There is strong evidence
that this supplement can help relieve osteoarthritis pain in the knee. Studies suggest
that glucosamine not only eases pain, but also slows the progression of osteoarthritis.
Glucosamine (link to our triple joint supplement) is often combined with chondroitin,
which can have an additional benefit.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). This is a naturally occurring compound in some plants
and animals, which has been shown in some preliminary research to reduce
osteoarthritis pain. MSM supports healthy connective tissues like tendons, ligaments,
and muscle.One of the most significant uses of MSM as a supplement is its
demonstrated ability to relieve pain and inflammation. Since MSM can restore flexibility
and permeability to cell walls, fluids can pass through the tissues more easily. This
helps equalize pressure and reduce or eliminate the cause of pain.
Other quick pain relief tips:
1. Certain foods can help to ease pain. Try to eat avocados and bananas, garlic,
peppers and berries. Avoid citrus fruits, alcohol, coffee, chocolate or wheat.
2. Pain can also appear due to dehydration. Make sure you drink 8 glasses of water
3. Try meditation or deep breathing exercises to relieve chronic pain. Destressing in a
hot bath with pure lavender (link to our pure lavender)and epsom salts, also helps in
relieving muscle and joint pain.
4. Detoxing (link to detox supplement) the body assists in relieving chronic pain.
Whatever your pain may be, there are natural ways to help your body feel better.
Naturasil offers several homeopathic remedies such as Neuropathy Rub, Naturasil for
Gout, Naturasil for Muscle and Joint Pain and the New CobraZol which is an amazing,
no smell topical roll on. Make sure you check with your doctor before starting any