8 Natural Painkillers In Your Kitchen

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8 Natural Painkillers In Your Kitchen
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Looking for an effective all-natural way for pain management? Whether your suffering from muscle pain, back pain, a toothache, sinus issues, stomach aches, or chronic inflammation, the solution to alleviate your pain is probably lying around in your kitchen. Here are 8 natural foods that have science-supported pain killing effects:

1. Garlic: A study published in JAMA found that ear drops containing garlic were effective in managing earaches. [1] Another 2016 study concluded that “Raw garlic has anti-bacterial effects against H. pylori residing in the stomach.” [2]

2. Ginger: If you’ve been working out and your muscles feel worn out and painful, studie show that ingesting ginger may help relieve the muscle pain. [3]

3. Organic Grapes: Anthocyanins in grapes could reduce inflammation-induced back pain. [4]

4. Peppermint: A study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine shows that peppermint is a traditional medicine that was used as a remedy to relax painful muscles. [5] You can rub the essential oil on the affected part for relief.

5. Turmeric: Curcumin in turmeric is believed to help with chronic pain and inflammation. In fact, a small study found that it could be as effective as pharmaceutical options like ibuprofen. [6] Add the spice to your juices, smoothies, or curries.

6. Cloves: Did you know that clove gel has similar efficacy to benzocaine gel (a topical gel used to reduce tooth pain)? [7] It’s also a well-known home remedy for toothaches.

7. Oats: Endometriosis is a painful condition that plagues many women. Due to their lack of gluten, some scientists believe that oats could help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with the condition.

8. Horseradish: Struggling with sinus problems? Early research suggests that horseradish root has properties that could reduce symptoms of sinusitis. [8]

Please note that this content should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.


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[1] Efficacy of Naturopathic Extracts in the Management of Ear Pain Associated With Acute Otitis Media https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/190792.

[2] Zardast, M. et al. 2016. Assessment of antibacterial effect of garlic in patients infected with Helicobacter pylori using urease breath test https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5052411/.

[3] Wilson, PB. 2015. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) as an Analgesic and Ergogenic Aid in Sport: A Systemic Review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26200194.

[4] Anti-inflammatory effect of anthocyanins via modulation of nuclear factor-κB and mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling cascades https://academic.oup.com/nutritionreviews/article/73/6/348/1845798.

[5] Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2221169115001033.

[6] Kuptniratsaikul V. et al. 2014. Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts compared with ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multicenter study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3964021/.

[7] Alqareer A. et al. 2006. The effect of clove and benzocaine versus placebo as topical anesthetics. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16530911.

[8] [Efficacy and safety profile of a herbal drug containing nasturtium herb and horseradish root in acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis and acute urinary tract infection in comparison with other treatments in the daily practice/results of a prospective cohort study] https://europepmc.org/article/med/16618018.

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8 Natural Painkillers In Your Kitchen
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Ginger – https://www.pexels.com/photo/ginger-and-turmeric-powder-161556/
Grapes – https://www.pexels.com/photo/grapes-vineyard-vine-purple-grapes-45209/
Peppermint – https://www.pexels.com/photo/beverage-breakfast-cake-chilled-209365/
Turmeric – https://unsplash.com/photos/1YhSMc1IywE
Cloves – https://www.pexels.com/photo/food-white-seasoning-spices-45844/
Oats – https://www.pexels.com/photo/blueberry-bowl-breakfast-cereal-216951/
Horseradish – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kren_Verkauf.jpg

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