Natural Remedies – Chronic Pain and Its Impact

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Chronic pain and inflammation can severely impact on quality of life.

Chronic pain and inflammation can affect both physical and mental health, hampering your ability to work and earn an income. It can also have a detrimental effect on relationships. 65% of people in chronic pain agree that it affects every area of their day to day life including self care, social activities, work and relationships.
I have met many people over the years suffering from headaches, migraines, injury pain, inflammatory disease and good old fashion aches and pains! Anyone in chronic pain will tell you how much it affects his or her life.

There are many ways to approach pain and this can vary greatly depending on its cause.

A few methods to help reduce it or even eliminate it all together are as follows:
1. Diet 
What you eat (and drink) can have an effect on the inflammatory responses in your body. Migraines can have very specific food triggers for some, like red wine, strong cheese or chocolate. Autoimmune conditions of an inflammatory nature such as arthritis may be relieved by consuming fish oil and exacerbated by alcohol, nightshade foods and caffeine. Healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts in particular walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds all help to increase your intake of omega 3’s which have an anti inflammatory effect.
2. Sleep
Sleep would have to be one of the best ways to lessen inflammation in the body and therefore pain. It gives your body a chance to recharge. Unfortunately when you are in pain its often hard to sleep. Taking some sedating herbs like camomile, passionflower and valerian can all help you sleep.
3. Weight
If you suffer from lower limb joint pain and you are overweight with out doubt losing a few Kilos will reduce the stress on your joints and ultimately your level of pain.
4. Stress
This makes your body release higher amounts of “cortisol” from the adrenal glands and in turn has a detrimental effect on connective tissue. Stress can also make you ‘feel’ pain more. Something always hurts more if you are not in the right frame of mind (stressed). Try meditation, tai chi or yoga to reduce stress and improve circulation.

Here are some tips to reduce aches and pains:

  • Cut down on inflammatory foods – i.e. alcohol, caffeine and sugar
  • Increase anti-inflammatory foods i.e. oily fish, curcumin, green tea (it has minimal caffeine), green leafy vegetables and all brightly coloured vegetables and fruits, as these are full of anti oxidants and phytonutrients.
  • Reduce the stress in your life and learn new ways to manage chronic pain that you may be experiencing. Try acupuncture, the feldenkrais method and massage if you haven’t done so before.
  • Know your triggers and learn what exacerbates the symptoms of your pain. Keep a pain plan.
  • Supplements such as magnesium, devils claw, curcumin, fish oils, liquorice, boswellia all have scientific data backing there ability to reduce pain. See a naturopath to help you get the dosage right and check its right for you and your personal situation.

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