Natural Alternatives to Common Pain Medications

Did you know that NSAIDS (include ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, etc), Tylenol and PPIs (proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium) are damaging to your gut?  Tylenol is the leading cause of liver damage in the United States.  PPIs can contribute to food sensitivities and NSAIDS can lead to chronic inflammation for chronic users.  What if there was a better way, a way to protect the gut and liver while at the same time supporting a pain-free you, would you be interested?

Here is a list of Aviva Romm, MD's "green medicine cabinet must-haves" taken from her book The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution:

  • Boswellia -- reduces inflammation and pain of osteoarthrtis and inflammatory bowel disease supplements.  Dose:  350 mg three x day.
  • Bromelain -- An enzyme from pineapple, can be taken daily to reduce chronic inflammation and also helps with digestive symptoms.  Dose:  200 - 320 mg two x day.
  • Capsaicin -- Derived from hot peppers, highly effective for reliving chronic nerve pain when applied topically.  Dose:  Apply to the affected area 3 x day.  Wash hands after applying and Do NOT touch your eyes! 
  • Curcumin -- Relieves inflammation and pain.  Dose:  1200 - 2400 mg day.
  • Devil's claw -- Shown to be better than conventional medications for low back pain.  Dose:  50-100 mg harpagoside, the active chemical in the herb, daily.
  • Ginger -- Shown to be as effective as NSAIDS for relieving pain and inflammation in menstrual cramps, headaches, and arthritic joints.  Dose:  500 - 1,000 mg 1-2 x day.  
  • Lavender or Peppermint essential oil -- Alleviates headaches when applied topically.  Dose:  one to two drops applied to the temples for headache, or 7-10 drops in a hot bath.  (*My note:  when using essential oils for baths, they should be added to epsom salt first, then added to the bath water.  If you would like more information regarding where to purchase essential oils, send me an email.)
  • SAMe -- Specifically beneficial for osteoarthritis knee pain.  Dose:  200-400 mg 3 x day.  

*The above mentioned herbs/supplements are NOT safe for use in pregnancy.   

    What are some natural alternatives to pain medications that you have used?