Pain is the way our brain wants to tell us something is wrong. Still, pain does not necessarily mean a severe health condition. In fact, serious illnesses usually go unnoticed until it’s too late.
In the majority of cases, we are talking about the pain we know has no serious background. Yet, even the slightest migraine or muscle soreness can prevent us from performing our daily activities. We get agitated, moody, nervous, and belligerent. It is only natural that we seek to find an instant solution to relieve the pain. Whatever it takes – as long as the pain goes away quickly.
An inflamed tissue sends the substance to the brain which interprets them as pain. The medications we use work by blocking those signals or inhibiting pain receptors.
- Paracetamol acts by blocking and inhibiting prostaglandin – the main cause of pain. This is the most popular over-the-counter drug for pain relief but it should be taken with caution.
- People are usually unaware of the fact that you can overdose on paracetamol so any excessive use may have consequences in the long run.
- Paracetamol is not ideal for any type of pain, though. Back pain or osteoarthritis are best cured through strengthening the back muscles than simply swallowing painkillers.
- NSAILs or Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the most frequently used medications worldwide. The majority of drugs belonging to this group have three functions: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antiseptic.
- Caffeine and codeine are morphine-derived and they act the same way morphine does – by mimicking the effect of endorphins in the body.
- Common side effects of pharmaceutical painkillers include indigestion, nausea and vomiting but sometimes, their excessive use may lead to ulcers, rash, or kidney insufficiency.
If you want to stay on the safe side and avoid possible side effects of artificial painkillers, you can always seek help from herbs and vegetables.
Turmeric helps with inflammations, chronic pain, backache, toothache and arthritis. It works best when combined with black pepper and you can add it to smoothies, juices and tea.
Ginger is miraculous with joint pain and arthritis.
Garlic is nature’s best antibiotic and antiseptic. This means it cleanses the body and acts as a virus-fighting medicine.
Chili pepper contains capsaicin which helps weaken the pain signals sent to the brain. It’s effective in treating migraines, joint pain and fibromyalgia.
Clove is highly effective in relieving toothache and painful gums. It works best when chewed although those who can’t stand its strong flavor may consume clove tea.
Lastly, if you want to experiment, acupuncture and acupressure have been used for alleviating or eliminating pain for centuries.
These two traditional techniques differ in that they incorporate different aids. With acupuncture, the points are pressed with fingertips while acupuncture uses needles. Both methods aim at eliminating pain by puncturing the points which causes the releasing of adenosine molecules. These molecules have an analgesic effect and thus relieve pain.
Whatever you do to get rid of pain, think about its intensity and persistence. Any pain which lasts for too long may be a warning signal of a more serious medical condition.